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Milwaukee 2860 Mid Torque Impact Wrench M18 FUEL Review

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The Milwaukee 2860 Mid Torque impact wrench passed our real-world tests with flying colors. With the Mid Torque weighing in less and smaller in size, it's much easier to use this over the big brother Milwaukee.

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Cordless Impact wrenches are infiltrating technician’s toolboxes more and more. On the surface, it seems that power is all the rage. However, talk to a mechanic that works with an impact often, and they’re likely to mention size and weight. Our mission here is to give the new Milwaukee 2860 Mid Torque impact wrench real workout.

Obviously, Milwaukee sees the niche for a lighter and smaller tool, but yet still pack punch. Yet, we want to see can it live up to the marketing hype. Our testing includes tearing apart an old-school Chevy small block (350ci), every nut and bolt. In addition, we’ll run-in some long 6+” spax screws, then rotate wheels and tires on a 3/4-ton Chevy 2500HD.

Spoiler alert: the Milwaukee 2860 handled it all – with ease and plenty battery left. Read on.

Milwaukee 2860 Mid Torque Impact Wrench Features

The Mid Torque impact comes as a 1/2” drive, available with pin detent or hog-ring style anvil. This is part of the M18 FUEL line that delivers maximum power while keeping electronics safe. Milwaukee Tool technology in these FUEL tools allow the battery to talk to the tool, and vice versa. When the battery is on the charger, battery and charger communicate as well. A Powerstate Brushless motor provides the power to the 1/2” anvil.

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The Milwaukee 2860 Mid Torque impact wrench can be purchased as tool-only, model 2860-20 for pin detent. To purchase as a kit, model 2860-22. That kit includes two (2) Redlithium 5.0Ah batteries and the M12 & M18 combo charger. For the hogring-style anvil, models are 2861-20 (tool only) and 2861-22 (kit). Both the tool only model and the kits come with a blow-molded case.

Mid Torque vs High TorqueMiddleweight vs. Heavyweight

As a mid-sized impact, the Milwaukee Mid Torque impact weighs in at 5.3 lbs and is only 6.77 inches long. Compared to the Milwaukee 2762 High Torque big brother, which weighs 7 lbs and 8.75 inches long. While this may not seem to be a lot, it’s very noticeable after lugging it around for a while. The smaller size is definitely noticeable in and around wheel wells and engine compartments. In addition, the Mid Torque 2860 saves in the diameter of the main body as well.

Obviously, with the down-sized size, you suffer performance, but not so much. The full-sized 2762 Milwaukee claims only 600 ft-lbs fastening torque. The 2860 Mid Torque delivers 450 ft./lbs of fastening torque and 600 ft./lbs of breakaway torque. That’s not a lot of suffering with the weight and size savings. It seems there may be a lot of power packed into this Mid Torque 2860.

Mid Torque 2860 M18 FUEL Impact Performance

While we’re not attaching the 2860 to any boring gauges, we will put it to some real work. Our intentions are to see if there is room in the tool box, and does it make sense, for a mid-sized mid-torque impact. Real world testing, meet the Milwaukee Mid Torque 2860 impact wrench.

Mid Torque SBC TeardownChevy 350 Disassembly

Let’s set the stage on the SBC teardown. This is no spring-chicken. The motor is put together mainly with parts from 1969 and 1970 motors. I originally rebuilt the motor in 1995, and installed it in my S10 truck. I ran it like it was stolen for four (4) years. Since 2001, the motor has sat on an engine stand under a lean-to shelter. A roof with no walls. That means 4 years of abuse with my foot in the carbueretor and 16 years of weather abuse. As you can see in the Milwaukee Mid-Torque M18 FUEL Impact Wrench video, there are mud-dauber nests in nearly every bolt hole.

My concern for the M18 FUEL Mid Torque was going to be the head bolts – did I mention that I ran this motor hot with my foot on the floor…a few times. (If you ever see me, just ask me about the water pump on this motor). In addition to the head bolts, the main journals could potentially be an issue as well. Lastly, the crankshaft bolt can sometimes be a bear.

