Milwaukee has come out with a new M18 brushless threaded rod cutter, 2872. It features 3 die sizes – 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″, covering the most common threaded rod sizes used in construction and commercial spaces.
The Milwaukee M18 threaded rod cutter can cut mild steel (1/4″, 3/8″, or 1/2″), or stainless steel (1/4″, 3/8″).
Milwaukee says that their brushless threaded rod cutter can produce “nut ready cuts,” that don’t require filing or any other finish work.
The cutter cuts without sparks, burs, or chips. When paired with a CP2.0 battery it can make over 400 cuts of 3/8″ mild steel threaded rod per charge.
- Can cut 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″ mild steel coarse threaded rod
- Can cut 1/4″, 3/8″ stainless steel coarse threaded rod
- Four-sided upper and lower dies
- LED worklight
- Integrated lanyard hole
- Onboard Allen key storage
- 11″ length
- Weighs 8.7 lbs with battery
The M18 threaded rod cutter auto-returns after each cut, and also a built-in 1-1/2″ trim length.
It has a one-handed grip, for comfortable overhead use, and can also be rested on a flat surface for pre-fab cutting.
Price: $399 for the kit (2872-21), $329 for the bare tool (2872-20)
ETA: March 2019
The kit comes with a 2.0Ah battery, M18/M12 charger, and hard carrying case.
After I posted a teaser about the new Dewalt cordless threaded rod cutter that I spotted at a media event, emails slowly came in, asking for more information. The emails increased in frequency until Dewalt officially announced it a year later. I would not have guessed it, but their corded threaded rod cutter was immediately popular.
Milwaukee has had several years to develop their M18 brushless threaded rod cutter, which could potentially make it even better.
At the least, I am sure that Milwaukee users in certain trades are going to be extremely pleased with the new offering.
Bur-free, spark-free, chip-free, and nut-ready cuts in popular threaded rod sizes? What’s not to like?! The tool shears the rod while preserving the threads, which should make for much quicker work and better results.
Here’s Milwaukee’s promo video:
What I find interesting is that it’s a Milwaukee M18 brushless tool, and not M18 Fuel or built with a brushed motor. Dewalt’s DCS350 has a brushed motor and can handle up to 350 cuts of 3/8″ threaded rod per charge (it’s kitted with a 2.0Ah battery).
In addition to being more efficient, the Milwaukee is said to have the “clearest line of sight while making overhead cuts.”
Replacement dies will be available in a set, 48-44-2872.