Milwaukee M18 FUEL HOLE HAWG Preview

Milwaukee M18 FUEL HOLE HAWG Preview

Earlier this week the crew here at Tool Box Buzz went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium. Many of you, following through our Facebook and Twitter feeds, found out about the new tools just seconds after we did. Now that we have had a few days to process all that we have seen and heard, we want to highlight some of the items that we feel will have the greatest impact on the industry this year.

The first tool that will make some waves is the M18 FUEL Hole Hawg. I think we were all stunned at the introduction of this tool. The corded Hole Hawg has been a staple on job sites for well over 40 years and it works so well that it’s easy to forget about improving it. Milwaukee didn’t forget though.

First Impressions

We all took turns drilling holes with the M18 FUEL Hole Hawg as well as the old tool. The new tool weighs 4 pounds less than the corded version and that’s immediately noticeable. The speed of the new tool is also immediately noticeable. It drilled faster than its corded counter part. This photo was snapped a second too late but believe me, the cordless one finished first. It wasn’t a landslide but still very impressive considering it’s a cordless tool.Rob and Todd Testing the M18 Fuel Hole Hawg

Another great feature to note is the QUIK-LOK chuck. Not only is it quick and easy to switch bits but there isn’t a chuck key to lose and it saves another half pound over the chucked version. The corded version is 13 pounds, the cordless version with the Quik-Lok is 8.5. That’s a big time weight savings.M18 Fuel Hole Hawg Chucks


M18 FUEL HOLE HAWG ½” Right Angle Drill Kit (2707-22)

  • 0-1,200 RPM
  • All-Metal Keyed Chuck
  • On-Board Chuck Key Holder
  • 9 lbs (with battery)
  • Includes M18 FUEL HOLE HAWG, (2) M18 REDLITHIUM XC 4.0 Extended Capacity Battery Pack, (1) M12 & M18 Multi-Voltage Charger & Carrying Case
  • Also available as a bare tool (2707-20)

M18 FUEL HOLE HAWG Right Angle Drill w/ QUIK-LOK™ Kit (2708-22)

  • 0-1,200 RPM
  • QUIK-LOK™ Chuck
  • 8.5 lbs (with battery)
  • Includes M18 FUEL HOLE HAWG w/ QUIK-LOK™, (2) M18 REDLITHIUM XC 4.0Extended Capacity Battery Pack, (1) M12 & M18 Multi-Voltage Charger & Carrying Case
  • Also available as a bare tool (2708-20)


The M18 Fuel Hole Hawg will be available in both chucks and in kit form or bare tool starting in October 2014. As of right now the price hasn’t been published.

Press Release

Milwaukee® M18 FUEL™ HOLE HAWG® Drills Faster than Corded
MILWAUKEE, WI  Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver disruptive innovation with theintroduction of a cordless right angle drill that drills faster than the original corded HOLEHAWG®, delivers over (150) 7/8” Holes Per Charge, and is over 30% lighter than its corded predecessor. Optimized for Electrical applications, the M18 FUEL™ HOLE HAWG® is the firstcordless tool of its kind, delivering game-changing productivity for professionals drilling withaugers up to 1-1/4” and SelfFeed bits up to 2”.  Professional trades have relied on right angle drills from Milwaukee® since before theintroduction of the original HOLE HAWG® in 1970,” says Cole Conrad, Product Manager forMilwaukee Tool. By combining proprietary FUEL™ technologies, we have been able to providethe performance, durability, and run-time the professional electrician demands without the needto plug into a generator or drag cords around a jobsite.” As with all M18 FUEL™ products, the new HOLE HAWG® was engineered for the most demanding trades in the world. Delivering unrivaled performance, M18 FUEL™ products featurethree Milwaukee®-exclusive innovations  the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor,REDLITHIUM™ XC4.0 Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence Hardware and Software that deliver unmatched performance, durability and run-time. The POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor works harder, lives longer, and converts energyinto power more efficiently. This gives the M18 FUEL™ HOLE HAWG® the ability to deliverfaster drilling speeds than corded units, especially under heavy loads.  The motor is completely designed, engineered and built by Milwaukee Tool to deliver years of maintenance-freeperformance with no wearable components, no losses due to vibration and less heat build-up.   REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence hardware and software is the most advanced electronic system on the market. This electronics package protects the motor and gear box from damageby shutting the tool down in stall situations that can occur when impacting a nail or drillingthrough dense materials.  It integrates full-circle communication between tool, battery andcharger to protect them from overloading, overheating, and over-discharging. These advancedelectronics also help maintain ideal conditions for maximum application performance.   Milwaukee REDLITHIUM™ XC4.0 batteries provide up to 2X more run-time andrecharges than standard Lithium-Ion batteries, delivering over (150) 7/8” Holes Per ChargeWith Milwaukee® durability built into each pack, the REDLITHIUM™ XC4.0 battery operates
cooler and performs in climates below 0°F/-18°C with fade free power. A battery fuel gauge alsodisplays remaining charge for less down time on the job. In addition, the 2708 model features a new-to-world QUIK-LOK™ Chuck to offer keyless,one-handed bit changes for most 7/16” flat or groove shank bits commonly found on augers,
self-feed bits, and hole saws.     Available in October of 2014, the new M18 FUEL™ HOLE HAWG® is a true testamentto Milwaukee’s focus on the user and investment in game changing technology. While thisproduct is optimized for Electrical applications, Milwaukee will also offer an innovative solutionthat is optimized for the large diameter hole drilling commonly performed by professionalplumbers and mechanical trades in the near future. For more information on the latest M18FUEL™ products, please visit

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Jeff Williams

Contributing Editor Jeff Williams is a carpenter for a commercial General Contractor specializing in concrete, steel, and wood buildings. Jeff comes from a long line of contractors. His parents started a commercial General Contracting firm many years ago and it has afforded him life-long, hands-on learning opportunities from rough and fine carpentry all the way to structural steel and concrete. Jeff has a Construction Management degree and loves the thrill of coordinating and successfully managing large jobs from start to finish. Inspired by the difficulties sometimes encountered to complete punch lists his motto is, "Work hard until the job is done."


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  1. […] Tool New Product Symposium last week we saw many great introductions. The first one we saw was the M18 FUEL Hole Hawg. The very next tool was the M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ Circular Saw. They introduced over 50 tools but […]

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