Milwaukee 0302-20 Review

Milwaukee 0302-20

Milwaukee 0302-20 Milwaukee
0302-20

1/2" Magnum Keyless
Power Drill
1/2" Keyless Chuck
Price Level: $$
Power

8

Amps
Speed

850

Max RPM
Weight

5.6

Pounds
Capacity

1.5

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

5

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 0302-20 is 12% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 0.8 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
SPEED This Milwaukee drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard power drills. The average corded drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1090 RPM.  
WEIGHT It is 22% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of power drills for higher weight. It weighs 1 lbs more than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and may increase operator fatigue.  
CAPACITY This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
WARRANTY Milwaukee's 5-year limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Milwaukee 0302-20 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 8 amps - The 0302-20 is 12% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 0.8 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
Capacity
Wood
1.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
Speed 0-850 RPM - This Milwaukee drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard power drills. The average corded drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1090 RPM.  
Capacity
Steel
0.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average bit capacity for steel and ranks in the top 40% of corded drills. It can drill a hole in steel that is 1/8" larger than the average 3/8" hole capacity for corded drills.
Power
Ratio
1.4 P/W - The Milwaukee 0302-20 power-to-weight ratio is 13% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of corded drills. The P/W ratio is 0.2 lower than the 1.6 average ratio for power drills.  
Gear
Reduction
Double - Gear systems with double reduction generally provide more torque for a given amperage. They operate more efficiently at lower speeds than single gear systems, which extends the life of the drill.


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
All-Metal - The Milwaukee 0302-20 is manufactured with an all-metal gear housing that protects the transmission and prevents the drill from cracking when dropped onto hard surfaces such as concrete.
Gears All-Metal - The transmission contains all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in some drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
Warranty 5-Year - Milwaukee's 5-year limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 5.6 lbs - It is 22% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of power drills for higher weight. It weighs 1 lbs more than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length 12-1/4 in - Power drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
One-Hand Bit Change - This keyless chuck has auto spindle lock. The drill bit can be changed with only one hand by simply spinning the chuck open to release the bit, and counter-spinning it to tighten.
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional stability and control.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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