New Milwaukee 2nd Gen M18 Fuel Brushless Drill (2703) and Hammer Drill (2704)

New Milwaukee 2nd Gen M18 Fuel Brushless Drill (2703) and Hammer Drill (2704)
New Milwaukee 2nd Gen M18 Fuel Brushless Drill (2703) and Hammer Drill (2704)

Milwaukee Symposium held in 2015 their new products last week, where they have shown a lot of new tools will be launched in the second half of 2015 and early 2016. I was able to participate expected this year, and boy was it a busy and date of manufacture and a half.

There is so much to cover, but I broke everything into a separate article. Without further ado, let’s begin by going to the pragmatic about the second generation Milwaukee Gen M18 Fuel drill and hammer drill brushless.

For a taste of some of the other articles that are in the works, check out our 15 pictures short teaser article about this event. And to keep continuous coverage, check out our 2015 Milwaukee Workshop section of new products.

2ND GEN M18 FUEL INTRO

Milwaukee recently revealed a new second-generation M18 Fuel brushless drill and impact tools. Fuel Gen1 drill / drivers they were at the top of our best cordless drill introduce articles for a few years now, and drivers Gen1 their impact on our top drivers best impact sent as well.

Then, the tool is choc-full Gen1 the advanced features and quite powerful. Frankly, I do not think they were getting long in the tooth, not at all. But Milwaukee wants to continue to drive forward with new initiatives, and I have to say – they did not disappoint; the 2nd generation model the new look and feel absolutely incredible.

In addition, all the new kits will ship with 5.0Ah Li-ion battery pack XC. It will of course be optional tools to ceiling.


2ND GEN M18 FUEL DRILL AND HAMMER DRILL

2ND GEN M18 FUEL DRILL AND HAMMER DRILL
2ND GEN M18 FUEL DRILL AND HAMMER DRILL

The new 2-gene 2704 Milwaukee gen M18 Fuel jackhammer does not look all that different from the model year 2604. If you have used 2604 or 2603 not jackhammer for a while, you may notice some differences , such as where the vent position.

But let me assure you, the 2nd generation tools are very different.

Although Milwaukee boasted the 2nd generation jackhammer at the event, all changes are applied to the non-hammer drill / driver as well.

BRUSHLESS MOTOR

As with the M18 Fuel exercises original, the new hammer drill and drill is constructed with a Milwaukee PowerState brushless motors are designed to provide high power and long runtime.

Although brushless seems more like a marketing term used a lot, there is often a huge difference in performance between design tools with brushed motor and the brushless motor. Brushless motors are generally more efficient, which means more power and longer run time.

Brushless motors also require less maintenance, because there are no brushes that wear out and need to be replaced.

POWER & TORQUE

2ND GEN M18 FUEL DRILL AND HAMMER DRILL
2ND GEN M18 FUEL DRILL AND HAMMER DRILL

To begin with, these exercises can fuel M18 provides up to 1,200 lbs of torque-. That’s right, the 18V-class is the most powerful pistol grip drill strings on the market, even overshadowing XPH07 hammer drill and Makita drill XFD07 model.

Both drill and hammer drill is also said to be the most compact in their class.

SPEED

Surprisingly or maybe maybe not, Milwaukee drill speed fuel their 2nd generation. Both have a 2-speed gearbox provides 0-550 RPM in the low speed range, and 0 to 2.000 RPM in high speed range. They say drilling faster under heavy load increase productivity.

SIDE HANDLE & ERGONOMICS

1,200 in-lbs of maximum torque means that it takes a very large auxiliary handle, right? Wrong. Milwaukee had a few models next to graffiti to compare, and the handle on the new M18 Fuel aux jackhammer is remarkable – and comfortable – shorter.

Product manager of Milwaukee hinted that “competitive model” can have an auxiliary processor longer than strictly necessary, but refused to share their speculations as to why. I think that it is honorable that they obscure branding and colors of competing models by painting them gray.

I did the math and XFD07 XPH07 Makita drill when they were first launched, in an effort to explain why the party is too big handle. Certainly as long as the handle to meet the requirements of UL, right? Milwaukee Product Manager explained that it is not assigned a maximum torque of factors on how long a handle edge must meet UL guidelines, but the maximum reaction force which a user can experience.

And so, as it was explained to me, next to the handle on the new 2703 and 2704 Milwaukee drills are just as long as they’re said to be.

While the length of the handle is not a big factor when comparing the drills, I had my first opportunity to test Makita hammer drill XPH07 in person, and I do not like it. Of drilling clenched in one hand and with the other hand and elbow tie my arm to spread too far apart. It felt awkward and forced to say the least. I much preferred the feel of Milwaukee 2704 M18 model new fuel.

