Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 (Gen 4) vs Milwaukee M12 Fuel 3453-20 (Gen 3)

Milwaukee 2953-20 Angle 5

Milwaukee 2953-20

Quick take

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 and Milwaukee M12 Fuel 3453-20 are class-leading impact drivers that are designed for different uses. Both are flagship-grade impact drivers in Milwaukee’s coveted Fuel lineup. Many prosumers and professionals on the jobsite own both impact drivers, using the 3453-20 as a dedicated light-duty tool for tasks requiring precision and agility, and using the 2953-20 as a dedicated heavy-duty tool for driving big fasteners rapidly. Choosing between the two ultimately comes down to the intended usage. The 2953-20 is exceptionally fast and full of torque, all in a reasonably compact footprint. The 3453-20 leads the 12V class in speed under load and torque, and it is incredibly lightweight and agile, but can’t match the performance of a beefier 18V Fuel impact driver.

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18 Fuel
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 1,236.0
IPM 4,400.0
Drive modes 4
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as M18 gen 4
Brand Milwaukee
Platform M12 Fuel
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 696.0
IPM 4,000.0
Drive modes 4
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as M12 gen 3

Editorial opinion

Rating

4.72 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Best-in-class driving performance
  • Versatile drive modes improve accuracy
  • Compact footprint fits into tight spaces
  • Brushless motor improves efficiency and durability
  • Long tool and battery warranty

Cons

  • Poor battery run time

Rating

4.56 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Light duty

Pros

  • Great driving performance
  • High RPM, torque, and impacts per minute
  • Versatile drive modes
  • Exceptionally lightweight
  • Sub-compact size squeezes into tight spaces

Cons

  • Poor battery run time

Global rankings

21 models tested

TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)11.21
Torque (in-lbs)1,236.01
Battery run time (min.)26.018
RPM3,788.01
Bare weight (lbs)2.2017
Impacting noise (dBA)95.25
TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)21.715
Torque (in-lbs)696.06
Battery run time (min.)19.021
RPM3,515.02
Bare weight (lbs)1.571
Impacting noise (dBA)97.313

Kit and bare tool options

2953-22

Includes (2) M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery

Lab results

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright w/o battery: Yes
Stands upright w/ battery: Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Handle angle (deg.): 75.0
Head angle (deg.): 90.0

The 2953-20 stands upright with and without a battery and has a moderately aggressive forward lean, providing ample reach in certain driving situations. The entire grip is also covered in a soft rubber overmold for shock absorption. The quality of the overmold feels noticeably more premium than most impact drivers, including within Milwaukee’s M12 and M18 lineup.

The included belt hook is mountable on either side, but no bit holder is included and there’s no onboard magnetic fastener storage. Several Ryobi impact drivers have these built-in features, which would enhance the 2953-20’s versatility.

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright w/o battery: No
Stands upright w/ battery: Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Handle angle (deg.): 90.0
Head angle (deg.): 103.0

The 3453-20 follows the design language familiar to Milwaukee’s M12 impact driver lineup with a forward-biased handle and head angle that reaches toward the sky. The forward design provides excellent reach in certain driving conditions. The handle includes a rubber overgrip that feels more premium than other impact drivers and offers good shock absorption.

A belt hook is included and is mountable on either side. There is no bit holder or magnetic fastener holder onboard, unlike some Ryobi impact drivers with these features built into the tool.

The battery slots into the handle to give it a svelte design compared to other impact drivers. Milwaukee’s higher Ah M12 batteries are more traditionally designed to widen and lengthen the base, albeit remaining extremely compact. Without a battery, the 3453-20 doesn’t stand upright.

Weight

Milwaukee 2953-20 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.20
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.15
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 3.81

The 2853-20 is designed for brute performance, not reducing weight. In its bare tool form and with a battery, it’s a reasonably heavy impact driver.

The working weight can differ significantly depending on the battery run in your setup, which is why we tested the weight in different configurations. To keep it lightweight, we recommend combining the 2953-20 with Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium CP 2Ah battery for a good balance of performance and weight.

If weight is less of a concern, pair the 2953-20 with Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved driving performance.