Victory

Piece-a-cake! Within eleven (11) minutes, the complete motor teardown complete. Every nut and bolt gave way to the Milwaukee Mid Torque 2860. One particular head bolt gives it a little trouble, but a quick forward burst followed by reverse again breaks it loose. The only thing left in the block is the camshaft, hence it has no fasteners holding it in.

Mid Torque Wins

Now – to put this thing back together! I’ll have to use our trusty ACDelco ARM303-4A Digital Angle Torque Wrench to ensure longevity.

Mid Torque Spax ScrewsLooong Spax Screws Challenge

To simulate some work on the woodshop side of things, what better than to run-in ten (10) 6-1/2” and 8-1/2” spax screws. We are running these screws thru a 4×4 and into a 6×6. The Milwaukee Mid Torque 2860 impact wrench doesn’t break a sweat. With 2/3 of the testing complete, the Mid Torque is begging for more.

Wheel and Tire Rotation – 2500HD ¾ Ton Truck

Mid Torque Tire RotationIn case you may be new to this game, rotating the tires doesn’t mean jacking up the truck and spinning the tires. In addition, this is a ¾ ton truck with aftermarket wheels, lift kit and oversized tires. Lugnuts on vehicles this large can sometimes pose a problem. This is 8 lugs per wheel, removing and re-installing, so that’s 64 lugnuts (32 remove, 32 re-install).

Again, victory to the Milwaukee Mid Torque 2860. In fact, we are using the Mid Torque to do all the wheel work (rotations, brakes, spare tires, etc.) and it works great. We usually drag around an air impact with an air hose getting tangled at all four corners. With the Milwaukee Mid Torque impact, it’s nice to get rid of something while moving around the vehicle.

Battery Life After TestingBattery Performance

Performance is not everything with a cordless tool, and it’s not the only expense. Batter life definitely comes into play when testing. After all our testing discussed above, we still have 3 out of 4 bars left on the battery. Mind – blown!

Overall Final Thoughts

Without a doubt, the M18 FUEL Mid Torque passes our tests with flying colors. To be honest, we expected the Milwaukee Mid Torque to make it through victorious. What we didn’t expect was the battery performance. Unless you change tires for a living, we don’t see how you could wear-down a full battery in a workday.

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I like to put the 80-20 rule into effect with my work/tool life. If I can get 80% of my work done with a lighter tool, then it’s worth using and having. Why carry around a heavier tool if you don’t have to. That 20% of the time, go get the big brother tool. Truth be told, the Milwaukee 2860 Mid Torque impact wrench probably does everything that many mechanics need.

With a 5-year warranty on the tool, this is a great addition to any mechanic’s toolbox. The Milwaukee Mid-torque 2860-20 kit can be had for $399,and the bare tool for just $189. The M18 FUEL Mid Torque gets our recommendation with two (2) thumbs-up.

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Milwaukee 2860 Mid Torque Impact Wrench Specifications

  • Milwaukee Mid Torque LEDMilwaukee 2860 Mid Torque Impact Wrench Voltage: 18V
  • Battery: M18 Redlithium
  • Battery Warranty: 3-Year
  • Length: 6.77″
  • Weight: 5.3 lbs.
  • Light: Single LED
  • Height: 10.1″
  • Width: 2.7″
  • Tool Warranty: 5-Years
  • Modes: 3 (1,700, 2,100, and 2,400 RPM)

To get your Milwaukee 2860 Mid Torque impact wrench, click here.

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/2" Mid-Torque Impact Wrench with Friction Ring

