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Milwaukee M18 Compact 1/4" Impact Driver Kit [warm?]

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Mar 23, 2004
30627 posts

[Home Depot] Milwaukee M18 Compact 1/4" Impact Driver Kit [warm?]

This seems like it's warm at least... Saw it in store; I think it's the reg. price but it's a "Special Buy" item as the kit I guess. It's not Fuel but is brushless. Model# 2850-21P, comes with one 2.0Ah battery, charger, and bag for $149. The tool alone is only $10 less reg. price so I thought with the battery, charger, bag it's not too bad.

Specs are (max):
1600in*lb (133lb*ft)

Found a review here that found it did 4500in*lb of breaking torque:
https://www.protoolreviews.com/tools/po ... iew/46743/
Stronger (in reverse) than the 3600in*lb scored by the Fuel 2857 driver, but not quite at the 4800 done by the Ridgid 1/4 Octane driver tested by the same site.
NB: PTR notes that their testing is not the same as manufacturer testing, hence why the ratings for tools and measured values are so different.

Interestingly the Home Depot website shows this is OOS at the location I went to but they had like 6-7 of them there, not sure what's up with that.

They also had a few more Special Buy items I saw:
M18 Compact Brushless Drill Kit # 2801-21P (basically the same kit but drill instead of impact driver) $149
M18 RedLithium XC 4.0Ah battery # 48-11-1840 $139
M12 Fuel 4-in-1 Installation Driver Kit # 2505-22 $299
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Nov 24, 2015
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Durham Region
Last years deal was for m12 platform
Last edited by networksend on May 17th, 2020 8:10 am, edited 1 time in total.
Sr. Member
Oct 19, 2004
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cristianosham wrote: Fuel = brushless?
- M18 Fuel is premium brushless line (better performance than regular M18 brushless)
- M18 comes in both brushed and brushless variants
Deal Expert
Mar 23, 2004
30627 posts
networksend wrote: Brrrr compared to last year

Last year it was $149 fuel brushless impact, two 2ah batteries, charger, free bonus 6ah battery plus some got a 2nd free 6ah battery due to website glitch
Yeah but no time machine and price-errors are not really indicative of regular deals either. I think that one would have been the 2850-22CT, which has the hard case and two batteries. Getting even one additional 6Ah is pretty crazy deal but I doubt I'm gonna see that in the near future and again no time machine.
cristianosham wrote: Fuel = brushless?
All the Fuel-branded ones are brushless however it doesn't need to be Fuel to be brushless. So, this is brushless, but not Fuel. According to Pro Tool Reviews, the Fuel 2857 model beats it in fastening/forward torque, 2656in*lb (Fuel) compared to 2088in*lb (this model) but this one beats it in nut-busting/reverse torque. It seems like it's quite competent though it's also only a single-mode tool where the Fuel ones tend to be multi-mode.

I picked it up since I saw it there...I really just went to get the Ridgid subcompact drill + driver + bonus tool, and what I was really after was the bonus I picked--the 3/8" subcompact impact. I don't really need the drill so I figured if this were a better 1/4 impact then keep this and return the drill + driver kit for the ol' return trick (nets the 3/8" subcompact for $101).

However the 3/8" subcompact is pretty tiny I have to say. I may not even want a 1/4 driver at all right now, I could just return both I guess and wait for the border to open so I can pick up the Ridgid 1/4" Octane and Octane batts (which is what I originally wanted).
Jr. Member
Oct 28, 2019
166 posts
I have this impact driver.

However as the market currently is, I feel the M12 Fuel is a better deal when it’s on sale in the same range.
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Mar 23, 2004
30627 posts
just9038 wrote: I have this impact driver.

However as the market currently is, I feel the M12 Fuel is a better deal when it’s on sale in the same range.
Did you mean the 2553? Seems weaker. Similar in speed under-load at 397 RPM v. 450 RPM on the M18 but only 1680in*lb (140lb*ft) measured nut-busting torque compared to 4500in*lb (375lb*ft) on the M18.
https://www.protoolreviews.com/tools/po ... iew/43159/

But I get the M12 doesn't have the bulky battery and is a multi-mode driver as well. Guess it depends on what you're after.