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Weight

Milwaukee 3453-20 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 1.57
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 1.96
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

The 3453-20 is nimble and incredibly lightweight in its bare tool form and with a battery. This impact driver is one of the lightest setups available on the market.

The working weight can differ significantly depending on the battery run in your setup, which is why we tested the weight in different configurations. To keep it lightweight, we recommend combining the 3453-20 with Milwaukee’s M12 Red Lithium CP 2Ah battery for a good balance of performance and weight.

If weight is less of a concern, Milwaukee offers several higher Ah M12 batteries in its lineup. However, you forego the in-handle design for a slightly bulkier footprint and weight. Upgrading to Milwaukee’s M18 lineup may be more suitable as the size increases.

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Footprint

Milwaukee 2953-20 Footprint1
Milwaukee 2953-20 Footprint2

Max height (bare tool, in.): 7.875
Max width (bare tool, in.): 2.625
Collet to back length (in.): 4.375
Base length (bare tool, in.): 3.250
Base width (bare tool, in.): 2.625
Trigger circumference (in.): 6.500
Handle circumference (in.): 5.125

The 2953-20 has an incredibly compact stubby-like head, rivaling the collet-to-back length of many sub-compacts. However, it’s a bulky tool viewed from certain angles. The max width and height are somewhat extended.

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Footprint

Milwaukee 3453-20 Size

Max height (bare tool, in.): 7.125
Max width (bare tool, in.): 2.375
Collet to back length (in.): 4.875
Base length (bare tool, in.): 1.625
Base width (bare tool, in.): 1.625
Trigger circumference (in.): 6.500
Handle circumference (in.): 6.250

The 3453-20 is exceptionally compact, especially the max height with width. The collet-to-back length is on par with many other impact drivers. As a result, the 3453-20 performed well in our interior clearance tests (more on that below).

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Motor

Motor: Brushless
Impacts per minute: 4,400.0

The 2953-20 includes Milwaukee’s Powerstate brushless motor, which improves driving efficiency, battery performance, and durability over comparable brushed motors.

The high advertised impacts per minute, combined with its torque and RPM profile, explain why the 2953-20 so capably breezes through heavy-duty tasks, as demonstrated in our driving tests.

Motor

Motor: Brushless
Impacts per minute: 4,000.0

Brushless motors, such as Milwaukee’s Powerstate motor included in the 3453-20, are highly efficient, increase battery run time, and are more durable than their brushed motor counterparts.

The advertised 4000.0 impacts per minute are high for a sub-compact, partly explaining the snappy driving performance in our tests.

Drive modes

Milwaukee 2953-20 Drive Modes

Drive modes: 4
Drive mode 1:  High speed 
Drive mode 2:  Medium speed 
Drive mode 3:  Low speed 
Drive mode 4:  Self-tapping 
Variable speed trigger: Yes

Four driving modes on the 2953-20 improve driving versatility over single-mode models. Drive modes we label as 1, 2, 3, and 4 correspond to high speed, medium speed, low speed, and self-tapping screw modes. The advertised impacts per minute for the speed modes are 4300.0, 3400.0, and 1200.0, respectively.

Drive mode 1 is ideal for heavy-duty tasks, such as driving lag bolts, decking screws, and structural screws. This mode doesn’t offer a clean and accurate screw finish with such high torque and speed.

However, drive mode 2 offers better accuracy while retaining solid torque. This driving mode has sufficient power to drive screws into dimensional lumber, treated lumber, plywood, and hard and softwood.

Drive mode 3 is ideal for the most accurate and consistent screw finish in most materials, including harder woods and dimensional lumber.

The 2953-20 is more powerful across each drive mode than competing models set to equivalent high, medium, and low-speed modes. This powerful performance profile explains why we suggest using the low-speed mode to finish screws. In contrast, we typically prefer using the medium-speed mode to accurately recess screws with other, less powerful impact drivers.

In the self-tapping mode, the collet spins until impacting and stops shortly after. Milwaukee has optimized this setting for driving #8, #10, and #12 self-tapping screws between 1/2-inch to 1-inch in 18-22 gauge sheet metal.

