Milwaukee M18 Fuel 1/2-inch High Torque Impact Wrench 2967 Review

Milwaukee High Torque Impact Wrench

The Milwaukee 1/2-Inch High Torque Impact Wrench Delivers More Than Just Brute Strength

For over a decade, Milwaukee has been on a mission to provide Pros with genuine cordless replacements for their heavy-duty tools. We’ve handled and tested a few different iterations of their 1/2-inch high torque impact wrench over the years, and their performance levels continue to impress. Now, we’ve got their latest model in house, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2967, and we’re excited to see what it has to offer!

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Milwaukee 1/2-Inch High Torque Impact Wrench Performance

Milwaukee High Torque Impact Wrench
  • No-load Speed: 0-700/1300/2000/0-900 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0-1300/2200/2400/2400 IPM
  • Max Torque: 1100 ft-lbs (fastening), 1500 ft-lbs (breakaway)
  • Max Torque with Forge battery: 1200 ft-lbs (fastening), 1600 ft-lbs (breakaway)
  • Anvil: 1/2-inch Friction ring

The Milwaukee 2967 features four drive modes that allow you to dial in the best speed and impact rate for your application. It has a max speed of 2,000 RPMs with an impact rate of 2,400 IPM. There’s also a bolt removal mode and an auto shut-off that add a little more versatility.

As you would expect, the first three modes are simply speed controls, but mode 4 pulls double duty. In forward, we have the auto shut-off mode that backs the RPMs down to 900 and applies no more than 50 ft-lbs of torque. This allows you to “hand tighten” your fastener without overtightening. In reverse, it delivers max speed and torque, but quickly backs down the RPMs once the bolt is loosened. This helps prevent it from spinning off and getting lost or causing potential bodily harm.

Mode Selection

Milwaukee’s latest 1/2-inch high torque impact wrench shows off a truly impressive level of strength. With a standard XC5.0Ah battery, the Powerstate brushless motor delivers 1,100 foot pounds of fastening torque and 1,500 foot pounds of breakaway torque. However, when you pair it with the new Milwaukee Forge 6.0Ah battery, you get a slight boost in performance. The fastening torque and breakaway torque increase by 100 foot pound, bringing them to 1,200 foot pounds and 1,600 foot pounds, respectively.

Milwaukee 1/2-Inch High Torque Impact Wrench Design Notes

Milwaukee High Torque Impact Wrench Profile
  • Model: Milwaukee 2967
  • Power Source: Milwaukee M18 battery
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs. (bare), 7.5 lbs (with 5.0Ah battery)
  • Head Length: 7.6 in.
  • Tool Height: 9.5 in.

The Milwaukee 2967 impact wrench weighs 5.9 pounds as a bare tool and 7.5 pounds with the kitted 5.0Ah battery. It measures 7.6 inches from tip to tail, nearly a full inch shorter than its predecessor. This shortened design gives you greater access when working in tight spaces.

Even with the decreased head length, there’s no denying this is a big tool. That said, the batteries do a great job offsetting the weight of the motor and balance the tool nicely. The grip is draped in Milwaukee’s standard rubber overmold and is nicely contoured for a natural fit in your hand.

Tri-LED lights

One small improvement we’re happy to see is the change from a single foot-mounted LED light to the Tri-LED light mounted around the anvil. It’s a minor detail, but it really makes a big difference in low-light conditions.

Vibration control and resistant battery

Milwaukee’s design improvements don’t stop with the tool’s head design. The 2967 features battery isolation technology that reduces the vibration transmitted to the battery pack. This ultimately reduces wear and tear on the battery and tool.

Quick Comparison Guide

Whenever we have a new tool intended to phase out a previous model, we find it helpful to see the key differences side by side. Here’s a quick look at the new Milwaukee 2967 alongside its predecessor, the 2767.

Milwaukee 2967 (New)Milwaukee 2767 (Old)
No-load Speed2000 RPM1750 RPM
Impact Rate2400 IPM2100 IPM
Max Breakaway Torque1500 ft-lbs1400 ft-lbs
Max Fastening Torque1100 ft-lbs1000 ft-lbs
Weight7.5 lbs. (with 5.0Ah battery)7.5 lbs. (with 5.0Ah battery)
Length7.6 in.8.4 in.

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Milwaukee 1/2-Inch High Torque Impact Wrench Price

There are three ways to get your hands on the Milwaukee 2967 impact wrench. It retails for $299 as a bare tool or as a kit with an XC5.0Ah battery, charger, and storage bag for $399. Lastly, for $499, you get another battery, charger, and a hard plastic storage case. Milwaukee offers a 5-year tool warranty and a 3-year battery warranty.

The Bottom Line

Milwaukee made a lot of meaningful improvements to both the performance and design of this 1/2-inch high torque impact wrench. It not only displays confident breakaway strength for dealing with stubborn nuts and bolts, but also a sophisticated finesse for more delicate applications. Additionally, Milwaukee’s improvements to the tools profile make it a much more attractive option when space is limited. Whether you’re in the heavy-duty automotive industry or regularly setting large fasteners on construction sites, the Milwaukee 2967 has the power you need to get the job done right.

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