The 5 Best Milwaukee Cordless Tools of 2020

1,805 Ratings
Milwaukee 2767-20 M18 Fuel High Torque 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench with Friction Ring
  1. Provides maximum productivity by removing stubborn and high torque fasteners up to 2X faster than the competition
  2. Most compact cordless High Torque Impact Wrench in its class at 8.39″ in length
  3. Industry leading 4-mode drive control with bolt removal mode, allowing for ultimate control.
  4. REDLINK PLUS intelligence prevents damage to the tool and battery due to overloading or overheating
  5. REDLITHIUM batteries deliver more work per charge and more work over the life of the battery
  6. Features a friction ring design to ensure quick and easy socket changes

1765 ratings

Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
  1. Plastic
  2. Made in USA or Imported
  3. Compact drill/driver delivers 400 inch-pounds of torque, weighs 4 pounds, 7-3/4 inches long
  4. 1/4-inch hex compact impact with 4-pole frameless motor delivers 1400 inch-pounds of torque
  5. Lightweight durability, built-in LED lights, battery fuel gauges and variable-speed triggers
  6. Includes: 18-volt compact drill/driver, 1/4-inch hex impact driver, 2 compact batteries, charger, one belt clip, and a soft carrying case.

1332 ratings

Milwaukee 2695-24 M18 18V Cordless Power Tool Combo Kit with Hammer Drill, Impact Driver
  1. N/A
  2. Made in USA and Imported
  3. 2607-20 HAMMER DRILL / DRIVER: This cordless hammer drill / driver is specially suited for driving holes through softwoods, hardwoods, and masonry. Switch between 3 different drill settings with the top mounted switch and 18 different torque settings with a clutch attached to the keyless chuck
  4. 2625-20 HACKZALL RECIPROCATING SAW: Use this saw to tear through branches, lumber, PVC pipe, and more. Its Quik Lok blade changing system makes switching between applications a breeze. Reaching overhead spaces is easy with the one handed design and light weight

100 ratings

Milwaukee 2696-26 M18 Cordless LITHIUM-ION 6-Tool Combo Kit
  1. M18 Combo Hd/1/4 Hex Imp Dr/Circle/Swizel/Grindr/Length/2 Bat
  2. The product is easy to use and easy to handle
  3. The product is highly durable

82 ratings

Milwaukee 2457-20 M12 Cordless 3/8" Sub-Compact 35 ft-Lbs 250 RPM Ratchet w/ Variable Speed Trigger (Battery Not Included, Power Tool Only)
  1. RECESSED FORWARD – BACKWARD SWITCH on the back of the head prevents you from accidental actuations in the middle of an important job
  2. LOW PROFILE HEAD DESIGN allows you to work in an engine bay without issue
  3. ONBOARD FUEL GAUGE: Lights on the side of the unit will let you know how much power you have left
  4. LED LIGHTING on the front of the unit allows you to see your job in dimly lit conditions
  5. REDLINK INTELLIGENCE: A smart chip in this unit allows it to communicate with the M12 battery plugged into it. This prevents it from receiving too much power and overheating, saving it from unnecessary damage

1921 ratings

Tips for Choosing Cordless Tools


If there’s one on-paper spec that most people look at more than anything, it’s torque. Heavy duty tasks and larger power tool accessories require more powerful motors and gearing.

Cordless drills benefit from having two or sometimes three gear settings. In other tools, the speed and torque are fixed. Many tools have a variable speed trigger switch, but you can only gain torque if the gearing is changed. Simply slowing down a motor won’t increase its torque or power.

Application Speed or Performance

A perfect tool would be fast and powerful. But for most tools, torque has to be traded for faster speeds.

Application performance is usually dependent on both speed and torque, but it can sometimes be considered separately.

Let’s say you have two identical cordless circular saws. One has a 6-1/2″ blade, the other has a 7-1/4″ blade. Which cuts faster?

Ignoring torque considerations for a moment, if both saws have the same speed rating, the saw with the larger blade should cut faster. Why? The larger blade has a larger circumference, which means that for the same RPMs, more “cutting edge” is passing through the work material in the same amount of time.

To gain a sense of application performance, you have to look a lot closer at the details. That’s where blade size, stroke length, oscillation angle, and other such factors come into play.

Size & Weight

Think about a bench vise, or an anvil, or even just a workbench. If you want greater strength and stability, you need more mass.

If you want more power in a cordless tool, you need a bigger motor. If you have more power, you need a longer handle (or handles). More power, in an electrical sense, often means greater cooling by means of a bigger fan and careful vent placement.

If you want a powerful tool that can speed through work, you’re probably going to have to make do with a larger and heavier tool. And if not, then faster application performance, such as stepping to a larger blade size – that will surely do it.


What are you willing to pay for?

With some tools you can “have it all” – power, performance, and small size and weight – although only brushless impact drivers come to mind. For other tools, more power or performance is only delivered alongside a bigger price tag.

Smaller Stuff

There are some other smaller factors, such as unique features. But are things like LED afterglow customizations ever a primary deciding factor?

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