Milwaukee M18 Fuel Brushless Cordless Drill Review 2017

Today I just received the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Brushless Cordless Drill, and am going to put it to the test. From tools that I have used in the past, I know that Milwaukee is a top notch brand who makes solid products. Let’s see if there new drill will hold up to that legacy. Inside the case is the handle, drill, extra battery and the charger.

A nice feature to note about the case is that it actually has a slot for the power cord to fit in, which is nice because it’s a pain to just stuff it in and hope it fits like with other cases. Let’s take a look at the charger first. The charger is dual function and will charge Milwaukee’s M12 12 volt batteries as well as the M18 18 volt batteries. The charger has 2 large indicator lights on the back so it’s easy to see the progress of the charging cycle. The charger is a bit large but it can accommodate both the 12 volt and 18 volt battery packs at the same time. The batteries themselves are lithium ion 4 amp hour batteries. They have led indicators built in that allow you to see there charge levels by simply pushing a button on the top of the battery. Because the battery packs are lithium ion they will hold a charge for far longer than the previous generations Ni-Cad batteries. The batteries are extremely easy to both install and remove from the drill. They are front loaded, and the release button is easily pressed with one hand which makes it painless to remove the battery from the base of the drill. The support handle that comes with this cordless drill is sturdy and has a built in clamp mount. It provides great support when using larger bits such as spades or hole saw bits.

 

 

Enough with the accessories lets discuss the drill itself. This drill contains a brushless motor which according to Milwaukee will last 10x as long as there brushed counterparts. It has a nice weight and is balanced well. It is a bit on the heavy side, but that is mostly due to the larger 4 amp hour batteries. It produces a massive amount of torque. So much so that you need to be careful putting in your bits that it doesn’t rip your skin off. Changing bits is a breeze with the keyless clutch. The rubber molded handle is ergonomic and comfortable to hold. The body of the drill contains rubber inserts so when you lay the drill down on the side it stays in place. The drill does not come with a belt hook, but I am not a big fan of those anyways. The LED light on the front of the drill is quite bright and lights up the workspace.

One of the best parts about this drill is the outstanding warranty. Milwaukee honors a 5 year warranty on the drill itself and a 3 year warranty on the batteries. This is the longest warranty period I have ever seen on a cordless drill. I tested this drill with a 2 inch hole saw bit drilling through a 2 inch board and it went through it like butter.

Overall I would say that although this drill is more on the expensive side it was money well spent. It feels perfectly balanced when I’m using it, almost like it was custom made for my hand. It is on the heavier side but you can feel the quality. It is a professional grade tool. You can find this drill at both Home Depot and Lowes, but the best deal I have found is HERE on Amazon. If you have this drill or have any other questions please feel free to comment below.

Comments 2

  • Thinking about buying this, but was wondering how long the battery lasted? Would be good to include this info in all reviews.

    • Hi Steve,
      The battery lasted about 3 hours of moderate to heavy use. This was with the 2 amp-hour batteries. Thanks for the feedback, I will be sure to include this in my future reviews.