Milwaukee’s first brushless impact driver is a solid addition to their M18 FUEL line. Like their other tools in the line, the goal is on durability and power – and like the other tools, they achieve this pretty darn well.
Besides having a brushless motor, the 2653 also is a 3-speed tool. The ability to drop the torque and speed allows additional finesse on smaller jobs – which means you won’t need to switch to a drill in many situations that may call for more care and control than you typically may associate with an impact driver.
|Sale price||$ (as of 7pm, 12/31/1969)|
|Drive size||1/4″ hex|
|Weight (w/o battery)||2.1 lbs|
|Speed (no load)||0-2900 rpm|
Mfr. Data Sheet
|Warranty||5 year tool|
|Part numbers||2653-20, 2653-22, 2653-22CT,
Like their brushed 18v driver (the Milwaukee 2650), this is a rugged feeling tool. Although it is relatively light, it is compact and gives the impression that it will hold up to some abuse. While it isn’t the most comfortable driver you can find, it isn’t uncomfortable by any stretch – it balances well in the hand and the rubber grip doesn’t feel too soft or loose.
Because they shortened the tool’s nose, the LED – mounted under the collar – has a wider illumination angle than the 2650. This lights up the workpiece and fastener better than before, although we hope a future version will include a delayed-shut off like some other manufacturers.
Performance wise, Milwaukee delivers. The top-level torque is a whopping 1600 in-lbs, putting it at the top of the pack, even ahead of DeWALT’s brushless offering. At 133 ft-lbs, this is starting to brush up against low-end impact wrench range now. We didn’t test it, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this take off lug nuts on some smaller cars with no problem (don’t forget your socket adapter).
Setting this apart from many of the drivers out there is the 3-mode DRIVE CONTROL™. Pressing a button on the base of the tool cycles through modes, indicated by a set of 3 leds near the button. At the lowest speed/torque setting, the driver can be used as a cordless screwdriver and drive soft fasteners without any worry of ripping them apart.
The medium range is a little faster than a typical cordless drill. The torque maxes out at 700 in-lbs which should be plenty strong for most driving of regular screws. This also is low enough to prevent over-driving and sinking the screw too deep into the work piece.
Finally, the top setting puts the driver in full-impact mode. With 1600 in-lbs of torque at hand, there is enough power to handle everything else. Long screws in hard woods, lag screws, bolts, Tap-Cons are all no problem.
|Mode||Speed (rpm)||Torque (in-lbs)|
|1||0 – 850||0 – 200|
|2||0 – 2100||0 – 700|
|3||0 – 2900||0 – 1600|
One of the claims of brushless motors in general is decreased battery usage resulting in longer run times between charges. In this case, it appears to be proven true. The battery lasts a long time under heavy usage, and Milwaukee’s battery fuel gauge lets you know when you are finally getting to the end.
- Belt hook
- Carrying case
- Multi-charger lets you charge both 12v and 18v tools
- On-tool bit holder is sold separately.
- Only single LED, no delay
This is a great impact driver that will not disappoint. It is evident that the M18 FUEL line has a lot of great tech behind it and Milwaukee didn’t sacrifice the durability and ruggedness you would expect from them.
However, since it is a top-line driver it commands a top-line price. But if you have the extra money, you won’t be disappointed spending it here.
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