Milwaukee recently unveiled what will be the most powerful cordless drill in the world, the M18 Super Hawg. I witnessed a demonstration of this new right-angle drill at a media event in June and it is a beast; no other cordless drill can touch it. The guy who was demonstrating used it to drill through 2-by framing lumber with a 4 5/8-inch self-feeding bit and a 6-inch hole saw. The Super Hawg never bogged down, though it did stop when a hole saw bound and the clutch disengaged when the self-feeding bit was purposely jammed in low gear—electronic and mechanical safety features that protect motor, gears, and the operator. You can see the tool in action in the video below (which was shot at the media event).

Designed for use by plumbers, mechanical contractors, and anyone else who needs to drill large holes, it is powered by the same XC batteries used by other Milwaukee tools, though for maximum performance and runtime it would be best to use the company’s new 9.0-Ah 15-cell packs—which are scheduled for release at the same time as this drill. According to its maker, the Super Hawg can drill up to 75 2 9/16-inch holes per charge with a 5.0 Ah XC battery.

Scheduled for release in October 2015, the drill will be available in two different models: one with a conventional keyed chuck and one with a Milwaukee’s proprietary Quik-LoK chuck, which allows for one-handed changing of bits with flat or groove 7/16-inch shanks and 3-flat bits. The price for this tool will be released in August 2015.

Super Hawg 1/2-inch Right Angle Drill (2709-22)
Speeds: 0-350 and 0-950 rpm
Chuck: 1/2-inch; all metal; keyed
Safety: mechanical clutch in low speed
Weight: 14 pounds with battery
Kit version includes: tool, two 5.0 Ah XC batteries, charger, and carry case; also available bare (2709-20)
Available: October 2015

Super Hawg Right Angle Drill with Quik-Lok Chuck (2711-22)
Speeds: 0-350 and 0-950 rpm
Chuck: 7/16 Quik-Lok
Safety: mechanical clutch in low speed
Weight: 13.5 pounds with battery
Kit version includes: tool, two 5.0 Ah XC batteries, charger, and carry case; also available bare (2711-20)
Available: October 2015