Milwaukee has come out with a new M18 handheld vacuum, model 0882-20, and it looks every bit as versatile as they claim. We’ll have to see just how well it sucks, but for now, I’m very optimistic.
The new Milwaukee M18 Compact Vacuum is said to be the most powerful and adaptable handheld cleanup tool in its class.
(Too bad they don’t have snazzy names for all their tools, like the new M18 Surge impulse driver!)
What can it do?
Its high performance motor offers best-in-class suction for cleanup of a variety of materials such as drywall dust, wood and metal shavings, and other common jobsite debris.
Okay, so it’s a clean-everything (or nearly everything) kind of vac. And as mentioned, it’s got a HEPA filter, which is removable and presumably easily cleanable and replaceable – not that you should need to replace it often.
The HEPA part means it’s a super-effective filter that reduces the amount of finer particles that pass through the filter and go back into the air.
The vacuum comes with a slew of accessories, such as a 4-foot hose for cleaning a small area without having to move the vacuum around.
Update: It does have a trigger lock-on, so you can vacuum up bigger messes without finger or hand fatigue! Thanks John, good eye!
It also comes with 2 extensions and a floor nozzle, so you can clean more without bending down.
A crevice tool is also included, for reaching into smaller spaces.
The vac features a clear canister, making it easier to know when it’s full or close to it, and a trap door design for easier cleaning.
Runtime is said to be 25 minutes with a 5.0Ah XC battery pack, or up to 43 minutes with a 9.0Ah HD battery pack.
- 40 CFM air volume
- 1-1/4″ inlet diameter
- 36 oz canister volume
- Removable HEPA filter
- Weighs 4.3 lbs
- Replacement filter no. 49-90-1951
ETA: November 2016
A battery and charger are not included – you’ll need your own, and any M18 battery will work, but you’ll have better experience with XC high capacity battery packs.
It’ll be interesting to see how this compares with Dewalt’s 20V Max compact hand vac with HEPA filter, or their larger hybrid-powered vac, two models that I’ve found to be quite versatile.
I can’t see any obvious downsides to Milwaukee’s design, except for maybe a clear way to tote the accessories around. But onboard accessory storage would have likely been clunky and compromising. I suppose users can toss them into a tool bag, or something like that.
Thinking about it more, I wish the HEPA filter were a Cleanstream-type, which can be rinsed clean. Dewalt’s comparable vac is equipped with a rinsable filter. Maybe it was a cost consideration. Still, $99 looks to get you a nicely equipped cordless handheld vac.