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.

18 Volt Cordless Combo Kit Head to Head

  • 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.

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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.

About the author

Philip Benevides

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA. Phil continues to grow his skills as a lead carpenter, managing job sites in and around Boston, and a Captain in the Air National Guard bettering himself as a leader. He loves exploring new building products and construction methods to solve job-site problems and reviewing tools for the pro-contractor and serious DIYer.

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10 Comments

  1. Bryndin

    Sorry but I disagree with the ridgid even with the warranty it’s brutal batteries suck and either are stuck in tool or won’t click in and if you take it back chances are the warranty is life time but they will hold on for ever in getting it fixed and back to you if it breaks just go but something else really.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Bryndin – I’ll have to disagree with your assessment. I use Ridgid cordless tools all the time, and my crew does as well, and they have performed very well. We’ve never had trouble with batteries getting stuck or not clicking into place. If you properly fill out the warranty there really isn’t an issue at all getting them replaced.

      1. Bret T

        I agree, although I own Milwaukee M-12 and M-18 lines, I’ve been purchasing Ridgid tools for my individual crew members who don’t take care of their tools . . . i.e. misplace and or trash them rapidly . . . I clean and where possible service my tools weekly, most of my men do not. That being said, I’ve used and watched Ridgid tools being used and abused. Rigid is a quality product and the value is truly outstanding. Are the Ridgid products as good as the M-12 and M-18 line???? Certainly they are not as extensive, not quite as powerful but they feel solid in ones hands, they do the job asked of them, albeit not quite as powerfully as the M18’s. If the Ridgid line were as extensive as the Milwaukee, if it updated and offered new selections of tools more frequently, there is no way I could justify buying M-18 line because of the $$ premium one has to pay for the Milwaukee line. The truth is, from my experience . . . Rigid, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, and Bosch all offer tools that I could only dream of 20 years ago . . . . heck , , I’m not even sure I could dream of these tools 20 years ago they are all so good. For me, the most important determinant of tool line is “one battery for all tools” and extensive tool line. If I were starting from scratch . . . and I will be doing just that in a few months . . . It would be a very difficult decision on which line to build a foundation on.

        1. Todd Fratzel

          Bret – Couldn’t agree more. Ridgid is a hidden gem in our industry. Not many people realize, but Ridgid is owned by the same parent company that owns Milwaukee (TTI).

  2. Michael Frontera

    Great review guys! I know this was a tremendous amount of work. I am an electrician and have always been a DeWalt guy But Milwaukee as of late has really been killing it. I already have some M12 tools but I just can’t do another battery platform. I have already invested in about 9 or 10 DeWalt 20v max batteries. Thanks Guys!

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  5. Aaron

    I’ve used rigid cordless tools for the last 11 years. My first set, including the hammer drill, impact and sawzall worked great and lasted 8 years. Since then I’ve been replacing tools one after another. If I could I would replace them all with the originals. Despite their weight and size they were by far the best I’ve ever owned. The new ones weigh less are more compact and break far too easy. Now I have to decide weather I go with the Milwaukee m18 fuel or the dewalt.

  6. Steve

    Just a comment about battery voltages. ALL the tools have 18-volt batteries. Some claim 20 volt, but that’s misleading. Li-Ion cells are all 3.6 volts. All the tools have 5 cells. 3.6 x 5 = 18 volts. Sure, after a full charge you might be about to read 20 volts with a meter, but that would be the case with any of the manufacturer’s batteries.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      You are correct Steve. Marketing mumbo jumbo!

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