Review of the M18 Brushless 1/4″ Hex 3 Speed Impact Driver

The Small Brute

I have this brute of a power tool, and it has the capability of power-housing through tough projects I have done so far! Also, working in the construction industry demands a power tool that withstands brutal punishments. The makers of Milwaukee, stands at the top, in my opinion.1/4" Milwaukee Impact Driver

I received the Milwaukee combo package from my wife for Christmas a few years back. She knew I liked the Milwaukee brands because I am always talking about how tough they are and everyone on my job site uses Milwaukee due to how powerful and durable they are made.

I am reviewing the M18 Brushless ¼” Hex 3-speed impact driver. It comes with a contractor bag, an M18 Red Lithium CP2.0 battery, and an M18 and M12 battery charger.

How it Works

The mechanism within the impact driver works with percussion from an internal hammer hitting the shaft while the motor turns. The percussion from the internal hammer hitting the inside motor shaft helps to drive longer screws and bolts into dense material.

What Comes with this Deal Package?

  1. M18 Compact Brushless ¼” Impact DriverImpact Driver with charger and contractor bag
  2. M18 &M12; Multi-voltage Charger
  3. M18 REDLITHIUM CP 2.0 Battery
  4. Contractor Bag

Specs on the M18 Brushless 1/4″ Hex 3 Speed Impact Driver

  1. 7.75 in. x 2.25 in. x 5.1 in.
  2. 1,600 in./lbs. of torque
  3. IPM (Impact per Minute): 0-4, 200
  4. RPM: 0-3,200


  • Comfortable and lightweight.
  • Compact design for tight areas and overhead work.
  • Brushless – the impact driver will run longer and stay cooler. The brushless technology helps to protect the inside components from overheating and reduce burnout.
  • REDLINK Intelligence – combining software and hardware to help monitor temperature to help prevent damage to the tool and battery life.
  • REDLITHIUM battery delivers performance for your work better than any other battery in its class.
  • Has a battery indicator to show battery life on battery.
  • Charger – charges battery fast.
  • Has a belt hook/carabiner or can be tethered to the end of the impact driver.
  • Quick release chuck.
  • Has a light above the trigger.
  • Easy push button forward or reverse


  • The battery does run out of juice if used constantly for more than 4hours.
  • The light is not very bright.
  • The light stays on for 10 seconds after each use.

Checking battery life1/4" Impact Driver with extended Philip bit

Final Thoughts

For only $99 plus tax and shipping and handling, the M18 Brushless 1/4″ Hex 3 Speed Impact Driver is a must-have deal. Doing some research, I finally tracked some online stores where you can purchase this powerhouse brute, but I will point in the direction of Home Depot.

The price for the impact driver alone is $144. On top of that, you must buy a battery and a charger for the battery. This will cost an additional $268 plus tax. The total cost for the package is $412, and of course, you must add tax, shipping, and handling. So, you see, if you buy this impact driver with the charger and contractor bag, you will save $313. I am sorry to say, I could not find the exact contractor bag for the price.

Any thoughts, comments, and questions are welcome.

by Homer Patrick

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