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Milwaukee M18 FUEL Impact Driver 2653-22 Preview

Brushless motor technology is exploding into the market and Milwaukee Electric Tool isn’t wasting any time in expanding their 18V platform to include this new tech into their line. Their most recent addition is the new M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver, which is available in several configurations including Kit, Compact and tool-only. As part of the new M18 FUEL family, the new 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver utilizes Milwaukee’s PowerState Brushless Motor, the vastly-improved RedLithium Battery Pack and RedLink Plus Electronic Intelligence to deliver up to 3X longer motor life, up to 50% more runtime, and – new to the platform – a 3-Mode Drive Control feature that varies both speed and torque to allow you to customize the tool’s performance to the application.

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/4" Hex Impact Driver 2653-22 Preview

Brushless motor technology is exploding into the market and Milwaukee Electric Tool isn’t wasting any time in  expanding their 18V platform to include this new tech into their line. Their most recent addition is the new Milwaukee M18 FUEL Impact Driver, which is available in several configurations including Kit, Compact and tool-only. As part of the new M18 FUEL family, the new 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver utilizes Milwaukee’s PowerState Brushless Motor, the vastly-improved RedLithium Battery Pack and RedLink Plus Electronic Intelligence to deliver up to 3X longer motor life, up to 50% more run-time, and – new to the platform – a 3-Mode Drive Control feature that varies both speed and torque to allow you to customize the tool’s performance to the application.


Milwaukee M18 FUEL Impact Driver Features

The new PowerState Brushless Motor is designed with less moving parts and more electronics to work harder and more efficiently, producing more torque and giving the motor a longer shelf life as well as efficiency gains in run-time performance. Milwaukee completely designed and engineered the PowerState Motor and it looks to be a huge success, delivering up to 1600 in-lbs of maximum torque at 2900 RPMs. We’ll have to bench it, but that appears to be among the highest performance numbers we’ve seen in the industry, so this is a heavy duty tool for pros who need lots of easily-portable power. By design, the PowerState Motor also reduces noise and reduces the heat buildup incurred during extended us, so you’ll get more use and presumably less downtime with the tool. This is a great compliment to the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Brushless tools lineup.

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Impact Driver RedLink Plus

RedLink Plus Intelligence is the advanced hardware and software system Milwaukee uses to manage the charge, status and performance of the tool during use and adjust accordingly to both optimize and protect the tool. This time around, Milwaukee is using something called “Drive Control” to let pros choose between three fastening modes. Mode #1 is for precision work (0-850 RPM, 200 in-lbs of torque), Mode # 2 adds more torque and speed but helps prevent damage to fasteners and material (0-2,100 RPM, 700 in-lbs of torque) and Mode #3 is the all-out speed and  power setting for maximum performance on the toughest applications (0-2,900 RPM, 1600 in-lbs of torque). All of these modes will come in handy, and we appreciate the options, which should come in handy for applications like hinge installation (Mode 1) and avoiding twisting the heads off fasteners when installing cement board (Mode 2).

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Impact Driver

“The 3-Mode DRIVE CONTROL feature gives users better control over the power and speed required for specific applications. With the touch of a button, they can go from a precise application such as fastening small machine screws to an application that requires maximum performance such as driving lag screws.”

– Tom Simeone, Sr. Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool Corporation

In addition, all M18 FUEL products include the new multi-voltage charger to allow users to charge all M12 and M18 batteries with one charger.

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Impact Driver Specifications

M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver (2653-22)

  • Volts: 18V
  • Peak Torque: 1600 in-lbs
  • Max RPM: 0-2900
  • Max IPM: 0-3600
  • Tool Length:  5-1/2”
  • Tool Weight (w/ battery): 3.6 lbs
  • Includes 2653-20 M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver, Belt Clip, 2 x M18 HC RedLithium Battery Packs, Multi-Voltage Charger and Carrying Case

M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver (2653-22CT)


  • Volts: 18V
  • Peak Torque: 1600 in-lbs
  • Max RPM: 0-2900
  • Max IPM: 0-3600
  • Tool Length:  5-1/2”
  • Tool Weight (w/ battery): 3.0 lbs
  • Includes 2653-20 M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver, Belt Clip, 2 x M18 COMPACT RedLithium Battery Packs, Multi-Voltage Charger and Carrying Case

M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver (2653-20)

  • Volts: 18V
  • Peak Torque: 1600 in-lbs
  • Max RPM: 0-2900
  • Max IPM: 0-3600
  • Tool Length:  5-1/2”
  • Tool Weight: 2.1 lbs
  • Includes 2653-20 M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver and Belt Clip

The new Milwaukee M18 FUEL Impact Driver will be available in June for around $299.

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