Summary: The Milwaukee model 2601-22 Cordless 1/2" Compact Drill Driver Kit was designed for professionals. It's weight and balance is a nice design to help in minimizing fatique. I also like the Battery Fuel Gauge that comes with the Compact Red Lithium Battery Packs and the quick 30-Minute Charger. I've used Dewalt and Makita drills for comparison.
Summary: I was one of the unfortunate people to buy one of the Milwaukee Ni-cad 18 volt drills with their defective batteries and charger so I did hesitate when buying this drill. I have DeWalt drills and like their performance but have been turned off by the mickey mouse (apologies to Disney) drill cases they provide with some drills and sell as an after market item for $40 for the many pro level DeWalt drills that sell without any storage case at all.
Summary: I'm not a pro, but a total tool nut. I've owned a bunch of drills - from DeWALT (DC720, DC925, DC927), Makita (BHP452HW, BHP451), and Milwaukee (0612, 0824) - and now this. Each brand has their strengths and weaknesses. I like the 3 speeds on some of the DeWALTs and the Makita BHP451. I like the high RPM on the DeWALT hammer drills. I like the "heavy dutiness" of the Milwaukee. As of right now, I own this one, plus the DeWALT DC927KL, and the Makita BHP451.
Light weight and need two different battery charges for the job site
5 June 2011
Summary: When I pulled the drill out of the box the first thing I noticed was the lack of weight. When I handed it to the guy using the older model, that was the first thing he noticed was the weight and showed it to the others, then put down the old milwaukee and started using the new one until the battery went dead. There was some charge in it. After some use the drill is described as I believe it is not the horse the old one is.
best 18v compact cordless even with its 2-speed gearbox
Michael Winters, Amazon
12 February 2010
Summary: We use a lot of drills and periodically switch to new models when we believe (and validate through our testing) that a new model may provide better performance on the job site. We used to go through a lot of NiCad battery packs during the year and would regularly send off the Milwaukee's in particular off to get rebuilt by a company that specializes in battery rebuilds.
nice size and power, BATTERIES NOT COMPATIBLE AND SHORT WARRANTY
S. Eckert, Amazon
24 November 2008
Summary: Milwaukee is a great company. Or maybe WAS a great company. I love this tool, but wish I could return it. It's not defective, but Milwaukee definitely misleads you about warranty and compatibility. The tool carries a 5 year warranty, and they have 5 year warranties on their 18V LI batteries... but not on THESE 18V LI batteries.
Summary: I have to say, i read a ton of reviews and researched this tool. I am completely satisfied with it. The drill feels great in your hand, its light weight, and is very easy to use. The battery design is awesome. They are very light and last 1/2 the day. The quick charge features works just like Milwaukee says. The drill just has the feel of a well built, strong tool The keyless chuck works great. It locks very tightly, and is easy to operate.
Summary: These tools are a bit pricey which is why I only gave 4 stars. Otherwise, very good and lots of options for adding to your system with numerous compatible tools. Battery power is reasonable and provides enough oomph for drilling through wood (not sure about anyhting harder yet).