Milwaukee M18 2607-20 Hammer Drill Review

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Quick take

We were continually impressed with the Milwaukee M18 2607-20 Hammer Drill’s performance throughout our testing. It beats most of the budget competition regarding driving and drilling speeds. Unlike many of its competitors, the build quality is excellent, with Milwaukee choosing metal over plastic for many of its exterior parts, and it has a brushless motor. However, the tip-to-tail length is extremely long, and the hammer drill isn’t very effective. These features combine to make it one of the top picks for price-conscious DIYers looking for a highly capable drill to handle all the typical jobs you’d encounter around the home. It’s unsuitable for professional use on the job site since it can’t compete with flagship models.

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 500.0
BPM 28,800.0
Clutch settings 18
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as N/A

Global rankings

18 models tested

TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)16.09
Driving speed (sec.)13.111
Torque (in-lbs)500.08
RPM1,686.010
Bare weight (lbs)3.0314
Drilling Noise (dBA)97.318

Editorial opinion

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Editorial rating

4.21 / 5 stars

Pros

  • Exceptional drilling performance for the price
  • Includes a hammer drill mode
  • Brushless motor
  • Solid build quality

 

Cons

  • Extended length limits areas it can fit into
  • Hammer mechanism isn’t highly effective

Recommended configuration

2607-22

Includes (2) M18 Red Lithium XC 3Ah battery

Series lineup

Model #PlatformAction ModesMax Torque (in-lbs)Review
Milwaukee 2607-20M18Drill, hammer500.0Full review
Milwaukee 2801-20M18Drill only500.0Full review
Milwaukee 2903-20 (Gen 4)M18 FuelDrill only1400.0Full review
Milwaukee 2904-20 (Gen 4)M18 FuelDrill, hammer1400.0Full review

Lab results

Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 16.0
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 3.2
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): 15.3
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): 3.1
Hammer mode speed improvement: 4.4%

The 2607-20 has fantastic drilling performance when put up against similarly-priced budget models in and outside of the Milwaukee 18V lineup.

We designed our drilling speed tests to understand how each drill performs at the top of its range. The 2607-20 is one of the fastest and smoothest hammer drills in our low to mid-range price test fleet.

It’s not fast enough to blast chips out when boring holes like a flagship drill. But it did smoothly and quickly complete our drilling speed test without binding up and easily cleared chips from the hole.

Not as impressive, the hammer drill functionality doesn’t improve speed much. We expect a highly capable hammer functionality to improve speeds by 20.0% or more over the standard drill mode.

The 2607-20’s hammer functionality only improved drilling speeds by 4.4%. A higher hammering rate and more power would improve the speed when drilling into masonry and thicker lumber. We’d consider the unimpressive hammering performance more of a downside if the 2607-20 didn’t quickly bore big holes, which isn’t the case.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 13.1
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 2.6
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 9.6
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 1.9

The 2607-20 won’t win any driving speed contests when driving big lag bolts and other structural screws. You need to open up more of your wallet to secure that crown. But the 2607-20 is more than capable of driving long lag bolts in the high setting, as seen in our video above.

Context is important when reviewing our driving speed test. There isn’t a massive time difference between the fastest drills and those finishing in the middle of the pack. For example, middle-of-the-test pack models like the 2607-20 averaged roughly 2.5 seconds per GRK RSS screw. The fastest, highest-end drills were around 1.5 seconds on average.

There’s no denying how satisfying it is to quickly finish a screw with brute force driving power. However, the time savings of roughly one second per screw isn’t a game changer for most people considering this hammer drill.

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RPM

Milwaukee 2607-20 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,686.0
Max RPM speed 1: 429.0

One downside is that the 2607-20 isn’t a high RPM hammer drill. Its RPM output in the high setting is average, whereas the RPM in the low setting falls near the bottom of the pack.

As a result, in practice, the 2607-20 doesn’t set screws quickly, leading to occasionally fumbling the screw before the tip grabs the work material. This drill will also drive and drill more slowly than most in the low setting, albeit the torque increases.

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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): 500.0
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): 41.7

While 500.0 in-lbs of advertised torque won’t secure a podium position for the highest torque output, it beats most drills we’ve tested around the same price point. This data point further evidences why it’s one of the best budget drills around, with unmatched build quality and performance in its category.

Note: We don’t currently test drill torque in-house, as we do for impact drivers using a torque meter. The torque commentary discussed here relies upon both advertised torque specifications provided by manufacturers and practical insights learned from performance in our various drilling and driving tests.

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Chuck

Milwaukee 2607-20 Chuck Closeup

Chuck size: 1/2″
Chuck sleeve material: Metal

Impressive for this price point, the 2607-20 includes an all-metal chuck sleeve. Many competing models choose plastic instead. Opting for metal makes the drill feel more premium and improves durability.

Throughout testing, we were also impressed with how well the three-jaw chuck locked onto bits and retained them when frequently switching between forward and reverse during regular testing. Some other hammer drills inadvertently loosen the chuck when releasing the trigger and switching between forward and reverse without holding the chuck.

