Milwaukee Cordless Drills

 

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2603-22 Cordless DrillThe 2603-22 is Milwaukee’s newest high performance Li-Ion 18v drill/driver in their M18 FUEL series of cordless tools. We love everything about this drill and give it a site best 9.6 overall rating.

Just like the related compact 18v 2603-22CT, this unit features the Powerstate brushless motor, RedLink Plus intelligence, and RedLithium battery pack. Those are trademarked terms for marketing purposes, but they all mean something important for this drill. The brushless motor provides more power, reduces noise, runs cooler, and requires less maintenance. More importantly it provides up to 10x longer motor life and up to 50% longer run time per charge. The RedLink Plus intelligence simply means that the tool, battery, and charger communicate with each other to keep the tool running at peak performance. It also provides overload protection so you won’t damage the drill. The RedLithium battery is Milwaukee’s most advanced Lithium-Ion technology. They are designed to perform in extreme jobsite conditions, even in 0°F weather. The two batteries that come in this kit are the XC version (extra capacity) which feature 3.0Ah of charge rating and also have an onboard fuel gauge so you know how much power you have left.

The best part of this cordless drill is the power. It provides best-in-class torque of 725 in-lbs which is more than enough to handle the toughest tasks on any jobsite. It has 2 speed ranges with a max RPM of 1850. It also has all the amenities you want for the serious professional like the auxiliary handle, bright LED light, all metal ratcheting chuck, and 3.0 Ah rated batteries.

At 4.9 pounds this unit is a bit on the heavy side. Although it is a lot lighter than earlier NiCd battery powered models and a little bit lighter than Milwaukee’s previous 18v Li-Ion cordless drill the 2610-24. It is about 1.5 lbs heavier than other brands compact 18v versions.

At about $280 it is priced from comparable to slightly higher than other manufacturer’s high performance models.

Due to it’s superior performance, we rated the Milwaukee 2603-22 as our #1 best 18v and best professional cordless drill and highly recommend it.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating9.6 
ManufacturerMilwaukee 
Model2603-22 
StyleHigh Performance Cordless Drill
Voltage18 
Weight4.9 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque725 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed18501600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeHigh Capacity REDLITHIUM Li-Ion
Charge Rating3.0Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time60 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageYes 
Warranty5 years tool, 3 years battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

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Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2603 22CTThe 2603-22CT is Milwaukee’s 18v cordless compact  M18 FUEL™ 1/2″ Drill/Driver. The M18 FUEL lineup of cordless tools feature all of Milwaukee’s latest innovations for heavy duty contractor use, including the related 2603-22 cordless drill which is the high performance version. We are very impressed with this model and gave it a 9.3 overall rating.

This unit features the Powerstate brushless motor, RedLink Plus intelligence, and RedLithium battery pack. So what do those trademarked terms mean to you? Well for starters the brushless motor provides more power, reduces noise, runs cooler, and requires less maintenance. More importantly it provides up to 10x longer motor life and up to 50% longer run time per charge. The RedLink Plus intelligence uses hardware and software to communicate between tool, battery, and charger. It keeps the tool running at peak performance and will automatically shut it off if it overheats – providing you with protection against ruining your drill. The RedLithium battery is Milwaukee’s most advanced Lithium-Ion technology. They are designed to perform in extreme jobsite conditions, even in 0°F weather. The two batteries that come in this kit are the compact version which feature 1.5Ah of charge rating and also have an onboard fuel gauge so you know how much power you have left.

The 2603-22CT is listed as a compact version, although at 4.4 pounds it is about 1 pound heavier than other brand’s compact 18v models. It also has 650 in-lbs of torque which rates higher than many other brands high performance drills and much more that their compact tools. Therefore we almost don’t rate this one as a compact drill, but more of a hybrid between a true compact and a bigger high performance model.

The price point is very attractive at $229.00 for its performance. It is lower than high performance models, but higher than other compact 18v units.

