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Milwaukee Mid-Torque M18 FUEL Impact Wrench – 2860-20 Video Review


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Using the Milwaukee Mid-Torque M18 impact wrench allows the user to maximize efficiency without the fatigue of a bigger and heavier tool. Even after tearing apart a complete engine, running screws, and rotating tires, 3 bars were left on the battery.

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The new Milwaukee Mid-Torque M18 FUEL Impact Wrench fits the bill for the majority of work in the typical shop. This is the model 2860 1/2″ impact that is smaller, lighter and more compact than the full size version. Even still, the mid-torque offers 450 ft./lbs of fastening torque and 600 ft./lbs of breakaway torque.

We tested the Milwaukee M18 FUEL mid-torque out for ourselves to see how it would hold up to some real world testing. Our test includes totally disassembling a small block chevy engine, then immediately running in 10 spax screws that ranged in length from 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 inches in length. These spax screws were run through a 4×4 and into a 6×6. In addition, immediately following the spax screws, we rotated the tires on a 3/4 Ton Chevy Duramax 4×4 truck. The Milwaukee Mid-Torque impact wrench M18 FUEL handled the entire job without a hiccup, and the battery still had 3 of the 4 bars left.

Milwaukee Mid-Torque M18 FUEL Impact Wrench Features

Height and weight of the Milwaukee Mid-Torque M18 FUEL impact wrench and the full size version differ only slightly. The bigger difference is in the length, from anvil to back of the impact, as well as the diameter of the body. Most of all, the Mid-torque design handles much better, hence much easier to carry around and work with. This mid-sized design of the Milwaukee reminded us of the Ingersoll Rand W5132 that we reviewed last year.

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There are 3 modes (speeds and impacts) to choose from, 1 – 1,700 rpm, 2 – 2,100 rpm, and 3 – 2,400 rpm. An LED light sits just beneath and aft the anvil, casting light onto the fastener area. Finally, the Milwaukee Mid-torque M18 FUEL impact wrench comes in two variations. Model 2860 is the pin detent anvil, which provides maximum socket retention. Model 2861 includes the friction-ring anvil. Both models are available as a kit (2860-20 and 2861-20).

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Mid-Torque 2860-20 M18 FUEL Specifications

  • Milwaukee Mid-Torque vs. SBCVoltage: 18V
  • Battery: M18 Redlithium
  • Battery Warranty: 3-Year
  • Length: 6.77″
  • Weight: 5.3 lbs.
  • Light: Single LED
  • Height: 10.1″
  • Width: 2.7″
  • Tool Warranty: 5-Years
  • Modes: 3 (1,700, 2,100, and 2,400 RPM)

Final Thoughts

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This M18 FUEL mid-torque impact wrench is strong enough to perform 80-90% of the jobs in most shops. Why carry around a bigger and heavier tool, if you don’t have to? With a 5-year warranty on the tool, this is a great addition to any mechanic’s toolbox. The Milwaukee Mid-torque 2860-20 kit can be had for $399,and the bare tool for just $189.

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