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Milwaukee M12 Fuel Brushless 4-in-1 3/8" Drill Driver Kit + Extra 6.0Ah Battery

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Home Depot has Milwaukee M12 Fuel Brushless 4-in-1 3/8" Drill Driver Kit + Extra XC 6.0Ah Battery for $229. Shipping is free, otherwise select free store pickup where stock permits. Thanks BeaverSPT

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  • Base tool
  • 3/8" Drill chuck head
  • Right angle head
  • Screwdriver head
  • Offset adapter head
  • M12 Charger
  • 2x M12 2.0Ah batteries
  • 1x M12 XC 6.0Ah battery
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As I mentioned above, this M12 Fuel is comparable to the Bosch Flexiclick which was available on Amazon for about $139 now but was available for $119 just a month back, both times with 2 batteries.

The average home diyer may not accumulate an entire tool range hence this type of tool which does the job of several is a boon.

A newer Bosch Flexiclick model number GSR12V-35FC is brushless but not yet available here. I'm waiting for the same price to hit or the new tool to arrive because I don't like the way the handle of this M12 and the forward reverse switch, also the stop switch requires you to push for 3 seconds, whereas typically you just set the rocker to the middle and it stops the tool, i.e. if you carry it, this prevents the tool from accidentally running.
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I have the brushed version of the Bosch Flexiclick, and this Milwaukee installer is similar. I got the Bosch when it was $119 with 2x battery. At the time, all I wanted was the driver and battery. But turns out the other attachments are super useful. This type of tool is design to excel on anything inside the home. Cabinet draws, doors, the offset allow me to install shelf support without screwing in at an angle. Anything that is tight to fit. And for inside the home...you don't want the high torque from impacts...the torque on these are perfect. Yes, there is a thing about too much torque and too fast.
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I have the brushed version of the Bosch Flexiclick, and this Milwaukee installer is similar. I got the Bosch when it was $119 with 2x battery. At the time, all I wanted was the driver and battery. But turns out the other attachments are super useful. This type of tool is design to excel on anything inside the home. Cabinet draws, doors, the offset allow me to install shelf support without screwing in at an angle. Anything that is tight to fit. And for inside the home...you don't want the high torque from impacts...the torque on these are perfect. Yes, there is a thing about too much torque and too fast.
Thats exactly what the Flexiclick is aimed for. That tool has been around for several years hence it is a brushed model and price has come down very reasonably.

Either price has to be right or the newer brushless is available, those are my current criteria for buying this.

I plan to be using it for exactly what you do there, I'm also looking to replace my non-12V screwdrivers which just ain't cutting in.
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Curious for opinions on the tool experts. I have a ton of the M12 Fuel line up, but not really a big fan of the thick grips. I was thinking of moving over to the Bosch 18v line of tools, like the Freak. Any thoughts on if thats a bad move? And I'm just an at home diy'er. Nothing too strenuous or heavy duty. But like all of you in this thread, I like tools. As far as the m12 Fuel stuff I think I can recoup a good amount of my investment selling it off. Or I can just keep it. Opinions are appreciated. If I kept the M12 stuff, I'd probably buy the driver in this thread as well. I know, all over the place. Thanks everyone.
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Curious for opinions on the tool experts. I have a ton of the M12 Fuel line up, but not really a big fan of the thick grips. I was thinking of moving over to the Bosch 18v line of tools, like the Freak. Any thoughts on if thats a bad move? And I'm just an at home diy'er. Nothing too strenuous or heavy duty. But like all of you in this thread, I like tools. As far as the m12 Fuel stuff I think I can recoup a good amount of my investment selling it off. Or I can just keep it. Opinions are appreciated. If I kept the M12 stuff, I'd probably buy the driver in this thread as well. I know, all over the place. Thanks everyone.
I'm not a tool expert, I'm just a DIYer. For myself, I think the 18V is too heavy no matter which line up. The 12V, now we're talking. I had the M12 Fuel 3/8 inch ratchet but that thing is so heavy, when HD offers the Husky ratchet set for $49 before xmas last year that was the tool I bought and kept, I returned the Fuel. People are always looking at torque numbers and forget about in-your-hand usage feel.

I have been using the Husky and it does its job several times and more. People forget when the torque isn"t enough you can just manual wrench it. For the ratchet, the torque number is meaningless. Not to say many manufacturers published break away torque which is useless, it takes more effort to screw in nuts vs screw off, so that break away torque is not so useful in real world, unless you are looking at brushed vs brushless or between tier one manufacturers (Bosch, Makita, Miwaukee, Dewalt etc) vs others where there could be significant difference. There is a youtube on this.

