Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 Cordless Drill Review 

By  Enda McLarnon

Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 Cordless Drill/Driver Review

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 cordless combination 3/8" drill/driver kit. This is quite a powerful, yet compact that offers plenty of torque, and much better than many of the other tool brands, for the same size of drill/driver.

The compact size makes this tool a great choice for when you have to work in any type of restricted space, such as under a cupboard, or up close to a wall.

The drill is a 3/8" and the hex impact driver is a 1/4". This combo kit comes with two 12 volt batteries, a 30-minute charger, and a contractor bag to keep it all in.

Online buyers rate this very highly with an average 94% buyer satisfaction, which is certainly very impressive. Typically you should be able to buy this online for less than $140, and that in our opinion, makes this very good value for money.

The Milwaukee Brand

The Milwaukee brand is easily recognized by the bright red color of their tools. They formed way back 1924, and they aim their products mainly at professional construction users.

Of course anyone can buy their tools, but the professional contractor is their main market. They do a wide range of products and have in their portfolio the world-leading M12™ and M18™ cordless systems and the ground-breaking performance of our M12 and M18 FUEL™ products.

They also do job site lighting, time-saving accessories, or innovative hand tool and storage products.

Milwaukee Tool like to say that they are not simply a manufacturer – they are progressive problem solvers.

In 2005, Techtronic Industries Co. (TTi) acquired Milwaukee®, and they decided to go back to their roots and better focus on solving problems for those in the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) trades.

In 2010 they introduced REDLITHIUM™ batteries and the creation of M18 FUEL™ in 2012. Since then they have drove breakthrough advancements in motors, lithium-ion batteries, and electronics.

Who Buys the Milwaukee 2494-22 Cordless Drill/Driver?

The people who bought this ranged from home owners and all the way through to many types of professionals. Those includes people who work on HVAC, roofers, builders and service technicians.

How Buyers Rate the Milwaukee M12 Cordless Drill/Driver

Buyer Satisfaction

We calculated our ratings using this logical method. We studied those websites that sell these types of drill/driver combo kits. Buyers there leave a rating in some format, usually as a star rating, and sometimes as a score out of either 5, 10 or 100.

We make a note of these, and then calculate the average rating. We then express that as a percentage. We then use the table below as a general rating guide.

  • 90-100% is an excellent rating
  • 81-89% is a very good rating
  • 71-79% is a good rating
  • 61-69% is satisfactory
  • <60% is a poor rating

Here are the ratings for this product

  • Overall online buyers gave this product a 94% buyer satisfaction rating which is an excellent rating
  • 84% of all online buyers gave this a full 5 star rating
  • 3% of all buyers gave this a bad rating

In the graph below, we have shown the full breakdown of how online buyers rated this product. Overall it compares well to similar products in this market.

Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 Cordless Combination review comparison

We have explained the reason for those comments in the review section below.

What Buyers Say About this Drill/Driver Combo

We now know how buyers rated this product, and now we take a closer look at what buyers had to say. The people who bought this, not only left a rating, but some of them also left reviews and comments.

Based on reader feedback, we have found that the best way to present these is in the form of a Pros & Cons table, which we have shown below.


  • Buyers were very impressed with the strength of the driving on both tools
  • Buyers said the batteries last for a long time and charge quickly
  • Buyers said these were light and handy to use
  • Almost every buyer stated that these tools lasted for ages


  • Doesn't have a level on the side
  • A few buyers did receive a faulty product and had to have it replaced

Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 Specification

Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 cordless drill driver

Many buyers, especially buyers of an expensive product like this drill/driver combo kit, really do want to know the technical specification. As such we have included as much technical information as we could find.

Hopefully you will find that useful.

The Drill/Driver

  • This combo kit has a 3/8" drill/driver which is all metal
  • It is 12 volts, with 1,500 RPM and a 20 position clutch to adjust your torque up to 275 inch pounds
  • The drill/driver has 0-400, 0-1,500 RPM
  • It is 7-3/8" long and weighs 2.1 lbs
  • It also has a metal ratcheting chuck
  • It has an onboard LED lighting system and textured grip
  • It has an on-board battery fuel gauge displays remaining run time

The Hex Impact Driver

  • The hex impact driver is a 1/4"  impact driver with 2,500 RPM and 1,000 Inch Pounds of torque
  • It is 6-1/2" long and weighs 1.9 lbs
  • Has a no load speed of 0-2,500
  • It has an onboard LED lighting system and textured grip
  • It has an on-board battery fuel gauge displays remaining run time

Batteries, Charger and Bag

  • This kit comes with 2 x 12 volt (M12) lithium-ion batteries
  • It also comes with an M12 battery charger - this has a battery charging status indicator that lets you know if a battery is charging, has charged, or requires maintenance
  • Also comes with a pass through plug
  • It comes with a very well made contractor bag - the bag has thick cross-x stitching keeping its handles in place

Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 Cordless Combination Video Review

Where possible, here at Tool and Go, we like to include a video review of the product. We searched around to try and find the most useful and helpful one.

We finally did that on YouTube, and we think this gives a good review of the product. It lasts about 3 minutes, but we think you will find it well worth a quick watch.

Our Opinion of the Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 Cordless Combination


Most buyers said that this was good value for money


Buyers said this was well made and built to last


Comes with a 5 year warranty on parts and labor

We hope that you have found this review helpful.

We believe that this not only makes a great contractor's combination kit, but would also be a great choice for many home owners, who enjoy DIY and want to own the right tools for the jobs.

The majority of buyers said the tools last for ages, and they liked the fact that these were light and that made them easier to use.

Buyers also liked the fact that you got 2 batteries.

If this is not the model for you, then check out our top 10 list of cordless drill/drivers by clicking here.

Overall This Milwaukee M12 combo kit gets excellent reviews, and as such we would have no hesitation in recommending this product to our readers.

Enda McLarnon

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun

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