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The Milwakee Magnum Drill Is Still Hands Down An Awesome Drill
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I have two Milwakee magnum drills. One was made in the states some 12 years ago, and the other newer one was made in China. Matter of fact it's hard to find any American made tools anymore. Stanley hand tools and Dewalt tools are now made in Mexico. I moved away from using Dewalt, because they just didn't have the longevity of other similarly priced tools. My Milwakee magnum drills are still really nice drills.

I've tried the Milwakee 8 amp drill, although it has more kick, it's awkward. You just can't beat the magnum design. It's perfect for drilling through thick metal. I'm not a big fan of having the support handle next to the chuck. The magnum actually has the removable support handle on the beefy frame of the drill. The trigger action is also much smoother than most of it's competition. It allows fine control over the speed of the drill. That control makes the drill more versatile than most of it's competition.

The compact beefy frame is nicely balanced for one handed use. Saying that these drills are rugged and durable would be an understatement. My 12 year old Milwakee magnum has been dropped two stories onto concrete and it only got a few scratches. I still use that drill daily in my shop. It's cut 4 inch holes through hundreds of banner boards, and it's even smoked a few times but that drill still has a ton of kick. Drilling 4 inch holes with that size drill isn't recommended, but I can't help and reach for that drill. It's lighter than my D handle drill and it can do the job.

Really I don't see much difference from the Milwakee that was made in the states and the one from China. From the rugged body to the internal gearing, I haven't seen much difference. The only difference is the cord on the newer drill is removable. That's actually a benefit because I have had to open the old drill and rewire the trigger action. It just wore with age. The new removable cord allows me to just change out chords when needed.

I haven't needed to change the chord on the newer drill yet, but I'm sure it will be used enough that the day will come. When that day does arrive, maybe 10 years from now, it'll be a snap to fix. These drills just have a superior design and I really wish Milwakee would make a magnum body in their 8 amp drills. I'd buy one in a heart beat. My magnum would probably sigh in relief, because I'm always grabbing it. Even for jobs it's not really designed to do. I trust that drill, and it has never let me down.


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