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M18 FUEL Gen-2 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Mid Torque 1/2 in. Impact Wrench w/Friction Ring (Tool-Only) $133.97 w/ Home Depot Hack

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$151.11 (my local zip code, use the zip codes below for the $219 price) after the Hack with the M18 5.0XC battery.

- Special thanks to psihog for sharing the M18 priced at $219 after the hack $133.97 with these zip codes: 43065, 45459, 45449, 45426, 35501, 35064, 35210, 75455, & 75402.
- Thank you highroad52 for sharing zip code 80524 to get it at $219.
- Thank you fiddelm3742 for sharing zip code 50701 to get it at $219.

$277.30 if you need the 3/8 & 1/2 M18 Fuel Mid Torque:
Milwaukee M18 FUEL GEN-2 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Mid Torque Brushless Cordless 3/8 in. and 1/2 in Impact Wrench (2-Tool)
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwa.../314971519

M18 FUEL Gen-2 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Mid Torque 1/2 in. Impact Wrench w/Friction Ring (Tool-Only)

The Hack
The hack is simple. You buy a promo deal which you get a free tool or battery. There are different ways to do the hack. Pick up at the store, online, or a combination of both. You keep one of the items and the other item is subtracted automatically (if you did not pick it up) or return the item.

The Hack Example:
The M18 ($219) is the key to the hack. It is a promotional item. You have to select that in your cart. The battery ($139) is a free item. It shows you in the cart with the return value based on the zip code of the Home Depot (zip code example 43065) you select.

$133.97 + $85.03 = $219 plus your state sales tax. If you received it in the mail return the item to Home Depot and they will subtract the one you didn't want. If you didn't pick it up Home Depot will subtract the item after a certain time (they will let you know in the email). That is the Hack. Tool Boss on YouTube Channel can explain it better. I cannot provide the link due to the Slick Deals policy.

M18 18-Volt 5.0 Ah Lithium-Ion XC Extended Capacity Battery Pack
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwa.../205620421

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwa.../313511878
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Slicko_Dealer asked this question on 08-03-2021 at 10:54 AM
08-04-2021 at 02:41 PM
Yes the 5.0 is a good battery.
insanegod.god asked this question on 08-05-2021 at 01:10 PM
08-05-2021 at 01:10 PM
$399 M18 Fuel hammer drill/driver combo kit hack is here.
$295 after the battery hack.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-M18-FUEL-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Brushless-Cordless-Hammer-Drill-and-Impact-Driver-Combo-Kit-2-Tool-with-Two-5Ah-Batteries-2997-22/305063033
EfficientMoney505 asked this question on 08-10-2021 at 11:52 PM
08-10-2021 at 11:52 PM
Looks like it's dead for me, can't add a free item anymore

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-M18-FUEL-Gen-2-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Brushless-Cordless-Mid-Torque-1-2-in-Impact-Wrench-w-Friction-Ring-Tool-Only-2962-20/313511878
9999bh asked this question on 08-03-2021 at 11:22 AM

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Quote from Doubtnot78 :
The rule of thumb for a M18 Milwaukee batteries is about $10 per AH (5.0AH = $50) so the battery at $85 or so isn't a great deal by that benchmark.
where would you get it for that price except no-name ebay ?
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How good is the actual tool? I don't really NEED another 1/2" impact wrench as my 300 ft-lb Craftsman usually gets the job done, but there have been applications where it just wasn't strong enough and I had to bring out a breaker and pipe (and even that wasn't always enough) and I'm thinking that a 600ft-lb one might have worked. Is this really 600 ft-lb, or only under ideal lab conditions and then for only an instant?

Btw, are brushed impact wrenches known to lose impact power over time as they're used and the internals wear down and the battery gradually loses max power?
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Thank you OP! Been waiting for M18 1/2" impact
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Thanks everybody! New to M-18, but have a 8 ah batt and a few yard tools. First time using "Hack".

I need more batteries, should I return this anyway and wait for a deal? I had ordered something through Grainger to get the 12ah batt, but they cancelled it out from under me.
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I ordered before I saw the replies on how to get the tool down to $134 since it was not in stock locally, I had to ship the tool and pick up the battery and then called and cancelled the battery. If I order again from the discounted zip code and ship both to me, can I take the "new" battery and "old" impact (with each reciept) to the local home depot?
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How good is the actual tool? I don't really NEED another 1/2" impact wrench as my 300 ft-lb Craftsman usually gets the job done, but there have been applications where it just wasn't strong enough and I had to bring out a breaker and pipe (and even that wasn't always enough) and I'm thinking that a 600ft-lb one might have worked. Is this really 600 ft-lb, or only under ideal lab conditions and then for only an instant?

Btw, are brushed impact wrenches known to lose impact power over time as they're used and the internals wear down and the battery gradually loses max power?
Usually you can -10% on power tools from what the box says, say 550~ft-lb in most use cases.
Milwaukee's Fuel line of tools are as good as it gets for pro-sumer grade. The next step up is professional grade, something like Snap-on or Hilti.
The tools themselves pretty close to Dewalt or Makita, maybe a little more robust, the battery is what sets them apart. Design and the cells used are important, Milwaukee is way ahead of Dewalt and Makita here.
Craftsman is a consumer/home user grade, they're junk, so it's not fair to compare them here.