The Milwaukee 2962-20 M18 FUEL 1/2" Mid-Torque Impact Wrench w/ Friction Ring delivers the best power to weight ratio, most access in tight spaces, and faster removal speed. It provides 650 ft-lbs of nut-busting torque and only weighs 5.1 lbs, making it extremely versatile, capable of performing a wide variety of applications. Its POWERSTATE Brushless Motor generates the power needed to quickly perform many tasks, such as removing large bolts or lug nuts. This Milwaukee 1/2" Impact Wrench is the most compact in its class, giving you access to stubborn fasteners in spaces where larger impact wrenches can’t fit without needing to disassemble components to reach bolts. Tri-LEDs surround the anvil to deliver brighter light with fewer shadows. 4-Mode DRIVE CONTROL offers greater precision with a range of pre-set RPM and IPM levels, selectable from a single button on the tool. By selecting Mode 4, AUTO SHUT-OFF control applies no more than 35 ft-lbs of torque for hand-tight fastening applications to prevent overtightening. Mode 4 also features Bolt Removal Control that delivers you full torque output, then decreases RPMs once the bolt is loosened to prevent fastener drops. REDLINK PLUS Intelligence ensures maximum performance, protecting the tool against overloads, over-heating, and over-discharge. The M18 REDLITHIUM battery pack (not included) fits M18 tools, delivering more work per charge and more work over the life of the pack.

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  • Friction ring (hog ring) ensures quick and easy socket changes
  • 6.0" in length provides most access in tight spaces
  • Faster Removal speed provides increased user productivity
  • Tri-LEDs deliver high definition lighting to increase workspace visibility with less shadows
  • 4-Mode DRIVE CONTROL provides greater control over output speed and power. Includes auto shut-off and bolt-removal control
  • AUTO SHUT-OFF control applies no more than 35 ft-lbs of torque for hand-tight fastening applications to prevent overtightening
  • Bolt Removal control delivers full torque output, then decreases RPMs once the bolt is loosened to prevent fastener drops
  • Mode 1 RPMs: 0-1,250; Mode 2 RPMs: 0-1,950; Mode 3 RPMs: 0-2,575; Mode 4 RPMs: 0-2,575
  • Mode 1 IPMs: 0-900; Mode 2 IPMs: 0-2,100; Mode 3 IPMs: 0-3,100; Mode 4 IPMs: 0-3,100
  • REDLINK PLUS Intelligence ensures maximum performance and protects from overloads, heating and over-discharge
  • Works in up to to 69kV environments
  • Compatible with all M18™ batteries & Chargers
  • Tool only—batteries and charger sold separately

Specifications

  • Product type: cordless 1/2" impact wrench
  • Manufacturer: Milwaukee
  • Model: 2962-20
  • Nut busting torque: 650 ft-lbs
  • Fastening torque: 550 ft-lbs
  • Anvil type: 1/2" square with friction ring
  • Length: 6"
  • Width: 2.74"
  • Height: 8.12"
  • Weight: 5.1 lbs
Sours: https://www.kmstools.com/milwaukee-m18-fuel-1-2-mid-torque-impact-wrench-with-friction-ring.html
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Milwaukee 2960-22 3/8″ Mid Torque Impact Wrench Kit – Friction Ring

Description

Milwaukee 2960-22 3/8″ Mid Torque Impact Wrench Kit – Friction Ring

The Milwaukee 2960-22 3/8″ Mid Torque Impact Wrench Kit – Friction Ring includes:

  • 2960-20 M18 FUEL™ 3/8″ Mid-Torque Impact Wrench w/ Friction Ring
  • 2 – 48-11-1850M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC5.0 Batteries
  • 48-59-1812M18™ & M12™ Multi-Voltage Charger
  • Carrying Case

Model variations:

Optional Protective Boot (sold separately): 49-16-2960 M18 FUEL Mid-Torque Impact Wrench Protective Boot

Features:

  • Friction ring (Hog ring) Anvil ensures quick and easy socket changes
  • 6.0″ length provides most access in tight spaces
  • Faster Removal speed increases user productivity
  • Tri-LEDs deliver high definition lighting to increase workspace visibility with less shadows
  • 4-Mode DRIVE CONTROL™:
        • Provides greater control over output speed and power
        • Includes auto shut-off and bolt-removal mode
  • AUTO SHUT-OFF™ Control (Mode 4):
        • Prevents over tightening
        • Increases productivity by applying no more than 35 ft-lbs of torque
        • For hand-tight fastening applications to prevent overtightening
  • Bolt Removal Control:
        • Delivers full torque output
        • Then decreases RPMs once the bolt loosened to prevent fastener drops
  • Works in up to to 69kV environments
  • Compatible with all M18™ batteries & Chargers

POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor:

  • Delivers up to 600 ft-lbs. of nut-busting torque

REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence:

