Just joined team red and bought yourself a shiny new Milwaukee drill? Then you may well be wondering what all the settings on your new drill mean, well let me help you out.
Let’s start at the bottom of the drill and work our way up. The only button down here is the power check button on the battery. Press this once and it will show the remaining charge in the battery.
Forward and Reverse
Next up is the forward and reverse button. This has three settings, forward, reverse and neutral. Push it through from one side to the other to change the settings.
When in the middle it will be natural and the drill won’t work.
This Milwaukee drill has two-speed settings as most do. 1 is slower and 2 is faster. Some drill manufacturers, like DeWALT, offer 3 speeds but I’m not sure if this is something Milwaukee do. In fact, I have only seen this on DeWALT drills, to be honest.
Speed one above, this is slower. This is mainly used for driving screws in higher torque.
This is speed 2 which is faster, this is mainly used for drilling as you need the extra speed here.
The hammer mode is for drilling into masonry. in this mode a hammering action is applied to the drill bit, moving it backwards and forwards. This will help force the drill bit through tougher materials like stone and brick.
This is the default drilling mode for anything other than masonry. So you use this setting for drilling wood, metal, plastic etc.
So the numbers on the drill represent the amount of torque the drill will apply. This is for when you are driving screws. You ideally want to use the lowest torque you need to drive the screw.
This will help prevent you from damaging the screw by slipping out and stripping the head off.
1 is the lowest torque and on this drill 16 is the highest. As a general rule of thumb, the fatter the screw the higher the torque you will need. the same also applies to longer screws over shorter screws.
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