Milwaukee’s M12 oscillating multi-tool was released about 3 years ago, and seems to have been popular with users. 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.
The new M18 oscillating multi-tool has a universal blade interface that is designed to work with most popular brands’ blades and accessories. Milwaukee currently does not have their own line of oscillating tool accessories.
- Tool-free blade change
- 11,000 – 18,000 OPM
- 12 speed settings
- 14″ length
- 4.15 lbs
- Built-in LED worklight
- All metal gearbox
- Ergonomic grip
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What Can it Do?
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.
Bare tool: 2626-20 (MSRP $119)
(2) M18 2.0Ah compact battery kit: 2626-22CT (MSRP $229)
(2) M18 4.0Ah XC high capacity battery kit: 2626-20 (MSRP $299)
The kits include the 2626-20 tool, M18 lithium ion batteries, a multi-voltage M12/M18 charger, and contractor bag.
Included accessories: (1) accessory adapter, (1) plunge cut blade, (1) sanding pad, (5) sanding sheets.
Dust extraction kit: 49-90-240
Depth stop kit: 49-20-241
Fall 2013, possibly as soon as October
Milwaukee says that the new M18 multi-tool delivers up to 50% faster cutting and 2X longer run-time than the competition, but we’re not quite sure who they’re referring to. It is hard to imagine that Milwaukee’s new brushed motor oscillating tool can outrun Bosch’s new 18V brushless multi-tool.
We expect this to be a popular offering. The tool-free blade change is a plus, and the pricing better than expected.
It’s a shame that Milwaukee doesn’t have their own line of oscillating tool accessories, but that might change in the future. With how popular oscillating tools have become, there’s plenty of money to be made with consumables.