Milwaukee M12 Installation Driver Cordless Drill Reviews & Impact Drivers

Milwaukee M12 FUEL Installation Driver

Milwaukee Installation Driver Provides Access and Control to Tight Corners

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Installation Drill/Driver was made for cabinet installs and any other application where getting into tight corners is paramount to your success. It features 4 dedicated heads that attach to the tool in 16 different positions to give you control over the job, even when the job presents unique challenges.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Milwaukee 2505-22
  • Includes 4 dedicated heads – 3/8″ chuck, offset driver, 1/4″ hex, and right angle drill
  • Heads attach in 16 different positions
  • Slim profile and inline grip
  • Tool is flat across the top for flush placement
  • Magnetic bit holder
  • Brushless motor generates 1600 RPM and 300 in-lbs of max torque
  • Includes compartmentalized contractor bag
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Kit Price: $229
  • Also available as a bare tool (2505-20) for $179


4 Heads are Better Than 1

Access and control are the names of the game with the Milwaukee M12 Fuel Installation Driver. To accomplish this end, Milwaukee has designed the drill with a whole lot of versatility.

Milwaukee M12 Installation Driver

It comes with 4 interchangeable heads you can swap out depending on the job at hand. It comes with a 3/8″ chuck for your standard, run-of-the-mill type drill work. A 1/4″ hex head takes care of impact driving applications. An offset head can get you tight into drilling and driving into tight spaces, while a right angle head makes working around corners possible.

The heads lock into the tool in 16 different positions, providing a prupose-built solution that adapts to any angle you’ll find yourself up against.

While certainly similar to the Bosch 12V FlexiClick and the Festool Quadrive, Milwaukee changes up the design. The Milwaukee Installation Drill features a slim profile with an inline grip on the back of the tool that adds to your control. The top of the drill is also flat, which lets you place it flush against the work surface.

Milwaukee M12 Installation Driver

On the front of the drill, Milwaukee placed a magnetic bit holder to keep a few options close at hand.

Milwaukee 2505-22 Power

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Installation Driver features a brushless motor that makes sure you actually have the power to drill or drive into those tight spots. It can generate up to 1600 RPM and up to 300 in-lbs of torque, making it a solid solution for electrical, cabinet, MRO, HVAC, automotive, and remodel installation applications.

Milwaukee M12 Installation Driver

What We Think

For the $229 kit price, the Milwaukee 2505 Installation Driver brings a design reminiscent of the well-regarded Festool C18. It just does it for way less. It then adds a lot more functionality and flexibility—wrapping it all up in an M12 tool. This tool fits really well in the hands of MRO Pros, HVAC techs, and even cabinetmakers and finish carpenters. We like the flexibility, the design, and the value…and that’s pretty much the trifecta for new tools.



The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Installation Driver is available as a bare tool for $179. It comes with the 4 head attachments, a compartmentalized contractor bag to keep those heads organized, a belt clip, and a 3-year warranty.

You can also pick it up as a kit for $229. It comes with all the aforementioned additions, but with a 12V battery and charger as well.

Milwaukee M12 Fuel Installation Driver Specs

  • Model: Milwaukee 2505-22
  • Max Torque: 300 in-lbs.
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.12 x 1.8 x 7 in.
  • Weight: 2 lbs.
  • Attachments: Right angle, offset, 3/8″ metal chuck, 1/4″ hex
  • Includes: Tool, attachments, contractor bag, belt clip
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $179 (tool-only), $229 (kit)
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It’s too bad the tool is too loud, the grip sucks, and the lowest clutch setting is too strong. I really wanted to like this one. Hopefully Dewalt takes note and makes a 12v version of this.

Dirk H Futrell

I have had this tool for over a month and use it everyday, and absolutely love it !!! Dirk

mckinley g gould

i really don’t like the placement of the directional control. it’s no longer in a ergonomic place that you can reverse almost without thought. now you have to move the device back into view so you can visualize the light and make sure it actually is in the correct drive position. otherwise i totally love it. but that 1 detraction is pretty damn major! 3/5 stars.

Alfredo Marquez Claussen

That design, which places a “magnetic bit holder” at the very front and too far forward, almost reaching the nose of the tool, is quite stoopid! It will interfere and constitute a nuisance. The designers should use it a few times before arriving to such final “design”… Too bad theya are allowed too much “freedom” to design, and end up trashing a good concept.


There is a mention on the festool C18, but a better comparison would be to the festool CXS, the magnetic bit holder for example and multiple heads are a direct copy.