Milwaukee Introduces New M18 SDS Max Rotary Hammer

Milwaukee® Announces Its Fastest Drilling, Hardest Hitting SDS Max Rotary Hammer

MILWAUKEE, WI- Unwavering in their dedication to delivering productivity-enhancing solutions that provide the right blend of power, run-time, and performance, Milwaukee Tool is proud to announce its fastest drilling and hardest hitting SDS Max rotary hammer yet. The M18 FUEL™ 1-3/4” Rotary Hammer w/ ONE-KEY™ generates the power of a 15amp corded hammer of the same size, features an electromagnetic clutch for maximum control and safety during use, and is capable of chipping a 1/2 ton of material per charge. Equipped with ONE-KEY™, users can also easily track, manage, and secure the rotary hammer through the ONE-KEY™ app on their mobile device.

“Despite the growth of cordless rotary hammer solutions on the jobsite, there remain a wide array of larger capacity tasks that require the use of 1-3/4” rotary hammers. Unfortunately, because the larger cordless solutions available lack the capacity and speed needed for these applications, users continue to turn to their corded units,” said Kevin Gee, Senior Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool. “Due to the vast advantages of M18 FUEL™* cordless technology, we’re able to change all of that with the best performing rotary hammer in our company’s history, which not only boasts the benefits of no cords or generators but also drills faster than corded.”

When equipped with Milwaukee’s new M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ HD12.0 Battery, the rotary hammer can chip up to a ½ ton of material per charge, eliminating the hassle of cords while exceeding the performance of corded. The new HIGH OUTPUT™ HD12.0 Battery provides 50% more power, runs 50% cooler, and delivers 33% more run-time than the M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HD9.0 Battery.

The new tool is also engineered with a proprietary AUTOSTOP™ electromagnetic clutch for the safest drilling and demolition experience. This clutch kicks in during lock up to prevent over rotation, minimizing potential rotation to only 45 degrees versus the typical 360 degrees of rotation users often experience with other hammers in this class.

Through ONE-KEY™** users can track, manage, and secure the rotary hammer. The ONE-KEY™ Integrated Tool Tracking functionality allows users to identify where and when their rotary hammer was last seen on the jobsite. Records and locations will update when any device with the ONE-KEY™ app comes within 100ft of the hammer, allowing the user to quickly pinpoint missing tools. Integrated Tool Security provides an extra layer of protection to prevent theft and tampering. With Simplified Tool and Equipment Management, users also have a central place to take inventory of their rotary hammer and all other tools and equipment and keep detailed records of all inventory to easily build a budget and manage spend.

With the launch of this new hammer, Milwaukee® continues to be the only power tool manufacturer to provide a full line of rotary hammer solutions all on one battery platform. The new M18 FUEL™ 1-3/4” SDS Max Rotary Hammer is part of the M18™ System, now offering more than 175 power tool products for unrivaled productivity.

* 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™ 1-3/4” SDS Max Rotary Hammer (2718-21HD)
MSRP: $799 (Bare tool); $899 (-21HD); $999 (-22HD)

  • RPM:380
  • BPM: 2,900
  • Impact Energy (ft/lbs): 8.1
  • Impact Energy (J): 11
  • Vibration Drilling: 10 m/s^2
  • Chipping: YES
  • Anti-Vibration: YES
  • Variable Speed: NO
  • LED: YES
  • Soft Start: YES
  • Lock On: YES
  • E-Clutch: YES
  • Tool Length: 19.1”
  • Tool Height (w/ HD12.0 Battery): 22.6”
  • Tool Weight (w/ HD12.0 battery): 23 lbs

Includes M18 FUEL™ 1-3/4” Rotary Hammer (1) M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH DEMAND™ 12.0 Battery Pack, M18™ and M12™ Multi-Voltage Charger, Grease Tube, and Case.

*Also available as a bare tool (2718-20) and 2-battery kit (2718-22HD)

**Corded unit also available (5546-21) – Launching March 2019

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Todd Fratzel

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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