Rated 4.7 out of 5Â by 175
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â 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 5.0Â by Jayrox Great impact!
Got this impact to replace a flood damaged tool and have been a Milwaukee convert & fan since. Love the features, no collet pull bit insertion, LED for lighting your target, 3 power settings, belt hook. It is one of the sexiest looking tools out there. Great balance in the hand. Love all the rubber/vinyl, less chance of tool damage or damage to work environment. Battery life is exceptional, especially if you slap on an XC or XC 4.0. Very durable, have dropped this tool from varying heights with no ill effects. Would buy this tool again, it is an essential part of my kit and I use it every day.
October 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by bfr021013 18v Impact Driver
I have only used the driver once since I bought it, but so far, so good. It seems to be very strong driving
self-drilling screws into the cross members of a utility trailer. When/if the weather moderates enough to
finish the job, I will have a better chance to evaluate the tool.
January 27, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â 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 5.0Â by Doug Consistent Performance, Extremely Good Battery Life
I've used this tool with anything from a screwdriver head up to a 1/2" drive adapter with a 24mm socket and it operates very consistently on every setting no matter what I've run it with. It doesn't have a ton of torque, but I find it best-suited for light applications. This tool is particularly useful when dealing with metal-to-nonmetal fasteners and actually seems gentler at times than my own hand (on setting 1).
The most impressive thing about this particular impact driver is the battery life. I only use this tool about 8 times a week on average, but even sitting with the battery always attached, my first battery charge lasted for nearly SIX MONTHS before needing to be recharged. Even with heavy use, this battery will last and last. This is the first tool I've purchased using the Red Lithium battery, and I have to say it is groundbreaking.
One drawback to this impact driver is that even though it is fairly small, it has a lot of bulk around the battery which can make it very difficult to maneuver into tight spaces without the use of an extension.
January 14, 2015