Milwaukee - 2611 18v Hammer Drill - Fine Homebuilding Tool Review
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2611 18v Hammer Drill

Milwaukee - 2611 18v Hammer Drill

This drill features a charge-level fuel gauge provides an accurate measure for remaining run-time

$350.00 (As of 11/12/2009)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: 18v Li-Ion Hammer Drills

review date: November 12, 2009

This drill was reviewed by three different Fine Homebuilding contributors, here is what they had to say:

Camp: I really like this drill. The motor accelerates and decelerates smoothly, and is powerful when put to task. The chuck is secure for heavy-duty drilling, and the clutch is sensitive enough for finish work. The LED lights are adequately bright, but I wish they stayed on a bit longer after the trigger is released. The tool has a compact feel, and the handle is small enough in diameter to be comfortable for long use, even when used in my less dominant left hand. Although certainly not necessary, I also like the fuel gauge on the battery.

Beasley: Although larger and heavier than the Milwaukee 2602, this drill has many of the same strengths: a superb handle that’s easy to grip, top performance in the hammer-drilling mode, a solid warranty, and the only battery with a charge-level fuel gauge. Additionally, the 2611 has the highest total torque (tied with the Bosch) and—unlike the 2602—includes an auxiliary handle as standard equipment. Unfortunately, it also shares its sibling’s anemic clutch torque and slow battery charger. Both Milwaukee drills use the same battery, but this model is not as efficient; it shows markedly less endurance than the smaller 2602.

Fink: Sharing many of the same features as its new baby brother (model 2602), this drill packs an arm-twisting amount of torque and bores large holes through wet lumber with ease. The bold red-on-black numbers make the clutch collar and speed-selector switch great for use in low-light situations. The battery pack’s onboard fuel gauge is an invaluable feature that is hard to live without once you get used to having it, especially because Li-ion batteries give no warning that they are about to run out of juice.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Very Good
Runout N/A
Ergonomics/Balance Good
Endurance on a Single Charge N/A
Torque 650 in.-lb.
Chuck/Transmission Quality Good

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Milwaukee
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-729-3878
Weight 6.4 lb.
Dimensions 17.3 in. by 5.3 in. by 13.6 in.
Chuck Type 1/2 in. single-sleeve
Clutch Settings N/A
Chuck Capacity N/A
Speed 0-450/1-1,800 rpm
Volts 18v
Recharge Time 60 min.
Battery Type Li-Ion
Accessories N/A

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