Milwaukee has a new M18 cordless 1/4 sheet finish sander, model 2649-20, which they say delivers corded sander performance with the lowest-in-class vibration and best-in-class dust collection.
Milwaukee says that their new cordless finish sander is:
built for professional carpenters needing to leave the best finish while removing the least amount of material.
The sander looks to be designed for a one-handed grip from the top or front.
Milwaukee says that with the included dust container, up to 95% of the dust will be collected, resulting in less cleanup time.
A 2-step paper clamp system is said to provide for quick and easy sandpaper changes.
The sander comes with a universal vacuum hose adapter, for improved dust collection if desired.
Here’s a look at the front, so you can see the on/off switch, front grip, and the angle of the dust exhaust port.
Key Features & Specs
- 1/4 sheet paper size – 4.5″ x 5.5″
- Variable speed dial
- 11,000 – 13,000 OPM
- 1.6 mm (~1/16″) orbit diameter
- 5.3″ L x 5.8″ W x 5.9″ H
- Weighs 2.6 lbs (tool-only)
What it Comes with
The sander comes with a dust collection attachment, paper punch, and universal vacuum hose adapter.
Pricing & Availability
Price: $119 (tool-only)
ETA: June 2022
Milwaukee’s M18 5″ random orbit sander came out 4 years ago, and it’s about time they came out with a 1/4 sheet sander!
The new 1/4 sheet finish sander looks to be a welcome addition to Milwaukee’s M18 lineup.
Milwaukee Tool describes their new sander as being aimed towards carpenters, remodelers, and general contractors. But, as a finish sander, this will likely have even broader appeal.
Strategically, Milwaukee aims to offer solutions that cover the entire “frame to finish” process, and this is one more step towards that.
It looks fairly compact with the included dust bag attachment, and I’m happy Milwaukee provides users with a universal vacuum hose adapter.
The new model is said to offer corded performance, best-in-class vibration, and best-in-class dust collection. Sounds good to me.