  • Ensures maximum performance
  • Protects from overloads, heating and over-discharge

Specifications:

  • Battery voltage and chemistry: 18V Lithium Ion
  • Nut busting torque: 600 ft-lbs
  • Fastening torque 550 ft-lbs
  • Anvil type: 3/8″ Square with Friction Ring
  • Length: 6″
  • Height: 8.12″
  • Width: 2.74″
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs
4-Mode DRIVE CONTROL™
ModeRPM RangeIPM Range
10 to 1,2500 to 900
20 to 1,9500 to 2,100
30 to 2,5750 to 3,100
4 (Auto Shut-Off)0 to 2,5750 to 3,100
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Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/2\

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Mid-Torque Impact Wrench Displays Versatile Size and Power

As part of the Pipeline new product series, we got our lug nuts on the next-gen Milwaukee M18 Fuel mid-torque impact wrench. Not only is it much smaller than the previous model, but you’ll find that it’s the most versatile cordless impact wrench in Milwaukee’s impressive arsenal.


Pros

  • 550 ft-lbs of fastening and 650 ft-lbs of loosening torque
  • Incredibly compact design for this performance level
  • Much greater power than a compact impact wrench without a huge size penalty
  • Enough power to eliminate the need for a high-torque impact wrench for many Pros
  • Just 6.0 inches long and 5.1 pounds with a 5.0Ah battery
  • New tri-beam LEDs
  • Increased lanyard hole size
  • 3 drive styles available

Cons

Recommendation

If you’re thinking about starting big with the high-torque or going small with the compact, give the Milwaukee’s mid-torque impact wrench a close look first. It’s much smaller and lighter than the high-torque and still has the power to cover a surprising range of applications that you might not expect from a mid-torque model. Even though the compact version is nice for close quarters, the mid-torque won’t leave you wishing you had more power and it’s only about an inch longer.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Mid-Torque Impact Wrench

Power

Right out of the gate, this 2nd-generation Milwaukee M18 Fuel mid-torque impact wrench has more power than its predecessor. Its 650 ft-lbs of nut-busting torque are 50 ft-lbs more. When it comes to fastening, you have 550 ft-lbs to work with.

We like to test those nut-busting claims on our test rig. We have 7/8-inch, grade 8, hardened steel nuts and bolts and we use a digital torque wrench with a 6x torque multiplier to set them at specific levels.

All the way up to 500 ft-lbs, this new mid-torque zipped them off like it was nothing. It worked so fast, we couldn’t even get a good stopwatch time to measure how long it took to break.

That’s when we found the limitations of our bolts. Somewhere between 550 and 600 ft-lbs, the threads finally failed. Unable to test any further with our current setup, we looked at each other and realized just how impressive this tool really is.

“Before reaching for that high-torque, give the Milwaukee mid-torque impact wrench a close look. It’s smaller and lighter than a high-torque—yet it won’t leave you wishing you had more power.”

– Kenny Koehler

Consider for a moment how often you legitimately need to break more torque than a 7/8-inch grade 8 bolt can hold. It’s certainly possible, but outside of heavy equipment and diesel mechanics or industrial applications, it’s pretty rare.

Even with rusted lugs on many passenger vehicles, we find it’s more likely you’ll shear off the stud before you reach the limit of Milwaukee’s mid-torque strength.

Size and Weight

Compared to Milwaukee first-gen model, the updated version is 0.8 inches shorter in our measurements, putting its head right at 6.0 inches. That’s really compact for an impact wrench with this kind of power.

There’s a little weight loss that comes with the smaller size as well. Dropping 0.3 pounds, it’s now 3.5 pounds bare and 5.1 pounds with a 5.0Ah battery.

On smaller jobs, we like popping a 3.0Ah High Output battery on for even more weight savings. With it, you’re looking at 4.8 pounds for the weight.

New Features

Auto Modes

A new auto mode takes center stage among the updated feature set. In addition to the standard three electronic speed settings, this mode functions differently in forward and reverse.

In forward, it prevents overtightening by automatically shutting off after the first few impacts. For torque-specific bolts, use this mode to get your fastener in place, then switch over to your torque wrench to finish it off.

