Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1-9/16″ SDS Max Hammer Drill Review Model 2717-22HD

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First Battery SDS Max Drill – The Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1-9/16” SDS Max Rotary Hammer is a cordless tool that many contractors, excavators and concrete specialist will enjoy on the jobsite. There is no need to a generator or temporary power to drill larger holes in concrete! This is a time savings for them. The 2717 has a max twist bit size of 1-9/16” and a max core bit size of 4″. The tool was designed to drill as fast as a corded SDS Max rotary hammers, provide corded durability, and give solid battery life to complete jobs.

SDS Max drills have many different ratings and it is important that you purchase the right sized rotary hammer for your application. We have been on many jobsites watching a crew member try to drill a large hole with too small of a drill. The smaller drill slows the process down drastically. In one case, introducing the proper sized drill cut an excavation firms drilling time from 45 minutes to 10 minutes. In today’s economy and bidding market, the cost of that hole dropped significantly and production increased.

The M18 FUEL 1-9/16 SDS Max Rotary Hammer is currently the largest of the Milwaukee cordless SDS family of rotary hammers.

Where Does The 2717 Work Best

While we proved that a 1-7/16″ hole 16″ deep can be completed in a decent amount of time with the new Milwaukee SDS Max rotary hammer, we feel it is important that we discuss where this rotary hammer really likes to live. When using twist bits, the M18 powered drill really performs best at 1-1/4″ and below. Using Core bits, 2-3/4″ and below were the top performers. Those sized bits were more suited to deliver the 5 ft lbs of impact with the added friction the dust creates.

Similar to towing with pickup trucks, towing at the absolute max rating is normally not a thrilling experience. The brakes, engine torque and suspension are working at the max and the end experience at the user level is not overly impressive. If one would drop down to half the recommended max level, the performance and overall experience is much better. Same philosophy with almost all rotary hammers. While they can drill at the max rating, it is normally much slower and sometimes mind numbing.

This cordless rotary hammer makes many of the SDS Plus models loos small and powerless. The 9.0 Ah High demand battery is really what is making these larger tools possible. Since the battery is 3P, has 3 layers of batteries that equal 18 volts each, to spread the load across, the battery will last longer and not time out due to overload or heat. This tool can be used with smaller batteries, but for drilling, it really takes the punch out of the tool. Chipping was not that much different. The kit we went over in our video would be highly recommended for use in the professional field.


Goatmaster82 says:

I like how heavy duty this thing is, great video guys. #WorkshopAddict

Anthony Diaz says:

How long will that battery last? Will like to see it up against the plug in one

Jeff Bourke says:

This tool is a little bit silly.
Using batteries is more likely to be a hindrance. Not really worth it for the occasional moment when cordless will be useful.
Also, 9 A.h battery? Having that many cells in parallel means they won’t get balanced as well in the charger is just have the standard 2P5S combination.
I don’t think this unit will be hit.

Jason Jordan says:

I just bought the corded smaller version and the first one I’ve owned. I’d love to have a cordless one. As I’m curious about the new nine amp hour battery.

John Bailey says:

Have not seen anyone using a spade bit or you might call it a shovel bit. Would like to see how it does digging a hole in dirt ?

Robert Ortega says:

I would love to get my hands on one of these bad boys. #WorkshopAddict


I like that it’s a SDS MAX battery operated. Not sure if there’s any competition at this size and cordless. #WorkshopAddict

Mitchel Mason says:

I love seeing how it was in action! #workshopaddict

Andrew Browner says:

would really like to see a drill only selector, im in the milwuakee lineup but dewalt has it on their sds drill could be useful for drilling steel in a pinch or when you have steel and conncrete sandwiched together

justin lafleche says:

I like the ease of changing bits, the adjustable handle, the heavy duty case with storage for bits, and the 2 batteries and charger for more work time #WorkshopAddict

Lotfi Habib says:

what about the price ?????

Carlos Gama Contreras Aguilar says:

is not brushless?

Frank Cote says:

Love the form factor of this. #Workshopaddict

mojo jojo says:

$700 for the M18 Fuel vs $350 for the exact same one but electric. Ill stick with the electric hammer drills for now until the ridiculous price of these cordless tools comes down.
Im a Milwaukee Fuel fan but I can’t justify spending double the price for the same drill just because its cordless

Yukikazehalo says:

is this the only cordless SDS Max roto hammer right now?

Sir Powersedan says:

This just eats concrete i would love this #Workshopaddict

Jordon Kramp says:

I like heavy duty kit for using on renovation work! #WorkshopAddict

ghostindamachine82 says:

I like that the SDS max comes with a 9.0 batteries​. It looks like a beast of a tool. I like how you guys show the tool action as well. #workshopaddict

Dairy Barn Woodworking says:

I like something about this video #WorkshopAddict

justin lafleche says:

I like the ease of changing bits, the adjustable handle, the heavy duty case with storage for bits, and the two batteries and charger for more work time

Mike's Tool Shed says:

I borrowed this thing from a coworker one day and it rips. feels just like a corded one #workshopaddict

ethan stacy says:

I like the vibration dampening system on this tool. #Workshopaddict

SGB says:

Best tool ever #WorkshopAddict

Stephen Scheets says:

I love to get my hands on this little beast! #workshopaddict

Evin Buckingham says:

I love that this is a cordless rotary hammer, I didn’t know they came in cordless. #WorkshopAddict

ted lin says:

can i keep it chipping concrete for over 60 minutes without any stop except changing batterys?

ray ray says:

Super reliable hammer drill #workshopaddict

Scott Everywhere says:

I like that Max Hammer Drill #WorkshopAddict

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