Drive modes

Milwaukee 3453-20 Drive Modes

Drive modes: 4
Drive mode 1:  High speed 
Drive mode 2:  Medium speed 
Drive mode 3:  Low speed 
Drive mode 4:  Self-tapping 
Variable speed trigger: Yes

Four driving modes on the 3453-20 vastly improve driving versatility over single-mode models. Drive modes we label as 1, 2, 3, and 4 correspond to high speed, medium speed, low speed, and self-tapping screw modes. The advertised impacts per minute for the speed modes are 4000.0, 3500.0, and 1300.0, respectively.

Drive mode 1 is the best option for heavy-duty tasks, such as driving lag bolts and decking screws. This mode finishes screws nicely enough compared to the brute force high-speed modes on most 18V impact drivers. But any impact driver’s high-speed setting is rarely the best option for an accurate screw finish.

Drive mode 2 is the best for a clean and consistent screw recess in most materials. The mode has enough power to drive screws into dimensional lumber, treated lumber, plywood, and hard and softwood.

We found ourselves favoring drive mode 2 over drive mode 1 since the lower setting lacks power, and drive mode 2 is already highly accurate in all density materials.

The self-tapping mode works well enough driving common screw sizes in 1/2-inch to 1-inch lengths in thin sheet metal. In this mode, the collet spins until impacting and slows down to tap the screw.

This approach differs from other Milwaukee impact drivers, with a more consistent and versatile self-tapping drive mode. The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 has a better self-tapping mode. The 2551-20’s collet stops once a specific light rotational force is reached, and then it starts again slowly for a short moment. The 3453-20 doesn’t restart when holding the trigger, and we found this lacking feature reducing the self-tapping mode’s consistency.

Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 11.2
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 2.2
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 8.7
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 1.7

Milwaukee generated impressive driving speed performance in our heavy-duty tests. The 2953-20 powerfully drives big screws and lag bolts, resulting in one of the fastest results driving GRK screws in our speed test. The 2953-20 is among the few impact drivers to buy if brute force driving power is essential.

Also consider the Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z and Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845 for impressive driving performance.

While the 2953-20 offers solid accuracy and driving versatility in its class, we don’t recommend it as an all-around impact driver around the home. It is overpowered for many DIY tasks.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 21.7
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 4.3
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 15.7
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 3.1

The 3453-20 efficiently and impressively drove long GRK screws into treated lumber, far outshining other sub-compact impact drivers in our driving speed tests. But consider that the driving speed for big screws and lag bolts doesn’t compete with more powerful 18V impact drivers. So, it’s not an ideal fit for heavy-duty driving jobs only.

For the most common driving tasks around the home, the 3453-20 is fantastic. It powerfully drives decking screws and quickly drives common screw sizes into dimensional lumber, plywood, softwoods, and hardwoods.

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Torque

Milwaukee 2953-20 Torquemeter
Milwaukee 2953-20 Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 1,236.0
Max torque drive mode 2 (in-lbs): 857.4
Max torque drive mode 3 (in-lbs): 390.6
Max torque drive mode 4 (in-lbs): N/A

The 2953-20 is a torque beast, generating the highest torque output we measured among the best impact drivers in our test fleet. It did so by a long shot as well, which is impressive in such a compact and agile footprint.

The torque output isn’t surprising since this is Milwaukee’s flagship gen-4 impact driver that’s designed for brute force over all else. The performance is even more impressive knowing the robust torque profile doesn’t come at the expense of slow driving performance. The 2953-20 shines at both, partly explaining its high price tag and why many pros carry it in their tool belt.

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Torque

Milwaukee 3453-20 Torquemeter
Milwaukee 3453-20 Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 696.0
Max torque drive mode 2 (in-lbs): 549.6
Max torque drive mode 3 (in-lbs): 265.2
Max torque drive mode 4 (in-lbs): N/A

A frequent theme in Milwaukee’s flagship Fuel lineup is a trade-off between torque and speed depending on the task. Milwaukee gears most of its Fuel lineup to speed through the most demanding tasks, giving up some speed performance to competitors in lighter-duty jobs. This approach explains why the 3453-20 is geared to generate such high torque output.

The 3453-20 packs in a powerful torque punch in the 12V class. It not only secured the podium position for torque output in our Summer ’23 sub-compact test fleet but it also outpaced many larger 18V impact drivers.