When you’re working around a $100,000 car with so much power available, it’s a huge help to make sure you don’t create an expensive problem to fix.

There’s bolt removal assistance in reverse. With it, the impacts start light and slow and ramp up until it senses the bolt is loose. It doesn’t stop at that point. Instead, it continues loosening at a low-speed rate.

LED Tri-Beam

Tri-beam LEDs are fantastic and we love that Milwaukee has brought it to their mid-torque impact wrench!

3 LEDs surround the drive, lighting up your work area much better than any foot-mounted LED can, and nearly eliminating any shadows.

Lanyard Hole

The lanyard hole size is a bit larger on this model. It might not be a big deal to mechanics on the ground, but it makes tethering easier for tradesmen working at height.

Additional Features

  • Brushless motor
  • Standard 3-speed electronic controls (plus the auto modes, 4 modes total)
  • Reversible belt hook
  • Variable speed trigger

Versions

  • 3/8-inch friction ring (Milwaukee 2960)
  • 1/2-inch friction ring (Milwaukee 2962)
  • 1/2-inch pin detent (Milwaukee 2962P)

One-Key Models

Milwaukee didn’t release a One-Key version of the Gen 1 mid-torque impact wrench and there’s been no word if Gen 2 will get the nod. However, it wouldn’t surprise us to see one coming considering this should be the new go-to model for most users.


Milwaukee M18 Fuel Mid-Torque Impact Wrench Comparison Chart

Previous GenNext Gen
Max Torque600 ft-lbs650 ft-lbs
Speeds0 – 510/2100/2400 RPM0 – 1250/1950/2575 RPM
Impact Rate0 – 3000 IPM0 – 3100 IPM
Auto ModesNoneAuto Shut-Off/Bolt Removal
One-Key OptionNoNot Yet
Head Length6.8 in6.0 in
Weight3.8 lbs3.5 lbs
LEDSingleTri-LED
Lanyard HoleSmallLarger

Price

The current mid-torque impact wrenches sell for $199 as a bare tool and the updated models will a little higher at $219. The extra $20 is totally worth it for the extra performance and smaller size in our opinion.

Here’s a breakdown of your kit options:

The Bottom Line

If you’re thinking about starting big with the high-torque or going small with the compact, give the Milwaukee’s mid-torque impact wrench a close look first.

It’s much smaller and lighter than the high-torque and still has the power to cover a surprising range of applications that you might not expect from a mid-torque model. Even though the compact version is nice for close quarters, the mid-torque won’t leave you wishing you had more power and it’s only about an inch longer.

When you put it all together, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel mid-torque impact wrench is easily the most versatile in their lineup. All models should hit the market in November 2020.

Sours: https://www.protoolreviews.com/milwaukee-m18-fuel-mid-torque-impact-wrench-review/

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Milwaukee M18FMTIWF12-0 M18 Mid Torque Impact Wrench 1/2" FR

Milwaukee® DRIVE CONTROL ™ system allows the user to select from 3 speed and torque settings for best flexibility and a wide range of tasks.

M18 FUEL ™ wrench with 610 Nm of torque and only 170 mm length

POWER STATE ™ brushless motor designed and manufactured by Milwaukee for longer engine life and more power.

REDLINK PLUS ™ electronics provide the most advanced overload protection and battery protection in addition to increasing the performance of the tool in use. REDLITHIUM ION ™ battery delivers up to 2.5 x running time, up to 20% more power, up to 2x battery life and works better down to -20C ° than other lithium-ion technology.

Individual cell monitoring optimizes uptime and ensures best durability and reliability.

1 / 2? square with friction ring with integrated battery indicator and LED light.

Specification:

  • Max. fastening torque [Nm] 130 / 550 / 610 (450lbs)
  • Nut-Busting Torque - 813Nm (600lbs)
  • RPM - 2,400
  • Length - 170mm
  • Bare Unit Weight - 1.7kg
  • Weight with battery pack (kg) 3.3
  • No load speed (rpm) 0 - 1700 / 0 - 2100 / 0 - 2400
  • Tool reception 1.2. square
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