Milwaukee is, without a doubt, one of the best power tool brands that you can commit yourself to. It not only has a great selection of tools, but those tools are generally of very good quality for their price and can serve as reliable workhorses for years.
If you are looking to replace your whole toolkit, or to get started with DIY, then getting a combo kit might be the best way to get a good deal. In this article, I look at four Milwaukee combo kits that you should consider buying. I start with the top pick which includes seven tools and end with a drill and an impact driver combo.
The Milwaukee 2997-27 7-tool combo kit is our top pick because it delivers an advanced and comprehensive set of cordless tools that every craftsman and hobbyist will find useful. It includes a hammer drill, an impact driver, an impact wrench, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, an angle grinder, and an LED light.
Bundled with the tools are also two M18 batteries, a charger, several accessories, as well as two heavy-duty bags.
The M18 Fuel 18 Volt battery system is fully compatible with the standard Milwaukee M18 18-volt cordless system. The Fuel technology, however, uses brushless motors for longer motor life and REDLINK PLUS Intelligence and REDLITHIUM battery technology for longer run time and more power.
Now, let’s look closer at each of the tools included in the kit.
Milwaukee 2804-20 M18 FUEL 1/2 -Inch Hammer Drill: According to the manufacturer, this drill provides up to 60% more power than the competition and delivers more work per charge than the competition as well. The tool has built-in overload protection to prevent damage to the tool, making it ideal for professional use.
It can deliver up to 1,200 inch-pounds of torque and has a 4-mode drive control for maximum control of output. The drill is compact allowing for work in tight spaces and has an LED on the bottom for better lighting in dark spaces. It also comes equipped with a belt clip and a bit holder. To reduce the stripping of fasteners, the driver has a self-tapping screw mode which speeds up installation time.
The one downside of the drill is that the chuck can get a bit wobbly in some cases.
Milwaukee 2720-20 M18 FUEL SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw: This reciprocating saw is a durable and powerful tool with the cutting speed not too different from a corded saw. Its brushless motor ensures optimized performance and overload protection keeps the tool safe from overuse and damage. Compared to a Hackzall, it is designed for standard two-handed use.
The saw comes with an adjustable shoe, integrated LED light, and a hanging hook for convenient storage when not in use. That said, some customers complained that the saw started smoking after heavy use. That’s a rare occurrence, though..
Milwaukee 2730-20 M18 Fuel 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw: The circular saw performs very well and has a long battery life. The battery’s advanced electronic system maximizes performance, resulting in up to 4 times more runtime, 20 percent more power, and up to 2 times more recharges than competitive batteries.
Without a doubt, this is one of the best heavy-duty saws for cutting wood. The saw has a protection system that prevents over-discharging, overloading, and overheating. It has an integrated LED light and a rafter hook for storage. The saw comes with a blade wrench and a blade.
One downside of this saw is that the safety button is a push-down style rather than a double-trigger-style, but that might not be a big issue depending on your personal preference.
Milwaukee 2861-20 M18 FUEL Mid-Torque Impact Wrench: While not as powerful as the high-torque impact wrench Milwaukee makes, you will still find this one more than powerful enough in most situations. It uses the Milwaukee REDLITHIUM battery pack which provides more run-time, power, and longer battery life than many competitors.
In addition, it uses REDLINK PLUS Electronic Intelligence technology for higher levels of performance, protection, and productivity.
The wrench is about 2 inches shorter and up to 1.5 pounds lighter than many of its competitors while delivering 450 foot-pounds of fastening torque and 600 foot-pounds of nut-busting torque. It is only 6.7 inches long and weighs about 5 pounds, and the tool is well balanced for comfortable use.
The wrench allows quick, tool-free socket changes and has a 1/2-inch friction ring anvil. If you want to keep the tool in pristine condition, get a protective rubber boot for the tool.
Milwaukee 2780-20 M18 FUEL Angle Grinder: This grinder has up to ten times longer motor life than its competitors and comes with REDLINK PLUS Intelligence technology for optimized performance, an electronic clutch, and overload protection.
