I did used to see Milwaukee corded models at HD that I never saw elsewhere, and they were not[are not] the same quality as my 1986 0234 1/2 VSR
This is kind of life as it is today. For years I had a consumer grade Black&Decker corded drill, probably purchased sometime around 1982 or possibly a few years earlier. But at that time, a "consumer grade" B&D drill had a heavy metal gearbox and would (and did) last decades of occasional (not production) use. When I finally decided to get new corded drills(s) in the early 2010s, I ended up getting Dewalt commercial grade, which in some ways aren't as heavy-duty as the 1980s' consumer grade.
On the other hand, I had some (old) Hitachi nicad cordless gear, which was pathetic in comparison to today's brushless motor and Li-ion battery technology (from all the major makers). Like cameras (anyone remember real cameras with real lenses?), you sort of buy into a system when you pick your first one. In this case M18 Milwaukee for me, mostly Fuel, with a scattering of M12 tools. And I was pretty reluctant to get into a 2nd battery system, but they have some nice M12 tools...
I've chewed marks into drill shanks with one before but never had one come loose while using it.
The highschool robot team I help mentor has students with all sorts of backgrounds, including no mechanical experience at all. They do a real quick "this is how to use a screwdriver, etc." training at the beginning of the season, and I am supposed to extend and enhance their training on the machine tools. I see so many
chewed up drill shanks. The team has mostly Dewalt cordless drills with keyless chucks, and there are some students who just do not tighten the chucks sufficiently. (I put some of the blame on the clutches in the drill/driver models.) When I get a spare moment, I rummage through the drill cabinets, pull out a half dozen drills with those little "tabs" (raised galls from chuck jaws ripping pieces of drill shank off), and just offhand grind the raised areas off. This is sort of pathetic, but the students will
try to chuck on top of the galled crap, just making things worse.
In fact, we have a nice keyless chuck on the 13x40 lathe tailstock, and I saw a student unable to get a drill chucked straight in it. I ended up fishing out a 1/2" long chunk of drill shank out of the chuck, where it had been broken off by some previous user. I have never
seen that before, and if asked I would have said it's not possible/plausible.