Milwaukee has recently unveiled their latest additions to the FUEL tool range, the updated Milwaukee M12 FUEL Impact Driver and the Milwaukee M12 Brushless Impact Drill. These tools have garnered attention for their impressive combination of size and strength, making them a valuable asset for both professionals and DIY enthusiasts.
Is 12V about power or size?
When the original brushless M12 impact driver was released, DeWalt also introduced their DCF895B 20V Max brushless three-speed impact driver. Although the 12V Milwaukee FUEL is less expensive and weighs only 1 lb 14 oz, the 20V DeWalt DCF895B is a full 3/4 inch shorter. However, Milwaukee has made strides in reducing the size of their M12 FUEL Impact Driver. With a length of just 5.1 inches, it is now shorter and 1.2 ounces lighter, proving that size is indeed an important factor to consider.
Milwaukee Fuel vs. First Generation Models
Let’s delve into the differences between the first generation tools and the newest Milwaukee M12 FUEL Impact Driver and M12 FUEL Impact Drill. The initial M12 tools performed well and were highly regarded in the industry. The Milwaukee M12 Impact Drill ranked third in our best 12V cordless drill roundup, while the M12 Impact Driver won our best 12V impact driver review comparison.
Milwaukee 2504-20 vs 2404-20 Hammer Drills: Size Matters
Size does matter when it comes to choosing a 12V tool to handle your daily work. The compact size and reduced weight of 12V tools offer flexibility and convenience. Milwaukee has made significant improvements to the length of their hammer drills, with the 2504-20 hammer drill being 1-3/16 inches shorter than the 2404-20. The redesign of the brushless motor assembly, along with the relocation of the mode switch and clutch, has allowed for these space-saving enhancements. Additionally, the Milwaukee 2504-20 hammer drill is 2.4 ounces lighter, making it a practical choice for tasks performed above eye level or repetitive jobs.
Updated Milwaukee M12 FUEL Impact Driver with 2453-20
The new Milwaukee 2553-20 impact driver exhibits remarkable space-saving features. The impact mechanism and chuck are set further back towards the brushless motor, resulting in a 0.9-inch reduction in length. Despite these modifications, the torque has been increased by 100 inch-pounds, showcasing the reliability of the design. The smaller footprint of the new FUEL impact driver, thanks to Milwaukee’s refocused mass, provides an excellent grip and feel.
The build quality of these new tools from Milwaukee is excellent. The stator of the Milwaukee 2553-20 and the new 2504-20 hammer drills features a large 7-point star drive shaft that moves the gear assembly. The PCBAs (Printed Circuit Board Assemblies) are securely embedded in a glass-reinforced nylon body, ensuring their protection. The strategic placement of wiring assemblies and “trap” locations prevents any interference with moving parts. With rigorous tests and seven 16mm T-10 Torx screws used for the case cover, these tools are built to withstand demanding work environments.
Milwaukee M12 FUEL Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Performance
Performance is a vital aspect of any power tool. The Milwaukee M12 impact drills have undergone rigorous testing to verify their capabilities. The maximum “Hard Stop” torque for the Milwaukee 2504-20 hammer drill is 27.1 ft-lbs (325.2 in-lbs), while the Milwaukee 2404-20 hammer drill delivers 26.0 ft-lbs (312.0 in-lbs). These figures closely align with the manufacturer’s claims, showcasing the reliability and power of these tools.
Decoration and More Decoration
We put the Milwaukee M12 impact driver to the test by using it for various tasks, including the renovation of a deteriorating children’s playground. The new M12 impact driver performed exceptionally well, removing old decks and driving in over a pound of new 3″ deck screws. The improved ergonomics and compact size of the Milwaukee 2553-20 made it easier to navigate tight spots, ensuring efficiency and precision.
The newly updated Milwaukee M12 FUEL impact driver and hammer drill surpass their predecessors in nearly every aspect. While their power remains relatively unchanged, the added ergonomics and features make these tools a significant upgrade. Milwaukee has re-established its position in the 12V tool market, offering competitive options for professionals and DIY enthusiasts. We highly recommend the Milwaukee M12 FUEL impact driver and hammer drill, especially when purchased as a combo kit for the best value.
Pricing and Options:
- Milwaukee M12 FUEL Impact Driver Bare Tool (2553-20) – $99.99
- M12 FUEL Impact Driver Kit (2553-22) – $169
- Milwaukee M12 FUEL Hammer Drill Bare Tool (2504-20) – $129
- M12 FUEL Hammer Drill Kit (2504-21) – $149
- Milwaukee M12 FUEL 2 Tool Combo Kit (Impact Drill + Impact Driver 2598-22) – $229