Milwaukee’s M12 oscillating multi-tool was released about 3 years ago, and seems to have been popular with users. The new M18 oscillating multi-tool has a universal blade interface that is designed to work with most popular brands’ blades and accessories. Like all oscillating multi-tools, Milwaukee’s new M18 cordless version can be used for making flush or plunge cuts, removing grout, sanding, light grinding, and scraping tasks.
Milwaukee says that their new multi-tool is idea for remodelers, flooring contractors, maintenance repair technicians, and electricians. Included accessories: (1) accessory adapter, (1) plunge cut blade, (1) sanding pad, (5) sanding sheets. I continue to be amazed at how this tool category continues to expand in the wake of Fein’s patent expiration. I think the more power and runtime claims are based on true competitors, 18v brushed multitools such as the makita, the Porter cable, and if Bosch has a brushed 18v version.
Looking at the pics, the vac port isn’t built in to the tool but instead is an external accessory for the sanding pad. Looks nice, but I promised myself that when a get another oscillating tool, it will be corded.
Before I retired from day to day operations – we had gotten an M12 (2426-20) multi-tool as part of a bundle deal.
I really think that the m12 multi-tool is probably the tool that would benefit most from a brushless motor. To my knowledge, Dewalt does not offer a 12V hammer drill, and I don’t think Ridgid does either.
Between the Bosch and Milwaukee 12V hammer drills, you’re going to see comparable performance. Milwaukee offers brushed and brushless motor M12 hammer drills, so the decision between Bosch and Milwaukee depends on whether you want maximum runtime at premium pricing.
If you opt for Milwaukee, make sure you get the 2408-22 and not the 2411-22 kit (or bare tool models). The M12 Fuel hammer drill kit is priced a little higher at $189, but comes with (1) compact battery and (1) high capacity battery. As much as I like Bosch I have a hard time recommending it because of the smaller lineup and the drills have plastic chucks unless someone doesn’t need the trade specific tools they would be OK with Bosch.
I own the 2407 and I think its the best bang for your buck taking into account that the fuel m12 is good but not worth the extra money for just a little more power, etc.
I got the m12 impact and driver I do CCTV , network and home theater installs and am really happy with them had them for about 4 months and are my go to drivers when doing installs really light and since I only payed 99 for both this are great the only down side is that they have no hooks for hanging in my belt but found a great option for this is the pro fit carry system great but a little expensive compared to the tool cost but really worth it.
As far as hammer drill go, personally I wouldn’t settle for anything less than a rotary hammer drill. For incidental random and smaller bit applications, this would be an effective and convenient item to have. In recent months Milwaukee has come out with a USA-made toolbox and a smaller bucket-sized toolbox. The new Milwaukee tool storage backpack, model 48-22-8200, was designed with professional tradesmen in mind. There are two large zippered compartments, with the front section configured with plenty of pockets for organizing and storing hand tools, and the rear section is designed to carry and protect a laptop or tablet. The backpack also features 1680D ballistic nylon construction a hard molded base, a fold-down front pocket for holding large items such as drills, extension cords, or fish tapes, padded breathable straps, a sternum strap for better weight distribution, water bottle pockets, and daisy chains for additional clip-on storage. The water bottle pockets look sized for 0.5 liter disposable bottles, and it looks like the daisy chain webbing loops are built into the front, just behind the flap that opens to secure bulky items. Milwaukee designed the backpack with a larger front pocket and smaller rear pocket, which is somewhat counter-intuitive if you’re just looking at the image of the closed bag. Typically, you want the heavier backpack load to be closer to your body and center of gravity.

