Milwaukee Tool has launched a new M12 Fuel cordless nibbler, 2476-20, which they say features the same cutting capacity as competitors’18V models.
The new 12V-class nibbler was designed for fast, clean cuts in 16-gauge mild steel. It also has the power to cut 22-gauge spiral duct seams.
As an M12 tool, the nibbler is also described as being compact and lightweight.
The nibbler features a brushless motor and can cut through mild steel up to 16 gauge, stainless steel up to 18 gauge, and aluminum up to 12 gauge.
It has a variable speed dial and can cut at a rate of up to 7 feet per minute.
The tool allows for tool-free 360° die holder rotation, which means you can adjust the angle of the tool or cutting direction as needed.
Milwaukee emphasizes that the nibbler has the power to cut through tougher materials, such as 22-gauge spiral duct seams.
The 16-gauge variable speed nibbler can be used for a broad range of applications. It can make straight cuts, curved cuts, and can cut through corrugated metals panels.
The M12 Fuel nibbler is described as being lighter than competing 18V-class models, while providing the same cutting capacity. Milwaukee also says that their new cordless nibbler is ergonomically designed to be lightweight, balanced, and comfortable for continuous use.
Key Features & Specs
- 7 FPM max cutting speed
- Variable speed
- Cutting capacity
- 16 gauge mild steel
- 18 gauge stainless steel
- 12 gauge aluminum
- 10.7″ length
- 6.22″ height
- Weighs 3.5 lbs
- LED worklight
- Chip collection
- Belt hook
- 5-year tool warranty
The nibbler comes with a chip collection bag.
There are two accessories, available separately – a replacement punch and die set (48-44-0272), and a die holder extensions (49-72-0152). The chip collection bag has a part number (49-72-0153), suggesting that replacements will also be available.
Price: $229 (tool-only, 2476-20)
ETA: August 2022
Reading Milwaukee’s press and marketing materials carefully, I notice that they specifically mention that the M12 Fuel nibbler matches the capacity of 18V models. They say that it has the “power to cut in heavy applications such as 22-gauge spiral duct seams.”
Milwaukee specifically shows the nibbler paired with an XC 4.0Ah battery, and I should note that it’s sold as a bare tool without battery or charger.
It seems that there are 3 notable benefits here. First, it’s lighter than 18V-class nibblers, at least all of the models I looked up for fact-checking. Second, it does look to have competitive cutting capacity. Lastly, it allows for tool-free 360° die orientation, whereas some other brands’ 18V models require a wrench or have limited adjustability.
What’s your take on it, especially if you use nibblers or shears for cutting sheet metal, stainless, or corrugated metal roof or decking panels?