When it comes to 1” rotary hammer drills, power is everything. Who better to accomplish this than Milwaukee, undoubtedly one of the champions of battery powered efficiency.

The Milwaukee M18 D-Handle cordless rotary hammer is most certainly a powerful beast with incredible battery performance. The inline design makes it a great tool for working overhead or downward.

This Milwaukee 2713-20 1” SDS rotary hammer drill review unpacks all the details. I’ll be revealing all that this machine has to offer. It is probably the most powerful cordless rotary hammer drill.

Milwaukee 2713-20 M18 1” Rotary Hammer | Comprehensive Review

Features & Specs:
  • 1-inch SDS chuck
  • Impact energy: 1.7 FT-LBS
  • No-load speed: 0 – 1,400 RPM
  • BPM: 0 – 4,900
  • Trigger lock
  • Modes: rotary hammer; hammer only; rotation only; reverse.
  • Bore capacity (thin wall): 2½”.
  • LED light
  • Weight: 6.05 LBS
  • Warranty: 5 years.


The competition amongst power tool manufacturers to develop more powerful cordless tools is immense. DeWalt has challenged the rest with the introduction of their Power Detect and FlexVolt Advantage tools. Makita answered the call by introducing the Makita XGT range.

Despite attempts by many of the top power tool brands, Milwaukee has generally remained at the top of the rankings when looking at the power they deliver. While the others, particularly DeWalt, have managed to challenge the status quo, many still consider Milwaukee as the outright champion of the cordless power tool arena.

I reckon the Milwaukee 2713-20 1” rotary hammer drill lives up to these expectations. It is insanely powerful, with even more brute force than their corded model. The amazingly efficient PowerState brushless motor and intelligent RedLink Plus management system ensure that every watt of battery power is maximized.

I’m never too sure about Milwaukee’s advertising claims. All too often, they seem too good to be true. So, when they say that the M18 1” rotary hammer drill will work for an entire day on a single charge, I’m more than a little skeptical.

I’m sure that it’s possible to work all day using some of their more advanced batteries, like the RedLithium XC 5.0 battery pack, but I doubt that this will be the case in all scenarios. Drilling through seasoned concrete is way more challenging and requires a lot more power than the average brick wall.

While we can quibble about the battery time until the end of time, the Milwaukee cordless rotary hammer is one of the best, if not the best of its kind for sheer power and excellent battery efficiency.

This drill has a lot more than gargantuan power to offer, it’s a pretty refined machine with a wonderfully ergonomic design and excellent weight distribution. I’m really pleased to see the active shock absorption system. Working with a beast that delivers 1.7 FT-LBS torque and up to 4,900 BPM takes its toll on the hands and arms. By absorbing most of that impact, you will be able to work more comfortably, increasing your productivity.

The long body with a great D-handle design makes the Milwaukee 2713-20 excellent for working overhead or standing over the drill for downward drilling. Conversely, it’s not the ideal hammer drill for working in tight spaces.

All-in-all, it’s a great tool to use and the weight of 6 pounds is very reasonable for an uber-powerful cordless 1” rotary hammer drill.

No matter which way you look at it, or what your power tool brand preferences may be, the Milwaukee Fuel 1” D-handle rotary hammer drill is a mighty impressive work of modern engineering. As my regular readers will know, my bias always leans toward DeWalt power tools. This should stand as a testament to how great the Milwaukee drill is. I love it.

As one of the premier power tool brands, with a reputation for great service, and a wonderful 5-year warranty, this is most certainly a professional-grade product and worth paying extra for.

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