All necessary accessory changes and guard adjustments on the grinder can be done without a wrench. In addition, it is comfortable to use in various positions. The grinder’s thin body design makes it well balanced.
Remember that while the grinder wheel for this tool is usually sold separately, it is included as part of the kit.
Milwaukee 2735-20 M18 FUEL LED Worklight: This light is more than just a torch. The LEDs delivering 160 lumens come with a limited lifetime warranty and will likely never need to be replaced, as they last 600 times longer than conventional incandescent bulbs.
The work light has a 135-degree rotating head that allows you to easily direct the light beam at the desired work area. An integrated hook allows for hands-free use. The light is IP54 rated for water and dust resistance, but you should ensure that it is not used underwater.
Our runner-up is the Milwaukee 2997-25 combo kit which contains five M18 FUEL brushless cordless tools including a hammer drill, an impact driver, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, and an LED light.
These power tools are all compatible with the FUEL battery packs two of which are included in the kit. Just like the top pick, this kit also comes with a charger, a number of other accessories, and a bag to fit all of the items into.
Unlike the top pick, this kit doesn’t include a grinder and a torque wrench, but if you don’t think you’ll need those items, this is a great option.
The Milwaukee 2695-24 combo kit includes a hammer drill, a mini reciprocating saw, an impact driver, and a work light.
Just like the tools in the other kits on this list, all items in this set are powered by M18 FUEL batteries. Besides batteries and a charger, the set also comes with a tool bag.
Since the tools included are different from those in the previous two kits, let’s take a closer look at them.
Milwaukee 2607-20 M18 FUEL Compact Hammer Drill/Driver: This drill is more powerful than many similar competitors, and delivers 500 inch-pounds of torque. It delivers up to 1,800 RPM.
At only 7-3/4 inches long, this drill/driver can operate even in the tightest workspaces. Its all-metal gear case and 1/2-inch metal chuck are highly durable and can withstand use in the most challenging environments. That said, while the tool is robust, in some cases the gears can get stripped with heavy usage.
Milwaukee 2656-20 M18 FUEL Impact Driver: The impact driver included in this kit features a four-pole frameless motor and optimized impact mechanism. It can deliver up to 2,750 RPM, 3,450 IPM, and 1,500 inch-pounds of fastening torque.
The tool has an LED Light to illuminate work surfaces and includes a belt clip for temporary storage. While most customers are happy with the tool, some have complained about durability issues and errors in performance.
Milwaukee 2625-20 M18 HACKZALL Reciprocating Saw: The reciprocating saw included in this kit is a small, one-handed model. It is equipped with an anti-vibration system for greater comfort and control. It has a compact, lightweight design, and a powerful motor that outputs up to 3,000 strokes per minute.
The saw can cut through a wide range of materials including wood, metal, and PVC and it features a QUIK-LOK blade clamp for fast and easy blade changes.
Finally, this kit includes a drill/driver, an impact driver, a pair of batteries and a charger, and a bag. While I won’t be looking closer at the impact driver since it’s the same 2656-20 model included in the previous kit, below is a look at the drill included in this kit.
It features a four-pole frameless motor that can output up to 500 inch-pounds of torque and up to 1,800 RPM. At only 7-1/4 inches long, it can be used in the tightest workspaces and has an all-metal gear case and a 1/2-inch metal chuck.
This drill has a lot of power for its size and can be used for installing wires, drilling holes, and other similar tasks. It is comfortable to use. All that said, in some cases, the chuck has been known to release the bit while drilling.
Whether you are a professional contractor or a DIYer, Milwaukee tools will not disappoint you. With that in mind, if you need to fully equip yourself, I recommend getting the Milwaukee 2997-27 7-tool combo kit.
If you are only looking to be drilling holes and driving screws, you should also consider the two-tool kit.
Finally, if you are still not sure whether Milwaukee is the right brand to go with, check my article about the best tool power brands.