Summary: I'm a professional handy man. I use this drill all the time and it has been the best I've ever owned. It's light yet strong. The battery life is excellent and the backup battery charges faster than you can use up the one you're using. It's small size allows it to be used in tight quarters.
Summary: Buying an 18v drill a few years ago after doing much research I concluded that a Ryobi would suit me fine, but I have since tore the internals up. This Milwaukee 2601 is smaller, lighter and better built. The specs said it has more torque but I wondered if I would be able to tell the difference.
Summary: This drill takes a beating on a daily basis, but never lets me down like my DeWalt used too. I also have a Milwaukee 18v Lok-Tor series hammerdrill /driver and it just sits in its case on my work van anymore. This drill is light, compact and has the power to get things done.
Summary: I bought this to replace a 15 year-old Porter Cable 12V drill that was a real workhorse. Unfortunately, the batteries on the PC simply wouldn't hold a charge long enough anymore to keep it in service, and replacement cost of batteries made replacing the entire drill attractive.
Summary: I've used drills and tools for over 30 years and Milwaukee corded tools were always professional grade. When going to a cord-less drill/screwdriver I tried Dewalt, Porter-Cable and Skill units. These always ended up in the trash.
Summary: It is not fair to judge a product based on using it for what it is NOT designed to do! If you are going to do large projects, do not buy a compact drill and complain about how it is underpowered! I've been using cordless drills for decades.
Summary: I have never been a fan of cordless drills because of long charging times and short battery life but my corded Mikita drill is starting become worn out so I wanted to try cordless again. This Milwaukee charges the battery in 30 minutes and the drill has tons of power.
Summary: I purchased this to compliment the V28 Milwaukee combo kit. The V28 drill is an ultra heavy duty beast but it's no lightweight. At just four pounds with battery, I find myself using the 18V far more often. I'm very impressed with Milwaukee's implementation of the Li-ion technology.
Summary: This has been my "go to" cordless drill for the past 2 years. I use it almost daily, and I love this drill. It is well balanced, light weight, and compact. There are many torque settings, which I often use.