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Milwaukee Continues to Expand Its Cordless Tool Offerings, Coreless Motors, Red Lithium Power, and RedLink Plus technology

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Tool continues to revolutionize cordless power tools with the introduction of the new M18 FUEL™ ½” Drill/Driver (2603-20/22) and M18 FUEL™ ½” Hammer Drill/Driver (2604-20/22); tools that integrate three ground-breaking cordless technologies to deliver up to 10X longer life, 25% more power and 50% more run-time for the professional tradesman.

As the clear leader in cordless tool development, Milwaukee has combined their exclusive POWERSTATE™ brushless motor, REDLITHIUM™ battery pack, and REDLINK PLUS™ intelligence to deliver drills that will outperform all other 18V drills on the market, while being over 1” shorter and lighter than leading competition.

The new POWERSTATE™ brushless motor works harder, lives longer, and converts energy into power and torque more efficiently than leading competitors.  The POWERSTATE™ motor is completely designed, engineered and built by Milwaukee Tool, providing up to 725 in-lbs of torque and making the M18™ FUEL™ Drill Driver and Hammer Drill Driver the most powerful drills in their class.  The POWERSTATE™ motors also reduce noise and cools more rapidly, delivering years of maintenance-free performance.

Milwaukee REDLITHIUM™ batteries provide significantly more run-time, power and recharges than any other Lithium product on the market. REDLITHIUM™ also delivers best-in-class performance in extreme job-site conditions.  With Milwaukee® durability built into each pack, the REDLITHIUM™ battery operates cooler and performs in climates as low as 0°F/-18°C with fade free power. A battery fuel gauge also displays remaining charge for less down time on the job.

REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence hardware and software is the world’s most advanced system of cordless power tool electronics that will maximize performance and protect the user’s investment.  REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence is a best-in-class system that integrates full-circle communication between tool, battery and charger, and constantly monitors this internal network to maintain ideal conditions.

“With advancements in the battery, electronics and motor, the new M18 FUEL™ products represent game-changing innovation for our entire lithium ecosystem that will provide unprecedented improvements in productivity for the user,” says Steven Richman, president of Milwaukee Tool. “M18 FUEL™ begins with the best components, and maximizes their performance using world-class engineering and job-site testing.”

In addition, all M18™ FUEL products will include the new multi-voltage charger to allow users to charge all M12™ and M18™ batteries with one charger. The new drills also come with an all metal ratcheting locking chuck for maximum grip, bit retention and durability, as well as a new contoured soft grip that gives users the ultimate comfort during prolonged use.

Available in March of 2012, the new M18 FUEL™ ½” Drill/Driver (2603-20/22) and M18 FUEL™ ½” Hammer Drill/Driver (2604-20/22) are a true testament to Milwaukee’s focus on the user and investing in game changing technology. For more information on M18 FUEL™, please visit www.milwaukeetool.com/fuel.

Specifications
M18 FUEL™ 1/2″ Drill/Driver Kit (2603-22)
Volts: 18V
Torque: 725 in-lbs
Speed: 2 Speed
RPM: 0-550 / 0-1,850 RPM
Chuck Type:  1/2″ Metal Single Sleeve – Ratcheting Lock
Tool Length:  7.9”
Tool Weight (w/ XC battery):4.9 lbs
2603 M18™ FUEL 1/2″ Drill/Driver, (2) M18™ HIGH CAPACITY REDLITHIUM™ Battery Packs and Multi-Voltage Charger

M18 FUEL™ 1/2″ Drill/Driver Bare Tool (2603-22CT)
Volts: 18V
Torque: 650 in-lbs
Speed: 2 Speed
RPM: 0-550 / 0-1,850 RPM
Chuck Type:  1/2″ Metal Single Sleeve – Ratcheting Lock
Tool Length:  7.9”
Tool Weight (w/ compact battery):4.4 lbs
2603 M18™ FUEL 1/2″ Drill/Driver, (2) M18™ COMPACT REDLITHIUM™ Battery Packs and Multi-Voltage Charger

M18 FUEL™ 1/2″ Hammer Drill/Driver Kit (2604-22)
Volts: 18V
Torque: 725 in-lbs
Speed: 2 Speed
RPM: 0-550 / 0-1,850 RPM
BPM: 31,450 BPM
Chuck Type:  1/2″ Metal Single Sleeve – Ratcheting Lock
Tool Length:  8.1”
Tool Weight (w/ XC battery): 5.0 lbs
Includes 2604 M18™ FUEL 1/2″ Drill/Driver, (2) M18™ HIGH CAPACITY REDLITHIUM™ Battery Packs and Multi-Voltage Charger

M18 FUEL™ 1/2″ Hammer Drill/Driver Bare Tool (2604-22CT)
Volts: 18V
Torque: 650 in-lbs
Speed: 2 Speed
RPM: 0-550 / 0-1,850 RPM
BPM: 31,450 BPM
Chuck Type:  1/2″ Metal Single Sleeve – Ratcheting Lock
Tool Length:  8.1”
Tool Weight (w/ compact battery): 4.5 lbs
Includes 2604 M18™ FUEL 1/2″ Drill/Driver, (2) M18™ COMPACT REDLITHIUM™ Battery Packs and Multi-Voltage Charger

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