Milwaukee M18 Fuel Oscillating Multi-Tool Review
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Oscillating Multi-Tool is one of the most popular multi tools available today. It’s compact size makes it easy to carry around and use when needed. The design features are very appealing too, with its large handle and small body making it easy to grip and operate. You’ll get a good feeling holding this thing while using it because of its ergonomic shape.
It comes with a nice assortment of tools, including a screwdriver, pliers, needle nose pliers, wire stripper and many others. There’s even a bottle opener built into the side of the tool! That’s right; there’s actually an actual bottle opener built into this multi-tool. This is definitely something you don’t see every day.
One of the things I like most about this multi-tool is how well made it feels. It’s not going to break your bank account, but it certainly won’t give you a headache either. The only negative thing I have to say about this multi-tool is the fact that it doesn’t come with a case or carrying pouch, which would make owning and transporting such a handy tool much easier.
The question is, does this thing really work?
Yes, it absolutely works as intended. It’s a great multi-tool that can be used for a variety of different applications around the house, garage or job site. I’ve never had any issues with this thing, and I’ve owned it for several years now. It gets used pretty frequently too. All of the attachments are still on there, no slippage or anything like that. Such a quality made tool.
The Good: Well made, nice assortment of tools, ergonomic design.
The Bad: Doesn’t come with a case or carrying pouch.
The Lowdown: A must have multi-tool for anyone and everyone. It’s definitely a quality made tool that will last you for years to come. No need to look further, this is the one you want.
M12 vs M18
The M12 is the older version of this tool. The M18 has several upgrades, mainly the battery and power (amperage). You’ll get longer run time with the M18, as well as more power and speed. If you really need the extra power, go with that one. If not, stick with the M12; it works just fine and doesn’t cost as much.
M12 on the left, M18 on the right
Battery and Fuel Gauge
The fuel gauge is a really nice feature on this tool. It tells you exactly how much battery you have left, rather than just two bars. It actually gives you a number value in minutes, which is very handy. You’ll know if you’re about to run out of power in the middle of a project. The only thing I don’t like is it takes standard sized batteries.
Why they didn’t use AA or AAA batteries like most other cordless tools is a little beyond me. It’s not a big deal since you can charge up the battery and take it with you, but it would be even better if it used disposable batteries so you don’t have to lug around a charger.
M12 vs M18 Fuel Gauge
This is an older version of the fuel multi-tool. It doesn’t have as much power or speed as the M18, but it still works great for around the house projects. You can also use this with the M12 battery packs, which come in handy sometimes if you already have them. It’s not a huge difference between these two tools, just go with the one that’s on sale at the time.
This is the newer version of the fuel multi-tool. It has quite a bit more power than the M12, and comes with a charger as well. Be sure to pick up the M18 battery and fuel pack for this one, they’re not interchangeable with the M12.
Hands down, this is one of my favorite tools. It’s great for all kinds of jobs around the house and yard. The fuel multi-tool also gets used the most out of all my tools. I’ve used it for everything from cleaning the yard, building projects around the house and even re-shingling part of the house. If you’re in the market for a new tool, I highly recommend picking one of these up.
You won’t be sorry you did.
The fuel multi-tool is only available online. You can find it at the PORTER-CABLE website, or on Amazon.
Amazon usually has the best deal on this one. It’s cheapest there, usually $10-$20 cheaper than direct from the manufacture.
Update: It looks like the price has gone up everywhere now, I’m guessing due to the exchange rate.
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