2602 18v Hammer Drill Review
This 18v drill has an all metal gear case for maximum durability
This drill was reviewed by three different Fine Homebuilding contributors, here is what they had to say:
Camp: There is little to put this drill behind its larger brother. Low-range power tests were a tie game, and although it didn’t do as well in the high-speed test, it still left some larger drills in the dust. The tool has smooth power delivery, a nice chuck, a great LED light, and a comfortable, relatively slim handle. A good clutch range and sensitive trigger make this drill ideal for delicate work, and the light weight makes it a good all-day choice. This is my favorite, edging just a hair ahead of its larger sibling and the Makita.
Beasley: The smallest drill tested, this Milwaukee is 1-1/2 in. shorter than the Bosch. The tapered rubber handle, compact size, superior controls, and big-drill performance make this my favorite tool. It finished first in hammer-drilling and second in overall endurance. But I am disappointed with the measly torque available at the top end of the clutch range; it was the first tool to “clutch out” when faced with high-torque driving. The charger is the slowest, but the battery fuel gauge is an outstanding, best-in-show feature that I refer to constantly. The excellent five-year warranty is second only to Ridgid.
Fink: The size and weight of this drill broke all my preconceived notions about hammer-drills being heavy and ergonomically clumsy. The 2602 is not only lighter and more compact than any other model in this review, but also managed to take the pole position in every drilling test. I admit to being disappointed by the lack of onboard bit storage and the conspicuous lack of an auxiliary handle, especially because the tool is designed to accept the same handle as the 2611. Also, I accidentally switched the tool between drilling and driving modes on occasion due to the position of the mode selector. Still, this is my favorite tool of the bunch.