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M18 Cordless 2-Tool Combo Kit

In this issue I have the opportunity of reviewing the Milwaukee M18 Compact 2-Tool Combo Kit
Product Number 2691-22       Home Hardware item #:1239-002

The M18 Cordless 2-Tool Combo Kit includes the M18 1/2” Compact Driver (2606-20) and the M18 1/4" Hex Impact Driver (2656-20). The kit also includes 2-18 volt REDLITHIUM batteries, an M18 and M12 volt multi charger, a belt clip and a rugged soft-sided contractor bag.  

The drills themselves seem well built, the sort of ruggedness and versatility you can expect in this class of contractor tools. Both drills are powered with Milwaukee 4-pole frameless motors and both have LED headlights. Milwaukee’s proprietary REDLINK intelligence provides optimized performance and overload protection.

The 2606-20 drill driver claims to be the most compact and more powerful than the competition. It performed very well in testing, easily accomplishing all the tests performed. At only 7 ¼” in length it certainly is compact. It features an all metal gear case and ½” metal chuck. The drill delivers 500 in-lbs of torque and up to 1,800 RPM. The drill comes with 16 torque selections and 2 speeds.

The 2656-20 hex impact driver features up to 2,750 RPM, 3,450 IPM and 1,500 in-lbs of fastening torque. This is a real workhorse of a tool and provides hours of impact driving from a single charge. It comes with a reversible belt clip.

The REDLITHIUM charger included can charge either the 18V M18 batteries or the 12V M12 lithium-ion batteries. The M18 batteries are compact and lighter than competitors batteries previously tested. The endurance is impressive given their size. They also have a charge indicator on the front of the batteries, which is very handy. The contractor bag is built with more than enough space to accommodate drill sets and screw bits (not included), plus the complete kit.

Attractively priced with superior ergonomics, I definitely give the Milwaukee Compact 2-Tool Combo Kit my TINTO recommendation (Tools I Need To Own).

Until next time
Rod Pipher, Testing and Safety