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Offline JonathanJung

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Re: Festool or Milwaukee Impact driver?
« Reply #60 on: July 23, 2020, 11:10 AM »
M12 Surge is a winner! Small, light, and drives large screws home without an issue. Plus it fits in my tool vest pocket perfectly. The M18 Surge is nice, but gets 10% the usage of the M12 Surge. Can't comment on the Festool, but I am sure it will be good.

With you on this.

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Re: Festool or Milwaukee Impact driver?
« Reply #61 on: July 23, 2020, 11:11 AM »
The Milwaukee impacts are powerful but the variable speed trigger isn't that variable and eventually starts working intermittently.  After a year of daily site use the brushless motors seem to give up the ghost as well.  At least in Canada Milwaukee will not honor the warranty if the impact shows signs of excessive use (they consider it abused).   Therefore if it's a shop drill you shouldn't have a problem with the warranty but a site drill essentially doesn't have one.

I ended up switching from Milwaukee to Hilti after getting frustrated with the unreliable trigger and lack of warranty.  I'm also invested in the Festool battery platform so I'll be getting a Festool impact once they are released.

I use my Milwaukee impacts daily, both on site and in the shop. The M18 Surge had problems, sent it in with free call tag, was fixed for free, and sent back for free.

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Re: Festool or Milwaukee Impact driver?
« Reply #62 on: July 23, 2020, 11:12 AM »
I run a mix of Milwaukee and Festool around the house and for impacts, I have both the M12 and M18 Surge Milwaukees.  They are super quiet and the drive speed and control is much better than anything else I have used. I have the Fuel non-surge impact and I use it only once in a while if the surge cant drive something (very rarely can it not).

I have tried the Festool drills in a couple varieties and I do not like them for some reason.

With you on how quiet the Surge are. Anyone around me comments on how quiet they are and that's nice for working around others. I would definitely try the Festool first and see if it's loud.

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Re: Festool or Milwaukee Impact driver?
« Reply #63 on: July 23, 2020, 11:13 AM »
Sale had me spend a little more than I anticipated.  Ended getting the surge plus grinder, 8 and 6 ah starter kit, and sawzall 🙄

They will get you! Enjoy.