In this case the Bosch Flexiclick wins more as its actually several hundred grams lighter vs the M12, perhaps about 2-5 oz lighter???

What I meant above was the Bosch is lighter by about 2-5 oz so based on my previous experience comparing M12 fuel 3/8 ratchet vs the husky, I would prefer lighter tool vs more torque.
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So, if you purchase this and have it shipped to the store, will the 6Ah battery be a different line item? If so, you should be able to save some money with a return. Usually though you need to have this item at the store for the battery turn it trick to work.

This looks like a great tool. Wish it was around before I purchased the M12 driver, impact and screwdriver (oh well).

In terms of the 18V battery line I think that it is useful for certain high drain or high torque tools (like lights, sawzall, circular or table saw, multi-tool etc.

The M12 tools definitely have their place and they work very well for a homeowner DIY unless you need serious torque.

Wish this came with a M18-M12 super charger. Having a M12 charger on its own is a waste if you have adopted both battery lines.

I like the Bosch tool as well but am not interested in adopting yet another lithium battery line.

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Curious for opinions on the tool experts. I have a ton of the M12 Fuel line up, but not really a big fan of the thick grips. I was thinking of moving over to the Bosch 18v line of tools, like the Freak. Any thoughts on if thats a bad move? And I'm just an at home diy'er. Nothing too strenuous or heavy duty. But like all of you in this thread, I like tools. As far as the m12 Fuel stuff I think I can recoup a good amount of my investment selling it off. Or I can just keep it. Opinions are appreciated. If I kept the M12 stuff, I'd probably buy the driver in this thread as well. I know, all over the place. Thanks everyone.
Milwaukee has a much larger tool line than Bosch and they expand it every year. Personally if you're already invested in Milwaukee I see now reason to leave for Bosch. With the M18 line the tool possibilities are impressive: Table saws, chainsaws, garden tools (the all in one weed wacker/hedge trimmer/trim saw is great), drivers, lights, sawzalls, nailers. These tools are used by professionals and are well tested with good CS warranty experience. The battery cells and circuitry that Milwaukee uses (Redline and XC) is well reviewed in terms of capacity and quality. Then of course there's the new brushless fuel line. Finally, you can usually get pretty decent coin for used Milwaukee tools indicated that they hold their value.

Just my $0.02.

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On another flipside, 3 tools would've cost easily 3x$99 = $297. This if you returned the 6 Ah batt would cost you somewhere $160-170 see above post. The prices for 3 tools above might have been for brushed tool, this item is brushless, its the M12 Fuel. You need to provide better reasoning than losing 3 tools vs 1.

If someone who is a DIYer, this makes perfect sense, cheaper to buy 1 tool and batt.
LOL what? You can regularly get a brushed M12 drill, impact and 2-3 batteries for $99 at Depot on their holiday sales. If you're paying $99/tool for brushed M12s you're likely not a member on here 😂
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As someone with M12 tools, who also drool over Festool stuff, this thing is at the top of my wish list. As a woodworker and avid DIY'er around the house, I find myself not needing brute force 18v stuff that often. Installing ceiling fans, can lights, door knobs, etc. — all stuff 12v tools handle with ease and with much less bulk.

If I can't have the Festool stuff — the Milwaukee will fit nicely. That said, $230 to $300 isn't THAT big of a jump considering I expect several years out of them. But when the equivalent Bosch has been trending down every day for the past several weeks (CCC trend is crazy) it's hard to not go that route if it hits ~$120 again.

tl;dr —

Waiting for the Bosch to hit $120, then I'll bite. Otherwise, either the Milwaukee comes down in price significantly, or I'm just gonna cash in some CC points and succumb to the Festool green ...
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Wow this is like the Bosch Flexiclick on extreme steroids!

Who knows what the purpose of that knuckle protector is?
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Wow this is like the Bosch Flexiclick on extreme steroids!

Who knows what the purpose of that knuckle protector is?
Miwaukee stashed some of the electronics in there to reduce the size of the "head" of the drill. Also, on the front of the "knuckle protector" is a magnetic strip. Useful for storing an extra bit and a few extra screws.
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Miwaukee stashed some of the electronics in there to reduce the size of the "head" of the drill. Also, on the front of the "knuckle protector" is a magnetic strip. Useful for storing an extra bit and a few extra screws.
Thanks!

