Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver Introduces Its Fourth Generation
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver has already been impressing users with its third-generation model, but the product development team at Milwaukee isn’t satisfied with just that. They have taken it a step further with the all-new Milwaukee 2953, the flagship impact driver of the fourth generation. So, what sets this one apart?
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Enhances Drive Performance
While the previous model from Milwaukee was already remarkable, the latest version has improved speed. It now reaches a speed of 300 RPM and has a maximum speed of 3900 RPM. Additionally, the shock rate has been increased from 100 IPM to an impressive 4400 IPM.
The torque remains at a steady 2000 in-lbs, which is more than enough to drive most screws. Considering the quick performance of the Gen 3 model with 1/2″ square drive adapters, this is definitely not a concern.
To provide users with optimal control, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver still offers four different patterns: three standard patterns and a pattern specifically designed for self-tapping screws. The trigger system has also been improved, now providing a smoother acceleration that gives users even more control over screw actuation.
Design Notes for the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver is already known for its compact size, and the 2953 model manages to shave off an additional 0.12 inches, bringing it down to just 4.47 inches. In the 18V/20V Max class, only DeWalt’s Atomic impact driver is more compact, but it doesn’t come close to matching the performance of the Milwaukee 2953.
What’s truly impressive is that these enhancements have been made without adding any weight. The bare tool still weighs just 2.2 lbs, and with the 5.0Ah battery, the total weight is 3.8 lbs. For those looking to lighten their workload, using a 2.0Ah or 3.0Ah high-output battery is an excellent choice.
The LED light on the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver has also been upgraded. Instead of a single light above the trigger, there are now three LEDs forming a ring around the chuck. This design choice significantly reduces shadows during work, making it much easier to see what you’re doing.
Inserting a drill bit can often be a cumbersome two-handed task. However, Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Impact Driver Collet is designed to make your life easier by allowing for one-handed insertion. Simply slide the bit into place, and it will be accepted without any need to pull out the collet.
While there is no news yet of a one-button version of this impact driver, Milwaukee has a history of releasing high-tech models after the initial release. If the One-Key feature is a must-have for you, keep an eye out for it in the coming year.
Other highlights of the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver include available rubber boots for added protection, as well as a full metal belt clip. Additionally, it is compatible with all Milwaukee M18 batteries, providing you with flexibility and convenience.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver: Comparing Generation 3 and Generation 4
|Third Generation (2853)||Fourth Generation (2953)|
|No-load speed||1900/2800/3600 rpm||1700/3000/3900 rpm|
|Impact rate||4300 IPM||4400 IPM|
|Maximum torque||2000 in-lbs||2000 in-lbs|
|Length||4.59 inches||4.47 inches|
|Bare weight||2.2 lbs||2.2 lbs|
The Milwaukee 2953 will be available at Milwaukee retailers starting in August 2022. The bare tool will be priced at $149, and there will also be a kit available for $299. The kit includes the impact driver, two 5.0Ah batteries, a charger, and a case. As always, Milwaukee stands behind their products with a 5-year warranty on the tool and a 3-year warranty on the battery.
For those interested, there is also a combo kit available that includes the fourth-generation M18 Fuel impact drill.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver Specifications
- Model: Milwaukee 2953
- Power source: Milwaukee M18 battery
- No-load speed: 0 – 3900 RPM
- Impact Rate: 0 – 4400 IPM
- Maximum Torque: 2000 in-lbs
- Length: 4.47 inches
- Weight: 2.2 lbs (bare)
To learn more about the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver, visit the official Milwaukee website.