Milwaukee M18 Fuel Compact Router – Hands-On Review
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Compact Router is a new model from Milwaukee. It was introduced in September 2015. The Milwaukee M18 is one of the most popular models among hobbyists and professionals alike due to its affordable price tag and ease of use. A major selling point of the Milwaukee M18 is its compact size which makes it ideal for home or small office projects.
As with all other Milwaukee products, the Milwaukee M18 comes with a lifetime warranty. The Milwaukee M18 is available in three different configurations:
M18S – Smallest configuration; weighs only 6 pounds and measures just under 8 inches wide x 11 inches long x 2.5 inch deep (24 cm x 33 cm x 41 cm)
– Smallest configuration; weighs only 6 pounds and measures just under 8 inches wide x 11 inches long x 2.5 inch deep (24 cm x 33 cm x 41 cm) M18L – Largest configuration; weighs 9 pounds and measures over 16 inches wide x 12.25 inches long x 3.75 inch deep (27cm x 37cm x 49cm)
– Largest configuration; weighs 9 pounds and measures over 16 inches wide x 12.25 inches long x 3.75 inch deep (27cm x 37cm x 49cm) M18C – Combo kit that comes with the router, 2 M12 batteries, a charger, a belt clip, and a case
The main feature of the new Milwaukee M18 is its brushless motor (new for this model). The previous versions of the routers were equipped with brushed motors (the type that has commutators), while the new brushless motor eliminates the need for periodic maintenance. Unlike the majority of other cordless tools on the market, the brushless motor eliminates carbon brushes, and this leads to longer-lasting battery life and better performance. Furthermore, brushless motors provide increased power, and this is especially important when using difficult woods such as ipe, oak, or maple.
The router has a soft start feature which slowly increases the speed of the motor during startup. This prevents possible workpiece damage usually caused by an abrupt start. The soft-start feature can be turned on or off. This router also has an electronic feedback circuit which detects the presence of the router bit and will shut off the motor whenever the bit is not present.
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Compact Router
The M12 RedLithium batteries are more expensive than their regular lithium ion counterparts, but they last up to four times longer. The regular M12 batteries and M18 batteries are NOT compatible with this tool.
The M18 battery (which is sold separately) is also backwards compatible with all older M12 tools. The M18 battery can run up to 1.5 times longer than the M12 batteries and weighs only 1/3 of the M12 battery. The M18 battery has a fuel gauge which indicates the level of charge remaining. It’s easy to tell when the battery needs to be charged because the fuel gauge glows red when the charge is low.
The kit also comes with two M12 batteries which each produce up to 5.0 Ah. The batteries have a built-in fuel gauge which indicates the charge level. The charger is capable of charging both batteries in under an hour. A battery charging station (sold separately) can charge up to 4 batteries simultaneously.
This tool has a soft start feature which prevents sudden movements when the router is first turned on. The soft start feature can be turned on or off.
This product also comes with a detachable base plate which provides additional stability when routing. It is compatible with other Milwaukee M18 bases including the fixed base and T-slot table. There’s even a template guide which can be attached to the detachable base plate. The base plate has multiple mounting holes which allow the router to be mounted to a table or router lift (sold separately).
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