Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 183
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ResidentialCommercial Pleasantly surprised
We've had this impact driver for about 6 months now. It has definitely been put through its paces. From being dropped a few times from a story high, to being used repeatedly in freezing rain, heavy snow, -30 celsius, wet conditions, very dirty and dusty environments. The tool is very durable. To top it off, It drives screws noticeably faster than our other Dewalt, Ridgid and Porter cable impact drivers. The batteries last longer and the battery charge indicator is very nice.
March 11, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BarryVS Worst tool I have ever purchased
I purchased this impact along with the fuel hammerdrill for work a little over a year ago. Within that time it has been in the repair shop four separate times (4 months in 1 year of ownership). It takes over a month to get the parts from Milwaukee and get the impact repaired. Contacting their tool reps are a waste of time as they'll tell you to just go buy another drill as a replacement then return it when you get your drill from the shop.
These impacts have a flaw in the trigger mechanism and are constantly back in the shop. I also had one of the 4Ah batteries spontaneously die at the same time the trigger mechanism went. Even the guys in the repair shop said this product is flawed. You get a great warranty with this product...and you'll need it. Some people may think my tool has been abused. I take care of my tools as they are how I make my living and I can guarantee you that after paying $4-500 for a kit, I take extremely good care of them. Stay away from the fuel impact and fuel drill unless you never actually need your tools. On the upside, the batteries last forever on a charge.
February 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MikeD The only impact driver with useful speed/torque combination settings
Initially my choice was going to be between these two models:
- Confidence in the Bosch brand
- I already have the 12 volt PS31 cordless drill and I am very satisfied with it.
- 3 LED (so no shading)
- The ability to use a socket directly without having to use a 3/8 or 1/2 adapter.
- Confidence in the Dewalt brand
- I already have a Dewalt cordless drill which I'm relatively happy with.
- 3 LED (so no shading)
- Very small head (smaller than the Bosch and Milwaukee)
- New one hand chuck system that seems effective
- Accepts 1-inch bits
- Plastic case (versus a fabric case for the Bosch)
- High-capacity batteries
- Less expensive than the Bosch and the Milwaukee
But finally I chose Milwaukee. And yet ...
- It has only one single LED and it makes a lot of shade.
- His head is longer than the Dewalt.
- It does not accept 1-inch bits (yes, but you must remove them with pliers).
- The chuck is slippery if you do not use gloves.
So why have I chosen the Milwaukee M18 Fuel? Because it is the only one in the three which has 1st and 2nd speed/torque settings that make actual sense!!! Bosch's settings are not optimal for use in various applications and those of the Dewalt are completely useless.
According to manufacturers specs ...
1) 200 in-lbs / 0-850 RPM (JUST PERFECT for light work like screwing cabinet handles, door handles, or for furniture assembly, it is the setting that I use )
2) 700 in-lbs / 0-2100 RPM (USEFUL)
3) 1600 in-lbs / 0-2900 RPM (VERY POWERFUL AND FAST, perfect for heavy work)
1) 400 in-lbs / 0-1300 RPM (TOO MUCH TORQUE AND TOO FAST for light applications)
2) 900 in-lbs / 0-2000 RPM (A BIT TOO MUCH TORQUE for medium load applications)
3) 1650 in-lbs / 0-2800 RPM
1) 500 in-lbs / 0-950 RPM (WAY TOO MUCH TORQUE for light applications!!!)
2) 900 in-lbs / 0-1900 RPM (A BIT TOO MUCH TORQUE for medium load applications)
3) 1500 in-lbs / 0-2850 RPM
With its right on the spot settings the Miwaukee M18 Fuel is a very versatile tool.
I just had purchase a bit before the Dewalt 8-Volt Max Gyroscopic Screwdriver and I returned it after purchasing the Milwaukee 3-speed impact driver. Although I liked the Dewalt a lot, very good construction, gyro system easy to use and very effective (super accurate!) I returned it because with the slowest/less torque setting #1 on my new Milwaukee I feel I didn't need the Dewalt screwdriver anymore. The Dewalt is an excellent product, it is much smaller and lighter than my impact Milwaukee and the clutch allows for very light work that are difficult or impossible with the Milwaukee impact. For example, Dewalt with the clutch # 1 setting I could screw switch plates and electrical outlets plates without cracking the plastic, it was really convenient. If one day I have to do very light work repeatedly, I would not hesitate to buy again the Dewalt 8v Max Gyro. I do write very light work, as the Dewalt has very little torque, even not enough with the clutch at # 15 torque setting to fully screw a door handle. For this app I had to lock the clutch at the MAX setting or torque it by hand. And the top speed of the Dewalt is very low, too low for me. So for the time being, I thought having the Dewalt screwdriver and the Milwaukee impact driver was too much.
So the Milwaukee M18 Fuel impact driver is an exceptional product and I highly recommend it. Now the engineers at Milwaukee should work to incorporate a 3 LED ring and a 1-inch bits friendly hex chuck. Oh and a smaller case, like the Dewalt, because there's a lot of unusable lost space inside the actual Milwaukee case
January 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GuzziGC Did not let me down! Did everything I wanted it to do (Remove camper Wheel Lugs and screw in self tapping screws into 1/4" steel !)
I had my concerns, but this little guy has GUTS !!
Will be my NEW Go-To Tool !!!
June 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ClumsyDad Ego of product, good price
Easy to use, battery life is excellent, storage box high quality.
Extra words because review too short
May 26, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BigHoss It's a Milwaukee
I have owned numerous Milwaukee 18 volt impact drivers. My biggest complaint is that the tool gets very warm due to the rigorous exercises we put it through daily. One of the biggest selling points of the brushless design is the fact that the tool stays cool. I would say this "benefit" is marginal at best as this driver warms up as well. Power wise I don't see any increase with the new tool and the new tool is marginally louder than the old ones. I currently have 4 Milwaukee 18 volt impact drivers on my service van, this newest purchase being one of them. While I am not overly blown away by the "new design" it certain meets my expectations of a Milwaukee cordless tool and outshine the competitors.
December 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sparque AWESOME
Powerful tool. Use daily.
March 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ccm399 Awesome Tool!
This thing is amazing! I bought it to drive purlin screws and WOW this thing can drive a screw! The first time I hit the trigger my Dad said "holy cow!". Then a buddy of mine came over to help and he ended up using it and after the first pull of the trigger he said "holy cow!" too! They are both Carpenters by trade and have other brands so impacts on a regular basis. We drove screws all day and the Fuel driver just kept driving whereas the other brand driver we were using went though 2 batteries driving the same number and type of screws. All in all a great buy. Just be careful you don't bump the mode button as it will go from max power to the low setting and act as if the battery is going dead. This only happened once and we were hooking it to steel trusses as we set the purlins so it could have been bumped when hooking it the a truss. Having said that the 3 mode drive is a very nice feature. I think mode 2 will work perfect to drive the screws for metal siding.
August 26, 2012