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Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 26.0
Battery tested: 18V Red Lithium CP 2Ah (48-11-1820)
Voltage: 18

The 2953-20 had underwhelming no-load run time performance in our test, the primary letdown we came across.We tested battery run time with the 2Ah battery version. With a Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery, expect the battery run time to continue underperforming competing models running the same Ah setup. However, run time is significantly improved over the 2Ah battery.

At the same time, we recognize the limitations of our run-time tests that don’t currently test battery performance under load. Once testing the battery performance under load, we’ll update this review.

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Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 19.0
Battery tested: 12V Red Lithium CP 2Ah (48-11-2420)
Voltage: 12

The primary downside of the 3453-20 is its poor battery run time performance, which is one of the worst results we’ve encountered.

We tested battery run time with the 2Ah battery version. With a higher Ah M12 battery, expect the battery run time to continue underperforming competing models running the same Ah setup.

The practical run time may differ under load since Milwaukee offers highly efficient and powerful motors. But we haven’t tested beyond no-load run time to understand how it performs.

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Battery lineup

Milwaukee M18 Battery Lineup

Milwaukee offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 3Ah, 4Ah, 5Ah, 6Ah, 8Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its M18 lineup. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves driving performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Having at least two batteries in your setup is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend buying a Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium CP 2Ah and a Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery for most M18 impact driver setups for a good performance, price, and size balance.

Many Milwaukee impact drivers come in kits with chargers that charge multiple voltage batteries in one, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several M12 and M18 ecosystem tools.

Battery lineup

Milwaukee M12 Battery Lineup

Milwaukee offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 2.5Ah, 3Ah, 4Ah, 5Ah, and 6Ah batteries in its M12 lineup. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves driving performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Having at least two batteries in your setup is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend buying two Milwaukee M12 Red Lithium CP 2Ah batteries for most M12 impact driver setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

Many Milwaukee impact drivers come in kits with chargers that charge multiple voltage batteries in one, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several M12 and M18 ecosystem tools.

Charging time

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Milwaukee M12 & M18 Multi-Volt (48-59-1812)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 41.0
Charging time 2.5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
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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Charging time

Milwaukee 3453-20 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Milwaukee M12 & M18 Multi-Volt (48-59-1812)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 38.0
Charging time 2.5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time per Ah (min.): 19.0
Fuel gauge: Onboard tool

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 38 minutes to charge an M12 2Ah battery, or 19 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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RPM

Milwaukee 2953-20 RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 3,788.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (fwd.): 2,874.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (fwd.): 1,427.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (fwd.): 3,334.0
Max RPM drive mode 1 (rev.): 3,735.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): 2,905.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): 1,560.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): 3,177.0

The 2953-20’s impressive driving performance is also a result of its RPM profile. The max RPM confidently drives screws and lag bolts quickly, albeit risking cam-out in the highest speed setting.

There is no meaningful RPM difference in forward or reverse. Some impact drivers increase RPM in the reverse direction for specialty drive modes to power through loosening stubborn nuts and deeply embedded screws.

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RPM

Milwaukee 3453-20 RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 3,515.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (fwd.): 2,686.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (fwd.): 1,301.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (fwd.): 3,540.0
Max RPM drive mode 1 (rev.): 3,521.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): 2,783.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): 1,344.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): 3,547.0

The 3453-20 is one of the fastest impact drivers we’ve come across. The High RPM performance partly explains why it breezes through driving common screw sizes and lengths. The high RPM also helps set screws quickly, though there is some cam-out risk with such a high RPM. However, the cam-out risk is reduced significantly by using the other drive modes and by the fact that it’s a 12V impact driver with less torque than an 18V impact driver.

There is no significant measured RPM difference between forward and reverse for each drive mode. Some models increase RPM in reverse for specific drive modes to help bust loose bolts and stubborn screws. We didn’t encounter a situation where the 3453-20 was underpowered removing screws.

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 7.375
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.250
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 5.750

The 2953-20 performed well in our clearance tests, especially for such a powerful impact driver. It impressed most in our interior 45-degree and width tests, finishing near the top of the pack, making it a solid all-around choice to squeeze into tight spaces.

