Milwaukee 2703-22 XC M18 18v Fuel Brushless Drill Driver Review

If you are on the market for a drill that is ready to take on really big and heavy jobs, the Milwaukee 2703-22 XC M18 Drill Driver would be a very good option, especially if you are planning to use it regularly. This tool comes from the brand’s award-winning M18 Fuel line, an exclusive catalog of high-performing cordless power tools that are designed, engineered, and built by Milwaukee to deliver increased performance and optimum efficiency.

This cordless drill is so impressively powerful that it can easily tackle any drilling job at home, in the garage, or at the construction site and whether it be for personal or commercial application. It is packed with excellent features and state-of-the-art technology that optimizes performance and energy use. You know you are getting a reliable, long-lasting do-it-all drill driver.

There is a little downside to this tool, though, that is its weight of 5.84 pounds. It is one of the heaviest tools on the market today, but this flaw can certainly be overshadowed by all the great things this can do. Read on as we look into it a little deeper and find out if it is really as impressive as it claims to be.

Pros:

  • Installed with Powerstate Brushless Motor
  • Designed with RedLink Plus intelligence for maximum performance
  • Has an all-metal gear case for increased protection
  • Compact and ergonomic design
  • Comes with a ½-inch metal single sleeve-ratcheting lock
  • Delivers up to 1,200 in. lbs. maximum torque
  • Includes a RedLithium XC 5.0 battery pack
  • Built with a side handle for better handling and control
  • Comes with a sturdy carrying case

Cons:

  • Relatively costly
  • On the heavier side

Our Opinion

Power Performance for Heavy-duty Tasks

Coming from Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel series of superpower tools, the 2703-22 XC is one fiercely powerful cordless drill. It is specially designed to take on the hefty jobs that most professional users are faced with. It delivers a whopping maximum torque of 1,200 in. lbs., making it the highest claimed torque of any drill that we know of. It is a bigger and improved version of one of their older models. The brand even added an extra 150 RPM to its top speed, enabling its rise as a top product frequently raved about.

What is even more impressive is that Milwaukee was able to make the drill more compact with its measurement of 16 x 4.7 x 12.1 inches. Now, you can have all that power in a comparatively light drill which is just perfect for that tight space in your closet or drawer.

Thanks to its Powerstate Brushless Motor, you can get up to 2,000 rotations per minute, allowing you to get your task done quickly and easily. Its RedLink Plus technology lets the drill, the battery, and the charger communicate with each other to optimize performance and energy use. This drill can easily drive a long 1-inch diameter ship auger bit and a 2-inch hole saw with no bogging down or no burning smell.

Designed for Professionals

The 2703-22 XC is engineered with professionals in mind. It was made to be highly suitable for almost any job you can think of, most especially heavy-duty commercial tasks. It perfectly blends balance, power, weight, and grip for those hardcore drilling projects that contractors encounter in their everyday work.

Though it may slant a bit on the heavy side, this is something that can be overlooked as the weight is evenly distributed and adds to the good balance of the drill. Good balance allows you better control and precision that is supplemented by its side handle that other models do not have.

It is equipped with a work light that is very useful for working in poorly lit workspaces or even at night. Because you are planning to get a drill, make sure to get one that comes with a LED light. It may be understated, but give it time. You will realize its benefits eventually.

Other Remarkable Features

This cordless power drill uses the brand exclusive RedLithium XC 5.0 battery pack that gives you more work time in one single charge than standard lithium ion batteries. In addition, these batteries are compatible with more than a hundred M18 tools on Milwaukee’s list. Also, with two batteries included, you are assured of continuous use when one battery runs out of juice.

The tool also has a ½-inch metal single sleeve–ratcheting lock for tighter bits. It comes with a sturdy carrying case, a belt clip, a bit holder, and a five-year limited warranty on the tool and three years for the battery.

Comparison with Milwaukee 2702-20

The Milwaukee 2702-20 is an excellent tool, but it is no comparison to the 2703-22 XC. In terms of power and speed, the former falls short. One of the more noticeable differences though is the price. The stronger model racks up to $250 in costs while the other just goes a little over $100.  The 2702-20 is sold as a bare tool which is the reason for its relatively low price.

If you are looking for a power tool for heavy-duty work, then, between these two models, the 2703-22 XC is the best option for you, but if price and maneuverability are at the top of your considerations, then the 2702-20 will prove to be better suited to your needs.

Conclusion

The Milwaukee 2703-22 XC is one very impressive tool. It has double the torque of its predecessors making it one of the most powerful drills on the market today. The Milwaukee M18 FUEL line is known for its excellent efficiency. It provides great user experience and, with its long-lasting battery, you will be glad to know that this particular model comes from that same incredible line of power tools.

This cordless drill is equipped with power that comes from Milwaukee’s multiple technologies that optimizes performance and gives efficient reliability and durability to your working experience. It combines performance and value that is consistent with the brand’s reputation for quality.

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