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October 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Milwaukee M18 FUEL Combo Kit Review 2997-22

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  • Overall Score 9.5

What we have here amounts to an upgrade that addresses some ergonomic issues alongside a needed speed bump for the impact driver. Milwaukee placed second in our best 18V impact driver shootout, jamming all that performance (and more) into a smaller package. The new tools pack quite a punch, and I can't say the hammer drill feels much different from its former self. The impact driver, however, really feels more compact. If you take a look at other tools used by Pros, Milwaukee is seriously challenging what kind of size reductions you can make to still have a top-performing product.

Overall Score 9.5 (out of 10)

Update: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Gen3 Drills and Impact Driver Now Available with One-Key!

So right after we published the review on this kit, Milwaukee announced that the One-Key versions are coming out. If you’ve been using the previous One-Key drills or impact driver, there are some significant changes coming.



You’ll still get the standard features – tracking, custom mode settings, and inventory management. What Milwaukee is adding brings control up where the One-Key Sawzall is. You’ll find settings where you can tell the app what material you’re going into along with the type, size, and length of fastener or bit you’re using. The app passes this on to the electronic controls so dial in the perfect combination of speed and torque. It can also set things like kickback control and drive assist, depending on what tool you’re using.

The bottom line here is that Milwaukee is taking One-Key to the level we hoped they could. It’s a place where using it makes a significant difference in your efficiency and results on the job while keeping the tool operating at a level where you’ll get the most life from it.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Combo Kit (2805-22) with One-Key Specifications

  • Replaces Model 2705-22
  • Volts: 18V
  • Torque: 1,200 in-lbs.
  • Speed: 2 Speed
  • RPM: 0-550 / 0-2,000 RPM
  • Drive Control: 3-Mode Customizable
  • Chuck Type:  1/2″ All Metal Ratcheting Chuck
  • Tool Length: 6.9 in.
  • Tool Weight (w/ XC5.0 battery): 4.8 lbs.
  • Price: $329 (kit)
  • Kit includes: M18 Fuel 1/2″ Drill/Driver w/ One-Key, (2) M18 RedLithium XC5.0 Battery Packs, M18 and M12 Multi-Voltage Charger, Side Handle, Bit Holder, and Belt Clip.

*Also available as a bare tool (2805-20)

M18 Fuel 1/2″ Hammer Drill Kit (2806-22) w/One-Key Kit

  • Replaces Model 2706-22
  • Volts: 18V
  • Torque: 1,200 in-lbs
  • Speed: 2 Speed
  • RPM: 0-550 / 0-2,000 RPM
  • BPM: 0-32,000
  • Drive Control: 3-Mode Customizable
  • Chuck Type:  1/2″ All Metal Ratcheting Chuck
  • Tool Length:  6.9”
  • Tool Weight (w/ XC5.0 battery): 4.8 lbs
  • Price: $349
  • Kit includes: M18 Fuel 1/2″ Hammer Drill w/ One-Key, (2) M18 RedLithium XC5.0 Battery Packs, M18 and M12 Multi-Voltage Charger, Side Handle, Bit Holder, and Belt Clip.

*Also available as a bare tool (2806-20)

M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver w/One-Key Kit (2857-22)

  • Replaces Model 2757-22
  • Volts: 18V
  • Torque: 2,000 in-lbs.
  • RPM: 0-3,600 RPM
  • IPM: 0-4,300 IPM
  • Drive Control: 4-Mode Customizable
  • Single Hand Bit Insertion
  • Tool Length: 4.59 in.
  • Tool Weight (w/ XC5.0 battery): 3.8 lbs.
  • Price: $399 (kit)
  • Kit includes: M18 Fuel 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver w/ One-Key, (2) M18 RedLithium XC5.0 Battery Packs, M18, and M12 Multi-Voltage Charger, Belt Clip, and Bit Holder.

*Also available as a bare tool (2857-20) and 2-battery kit (2857-22CT)

Editor’s Note: This review was updated to include One-Key information. We’ve also added the comparative results for the 2806-22 18V Hammer Drill in our best cordless hammer drill head-to-head.

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Andrew likes carpentry

Jingle bells
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Jingle all the way🎅🏼

Drew

“You can pick up this kit online for less than $365.”
Bad link.. Shop Now goes to kit 2899-22 which is the old kit with the Surge hydraulic driver thingamabob.

B Guy

So does this have the auto torque speed control like the Makita product ?

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