Is there anything more fun to watch than intertribal warfare, with all that brother-on-brother bloodletting? You see a couple of guys who formed tight bonds growing up together and think, “Now, that’s a rock-solid alliance.” And just when you least suspect it, one of them sneaks up behind the other and brains him with a gnarled club. Chortling you say, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming.”
It’s with this in mind that we add ours to the obscenely long list of online Milwaukee drill reviews. We’ve put this review together in part to help you make the right purchasing decision, but also to titillate that part of you that likes to see familial dysfunction. Pop some corn and read on. If by the end you think you need some extra help in figuring out which Milwaukee drill is right for you, stop by the concession stand—err, our handy buyer’s guide—on your way out.
|Milwaukee 2702-20 M18 Cordless||3 lbs||4.7/5|
(Best for the Money)
|Milwaukee 2607-20||3 lbs||4.3/5|
|Milwaukee 0302-20||6 lbs||4.0/5|
If you’ve got space to spare, there’s nothing quite like having tools built for the job. That’s the first, best thing about the 2691-22—it’s got a dedicated compact drill and impact driver. This means that if you need to remove a seized-up lug nut, you can grab a dedicated impact driver rather than something that offers an impact feature on a versatile frame.
Both of these tools are also built to last because they’re built for the job. And it seems the manufacturer paid close attention to pairing durable frames with excellent for-the-job construction.
That said, if your workload is such that you can get by with a dedicated impact driver and a dedicated drill, you can also get by with a more versatile tool frame. This means less storage space required. This set is also priced as if you’re buying two separate, distinct high-grade tools. So, you not only save space, but you also save yourself a nice little chunk of change.
The 2702-20 M18 is the best cordless Milwaukee drill because it does it all. It’s a rotary drill, it’s an impact driver, and it’s a hammer drill. You can make it your go-to tool for all of those things and make your specialized cordless tools become your backup in case you lose this. This means efficiency—you won’t have to spend time trying to figure out just where you left your other tools.
One of this drill’s key benefits is its brushless motor. This sleek, up-to-date design means more efficient operation and no brush that will wear out with use. A longer lifetime means that the money you’ll spend on it stretches further. It also delivers a significant amount of oomph when you need it, and the wide range of settings allows you to back off when you need to do that, too.
Our only beef with this tool is that the chuck’s construction doesn’t appear to match the rest of it. This part is shoddily put together and tends to slip on occasion. If you buy the 2702-20 M18, you’ll want to keep an eye out for that.
If you’re looking for a drill to do basic tasks around the home for just a little money, this is a great option. The 2407-20 delivers outsized performance considering its price tag.
The first best thing about this drill is how fast you can get rolling. Its battery charges in about 30 minutes, and then you’re off to do every basic task around the house—from drilling holes to running a TeeVee cable to the outside of your house, to making air holes for the census worker you have caged in your basement.
There are a couple of things we didn’t really care for. This drill has a brushed motor. A few years ago, that wasn’t a big deal because everything had brushed motors. Brushless motors, however, are the wave of the future; they’re more efficient and they last longer. When you buy this tool, expect that eventually, its performance will start to decline.
It’s also got just 12 volts of power, so the kinds of jobs it can handle are limited. Simple jobs are simple jobs, but moderate jobs can get difficult and difficult jobs can overwhelm this drill.
Milwaukee’s 2607-20 has the juice to handle any drilling job you have around the house. It can go through drywall like a stiletto through a tub of margarine, and its hammer feature lets you put holes through concrete. This drill will put holes in anything, and we like that. Quite a lot.
But there are some significant things we don’t like about it. The chuck is problematic right out of the gate. It just doesn’t like to stay tightened. Considering the hole-making potential for this drill, this is a bit disheartening. Something else we don’t like is the fact that it heats up pretty quickly. Naturally, this means taking breaks more frequently to make sure that it doesn’t overheat. We also have to note that it has a brushed motor. Because these are still very common, we can’t really fault the tool too much for that. But in terms of ranking, the shorter lifespan and the wear and tear on the brushes hold it back.
When you do reviews, one of them ultimately has to draw the short stick and get slotted last. Sometimes that job is made easy—for instance, if a tool has cheap construction and subpar performance. In this case, the 0302-20 gets last not because it’s bad, but because it’s got a power cord.
This is a powerful drill—perhaps the most powerful one we’ve reviewed—and it comes with the right grips to make the most out of it. Short of drilling holes in titanium for the submarine you build for yourself, this is going to punch through anything you throw at it.
But truthfully, the average homeowner doesn’t need all that power. The average homeowner can get by with something cheaper, something lighter, and something that’s easier to get into tight spots. That doesn’t make this a bad drill. It just makes it the least best drill of Milwaukee’s line.
When reviewing drills entirely within a single brand, it’s perhaps even more important to have some general prerequisites in mind. After all, if you’re shopping across brands for tools that do a specific job, you’ve already got the job in mind that you need it to do. So when you’re looking at a particular brand, how do you figure out which tool line is the one you want? Glad you asked. Here are some handy guides we used to steer our approach when making our selections.
It would be easy to tell you to get the most expensive tool that can do everything. But that’s not the smartest, most useful approach. Instead, consider a simple question: just what are your needs? You might already have a great cordless driver and you might not have any call to drill through something like concrete. If that’s the case, then a pure, basic drill might be what you’re looking for. On the other hand, your cordless driver might be old and losing power and you might have limited storage space. If that’s true, you may only want one tool to do a lot of things. Start by identifying your needs and refine your search from there.
We looked at two basic kinds of Milwaukee tool lines—multiple tool sets and single tools that can fill multiple functions. The 2691-22 comes with a drill and an impact driver. This is especially helpful if you need a specifically designed impact driver to offer an immediate jolt of power to loosen frozen nuts. But that’s asking for a lot of investment of space and money for a tool that most people have limited need for. A single tool that can do lots of things might suffice. The 2702-20 fits that bill quite nicely.
We liked the 03020-20’s power. Really we did. We ranked it last primarily because while it’s a great drill, its range is limited by the cord length and its portability is limited by its basic size. At the end of the day, it’s important to consider whether you need to work in small spaces, whether the ability to plug into an electrical outlet is important, and whether or not you want something simple and light to carry around. Depending on your situation, you may want to give priority to a cordless tool and sacrifice a little bit of juice
At some point, unless you’ve got King Midas’ gold, price is going to be a consideration. Shoppers on a budget will want to look at a basic model like the 2407-20 that can do every basic household task you throw at it and is also very cost-effective. From there, you can sort out what features you need or are willing, to pay for.
Skulls were cracked and spines were broken as we contributed to online reviews of Milwaukee drills. Our approach was a bit outside the norm, starting with the premise that loyalty to a brand drives your search. After giving Milwaukee’s choices a whirl, we feel that if you have space and money to invest, that going with tools specifically designed for their jobs is a great way to go. This makes 2691-22 Milwaukee’s best set. If your needs lean towards a single, multi-function tool the 2702-20 M18 is Milwaukee’s best overall drill. The 2407-20 gives you the best value for your dollar. We like the power of the 2607-20 but found the overall experience of using it pretty humdrum. We don’t hate the 0302-20, and we think the power the cord would be great if we ever need to do any rage drilling. However, we feel like it’s probably more drill than most people will need and this, paired with its general lack of portability, makes it the least desirable choice.
We hope you found our reviews useful or, at the very least, mildly entertaining. And we hope that you take something away from our buyers’ guide.
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Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!