Milwaukee M18 Cordless SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Review
Milwaukee M18™ Cordless 5/8″ SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Kit 2612-21
Milwaukee M18 SDS Rotary Hammer
Model number: 2612-21
Power source: 18 v Li-ion, 4.0Ah
Motor size: M18 drop motor
Weight: 5.5 lbs
I used the Milwaukee M18 Cordless ⅝” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer to drill holes for Tapcon screws to reattach 2×6 ledgers for on-grade landings onto poured concrete foundations.
Originally they had been attached with un-coated powder actuated nails that didn’t hold up to the caustic nature of pressure treated lumber. Typically I’ll get the wood in place and then just drill through the wood and the concrete with the rotary hammer. This is significantly faster than other methods.
- Charger M18™ and M12™ Multi-Voltage Charger
- Length 12″
- Weight 5.5 lbs
- LED Light
- Tool Warranty 5 Years
- Battery Warranty 3 Year
- Charge Time 1 hour
- No Load Speed 0-1,300
- Blow Energy 1 ft.-lb
- BPM 0-7,000
- Solid Bit Capacity 5/8″
- Drilling Mode 2-Mode: Rotary Hammer and Drill Only
- Handle Style
- Drop Motor
Compact and lightweight
This surprisingly small and light tool chewed right through the wood and had no problem drilling into the concrete. It’s surprisingly compact which meant that I didn’t have to remove as many deck boards to clear the back of the tool. It also fit very easily between the joists so I could drill through the ledger and into the concrete.
Using The Milwaukee M18 Cordless SDS Plus Rotary Hammer
Vibration was noticeable but not tingle-inducing and the tool was almost entirely useable with one hand when drilling smaller diameter 3/16” holes. I’m really impressed by the combination of a small package, light weight, and power Milwaukee put together here.
I drilled about twenty five, 3/16”x6” holes (through about 2” of wood and 4” of concrete) and I didn’t have to replace the battery. That’s a substantial amount of heavy drilling for one battery charge!
The LED was super convenient for illuminating the joist bay. It seems like Milwaukee is putting LED lights on all their cordless tools – I like it.
The Usual Suspect
The only downside that I could find is that the cord for the charger was difficult to get into the case. But otherwise the case is well thought out with room for the tool, two batteries, included accessories and most importantly and often overlooked, bits.
This a great tool that is light-weight, easy to use and feels great to work with.
I’m super impressed by the combination of this SDS drills compact drill size to weight and power ratios. This drill is Bad Ass!
Anytime I need to drill concrete in tight spaces or just don’t want to deal with cords I’ll be reaching for this rotary hammer. Very nice.
Keeping Dust Extraction in Mind
This tool also works seamlessly with the M12 Hammervac, especially with Milwaukee’s current battery chargers that will charge and M18 and an M12 battery simultaneously.
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