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 7.625
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.000
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 5.875

The 3453-20 performed well in our clearance tests due to its sub-compact size, narrow footprint, and in-handle battery design. The short collet-to-back length results in outstanding interior 45-degree clearance. Outside our standardized tests, we found the 3453-20 highly agile in practical situations with easy access in tight corners and spaces.

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Noise

2953-20 Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 86.4
Max impacting noise (dBA): 95.2

No impact driver peacefully says hello when impacting. But the 2953-20 is quieter than many other models when impacting.

Jump to Milwaukee’s Fuel Surge lineup for best-in-class noise performance, albeit lower torque. The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 are hydraulic impact drivers with quieter impacts.

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Noise

3453-20 Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 87.8
Max impacting noise (dBA): 97.3

The 3453-20 is a moderately-loud impact driver registering 97.3 dBA in our impacting noise tests. This impact driver is comparably loud driving common screw sizes under impact and with no load.

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 are worth considering if you want significantly-quieter impact drivers. Both are hydraulic impact drivers with subtler impacts, albeit lower torque.

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Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 26.4
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 1.9

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Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 48.6
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 2.4

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Light

Milwaukee 2953-20 Light
Milwaukee 29530-20 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light on/off: No
Number of lights: 3
Light time delay (sec.): 9.0

The work light illuminates a moderately large work area. The work light can’t be disabled and doesn’t act as a dedicated flashlight. Several Makita impact drivers include a dedicated flashlight functionally with the forward/reverse switch set to neutral.

Light

Milwaukee 3453-20 Light
Milwaukee 3453-20 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light on/off: No
Number of lights: 3
Light time delay (sec.): 10.0

The work light brilliantly illuminates a large work area. The work light can’t be disabled and doesn’t act as a dedicated flashlight. Several Makita impact drivers include a dedicated flashlight functionally with the forward/reverse switch set to neutral.

Collet

Milwaukee 2953-20 Collet Closeup

Collet size: 1/4-inch hex
Quick-change collet: Yes
Bit-eject collet: No
Easy-insert collet: Yes

Milwaukee rarely includes a bit-eject feature on its impact drivers, but some models have an incredibly smooth easy-insert design, both of which are true with the 2953-20.

Many Dewalt impact drivers include easy-insert and bit-eject collets that are smooth with the best collet design we’ve come across.

Collet

Milwaukee 3453-20 Collet Closeup

Collet size: 1/4-inch hex
Quick-change collet: Yes
Bit-eject collet: No
Easy-insert collet: No

Milwaukee rarely includes a bit-eject feature on its impact drivers, but some models have an incredibly smooth easy-insert design, both of which are true with the 3453-20.

Many Dewalt impact drivers include easy-insert and bit-eject collets that are smooth with the best collet design we’ve come across.

App integration

App integration: None

There is no bluetooth app integration to review impact driver diagnostics or to customize driving profiles on your phone. Some high-end Milwaukee impact drivers come in a One-Key version which includes an app integration to track impact driver usage, displays tool diagnostics, and allows you to set custom driving profiles, such as adjusting the RPM for each drive mode.

App integration

App integration: None

There is no bluetooth app integration to review impact driver diagnostics or to customize driving profiles on your phone. Some high-end Milwaukee impact drivers come in a One-Key version which includes an app integration to track impact driver usage, displays tool diagnostics, and allows you to set custom driving profiles, such as adjusting the RPM for each drive mode.

Warranty

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

Milwaukee stands behind the durability of its impact drivers with exceptionally-long warranties. The 2953-20 has a five-year warranty, which is among the longest offered by any manufacturer. Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium CP 2Ah batteries include a two-year warranty and the M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah batteries include a three-year warranty.

Warranty

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

Milwaukee stands behind the durability of its drills with exceptionally long warranties. The 3453-20 has a five-year warranty, which is among the longest offered by any manufacturer. Milwaukee’s M12 Li-Ion batteries have two or three-year warranties, depending on the specific model.

Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton is the founder of DIY Gear Reviews and a recognized expert in the home and DIY space. He has over 200 bylines covering topics such as power tools, hand tools, and woodworking. Nathan is the strategic director for DIY Gear Reviews, deciding everything from the content covered to designing the testing methodologies for lab-tested reviews. He can be emailed at nhamilton@diygearreviews.com.

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