Summary: Expensive - worth every dime. I never regretted spending extra for other Milwaukee tools, still don't. I was going to buy a corded drill as well, but don't think I need it now, this drill covers all the bases for me. Cost of batteries is only downside, but worth it for the convenience.
Pros: Does the heavy work, long runs on one battery
Excerpt: This drill will go through a 6" carring timber with a 2 1/2" bit. and not just once on charge,but make sure you use low gear and set clutch to highest level. I broke the side handle( and almost a finger) when it was drilling and caught a joist,Just as much torque as my M/W right angle. but all is good Milwuakee fixed it right up !!! P.S. the bit was from a plumbers kit not a hole saw!
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Ergonomic Design, Powerful
Summary: I mainly bought this drill for the purpose of drilling holes in the ice for ice fishing so I have'nt had a chance to use it yet. I currantly own another make with Ni-MH batteries but they don't hold up in cold weather. These drills are very expensive but I got a great deal on E-bay. This drill has 200 lbs. more tourqe than than my old drill so that will be really nice.
Summary: Watch out for this drill... I purchased most of the new M18 tools with extra batteries etc etc. and this particular drill broke the 2nd time I used it. I had the side handle on it and while using a hole saw it snapped a piece off the drill itself(the piece that holds the side handle on) the cheap pot metal drill casing/body broke right off . Now it cannot be used with a side handle and there is sharp metal on the body of the drill exposed.
Summary: Buyer beware. Milwaukee Tools was acquired by Hong Kong based Techtronic Industries from Atlas Copco in 2005. Techtronic is a public company traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. "Milwaukee" is now part of the Techtronic brand that includes Ryobi power tools and accessories; Ryobi Homelite outdoor products, Hoover, Dirt Devil and Vax according to Wikipedia. Every Milwaukee power drill that I looked at being sold at Home Depot stated "Made in China". My approx.
Excerpt: We use these drills in our fabrication and assembly areas. They have proven to be very reliable and the chuck grips drill bits better than other major brands that we tried. If a issue should occur, Milwaukee's on-line repair service is easy to use and turnaround is phenomenal. Battery life is also top notch, all of our batteries are still, some have been in service over 30 months.