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Milwaukee M12 FUEL Cordless Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver and Impact Combo with Free M12 Multi-Tool $199

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This was $220 yesterday, and it just dropped to $199, pretty good deal.
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How's it compare with today's regular m12 combo kit at $200? Non-fuel variety I guess.
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9% off isn't a "hot deal" IMO.
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It is actually a great deal. This set alone without the multi-tool for $200 is an amazing buy with the multi-tool it becomes a really hot deal.
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How's it compare with today's regular m12 combo kit at $200? Non-fuel variety I guess.

Which one are you talking about? The non fuel version is usually $99 and it's ehhh compared to fuel. I got a few sets of each and i rarely use the non fuel drill at all, the impact is just fine from both sets but the non fuel drill is weak and non versatile. I think I got 3 non fuel m12 drills that came in some other bundles and I use them for very basic things where i don't even remove the bit. The fuel hammer/drill is AMAZING! People that see me pick up a 12 volt drill and put a 6" hole saw are always amazed but it just plows through. I just wish they will make the angle drill a fuel version soon too. The current right angle drill blows and the right angle impact is crappy as well.
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New m12's being released shortly... thus all the deals. They made them even more compact and powerful in the next generation... mght be worth holding out.
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New m12's being released shortly... thus all the deals.
How "shortly"?
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How "shortly"?
December 2017 according to this article. It also show their entire lineup of tools and accessories that will be out.

http://toolguyd.com/new-milwaukee...2-cordless
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It is actually a great deal. This set alone without the multi-tool for $200 is an amazing buy with the multi-tool it becomes a really hot deal.
I went through two of the M12 multi-tools before giving up and just returning it for a refund. It has a fatal design flaw IMHO. The M12 battery has two notches in the middle with the battery contacts on the inside. This is good for preventing shorts, but requires the battery contacts on the tool to be two prongs which insert into these notches (kinda like a U.S. electrical plug and wall socket).

This is different from other cordless power tools which typically have the contacts on the side of the battery (where they can conceivably be shorted). The tool then has spring-loaded metal contacts which press against the battery.

Anyhow, the M12 battery contact design works fine with most of the tools. But on the M12 multi-tool, they designed it so the tool oscillates perpendicular to the *narrow* side of these prongs. If your battery has even the tiniest bit of play, the tool basically ends up flexing its battery contact prongs back and forth along its narrow width thousands of times per minute as the tool oscillates and the battery tries to remain stationary. The prongs rapidly develop metal fatigue until one breaks off (like bending a paper clip back and forth over and over). I had to return both M12 multi-tools I tried for this reason. The problem is exacerbated with the larger capacity batteries (more mass so they tend to stay still more as the tool oscillates).

I love my M12 set, but definitely do not recommend the M12 multi-tool.
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Is there a big difference between 4.0 and 5.0 batteries? I just bought a refurbished one with 5.0 and oneKey for 300

Wondering if I should return it and buy this...
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I went through two of the M12 multi-tools before giving up and just returning it for a refund. It has a fatal design flaw IMHO. The M12 battery has two notches in the middle with the battery contacts on the inside. This is good for preventing shorts, but requires the battery contacts on the tool to be two prongs which insert into these notches (kinda like a U.S. electrical plug and wall socket).

This is different from other cordless power tools which typically have the contacts on the side of the battery (where they can conceivably be shorted). The tool then has spring-loaded metal contacts which press against the battery.

Anyhow, the M12 battery contact design works fine with most of the tools. But on the M12 multi-tool, they designed it so the tool oscillates perpendicular to the *narrow* side of these prongs. If your battery has even the tiniest bit of play, the tool basically ends up flexing its battery contact prongs back and forth along its narrow width thousands of times per minute as the tool oscillates and the battery tries to remain stationary. The prongs rapidly develop metal fatigue until one breaks off (like bending a paper clip back and forth over and over). I had to return both M12 multi-tools I tried for this reason. The problem is exacerbated with the larger capacity batteries (more mass so they tend to stay still more as the tool oscillates).

I love my M12 set, but definitely do not recommend the M12 multi-tool.
Good to know, I never used the m12 multi-tool. I only have the m18 version and never had any issues.
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Is there a big difference between 4.0 and 5.0 batteries? I just bought a refurbished one with 5.0 and oneKey for 300

Wondering if I should return it and buy this...
You probably bought the M18 version which is quite a different animal.
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I went through two of the M12 multi-tools before giving up and just returning it for a refund. It has a fatal design flaw IMHO. The M12 battery has two notches in the middle with the battery contacts on the inside. This is good for preventing shorts, but requires the battery contacts on the tool to be two prongs which insert into these notches (kinda like a U.S. electrical plug and wall socket).

This is different from other cordless power tools which typically have the contacts on the side of the battery (where they can conceivably be shorted). The tool then has spring-loaded metal contacts which press against the battery.

Anyhow, the M12 battery contact design works fine with most of the tools. But on the M12 multi-tool, they designed it so the tool oscillates perpendicular to the *narrow* side of these prongs. If your battery has even the tiniest bit of play, the tool basically ends up flexing its battery contact prongs back and forth along its narrow width thousands of times per minute as the tool oscillates and the battery tries to remain stationary. The prongs rapidly develop metal fatigue until one breaks off (like bending a paper clip back and forth over and over). I had to return both M12 multi-tools I tried for this reason. The problem is exacerbated with the larger capacity batteries (more mass so they tend to stay still more as the tool oscillates).

I love my M12 set, but definitely do not recommend the M12 multi-tool.
Thanks for this! Very solid and honest review. Can I switch out multi for something else? If so, I might bite. A guy I work with uses these m12 fuel onset and they're so easy to carry around all day and still drive the hell outta some screws
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Thanks for this! Very solid and honest review. Can I switch out multi for something else? If so, I might bite. A guy I work with uses these m12 fuel onset and they're so easy to carry around all day and still drive the hell outta some screws
If you dont want multitool - You can get an extra 2 pack if batteries instead with the combo kit for $199 - see my other post
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