Milwaukee Tool is coming out with a new M18 Fuel dual battery blower, model 2824-20, which delivers up to 600 CFM of air volume and 145 mph max air speed.
As with the new Milwaukee M18 cordless mower, reviewed here, this new blower is dual battery-powered.
Milwaukee press materials mention the growing number of bans against gas engine leaf blowers, and how landscape maintenance companies have started to adopt battery-powered solutions.
The new M18 Fuel dual battery cordless blower is designed to completely replace current handheld gas blowers, delivering on the power and performance professionals demand to get the job done.
The new M18 blower is quieter than typical gas engine blowers, with a noise rating of 64 dB(A), which should help users stay compliant with local noise level restrictions.
Other typical benefits of cordless outdoor power tools over gas engine tools include: no gas headaches, no pull start, no engine maintenance, no emissions, less vibration.
Milwaukee says this about the new dual battery power requirements:
To meet performance expectations in certain high-demand applications while maintaining system compatibility, this blower requires the simultaneous use of two M18 REDLITHIUM batteries.
They also add that:
The blower is optimized for the use of M18 REDLITHIUM HIGH OUTPUT XC and HD batteries.
Following the pattern of prior M18 demanding tool releases, I would expect that users can use any M18 battery with the blower, but that maximum performance, runtime, and demanding use endurance requires adherence to the High Output battery recommendations.
In other words, the tool is optimize for use with M18 High Output batteries with 6.0Ah or greater capacity.
The new cordless blower looks to have been designed for landscaping professionals, but it can also be used in other environments, such as for jobsite cleanup.
It comes with two nozzle attachments – a flat/spreader nozzle, and a tapered/focusing nozzle.
Key Features & Specs
- M18 dual battery power
- Brushless motor
- 600 CFM max air volume
- 145 mph max air speed
- 17.7 Newtons blowing force
- 64 dB(A) noise rating
- Variable speed trigger
- Variable speed sliding lock-on lever
- Includes tapered nozzle and flat nozzle attachments
- Full throttle in less than one second
- 34.09″ L x 10.5″ H x 7.06″ W
- Weighs 6.01 lbs
Press materials also describe how the tool has an optimized tool balance which allows the blower nozzle to naturally point towards the ground, providing for reduced fatigue and the best clearing control.
They also say that, unlike other models, the blower delivers an output of 17.7 Newtons [of blowing force] and maintains that power level throughout the full discharge of the battery without drop-off. It also achieves full throttle in less than one second.
Price: $299 (tool-only)
ETA: August 2022
This is now Milwaukee Tool’s second M18 dual battery cordless outdoor power tool solution, with this first being their recent lawn mower.
Do you think the M18 dual battery cordless OPE trend will continue?
Milwaukee Tool’s group president also recently teased about a new cordless snowblower that’s currently in development. I would bet that we’ll see an M18 Fuel dual battery solution, at the least.
Unpacking the press materials, there are quite a few power and performance benefits that seem tied to the dual battery requirement.
Retail listings include a chart that shows how the blower maintains its blowing force steadily throughout the batteries’ discharge cycle.
The battery power allows for consistent performance, short throttle delay, 145 mph max speed, and 600 CFM max volume.
The Gen 2 M18 Fuel blower delivers 120 mph max air speed, 450 CFM max volume, and is also said to reach full throttle in under 1 second.
The M18 Fuel dual battery blower is slightly larger than the Gen 2 single-battery tool, and a little more than a pound heavier (6.01 lbs vs. 4.9 lbs).
Looking at Milwaukee’s live product page, they add that:
Our blower provides the Highest Constant Power by delivering a power output higher than all handheld gas blowers.
So in addition to all of the typical cordless vs. gas engine benefits, the new M18 Fuel dual battery blower delivers more power than “all” handheld gas blowers? Dual battery power has its merits.
This blower isn’t perfectly suited for all users or applications, but I’m sure it will make a lot of heavier blower users quite happy.
Landscaping professionals around here still use gas engine blowers exclusively, but the increasing number of ordinances and restrictions around the country might change that soon. It will be interesting to see if Milwaukee will launch more M18 dual battery tools with such users in mind.