The world of tools is evolving to cordless. While this is not “new and exciting” news, it is nice to see some of the bigger brands adapting by adding more tools to the cordless job site. One new addition that I personally am excited about coming on the market is the new Milwaukee Cordless Sander . There are so many awesome features incorporated into this tool, but one of the things I like the most is that it is Compatible with all M18 batteries and chargers and is part of the M18 system that features over 150+ tools
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For a cordless sander this tool packs a solid punch when it comes to power with a 7,000 - 12,000 Max OPM output and variable speeds. The Milwaukee Cordless Sander has a random orbit of 3/32 which is pretty tight, and helps eliminate noticeable surface scratches on the work surface. The sander itself is 6” tall and weighs in right over 4lbs. when equipped with the 3AH battery. One nice aspect of this sander is that it works with standard 5” hook and loop pads that are available at almost any home improvement store.
The sander has some cool additional features as well. Some of the features I found to be most helpful were the hard dust canister with a filter, the interchangeable dust collection options, the dust bag extender, and last but not least, a universal hose adapter. I always advocate for maximum material removal from the work surface while sanding and the universal hose adapter is key in achieving that.
Starting out at a $99.00 USD price point for a bare tool, I feel this tool is reasonably priced for what you get. Each sander includes 2 pieces of 80 grit paper, the universal hose adapter, dust canister with filter, and extension adapter. If you’re interested in dropping another hundred bucks, for $199.00 you can upgrade to the Milwaukee Cordless Sander kit with the sander, dust canister, universal hose adapter, extension adapter, (2) pieces of 80-grit sandpaper, M18 REDLITHIUM XC battery, multi-voltage charger, and contractor bag. The only significant difference is for the extra hundred, you get a charger and a bag.
The new Milwaukee Cordless Sander is a great option for the beginner woodworker who is in the MIlwaukee platform. With comparable products both with and without cords priced similarly I believe the convenience of staying in platform for workflow, will outweigh the differences in price. For me, the sander itself is a bit ergonomically awkward being to tall. My full size corded 6” sander isn’t that tall, so it will take some getting used to. For light DIY and carpentry work it is a great entry level tool. I will be carrying mine in my tool bag on site because its super convenient and I always have a Milwaukee battery on me, making it the perfect on the go sander.
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