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#1 posted 06-26-2012 03:01 PM

The hammer drill weighs slighly more than the drill/driver, but since both are quite a bit smaller and lighter than previous brushed drills that may not be an issue. Other than that, there isn’t much difference. If not using the hammer function, lifespan should be about the same on both.

For the $20 difference I would opt for the hammer drill just for the fact of not needing to buy another tool and have it sitting around for the couple times a year I drill into concrete. Right now, many dealers are offering a free battery with purchase of a Fuel drill, so that needs to be factored in to a buying decision, as well.

If, however, you use an impact driver (and I LOVE my M12 impact!), you might want to wait until Milwaukee comes out with a combo kit with the Fuel hammer drill and Fuel impact driver. Generally the combo kits only add a little bit to the price of a single tool. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one launched this fall at a retail of ~$300. I haven’t put a screwdriver bit in a drill since getting an impact driver.

The Fuel impact drivers have a three position switch that electronically controls the power output. The lowest setting for brass and finish screws, middle setting for general use and the highest for lag bolts and other higher torque applications.

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