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Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« on: May 28, 2017, 08:45 AM »
I've used an M18 Milwaukee Fuel (2604-20/725 lbs. torque) with a 6" k-drill and 5" lazer for the past 5 ice seasons with great results. I'm considering upgrading to newer version of M18 Fuel with 1,200 ponds of torque, but am hesitant to spend the extra money if I don't really need it for smaller (5", 6") bit sizes.
I'd like to hear if anyone has made the same upgrade and if you noticed a difference in drill performance and/or longevity.

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2017, 10:03 AM »
I'm kind of confused! If you have been getting great results with what you have and you're happy, why upgrade when what you have is doing such a great job.  ???
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2017, 11:37 AM »
I used the newer (higher torque) M18 this past season.  Loved it.  You want more longevity - get the bigger batteries.  I'm impressed with the cold weather battery performance - never seen anything like it in a lithium battery.  Left my drill, battery and 8" Nils in the back of my pickup for 6 days of weather below 10 F.  Some of it sub-zero.  That thing still drilled holes.  That kind of treatment usually kills a lithium battery.
Vey impressed.

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2017, 11:54 AM »
So true, it's more want than need at this point for me. I agree with Old Sailor in that if it ain't broke, why fix it? However, if upgrading to a more powerful drill means greater drill life and more holes, then I'll consider it. Thanks for the feedback, fishforpike!

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2017, 01:08 PM »
I have the same setup that u do, and use a 6" lazer and the 5ah batteries and have never had any problems.  I'll stay with what I have until it died, hopefully before I do !!  Lol

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2017, 01:43 PM »
So true, it's more want than need at this point for me. I agree with Old Sailor in that if it ain't broke, why fix it? However, if upgrading to a more powerful drill means greater drill life and more holes, then I'll consider it. Thanks for the feedback, fishforpike!
I figured it was more want than need, but I began thinking that the drill is 5 years old and there have been advances in batteries and it would make sense to upgrade before your existing drill gives you problems! Those 9 ah batteries look to be awesome, but 2 - 5 ah batteries should do the trick!! Let us know what you decide!! Good luck!!
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #6 on: Jun 04, 2017, 04:36 PM »
Let's not forget that you could always sell the old model to help offset the cost of upgrading.

The upgrade will also allow you to drill larger holes for tip ups with the added benefit of knowing it will still handle the larger bits years later. I understand wanting the best and if you can afford it, go for it! The upgraded drill would be awesome with an 8" Lazer.

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #7 on: Jun 05, 2017, 12:33 PM »
Talked me into it. Been looking around and just pulled the trigger on the Milwaukee fuel 18 with 5.0 amp. On sale at home depot and comes with a third battery. Can't wait for ice now.

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #8 on: Jun 05, 2017, 12:50 PM »
Talked me into it. Been looking around and just pulled the trigger on the Milwaukee fuel 18 with 5.0 amp. On sale at home depot and comes with a third battery. Can't wait for ice now.
@)  They got a new 9A battery now too.  Don't have one, yet. ;)
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #9 on: Jun 05, 2017, 02:04 PM »
The Milwaukee 9.0 battery is sweet. And at $128.00 right now don't even think about not getting one. This thing drills dozens of holes even through 2+ feet of ice.

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #10 on: Jun 05, 2017, 05:11 PM »
For anyone interested in upgrading to either a M18 Fuel Hammer Drill (2704-20) or 9ah battery, there are really good deals to be had right now on EBay. Last week I got a a new drill for $75 and 9ah battery for $95. I decided to pull the trigger after considering the benefits of going with a higher torque drill and bigger battery.

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #11 on: Jun 05, 2017, 05:39 PM »
You got a good deal and will be set for next season!! Be sure you give us a test report after you've had a chance to Swiss cheese some ice!!!  :thumbsup: :clap:
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #12 on: Jun 05, 2017, 08:20 PM »
For anyone interested in upgrading to either a M18 Fuel Hammer Drill (2704-20) or 9ah battery, there are really good deals to be had right now on EBay. Last week I got a a new drill for $75 and 9ah battery for $95. I decided to pull the trigger after considering the benefits of going with a higher torque drill and bigger battery.
.                 Is that a Milwaukee battery, or the generic ?   They both work but there is a difference

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #13 on: Jun 05, 2017, 09:56 PM »
It's the Milwaukee battery-came in original packaging.

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #14 on: Jun 06, 2017, 03:50 AM »
I upgraded from the old fuel to the new one. I stalled the old one out useing a 8in lazer. The new one I used a 7in lazer all season with no issues with the clam plate. I really like the plate. As it keeps the drill out of the snow, ice, water. The only thing I wish I had was a cover for it.

I got the newer gear box now I plan on running the 8in again this year.

Here is a video about the knockoff batteries vs the real ones. I posted this already but I'm sure not everyone seen it.
FYI there is cursing in the video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E_UJeBoZ14Y

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #15 on: Jun 06, 2017, 06:41 AM »
I upgraded from the old fuel to the new one. I stalled the old one out useing a 8in lazer. The new one I used a 7in lazer all season with no issues with the clam plate. I really like the plate. As it keeps the drill out of the snow, ice, water. The only thing I wish I had was a cover for it.

I got the newer gear box now I plan on running the 8in again this year.

Here is a video about the knockoff batteries vs the real ones. I posted this already but I'm sure not everyone seen it.
FYI there is cursing in the video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E_UJeBoZ14Y

Interesting - It's definitely the cold weather performance of my Milauki that impresses me. 
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #16 on: Jun 06, 2017, 08:17 AM »
It's the Milwaukee battery-came in original packaging.
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #17 on: Jun 17, 2017, 11:20 PM »
I've used an M18 Milwaukee Fuel (2604-20/725 lbs. torque) with a 6" k-drill and 5" lazer for the past 5 ice seasons with great results. I'm considering upgrading to newer version of M18 Fuel with 1,200 ponds of torque, but am hesitant to spend the extra money if I don't really need it for smaller (5", 6") bit sizes.
I'd like to hear if anyone has made the same upgrade and if you noticed a difference in drill performance and/or longevity.

I've used that drill with a 6in,7in, & 8in lazer. Also used an 8in nils with it. All I can say is it will turn an 8in and never had a problem. I could tell with an 8in lazer it did work the drill. Moved up to the 1,200 in lb and have drilled through 2.5 foot of ice in my wheel house no problem with the nils. I also have seen a guy who drilled with a 10in nils bit and the 1,200 in lb that was impressive. Can't say you really would gain anything upgrading like I did.

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #18 on: Jun 20, 2017, 09:05 AM »
I am going to go with the 18 Fuel, 2703 or 4.  Need to decide which bit to go with.
Thinking 7" or 8", maybe Lazer?

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Torque
« Reply #19 on: Jun 20, 2017, 10:45 AM »
My M18 2704 drives my 8" Nils, no problem at all.  Very impressive setup.  And that from a guy that is/was an IceGator diehard!  ;)
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