I already got the Flexiclick and sadly can't justify this purchase but I want that 6ah battery!
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I see lots of references to wood working.

How is this thing for electrical assembly? Drilling mild steel? Drilling stainless?
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So, if you purchase this and have it shipped to the store, will the 6Ah battery be a different line item? If so, you should be able to save some money with a return. Usually though you need to have this item at the store for the battery turn it trick to work.

This looks like a great tool. Wish it was around before I purchased the M12 driver, impact and screwdriver (oh well).

In terms of the 18V battery line I think that it is useful for certain high drain or high torque tools (like lights, sawzall, circular or table saw, multi-tool etc.

The M12 tools definitely have their place and they work very well for a homeowner DIY unless you need serious torque.

Wish this came with a M18-M12 super charger. Having a M12 charger on its own is a waste if you have adopted both battery lines.

I like the Bosch tool as well but am not interested in adopting yet another lithium battery line.

smithmal
I bought into the m18 line for the fuel angle grinder and the shop vac, both not available in m12. I love the m12 day to day but nice to have those 18v options for stuff like yard equipment, the sawzall, and maybe that table saw.

I'm debating this and getting rid of my 1st Gen m12 fuel impact or hammer drill, or both. I have a brushless 18v of both tools. Definitely don't need more m12 batteries of all types unless I get the coat or something
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I'm not a tool expert, I'm just a DIYer. For myself, I think the 18V is too heavy no matter which line up. The 12V, now we're talking. I had the M12 Fuel 3/8 inch ratchet but that thing is so heavy, when HD offers the Husky ratchet set for $49 before xmas last year that was the tool I bought and kept, I returned the Fuel. People are always looking at torque numbers and forget about in-your-hand usage feel.

I have been using the Husky and it does its job several times and more. People forget when the torque isn"t enough you can just manual wrench it. For the ratchet, the torque number is meaningless. Not to say many manufacturers published break away torque which is useless, it takes more effort to screw in nuts vs screw off, so that break away torque is not so useful in real world, unless you are looking at brushed vs brushless or between tier one manufacturers (Bosch, Makita, Miwaukee, Dewalt etc) vs others where there could be significant difference. There is a youtube on this.

In this case the Bosch Flexiclick wins more as its actually several hundred grams lighter vs the M12, perhaps about 2-5 oz lighter???

What I meant above was the Bosch is lighter by about 2-5 oz so based on my previous experience comparing M12 fuel 3/8 ratchet vs the husky, I would prefer lighter tool vs more torque.
Thanks for the reply. I will check out the Husky ratchet set and the Bosch Flexiclick.
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Milwaukee has a much larger tool line than Bosch and they expand it every year. Personally if you're already invested in Milwaukee I see now reason to leave for Bosch. With the M18 line the tool possibilities are impressive: Table saws, chainsaws, garden tools (the all in one weed wacker/hedge trimmer/trim saw is great), drivers, lights, sawzalls, nailers. These tools are used by professionals and are well tested with good CS warranty experience. The battery cells and circuitry that Milwaukee uses (Redline and XC) is well reviewed in terms of capacity and quality. Then of course there's the new brushless fuel line. Finally, you can usually get pretty decent coin for used Milwaukee tools indicated that they hold their value.

Just my $0.02.

smithmal
Thanks for the response! I think another reason I am thinking of jumping is wanting to be in the 18v world again for no real reason, to be honest. I don't like that the circular saw isn't cutting decking boards as clean as I'd like with the m12 Fuel. I am not sure what people think of Bosch products in general but I liked how it felt in hand. Same with the Dewalt. Supposedly Bosch has some nice new battery system as well. The thick Milwaukee handles aren't the most comfortable.
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As someone with M12 tools, who also drool over Festool stuff, this thing is at the top of my wish list. As a woodworker and avid DIY'er around the house, I find myself not needing brute force 18v stuff that often. Installing ceiling fans, can lights, door knobs, etc. — all stuff 12v tools handle with ease and with much less bulk.

If I can't have the Festool stuff — the Milwaukee will fit nicely. That said, $230 to $300 isn't THAT big of a jump considering I expect several years out of them. But when the equivalent Bosch has been trending down every day for the past several weeks (CCC trend is crazy) it's hard to not go that route if it hits ~$120 again.

tl;dr —

Waiting for the Bosch to hit $120, then I'll bite. Otherwise, either the Milwaukee comes down in price significantly, or I'm just gonna cash in some CC points and succumb to the Festool green ...
Which Bosch tool are you referring to? The Flexiclick?
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