Milwaukee has announced that they will be coming out with a new brushless M12 rotary hammer, model 2416.
It was nearly a year ago that Milwaukee announced their then-new M12 SDS rotary hammer. I had a brief opportunity to handle and test the small rotary hammer, and it left me somewhat impressed.
Rotary hammers are not the kinds of tools you want to be small and puny, but the M12 design seemed very well suited for drilling smaller holes in masonry. It can handle SDS bits up to 5/8″ and was more comfortable to wield than I anticipated.
The brushless motor M12 Fuel rotary hammer looks a little different than the brushed motor version, most noticeably how the battery attaches in the opposite orientation. My guess is that this was done to tighten up the overall package. The trigger-finger grip area is also much more spacious.
The brushless version also has a greater maximum capacity compared to the brushed version – 5/8″ vs. 1/2″.
- 2-mode operation (rotary hammer and rotation-only)
- 0-900 RPM
- 0-6200 BPM
- 10″ length
- Battery fuel gauge
- LED work light
- 3.9 lbs (with 4.0Ah XC battery)
- 3.1 lbs without battery
- Use with SDS Plus bits up to 5/8″
The kit (2416-22XC) comes with two XC 4.0Ah lithium-ion batteries, a charger, and carrying case, and a bare-tool option (2416-20) is also available.
Without having tested both tools side by side, I would presume that the brushless version could out-drill the brushed version every time. The brushless motor technology provides both higher efficiency and greater power.
The brushed M12 rotary hammer kit (2412-22XC) comes with two 3.0Ah batteries for about $249. A quick search shows that the Fuel kit (2416-22XC) will be priced at $299, and that includes two 4.0Ah batteries.
I have compared the new Fuel model to the non-Fuel model because the M12 rotary hammers are in a class of their own. They are both highly capable compact rotary hammers.
It seems that the M12 Fuel rotary hammer will be a great option for overhead use and for smaller holes that account for most rotary hammer usage. If you need more power, then it’ll be good to have an 18V, 36V, or corded rotary hammer at the ready.
While it looks like the rotary hammer has a spot just behind the chuck for auxiliary handle attachment, it’s really only for attachment to Milwaukee’s powered dust extractor.
Small size, lightweight, reasonably high drilling capacity, and presumably great runtime. What more can one ask for?