New Milwaukee M18 Brushless Compact Drill / Hammer Drill / Impact driver Review

Up until now Milwaukee had compact brushed drills and they’re Fuel branded brushless drills. The Fuel models are very powerful but yet are bigger and heavier than the compact brushed drills. Users also wanted compact brushless just like the other top brands had as they offer the size and weight users demand. So Milwaukee came out with new brushless models with 2 new drills a compact drill 2701-20 and compact hammer drill 2702-20 and a new brushless impact driver 2750-20.

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It’s amazing how compact these new drills are coming at an extremely short 6-7/8″ length on the compact drill and 7-3/8″ length on the hammer drill. I’ve seen some compact 18 volt drills in my day but these take it to another level making them the most compact 18V drill and hammer drill I’ve seen so far. The compact drill is even shorter in length than the current M12 brushed drill meaning the new drills are creeping into 12V territory. The new brushless impact driver is short in length as well coming in at 5-3/8″ making it shorter than the fuel impact driver. It’s pretty short in length overall and is shorter than many 18V impacts out there, but its not the shortest in length out there. The compact lengths on all these brushless power tools means you will be able to fit into tighter spots where previous drills wouldn’t be able to. The lower weight is also a huge convenience when compared to larger heavier power tools.

Performance wise, these new brushless models are very similar in performance and features as the brushed models yet are even more compact than the brushed and Fuel brushless models. They even look nearly identical as the current second generation brushed M18 compact drills and impact driver.

It looks as if you have 3 options to go with when choosing in the M18 line if you’re looking into drills and or impact drivers- the M18 brushed compact drills and impact drivers, M18 brushless compact drills and impact drivers, and the premium full featured top performing Fuel branded brushless drills and impact drivers.

Differences between the Fuel models and these: not much for the drills other than performance as you would expect from a compact drill and a full size high performance drill. There’s a different story with the impact drivers. You get a couple more features with the Fuel impact driver such as the one handed chuck and 3 speeds. The new brushless impact driver is exactly the same feature wise as the current brushed single speed impact driver as you get a single speed although the variable speed trigger lets you fine tune speed for smaller screws and you get the 2 handed chuck where you need to pull the chuck sleeve to insert and remove bits.

I was please with all the new brushless units, the compact drill, compact hammer drill, and impact driver as they performed just as well as other comparable units in their category. 3 inch screws flew in a 4×4 post effortlessly. The drills were capable of going through 4×6 lumber with 1″ speedbor max bits. The impact driver made quick work of drilling into 2×4 with a 3/4″ speedbor max bit. All easily sank a 3-1/2″ long 5/16″ lag screw into 4×4 lumber. Check out the video for in action clips.

Overall, I think these make a great addition to the growing M18 line as there was a gap missing for a compact 18V brushless drill and hammer drill. For those wondering where the new brushless impact driver fits into the equation, it makes a great compliment to the new brushless drills. Also all the new brushless power tools are priced under the Fuel’s premium price tag for those looking for brushless and that want to save a bit of cash and don’t need the extra features and performance that Fuel has to offer.

Specs:

P1030755M18 Brushless Compact 1/2″ Drill 2701-22CT

  • 500 in-lbs max torque
  • 6-7/8″ length
  • 3.7 lbs weight
  • 0-450 / 0-1,800 rpm 2 speed transmission
  • variable speed brushless motor
  • electric brake

1/2″all metal ratcheting chuck

M18 Brushless Compact 1/2″ Hammer Drill 2702-22CT

  • P1030753500 in-lbs max torque
  • 7-3/8″ length
  • 3.9 lbs weight
  • 0-450 / 0-1,800 rpm 2 speed transmission
  • 0-28,000 BPM
  • Mode selector switch
  • variable speed brushless motor
  • electric brake

1/2″all metal ratcheting chuck

M18 Brushless 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver 2750-22CT

  • 1,500 in-lbs max torqueP1030754
  • variable speed brushless motor
  • 0-2,800 rpm / 0-3,600 ipm
  • length 5-3/8″
  • weight 3.1 lbs
  • electric brake

P1030751 P1030750 P1030749 P1030756

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Roger

great write up Javier and I really enjoyed the video also, pretty much everything i need to know to make the right choice for my next Milwaukee tool. gonna add one of their brushless drills to my work toolbox cause its a cheaper option than most of the tool trucks around!

Ryan

I got a chance to check out both the new 18V brushless compact non-hammer drill and 12V Fuel hammer drill at a Home Depot trial station the other day. Unfortunately, both had very low battery power remaining when I got there so I didn’t get to drive many screws with them. Both feel great in my hand, and I can’t say that I prefer one over the other. The Fuel had more premium finishes with the rubberized knob to change between hammer and drill mode vs. the black plastic on the 18V, yet the 18V is actually shorter. The craziest… Read more »