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Milwaukee 18V Compact Drill/Driver

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.5
out of 5
Brand:
Milwaukee
Model:
2601-22
Price:
$150

Description

• Voltage: 18V
• All Metal 1/2” Single Sleeve Ratcheting Chuck
• Compact Length (7.75") fits in tight areas
• 4-Pole frameless motor delivers 425 inch/lbs. of peak torque
• Built-in LED light illuminates work surfaces
• Lightweight 4.0 lbs.
• Chuck Size: 1/2"
• Clutch Settings: 21
• No Load Speed: 0-500/0-1,500 RPM
• Spindle Lock

WOOD magazine review

Stout, but with a short run time

Review Summary

This drill measured about equal to the Makita for driving lag screws, but next to last in run time in our test of 8 compacts. Speed and clutch settings both click solidly into place. A threaded insert on each side of the base accepts a belt hook, but none was provided. The compact case easily stores the drill, charger, and extra battery.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Light weight but powerful

Review Summary

My first 18 volt drill was big and heavy, so I only used it for big jobs where I really needed the extra punch. But my 12 volt drill was too wimpy for some jobs. So I really needed a drill somewhere in between. I found this drill on sale at HD at a good price, and I've been really surprised at how well it works. It's light weight, about the same as my old 12 volt. But it's got the power of my old 18, which had Nicad batteries.
Now I just reach for this drill first and let the other two collect dust.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Good Drill, but needs a Few Tweaks

Review Summary

This drill works well. The positives - nicely compact and well-balanced. Very rugged and durable (survived some unintentional drops off the bench and onto the concrete shop floor). Great torque. My favorite feature is the battery "fuel gauge" - why don't all other manufacturer's batteries come this way??? It only has two areas for improvement I can see. The first is it needs a standard belt clip that fits with the drill.
You must buy the belt clip separately, and it extends past the bottom of the battery pack so the drill can't sit flat in the bench. The other, bigger issue is the short battery life. It seems you have to change packs a lot more frequently. It's fine if you're in the shop, but less convienient when you're up on a ladder or other remote location.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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