18 Volt Cordless Combo Kit Head to Head
Milwaukee FUEL Brushless 4-Piece [Circular Saw Purchase Separately] Combo Kit
Model #2796-24 – $649 Added Circular Saw Model #2730-20 – $200
5 Year Limited Warranty (Tool), 3 Year Limited Warranty (Battery)
Milwaukee Tools has put a significant emphasis on developing and promoting their premium FUEL tool line. Between their 12-Volt and 18-Volt lines, Milwaukee ensures that the label FUEL translates into best in class performance. The M18 FUEL brushless combination kit, showcases the latest technology and design all in one package. We evaluated the Milwaukee FUEL 2796-24 a 4 piece combo kit with the addition of the M18 FUEL circular saw 2730-20 to create a complete contractor kit.
- 27350-20 Compact LED light – at 8.5” tall, with a solid aluminum head, and a well designed small hook to fit any object under 1”
- 26530-20 ¼” Hex Impact – Red Link Plus Electronic Intelligence for 3 modes of fastening capabilities, Compact and lightweight at 5 ½” and 3.6 lbs
- 2604-20 ½” Hammer Drill/ Driver – With 725 lbs torque, 8.1” in length, 24 speed modes, includes Side Handle
- 2720-20 SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw – 1-⅛” stroke length, heavy duty rubber sleeve, keyless shoe, and keyless blade change, Quick Lok technology
- 2730-20 6 ½” Circular Saw – 50 degree max bevel cut, Blade Guard and Shoe made of Magnesium, Integrated hook
Milwaukee backs each tool with a 5 year warranty, to give you the confidence to use those tools like the should be used. The complete set comes with LED Worklight, ½ “ Hammer Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, Reciprocating Saw, and we have added the 6 ½” Circular Saw to complete the kit. Each tool is designed with all the bells and whistles that are nice to have, with the power, runtime, and durability that comes with premium motors, electronics, and battery packs.
All around Milwaukee has been investing in motor technology, electronics (both in the tools and batteries), and a significant emphasis on their battery pack technology, making them more resilient in the field and launching a 5.0 Ah pack. Milwaukee tools really do stand up to their tag line “Always Heavy Duty” but these advancements and features come at a price, which eventually ends up impacting the consumer.
The tools included in this kit define premium, everything is brushless with the exception of the work light and each brushless motor is designed specifically for each tool to ensure the optimization of the power and runtime to the tool. The impact features an electronic 3-speed adjustment, which is great when you need a lot of power for heavy duty tasks, and a lighter touch for more delicate work. The FUEL saws in this kit are top of the line with rafter hooks and built in LED lights to make your work go faster, safer, and easier.
The price of the kit is a whopping $849, certainly you get what you pay for with these tools, and Milwaukee does offer 4-piece kits that provide the user with a legitimate storage option. Although the 4-Piece Kit bag with the saw is very tight compared to some of the other brands reviewed. Overall we give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars for premium tools offered in a kit format, although this kit would be eligible for a perfect 5 out of 5 if the tools were more affordable.
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