Milwaukee Introduces New M18 FUEL™ 7/16” Utility Impact Wrench

Milwaukee Utility Impact Wrench is First to Be Made Specifically for Linemen

MILWAUKEE, WI- Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver unprecedented innovation for the Power Utility Industry with the introduction of the M18 FUEL™ 7/16” Hex Utility High Torque Impact Wrench w/ ONE-KEY™.  The industry’s only cordless impact wrench made specifically for Linemen, this is also the world’s fastest-drilling cordless 7/16” impact wrench, delivering 30% faster drilling than other cordless options available. The new tool also provides up to 750 ft-lbs max torque for powerful breakaway capability and has features uniquely designed to offer Linemen maximum control such as an extended handle and QUIK-LOK™ chuck.

“The M18 FUEL™ 7/16” Hex Utility High Torque Impact is a major leap forward for the Power Utility industry. Due to its superior performance in drilling applications, as well as hardware installation and removal, it helps free crews from the costs and hassles associated with maintaining hydraulic hoses and outperforms all other cordless tools in its class. But our development of this tool did not stop with breakthrough performance – we also addressed key aspects of the tool’s design to provide greater control whether in the bucket, on the ground, or climbing,” said Eric Rusch, Senior Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool.

As with all M18 FUEL™ products*, the new tool features three Milwaukee®-exclusive innovations — the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM™ XC5.0 Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence Hardware and Software. Together, these innovations deliver unmatched performance and durability for the most demanding applications on the line, as well as the run-time to drill up to 40 holes per charge. This means users can set up numerous poles without having to run to the charger.

The industry’s only cordless impact wrench made specifically for Linemen, the tool is designed to increase overall efficiency during utility work – something lacking in all other cordless options available today.  Its lightweight design offers improved balance, and its elongated handle was made to fit high voltage rubber safety gloves, providing maximum grip and maneuverability in demanding environments.  Additionally, the tool’s unique QUIK-LOK™ chuck is an industry-first for a 7/16” utility impact and allows for single-handed bit insertion.  Linemen can now swap between augers and sockets quickly without taking their hand off the tool’s handle during installations, reducing the risk of drops.  An integrated lanyard loop provides convenient transfer and storage.

As an added benefit, ONE-KEY™,** provides the ability to customize, track and manage this impact wrench.

Milwaukee® is committed to improving productivity by providing performance-driven and trade-focused solutions so users can perform an entire day’s work on one battery system. This new tool is part of the M18™ System, now offering more than 175 power tool solutions.

From the power plant, through transmission and distribution, it is Milwaukee’s goal to improve reliability and productivity for linemen by offering solutions that help increase confidence while on the job. The new M18 FUEL™ 7/16” Hex Utility High Torque Impact Wrench w/ ONE-KEY™ joins a wide range of power tools, cordless crimpers and cutters, high-output lighting, hand tools, storage, and linemen accessories that continue to deliver on this mission.

*M18 FUEL™ is engineered for the most demanding tradesmen in the world. Delivering unrivaled performance, all M18 FUEL™ products feature three Milwaukee®-exclusive innovations—The POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence Hardware and Software—that deliver unmatched power, run-time and durability on the jobsite. Simply put, M18 FUEL™ tools are the most powerful 18V cordless tools in their class.

**ONE-KEY™ is the first digital platform for tools and equipment. By integrating industry-leading tool electronics with a custom-built cloud-based program, ONE-KEY™ provides a new level of control and access to information that revolutionizes the way work gets done. The ability to customize, track, and manage through ONE-KEY™ fundamentally changes the way users interact with their tools.


M18 FUEL™ 7/16” Hex Utility High Torque Impact Wrench w/ ONE-KEY™ (2865-22)

  • RPM: 0-2,300
  • IPM: 0-2,800
  • Max Torque: Up to 750ft-lbs
  • Tool Length (w/ battery): 8.2”
  • Tool Weight (w/ battery): 7.4 lbs
  • Bit Insertion: QUIK-LOK™ Single-Handed Insertion
  • Elongated Handle: Yes
  • ONE-KEY™ Enabled: Yes
  • Warranty: 5 Years

Includes M18 FUEL™ 7/16” Hex Utility High Torque Impact Wrench w/ ONE-KEY™, (2) M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC5.0 Battery Packs, M18™ & M12™ Multi-Voltage Charger, 12V Inverter, Lanyard Loop, and Contractor Bag

*Also available as a bare tool (2865-20)

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Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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  1. Corey Moore

    Someone in marketing messed up on this one lol DeWalt, Makita, and Klein have had these available for several years.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      I’ve spoke to them and they are not saying they are the first impact wrench with a ring. They are saying it’s the first to be designed specifically for linesmen. Basically the handle is extended longer to give more room for large bulky insulated gloves.

      1. Corey Moore

        Gotcha, I can see that avenue of thought. Still misleading verbage if you ask me though lol The rings and and 7/16 standard auger Chuck’s as features have always been designed for lineman use. Milwaukee even put a ring on a version of the fuel mag drill and designated it’s purpose as lineman’s. I know it’s a lot more cool sounding to say it’s the first for linemen, but it would have been more accurate to say first designed for use with hot gloves. You see this kind of marketing cleverness all the time though in this industry where-in innovation is Hallmark for success. I appreciate y’alls coverage and response none the less, you guys do good work.

        1. Todd Fratzel

          It’s all good Corey….every tool company does it….we try to at least learn what the differences are. Have a great day!

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