Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 7
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tradesmen No Power
This drill started out alright, but after about a year it didn't have enough power to drill a 1/4" hole in a piece of pine. took it to the repair shop they said they fixed it , still no power. Took it in again came back the same way (this was a miwaukee factor repair shop). My Dewalt 14.4v runs circles around this thing. I have always liked milwaukee but I will be replacing this drill with the ridge fuego 18v drill. Wish Ridgid would of had that drill when I bought my milwaukee.
November 28, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mechanic2487 great tool!
I use this drill quite a bit and it has never let me down. It's lightweight and smaller than most 18v drills but still has more than enough power to get the job done. The new lithium ion batteries are great, not nearly as big and bulky as other 18v batteries and they last just as long. The Milwaukee warranty is another good point, 5 years on the tool and 2 years on the batteries. Cant think of any other manufacturer who has better coverage than that.
February 6, 2010
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Brahconstruction042 Unhappy
After purchasing the M18 Red Lithium Hammer Drill / Impact Gun combo I thought I got a good deal on a great drill. What I bought was a low performing drill gun with less power than my Dewalt 18v. In addition to under performing - the battery life only last about 30 screws - not nearly as long as other cordless drills I have owned. I would not recommend buying this drill to anyone and would buy a Bosch or Dewalt.
May 19, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Plumber Milwaukee hammer drill M18 18-volt
I love this drill its just like the drill bought a month ago from another store it was less expensive WHY I took the same number off the drill kit and found out it had the same style battery but it was smaller You just can't tell online it's too late
I blame the manufacture I use this drill in my trucks and sawall Grinder it will drill but not as long Plumber
November 22, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Thechamp Awesome drill, typical Millwaukee product
After reading some of the negative reviews here I decided to ignore them and buy one anyway. I've had all kinds of power tools but have found Milwaukee to build some great cordless tools. I've had the V28 set since 2005 and recently upgraded to a M28 Hammer/drill which has more torque than the V28s every thought of having. It will tie you in a knot!
I needed something smaller than the M28 but bigger than the 12 volt mini driver/drills. I had some smaller 10.8-12 volt drill/drivers and they really do work great for what they're designed to do but not what I needed them to do.
After much research I bought the 2602-22ct kit and am very pleased with it. The drill is light enough to not wear you out but powerful enough to drive self tapping screws through tin and into steel purlins. It has enough beef to make this doable and doesn't wear you out like the M28 does. The batteries do last a long time and are NOT a problem like some here claim they are. I usually get 2/3 of a work day out of a fully charged battery. And that's a lot of screws!
After seeing this 18 volt perform like it has I plan on acquiring the M18 impact driver as well. They should make a very capable pair for whatever job comes along.
April 20, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Samson two different 2602 models power differs greatly
Oddly enough there are two different 2602 models and the one with the smaller lithium-ion battery is rated at 100 in. lbs. less than the one with the full size battery. In actual use the one with the 1/2 size battery has about 1/3 the power of the Milwaukee 2611 drill and is quite underpowered for anything more than drilling small holes or driving small screws.
Even with modern big gullet hole cutters the battery charge is quickly use up in minutes. Remarkably bad performance and not typical of Milwaukee drills as a whole.
Recommend getting the higher rated 2602 drill and if you really want a powerful Milwaukee drill get the 2611 hammer drill instead. With lithium-ion drills the power rating is a lot more important to consider than with the old NiCad drills or corded drills. With the lithium-ion battery packs there is an overload protection that cuts power to the drill when it senses too much of a current draw and the result is a strange cutting in and out of the motor and a noise that sounds like the clutch is repeatedly slipping.
I have experienced this with Hitachi and Makita drills as well but not nearly to the extent as I have with this version of the 2602.
Other aspects of the drill, charger, case are first class so the 2602 with the higher power rating and the full size batteries may be fine with high torque loads. This variation however is not a tool I would recommend to anyone.
March 17, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JTong All manner of work, still runs like day 1
Used this hammerdrill for months on end and have yet to encounter a material or job that bogs it down. Garage door opener hanging and driving tapcons all day long (mostly for struts and supports and attaching wood to masonry). Also used to install subfloor into concrete floor before hardwood installation, which it accomplished with no complaints whatsoever.
You have to admit, it has the look of "serious professional at work." No complaints in this department. I like deWalt and Makita in this area as well, so it just comes down to "do you like red, yellow, or blue?"
Love the speed positioning switch, and location of the rubber overmolding. Compared with the Bosch Brute 18V hammerdrill, the Milwaukee is just much more comfortable to use all day long if needed.
In terms of design and comfort, I would say the deWalt 20v Max and the Makita LXT line are comparable. Rubber on the sides to prevent slippage and it is an extremely balanced tool.
One MAJOR advantage of Milwaukee cordless power tools not often mentioned in other reviews is tool performance in extreme weather. Being in Canada, we are exposed to the elements in all forms and ranges - hot---cold, snow, rain, sleet. I've had some similar lithium ion technology from other cordless brands, and as soon as the snow starts coming out, the batteries need to "warm up", otherwise the power output is extremely compromised. If you're using NiCd technology, extremely HOT temperatures, or even partial discharges can quickly ruin your batteries through a phenomenon called "memory" where the "max charge" becomes something less and less everytime the battery is fully discharged.
As the red lithium technology is still fairly new (and all lithium ion batteries are expected to give full output the first year, we'll have to see if the longevity of the batteries is really what they say it is).
Have had the hammerdrill in commission for nearly a year and it is holding up really well. Buddy borrowed it and accidentally dropped it from a 10ft ladder onto an asphalt driveway. Besides some light scratches the drill seemed unaffected. The all-metal gear casing is a great feature.
The pricepoint is up there with the rest of the professional power tool families, and it is hard to justify owning if just doing the odd job around the house.
The hard plastic storage case does the job, but it's not the nicest. deWalt powertool cases are the absolute best, in my opinion. Take care of your tools, and they'll take care of you!
It might be worthwhile to invest in an XC battery for extended work-time, but the red lithium batteries hold up very well also.
Decks/fences/concrete/brick, you name it, it can do it. Still runs like day 1.
Value = Absolutely excellent.
September 22, 2012