The Milwaukee M18 FUEL 2603-22CT is a great compromise of power and weight, although keep in mind there are other models that are lighter if weight is a factor for you and other models that feature better power and battery life if performance is a more important factor. Overall we highly recommend this model for professionals and DIYers.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating9.3 
ManufacturerMilwaukee 
Model2603-22CT 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight4.4 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque650 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed18501600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeCompact REDLITHIUM Li-Ion
Charge Rating1.5Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageYes 
Warranty5 years tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

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Milwaukee 2410-22 12v Cordless DrillThe Milwaukee 2410-22 is rated as our best 12v cordless drill with an overall rating of 9.0. The main reason for the high score is the fact that it has the best power to weight ratio of any 12v cordless models. It has 250 in-lbs of power and weighs in at just 2.5 lbs. Plus it has a compact size that is much smaller than other drills it its class. This makes it an ideal tool for someone that is doing lots of drilling or has to get into some tight spaces.

The 2410-22 utilizes the Milwaukee M12 series of Lithium-Ion batteries. These provide 1.4 Ah of run time, which is slightly below average. However these batteries only take 30 minutes to recharge, so since two batteries are included, you should always have one at full power.

The one common complaint from users of this power tool is the chuck. For several people no matter how much they tighten the chuck, it still comes loose during use and eventually the bit falls out. Despite this problem users on Amazon still give it an average 4.3 stars out of 5.

Overall we really like this drill. There is not a lot of options for Li-Ion batteries in a 12 volt model, which makes this one rare. The performance is outstanding for the weight and is light enough for anyone to use easily. The chuck coming loose is a concern for construction professionals, but for the average home user it is not as big of a deal for occasional use, therefore we recommend this drill.

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Specs12v Class Average
Overall Rating9.0
ManufacturerMilwaukee
Model2410-22
StyleCompact Cordless Drill
Voltage12
Weight2.5 lbs3.4 lbs
Max Torque250 in-lbs245 in-lbs
Max Speed1500 RPM1285 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED
ReversableYes
Chuck Size3/8″
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting
Battery TypeLi-Ion
Charge Rating1.4Ah1.7 Ah
Charge Time30 min60 min
Batteries Included2
Work LightYes
Extra HandleNo
Fuel GuageYes
Warranty5 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$128.45

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* Milwaukee has released a newer version 18v Li-Ion cordless drill -  the  2603-22.

Milwaukee 2610-24 18v Cordless DrillWe give the Milwaukee 2610-24 18v cordless drill a 8.9 overall rating. The 2610-24 is part of Milwaukee’s M18 lineup of cordless tools and features XC high capacity Li-Ion batteries.  At the time of its release it had a class leading 650 in-lbs of torque and a max speed of 1800 RPM.

Unfortunately it is really expensive. This model is over $300, but for professionals it is worth it. It is also a little bit heavier than average at 5.3 pounds.

Overall we highly recommend the 2610-24 18v cordless drill.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.9 
ManufacturerMilwaukee 
Model2610-24 
StyleHigh Performance Cordless Drill
Voltage18 
Weight5.3 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque650 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1800 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating2.8Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time45 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageYes 
Warranty5 years tool, 2 years battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Milwaukee 2610-24

Milwaukee 2610-24

Milwaukee 2610-24

Milwaukee 2610-24

 

Milwaukee 2601-22 18v Cordless DrillThe Milwaukee 2601-22 18v cordless drill ranks at an 8.1 overall rating. This is Milwaukee’s compact Li-Ion offering at 18 volts. Users on Amazon rate it a 4 out of 5. The overall performance for this compact model is a little bit lower than comparable units by other manufacturers. But what it lacks in that department it makes up for in some nice features. First of all it feels really well balanced in your hand. It includes an LED light that does a better than average job at lighting up your work surface. It also seems to be able to tighten and hold bits in the chuck easier than many other drills. One really good feature is the battery fuel gauge that tells you how much power you have left.

With that said, we don’t feel like it is quite up to par with other brands like Makita’s compact Li-Ion. It is heavier at 4 pounds, has less torque, and is more expensive. But don’t get us wrong, this is still a quality cordless drill.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.1 
ManufacturerMilwaukee 
Model2601-22 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight4.0 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque400 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1400 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating1.5Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time45 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty5 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Milwaukee 2601-22

Milwaukee 2601-22

Milwaukee 2601-22

Milwaukee 2601-22

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