Milwaukee Tool has announced two new M12 FUEL cordless bandfiles, designed for metalworking tasks such as smoothing down spot welds in automotive applications.
There will be two new tools – 3/8″ x 13″ (2483-20) and 1/2″ x 18″ (2482-20) bandfiles.
Milwaukee says that both tools deliver the best-in-class spot weld removal rate.
The two M12 FUEL bandfiles are nearly identical in design and specs, aside from the different abrasive belt sizes.
Each cordless bandfile offers full 360° tool-free arm rotation, which the brand says improves access and precision in hard-to-reach applications.
Additional features include quick belt changes, variable speed trigger, and LED worklights.
Milwaukee says that the new bandfiles deliver pneumatic performance without the hassle of hoses, cords, or routine tool maintenance.
Runtime claims: users can expect to remove up to 50 spot welds with the 18″ bandfile, or up to 65 with the 13″ bandfile, when powered by an M12 XC 4Ah battery.
A rear selector switch allows for speed selection and belt direction.
Key Features & Specs
- 3/8″ x 13″ (2483-20)
- 1/2″ x 18″ (2482-20)
- High speed: 3,600 SFM
- Low speed: 1,800 SFM
- Variable speed trigger
- Forward and reverse
- Lock-on button
- 360-degree arm rotation
- Tool-free belt change
- Belt alignment adjustment
The tools will be available as bare tools, and will each ship with (2) 60-grit belts in their respective sizes and lengths (3/8″ x 12″ or 1/2″ x 18″).
Price: $249 (tool-only, each size is sold separately)
ETA: January 2023
Note: Milwaukee corrected their runtime claim for the 3/8″ x 13″ bandfile; it can remove up to 65 spot welds when powered with an XC 4Ah battery, and not 40 as initially reported.
Can users convert to a different size in the future?
No, Milwaukee will not be selling the arm separately to be able to swap out the arms.
Will Milwaukee offer replacement abrasives?
No, Milwaukee is not offering replacement abrasives.
Will there be kit versions?
At this time there are not plans to offer kits. Milwaukee will continue to listen to users feedback and adjust if needed.
What other applications might these be used for? Deburring?
Wood working: Cooping & Sanding hard to reach areas
Metal working/Fabrications: De-burring, Weld Clean-up, Taking off sharp edges, Blending metal joints.