Brushed tools don't lose any more power than brushless over time from what I've experienced, you just need to change the brushes. Brushless have way more torque in a smaller package, and they just keep getting cheaper, so there's no reason to buy a brushed tool these days. The internals wear down just like any tool, so you can lose some power from something snapping off or a bearing going bad, but that's what warranty repairs are for.. unless you like opening them up and fing with them like I do. laugh out loud
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How good is the actual tool? I don't really NEED another 1/2" impact wrench as my 300 ft-lb Craftsman usually gets the job done, but there have been applications where it just wasn't strong enough and I had to bring out a breaker and pipe (and even that wasn't always enough) and I'm thinking that a 600ft-lb one might have worked. Is this really 600 ft-lb, or only under ideal lab conditions and then for only an instant?

Btw, are brushed impact wrenches known to lose impact power over time as they're used and the internals wear down and the battery gradually loses max power?
Yes, brushes wear out and the motor isn't as effective. Also, brushed motors are junk compared to brushless
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Is this a good price for tool and battery if I don't have a battery already? Trying to decide if I should buy and keep both.
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Picked up the grinder for $100. Thanks OP.
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A number of the M12 kits are on sale as well, and the priciest free gift is the the $149 ratchet, so there are some great deals to be had.

The cheapest, I believe, is this:
M12 FUEL 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit w/ 2 Batteries and Bag (2-Tool) -
$229.00 ($138.31 with the return trick) + $149.00 ($90.69 with the return trick)

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwa.../303101201

I thought it was a worthwhile to pay an extra $12 bucks ($150.66) for the kit that also includes their $25 45 piece bit set:
M12 FUEL 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit (2-Tool) with Bit Set (45-Piece)

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwa...1fec77078e

I only see one kit that includes the M12 Surge impact unfortunately:

M12 FUEL 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 4-in-1 Installation 3/8in. Drill Driver & SURGE Impact Driver Combo Kit
$239.00 after the trick.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwa.../313138680
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Thanks just got the stubby M12 3/8" from the eBay deal and this will round out my 1/2" needs. I bought the tool and battery and ordered the battery for pickup. Then wait 5 min and cancel the battery pickup. No need to return the battery in store and get free delivery on the tool.
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where would you get it for that price except no-name ebay ?
you don't. not from a retail store at least.
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Quote from FuschiaScene411 :
Yes, brushes wear out and the motor isn't as effective. Also, brushed motors are junk compared to brushless
I'd very very very surprised if someone who bought a Craftsman branded impact wrench ever used it enough to wear out the brushes.

Sure, if you use it in a professional shop for several hours a day, every day, year after year, you might need to eventually change out the brushes, but I doubt that many repair shops are using Craftsman battery powered tools.
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Usually you can -10% on power tools from what the box says, say 550~ft-lb in most use cases.
Milwaukee's Fuel line of tools are as good as it gets for pro-sumer grade. The next step up is professional grade, something like Snap-on or Hilti.
The tools themselves pretty close to Dewalt or Makita, maybe a little more robust, the battery is what sets them apart. Design and the cells used are important, Milwaukee is way ahead of Dewalt and Makita here.
Craftsman is a consumer/home user grade, they're junk, so it's not fair to compare them here.

Brushed tools don't lose any more power than brushless over time from what I've experienced, you just need to change the brushes. Brushless have way more torque in a smaller package, and they just keep getting cheaper, so there's no reason to buy a brushed tool these days. The internals wear down just like any tool, so you can lose some power from something snapping off or a bearing going bad, but that's what warranty repairs are for.. unless you like opening them up and fing with them like I do. laugh out loud
Thanks. I might just get one for the brushless, extra impact torque, batteries and quality. The Craftsman effectively cost me next to nothing because I got as much in cashback as it cost me and has served me reasonably well, but it would be nice to have a quality tool and not have to break out the breaker bar and cheater pipe, which don't even work in certain situations because of access (most recently the right side steering rack subframe bolt on a '92 Camry).

As for brushless coming down in price, I assume it's because the circuitry is getting cheaper and more of a commodity item as patents expire and the chips themselves getting mass produced and cheaper. But at this point there's little point in getting brushed unless money's an issue and you just need something for the occasional job around the house and don't intend to use it regularly or for heavy duty applications.

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Yes, brushes wear out and the motor isn't as effective. Also, brushed motors are junk compared to brushless
I don't know that I'd call them junk given that for well over 100 years nearly all motors were brushed, at least DC. But clearly they're inherently inferior to brushless due to their design, what with friction and arcing doing their thing.
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Quote from jeff34270 :
I'd very very very surprised if someone who bought a Craftsman branded impact wrench ever used it enough to wear out the brushes.

Sure, if you use it in a professional shop for several hours a day, every day, year after year, you might need to eventually change out the brushes, but I doubt that many repair shops are using Craftsman battery powered tools.
I use mine fairly often, but still way way way less than a shop would. Basically any fastener tightened to more than 20ft-lb I tend to use it on, as much to remove as to actually loosen the fastener, because it saves time over a manual wrench. For example I've been rebuilding the manual trans on my car and I've tightened and removed over 20 bolts multiple times, all torqued to 29ft-lbs, to check some clearances, and it saved me a lot of time over a manual ratchet wrench. I use a powered screwdriver to screw them back on, then a torque wrench to tighten them, as the impact would have way overtorqued them.

It's held up ok, but it "feels" like it has less breaking torque than it once did. Perhaps it's my imagination and it's as powerful as it was out of the box. In any case, it's not quite powerful enough for certain tasks and I could use something stronger. Plus, it lacks certain features that some impacts have that seem very handy, like multiple speeds, and especially a setting where it reinstalls a fastener but disengages when it starts to tighten, around 20ft-lbs, so as to not overtorque it, and you can finish the job with a proper torque wrench. That would be a huge timesaver for certain applications, like rebuilding my trans.
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