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Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/2″ Mid Torque Impact Wrench Review – 2861-22

Mid-Torque, Small Size

Power to weight ratio is a big deal when it comes to a tool that many mechanics will be using all day.  Comfort, being able to fit in small areas and the ability to remove 90 percent of the fasteners on an automobile is needed.  In construction, having a 5 pound tool in your tool belt versus a 13 pound tool is a significant difference.

Mid-Torque impact wrenches are nothing new as the demand for them has been very strong, even in pneumatics.  Milwaukee might be a bit late to the game, but they brought a good tool to the party.  The Milwaukee M18 mid torque impact has a 3 mode drive control along with a variable speed trigger to allow for full control over the torque applied to fasteners.  The tool is 6.7” in length and a touch over 5lbs with a 5.0Ah M18 battery.  Milwaukee also introduced a new overmold material gives the user ultimate comfort during prolonged use while lasting longer against corrosive materials


  • Delivers up to 450 ft-lbs of Torque
  • Brushless Motor
  • 3-Modes provides greater control over output speed and power with a max RPM of 2,400
  • Compact length at 6.7”
  • Lightweight tool at 5.3lbs w/ 5.0Ah battery
  • Rubber overmold to withstand corrosive materials
  • LED Light

Lugs, Suspension & Everything

Our use of the new mid-torque impact wrench has been strictly in the automotive field.  The tool is small enough for us to grab and use as our main impact wrench for light duty work like installing our new Bendpak automotive lift, but still strong enough to use on suspension bolts that stretch the limits of a 1/2″ drive.  This type of impact wrench is a game changer for people who use this tool all day.  In the past, if Milwaukee was your main tool, you were stuck with a compact impact wrench that worked for 50% of the bolts on an automobile and a very heavy, large impact wrench for the rest of the fasteners.  With the size of this new impact wrench, there is no need for the compact impact wrench in 1/2″.  The new mid-torque will take its place and work for 90% of the fasteners in the automobile world.  Leaving the large high torque impact to only pick up the really heavy duty work.

This principal of using the smallest and lightest tool for long periods is not new as it is easier on the user as it creates less fatigue.  There is also an increase in productivity as this new impact will get in tighter areas and produce the power to remove stubborn bolts that the compact might not have.  In the mechanics world, time is money.  This tool will help the mechanic to finish the job faster, making more money and getting more jobs done.


Voltage 18V
Battery M18™ REDLITHIUM™
Battery Warranty 3 Year
Length 6.77″
Weight 5.3 lbs
LED Light Yes
Height 10.1″
Width 2.7″
Tool Warranty 5 Years

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