Based on objective comparison tests of power, speed and convenience, reviewers recommend the 12-volt Milwaukee 2410-22 for homeowners and professionals (like woodworkers and electricians) who want a lighter cordless drill. It has features like a built-in battery gauge and an all-metal chuck, rare attributes for a 12-volt drill.
Best for light-duty and small jobs. With the 12-volt battery in the handle, Milwaukee's 2410-22 is both compact and lightweight, an ideal combination for homeowners and professionals like cabinet makers, and for overhead jobs. A major consumer organization rates it as one of the best light-use drills, praising its fast charge time, handling and speed.
Popular Woodworking gives it an Editor's Choice award, saying, "It powered through the 1-inch holes and amassed a whopping 49-1/2 driven lag screws. And there is plenty of torque to do the job." They add that it is "well balanced and comfortable in your hand."
Reviewers at ProToolReviews.com are equally positive, saying, "We really liked the fact that not only does it have a variable speed trigger, but you can shift the speeds on the drill as well." They give the Milwaukee 2410-22 a performance score of 10 out of 10 because it "performed flawlessly on all our tests."
Experts say the 2410-22 is one of the most powerful 12-volts available, but if you need more torque or a longer run time, consider an 18-volt cordless drill like the DeWalt DCD780C2 (*Est. $210).
About average. Popular Mechanics tests battery run time by drilling half-inch holes and driving 2-1/2-inch screws until the battery runs out. The 2410-22 performs in the middle of the pack for both, according to their test results.
Batteries ready in half an hour. The kit includes a rapid charger, which charges batteries in 30 minutes. The charger also has an LED display that shows how much time remains before a full charge.
Includes task light and metal chuck. The 2410-22 includes a trigger-activated LED task light , which many users say is very handy for illuminating dark spaces. Reviewers also like the battery gauge on the side of the drill, which shows how much life is left before the next charge. In Popular Woodworking's comparison with five other 12-volt drills, the Milwaukee is the only one with a battery fuel-gauge. It is also the only drill in the group with an all-metal chuck.
Owner complaints include the chuck on some units not running true or gradually loosening its hold on a bit, but the main disadvantage is a relatively large handle that can be cumbersome for some.
Review Credibility: Excellent Editors test 61 cordless drills, including the Milwaukee 2410-22. They judge each drill's speed, power, run time, charge time, handling and noise before picking the best buys.
Review: Cordless Drills and Tool Kits, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
2. Popular Woodworking
Review Credibility: Very Good The Milwaukee 2410-22 earns an Editor's Choice award, based on tests of six 12-volt drill/drivers that use regular chucks. The Milwaukee has more power and speed than the other drills, and it is the only model to provide a fuel gauge. The main drawbacks are weight and, for some users, a handle that is too large to grasp comfortably.
Review: Compact 12v Drill-Drivers, Glen D. Huey, Dec. 14, 2009
Review Credibility: Very Good Reviewers test more than a dozen cordless drills in this review, naming the Milwaukee 2410-22 as best overall. The Milwaukee earns praise for its rugged construction and criticism for its slippery battery housing.
Review: 12-Volt Cordless Drills: We Test 13 of the Best, Roy Berendsohn, June 2, 2010
Review Credibility: Good Reviewer Thomas Gaige gives the Milwaukee 2410-22 the highest possible rating for performance, noting that it provides as much power as some 18-volt cordless drills but it is much easier to use. He praises this model as a "stellar performer for drilling pilot holes, sending hinge screws home and drilling holes for cabinet hardware."
Review: Milwaukee 2410-22 M12 Cordless 3/8" Drill/Driver Kit, Thomas Gaige, July 23, 2011
Review Credibility: Good More than 100 owners review the Milwaukee 2410-22 drill/driver here, giving it high ratings, praising its balance of power and weight and its LED light and fuel gauge. A few owners complain about quality-control issues.
Review: Milwaukee 2410-22 M12 12-Volt 3/8-Inch Drill/Driver, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good The Milwaukee 2410-22 gets mostly positive reviews from about 40 owners rating it here. Most say it's fine within its limitations of power and speed.
Review: Milwaukee M12 Red Lithium 12-Volt Cordless 3/8 in. Drill/Driver Kit, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good The Milwaukee 2410-22 drill/driver earns near-perfect reviews from about 30 owners here, which represent a nice cross section of professional and homeowner users. All owners praise this model for its ease of use and long run time, and the way it gets into tight spaces.
Review: Milwaukee M12 Cordless Drill/Driver -- 12 Volt, 3/8in., Model# 2410-22, Contributors to NorthernTool.com, As of January 2013