The tool bag offers pockets galore, but everything looks spaced out enough to minimize the time it takes to hunt down and retrieve the correct tool. While some might grumble at the $100 price, there’s a limit as to how inexpensive a bag can be before compromises are made.
If you want a backpack with even more storage pockets, check out the Veto Tech Pack, but be prepared to pay heftily for it. I see those red trucks all the time, but that’s because the service centre is really close by.
If Milwaukee, the city, hadn’t already bled my bank account dry, Milwaukee, the tool company, certainly would.
Milwaukee is coming out with several new upgraded M12 cordless drills and drivers to replace many of their first generation models. Milwaukee’s new M12 Fuel brushless drills and drivers are said to be the most powerful and long-lasting compact cordless models (in their class) you can buy. But not all users necessarily need or want the most powerful, fastest, and long-lasting compact drills and drivers they can buy. The new brushed drill shares some of the updated ergonomics of the Fuel model, and the same looks to be true for all of the other new models. Under the hood, the differences between new brushed and Fuel brushless models aren’t just about the motors.
The creation of two distinct tiers of sub-compact cordless drills and drivers seems to be a smart move by Milwaukee. Anyways If you’re doing light duty work all day long then these compact and light tools are better suited for those tasks.
If a person can afford them I think they will be better off with multiple size drills using the one they need that better fits the task at hand.
These new brushed models allow Milwaukee to better grab and hold onto the high-end and mid-level ranges of the market. Not everyone is going to buy the latest and greatest 12V models, and these new offerings ensure that Milwaukee remains competitive against other brands.
Simply put, M12 FUEL™ is best-in-class, full-circle technology that drives, protects and powers your cordless tools beyond rest.
So yes, I stand by my statement that Milwaukee’s new M12 Fuel brushless drills and drivers are said to be the most powerful and long-lasting compact cordless models you can buy. Wow that's fantastic Comp!A Is that an official Milwaukee extension reel on the side of the cart? Now, Milwaukee is coming out with an M18 version (2626) that has a tool-free blade change mechanism, delivers more power, and runs up to 2X longer compared to competing models.
With how popular oscillating tools have become, there’s plenty of money to be made with consumables.
While marketers might have you believe that oscillating multi-tools are perfect for nearly every job (I recall when Radial Arm Saws were marketed in much the same manner) – they do provide good functionality to earn a place in most toolkits replacing other more specialized tools. I’m sure you could use it on the m12 BUT you would need to find a m18 sanding pad attachment for it to work.
I was really impressed with the m12 and think they have taken the time to get more out of the 18 volt. I should hope that this is better but I have my doubts that it’ll hold a candle to a corded multi-tool.
We already were using Fein (Multimasters and Supercuts) – but since we had it we decided to try the M12 version out.
I tested both a while back (although I don’t think I shared the results in a review), and the difference in power between the two was very slight.
But Bosch is catching up quickly in the 12v category so selection might not even be an issue in a few years.

I’m thinking that this design offers improved tool visibility and access without too much compromise in load stability.
I like that there are zippered and flapped compartments within the main zippered tool section, which allows for easier stowing of small items, such as batteries or accessories. I just wanted to point out that the ability to lock the zipper with a small lock is pretty much useless.
And, quite frankly, not all users can or want to pay for features and performance they might not even need. This should give users the opportunity to choose between lower pricing and higher performance. Driving screws all day long and a larger heavier drill will not only become overkill but will exaust you quicker due to its extra weight. Personally, I feel that some of Milwaukee’s first-gen brushed tools are bested by Bosch, Dewalt, and Makita offerings.
As an example we had a few jamb saws and toe-kick saws (Roberts and Crain) that mostly got relegated to the storage room – once we started using the much safer and more versatile multi-tool.
I once killed a fully charged XC battery just cutting out an old work box in some thick wood paneling. Our (rather unscientific and not rigorous by any means) testing lead us to decide it was not up to tile or flooring work – but convenient for window trim work especially when working at elevation on ladders or staging. Both should be comparable in performance, but at the same price (~$149 for the 2-battery kit), you’ll want the newer model. A regular hammer drill might be okay for a couple hole here and there but it quickly turn into a tedious chore after that.
If I had any serious larger bore hammer drilling to do though, I wouldn’t waste my time with anything but a good rotary hammer either. The new 2408 screwdriver is more powerful than the older model 2401, and will be sold alongside it. Well on the milwaukee you mentioned you just slap an xc battery and bam you have almost an extra 100 lbs of torque but for the other brands you’re going to have to step up to their full size full weight models so effectively those compact 18v drills arent a one size fits all.
I think thats pretty good considering its got 275 lbs torque, an all metal chuck which no other brand has on their 12v, and a hammer drilling mechanism which other 12v’s dont have. I have noticed they have just bought out a M12 circular saw – would my batteries fit it or have I got to buy Fuel batteries? Home Depot currently has a special version of this kit that comes with a free bonus 3rd battery.
It would be crazy however to expect this tool to be suited for tasks that would otherwise call for a rotary hammer. I would prefer this m18 version as it’s more powerful and am sure has a bit longer runtime but I will wait for the m18 fuel multitool.
Even then its slow because on the high torque low speed setting its only 400 rpm but the thing jerks you around with its torque. I always get permission from my wife of course before any new tool purchase (or else we’d be broke and homeless) Lol!
So, are you going to get the best that’s always on the market, or are you going to save the money and only get what you need at the time?

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