Motor & BPM

Milwaukee 2607-20 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushless
Action modes: Drill, hammer
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): 28,800.0
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): 7,200.0
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.375

Impressively at this budget price point, the 2607-20 includes a brushless motor, improving the motor longevity and driving efficiency over brushed motors. Even as brushless motors have become commonplace, many drills in this price range still opt for a brushed motor to cut costs.

The brushless motor has three action modes. The driving mode engages the clutch to fine-tune the driving profile based on the torque needed.

The drill mode disengages the clutch for unfettered torque performance.

The hammer mode acts like the drill mode but layers in a hammering mechanism that generates 28,800.0 blows per minute in the high setting.

While the hammering functionality improves drilling speed, the comparatively low hammering rate doesn’t drastically improve speeds, as evidenced by our drilling speed tests below.

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Clutch & speed settings

Milwaukee 2607-20 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 18

The 2607-20 includes a familiar two-speed gearbox to run the drill at a high or low RPM in any action mode. There are also 18 clutch options, which is modestly high. Whether the number of clutch settings is a pro or con depends on how you use the drill.

Access to more clutch settings allows you to drive screws with more precision, albeit most people don’t use the full clutch settings available.

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Charging time

Milwaukee 2607-20 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Milwaukee M12 & M18 Multi-Volt (48-59-1812)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 41.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): 98.0
Charging time per Ah (min.): 20.1
Fuel gauge: On battery

The Milwaukee M12 and M18 multi-volt charger (model 48-59-1812) included in most kits is reasonably fast at charging batteries, including to beat out team red’s most frequent adversary, Dewalt. It takes 41 minutes to charge an M18 2Ah battery and 98 minutes for a 5Ah battery, or approximately 20 minutes per amp-hour.

Milwaukee’s 48-59-1812 charger charges multiple battery voltages in one, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several M12 and M18 ecosystem tools.

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Design & ergonomics

Stands upright (no battery): No
Stands upright (w/ battery): Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Lanyard compatible: No

The 2607-20 leans slightly forward but doesn’t have an upward-sloping head that positions the drill in an aggressive stance when drilling. The combined angles help keep the drill flat when rotating your wrist slightly forward, as is common when setting up to bore a hole.

Otherwise, the grip is covered in a rubber overmold that improves shock absorption and gripping power. There is also no onboard bit holder or magnetic plate to hold fasteners, although both can be purchased from third parties and attached to the 2607-20.

A belt hook included in the box is mountable on both sides at the back of the base.

Weight

Milwaukee 2607-20 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 3.03
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.97
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 4.64

The 2607-20 is moderately heavy for an 18V drill, weighing in at 3.03 lbs in its bare form. Over longer and repetitive drilling sessions, expect minor muscle fatigue in your hand, wrist, and forearm.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the 2607-20 with Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium CP 2Ah battery for as lightweight of a setup as possible without limiting performance meaningfully.

Pair the 2607-20 with Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved drilling performance if weight is less of a concern.

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Footprint

Milwaukee 2607-20 Footprint1
Milwaukee 2607-20 Footprint2

Max height (in.): 8.875
Max width (in.): 3.125
Chuck to back length (in.): 7.750
Base length (in.): 4.625
Base width (in.): 3.125

The 2607-20 is moderately svelte when looking at its height with a battery and head width, helping it fit into some tight areas. However, the 2607-20 is incredibly long from tip to tail, with a significant portion of the chuck and head in front of the trigger.

The almost comically elongated nose section biases the weight at the front of the tool, causing it to not stand upright without a battery and leading to some hand fatigue when holding the drill flat.

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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 9.375
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.375
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 7.750

If you frequently drill flatly between two vertical boards, then the 2607-20 isn’t the drill of choice. The extremely long tip-to-tail length limits the spaces it can fit into without operating the drill at awkward angles.

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Auxiliary arm

Auxiliary arm: No

The 2607-20 doesn’t include an auxiliary handle to control recoil and enhance stability during heavy-duty drilling tasks. But we don’t see this as a downside. The 2607-20 isn’t designed to tackle the heaviest-duty drilling tasks, such as drilling wide and deep holes in masonry or wood, where an auxiliary handle is helpful.

We’d see not including an auxiliary arm as a downside if it had more muscle.

Noise

Milwaukee 2607-20 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 82.2
Max drilling noise (dBA): 97.3

In hammer drilling mode, the 2607-20 is loud under load. The hammering mechanism is significantly louder than most hammer drills, rivaling the noise output of the best impact drivers.

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Light

Milwaukee 2607-20 Light Wall
Milwaukee 2607-20 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light location: Near trigger
Light positions: 1
Customizable light settings: None
Light count: Single LED
Light active time (sec.): 15.0

The 2607-20 has a no-frills light that gets the job done. The single LED bulb is bright. But the extended nose of the tool creates shadows on the drilled surface, limiting its utility as a flashlight or spotlight in a pinch.

There are also no advanced features, like a spotlight mode or the ability to disable the light, like some Dewalt drills.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 2-3 (depends on model)
Battery warranty (years): 5

Milwaukee stands behind the durability of its drills with exceptionally long warranties. The 2607-20 has a five-year warranty, which is among the longest offered by any manufacturer. Milwaukee’s M18 Li-Ion batteries have two or three-year warranties, depending on the specific model.

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