Milwaukee has just announced the next generation of M18 Compact Brushless Drills and Impact Drivers! These tools have been redesigned and carefully crafted to offer more power and capability while occupying a smaller footprint. With their compact size, enhanced performance, and increased capabilities, they are ideal for working in tight spaces while maximizing productivity. So you may be asking what makes them any different than before, or different than the FUEL line? Let’s take a look!

The new M18 Compact Brushless ½ Drill (3601-20), $139, and ½“ Hammer Drill (3602-20), $149, are engineered to offer improved capability and faster speeds while measuring 3/4″ shorter than previous generations. Now, you can navigate tight spaces with ease, reaching areas that were previously inaccessible with larger tools. With the ability to work in confined environments, these compact drills make tasks like drilling holes and driving fasteners a breeze. You can also purchase the drill as a single- or 2-battery kit, along with a single- or 2-battery hammer drill kit.

When it comes to small fasteners, precision and control are of utmost importance. The M18 Compact Brushless ¼“ Hex Impact Driver (3650-20), $139, and ¼“ Hex 3-Speed Impact Driver (3651-20), $149, have been designed to provide increased power and speed while reducing weight and size for added control. Designed for the Service Trades along with Residential Electricians, Plumbers, Remodelers, and HVAC Technicians, these lightweight impact drivers can access tight spaces and deliver the speed needed to get jobs done quickly. At only 4.4″ long and 2.1″ wide, it is the most compact in its class, with 30% less volume in the head of the tool than the leading competitor. The improved control ensures that fasteners are driven accurately, reducing the risk of damage to delicate materials. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, Milwaukee has also created a M18 Compact Brushless 2-Tool Combo Kit (3692-22CT), $239, which features the 3601-20 1/2″ Drill Driver AND 3650-20 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver.

This next generation of M18 Compact Brushless Drills and Impact Drivers was designed to address the needs of users that current tools aren’t meeting. By combining compact designs with faster application speeds and increased capabilities, they enable you to accomplish more in less time. Whether it’s installing electrical fixtures, plumbing fittings, remodeling projects, HVAC repairs, or even doing DIY work around your home, these tools are built to meet the demanding needs of any user, ensuring efficiency and precision in every task.

3601-20M18 Compact Brushless 1/2″ Drill Driver $139
3601-21PM18 Compact Brushless 1/2″ Drill Driver 1 Battery Kit$169
3601-22CTM18 Compact Brushless 1/2″ Drill Driver 2 Battery Kit$199
3602-20M18 Compact Brushless 1/2″ Hammer Drill Bare Tool$149
3602-21PM18 Compact Brushless 1/2″ Hammer Drill 1 Battery Kit$179
3602-22CTM18 Compact Brushless 1/2″ Hammer Drill 2 Battery Kit$219
3650-20M18 Compact Brushless 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver$139
3650-22CTM18 Compact Brushless 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver Kit$199
3651-20M18 Compact Brushless 1/4″ Hex 3-Speed Impact Driver$149
3692-22CTM18 Compact Brushless 2-Tool Combo Kit$239

FUEL vs. Brushless

Now what makes these any different than Milwaukee’s M18 FUEL compact tools? To put it simply, these tools are designed to be a more cost-efficient, middle-ground option. They are a great option to use at any level, but not quite as powerful and durable as a FUEL tool would be. Milwaukee’s FUEL line is their premium tier of cordless tools designed for professionals who use their tools for hours day in and out in rough conditions. While also running on a brushless motor, FUEL tools combine the power of POWERSTATE brushless technology, REDLITHIUM batteries, and Redlink PLUS intelligence to produce more power, better vibration control, water/heat protection, and more. So, if you don’t necessarily need a tool that’s all that AND a bag of chips (I believe that’s the expression… you get what we mean), but are still looking for amazing and compact quality all at a lower price tag, this new and improved release of brushless tools is probably perfect for you. If you’d like to learn more, you can read about the difference between M18 FUEL and Brushless tools in a previous post we shared here.

This new generation of M18 Compact Brushless Drills and Impact Drivers are leap forward in power tool technology. With their compact designs, enhanced performance, and increased capabilities, these tools are set to revolutionize the way you work. All of the new releases are available for Pre-Sale right now at Ohio Power Tool and are set to begin shipping out from Milwaukee in August. Don’t hesitate to reach out at or 614-481-2111 with any questions, comments, or concerns, and be sure to follow us on all your favorite social media channels to stay in the know on all the latest announcements, deals, news, and more!