2ND GEN M18 FUEL DRILL AND HAMMER DRILL
2ND GEN M18 FUEL DRILL AND HAMMER DRILL

To be fair, assessment would be necessary even before I can say for sure, but with my short time with both engines, I’d go to Milwaukee.

It’s pretty darned comfortable to use without the handle side, too. But remember, just like the high-powered drill, it’s safer and more control for use in applications of high torque, or the risk of being bound or replay.

Maybe I’m looking for there is a difference, but I think I can feel a bit different  and improved  in the comfort of both grips.

GEN 1 VS. GEN 2 M18 FUEL DRILL COMPARISON

GEN 1 VS. GEN 2 M18 FUEL DRILL COMPARISON
GEN 1 VS. GEN 2 M18 FUEL DRILL COMPARISON

As mentioned, the difference between Gen1 (left) and Gen2 (R) drilling is not very clear on the surface. The conversion option is different direction, speed selection switch is changed a bit, peel a little different, the choice of the clutch dial is shaped differently, and so on.

Gen1 model is 2603 drill / drivers and hammer drills 2604.

GEN 1 VS. GEN 2 M18 FUEL DRILL COMPARISON
GEN 1 VS. GEN 2 M18 FUEL DRILL COMPARISON

The first thing you’ll notice is the 2nd generation 2704 shorter hammer drill, vertical. Although a 2703 drill / driver is not available, you will see an improvement in the same size.

GEN 1 VS. GEN 2 M18 FUEL DRILL COMPARISON
GEN 1 VS. GEN 2 M18 FUEL DRILL COMPARISON

The grip is a little different and drilling new shorter, height-wise.

GEN M18 FUEL DRILL
GEN M18 FUEL DRILL

Inside is where you will find many differences. First, electronic devices near the battery was moved to the handle, where the conversion and control, electronic safe and now it all comes together. The whole work is potted with epoxy, and a heat sink on top to help cool things down.

Air is sucked into the engine from the bottom vents, radiator fins on, and out the back near the engine.

GEN M18 FUEL DRILL
GEN M18 FUEL DRILL

There is much more subtle differences that you can only see when the tool is being disassembled like this. For one, the larger the drive components. To handle the higher torque, the spindle chuck connection is now 9/16″ wide, from 1/2″. To clarify, this is the connection between the gearbox and chuck; chuck is still the 1/2″ metal single sleeve type Ratcheting.

GEN M18 FUEL DRILL
GEN M18 FUEL DRILL

And looking at the black overmolded grip attached to a red plastic shell. I noticed the double anchor point on the 2nd generation drilling, and regret not asking about that aspect. I do not remember seeing any peeling problems understood, but the grips looked even more secure with. Moving back to the radiator image for a better look.

Also seems to be a lot of plastic in the area where the handle meets the battery connection portion. Perhaps this makes that area harder and stronger. It certainly should not hurt.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

While pricing has not been announced, I asked and was told that in 2703 and 2704 should be set and kits with price relative to the previous generation in 2603 and 2604 offerings. I do not know if that will take into account the larger battery pack or not.

SUMMARY

Overall, the new 2-gene Milwaukee M18 Fuel brushless hammer drill / driver looked to have a good chance to reign as wireless exercises best on the market. I only use the hammer drill to drill a couple of 3/4″ (or as the No.1″ drill bit?) In 2x material, but it is an experience easy and comfortable.

If you can not know, I’m VERY excited about these developments.

SPECS

2703 Machine tool / CONTROLS

milwaukee-2703-m18-fuel-brushless-drill-driver
Milwaukee 2703 gen M18 Fuel Brushless Driver Drill

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  • 1,200 in-lbs of maximum torque
  • 0-550 / 0 to 2.000 RPM gearbox low / high speed
  • 7.5 “long
  • Weight 4.9 lbs
  • 1/2 “metal single sleeve chuck Ratcheting
  • Comes with side handle, belt clip, holder bit

2704 HAMMER DRILL

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Milwaukee 2704 gen M18 Fuel Brushless Driver Drill

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  • 1,200 in-lbs of maximum torque
  • 0-550 / 0 to 2.000 RPM gearbox low / high speed
  • BPM 32000
  • 7.75 “long
  • 1/2 “metal single sleeve chuck Ratcheting
  • Comes with side handle, belt clip, holder bit

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I tend to get too enthusiastic about the release of new products, but I can usually filter out any BS.

For example, in the Milwaukee media event, a demonstration involving lifting a very heavy weight to the drill set to high-speed mode. Typically, you would use the drill in a low speed mode for applications higher torque. The new drills Milwaukee won two competing models, but this is really showing? And not all competitive models were included in the demonstrations.

With all the information presented above, you put in the drills brushless M18 2nd generation fuel is what?


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