This is the new Milwaukee M18 cordless heat gun, and it is the hottest new tool announced at this year’s new tool media event. Literally!
It came as a surprise to everyone, but follows years of heavy user requests. I quite frankly didn’t think it could be done, and am eager to see what this first-of-its-kind cordless tool can do.
The new M18 cordless heat gun can reach an operating temperature of 1000°F, and Milwaukee says it can reach that temperature in half the time as a corded solution.
We have more to say about the new cordless heat gun at a later time; this was more of a teaser to have some fun with the title. =)
ETA: September 2017
The second hottest new tool release? A pivoting head cordless soldering iron that we’re just as excited about.
Update: Until our preview post goes up, here’s a quick look at the Milwaukee M12 cordless soldering iron too, from Dirck Van Lieu, @ack_workbench (via Instagram):
No Fuel version… not interested then ;-)!
I would think that these are more about the design and power draw of the heating element and the energy use of the blower motor is trivial compared to that? Why complicate it and add expense with a brushless motor?
All a brushless motor would do is push the heat out faster/farther, but then may not be able to achieve the same temperature. I’m all for fuel versions, but it’s like adding Fuel to a light, it cant/wont add any true value.
Asking kids about cooking ants previously: i use a magnifying glass and get a few. Now : I use my dad’s M18 heat gun and destroy their whole village
I believe you’re kidding, but in case anyone is asking this seriously, why would it need to be brushless? This is the kind of tool where a lower price is better. The tool, with its brushed motor and functionality will enjoy more widespread adoption if lower priced than what a brushless Fuel version would cost.
When a tool is the first of its kind, making it accessible to more users is most important.
If there is a Fuel version, it might have adjustable temperature settings, or something like that.
How else would they get you to upgrade to the brushless version next year? (I’m kidding)
It is not the first cordless heat gun though
From a cordless power tool brand?
Although not on my wish list, both the heat gun and the soldering iron are an unexpected surprise and are up the top of my shopping list.
I muck around with old cars and motorcycles as well as doing a the odd car audio install for friends and these will be perfect for my needs. The stapler as well for doing upholstery and making speaker pods etc.
Very interested on your thoughts after having hands on.
Is it brushless? HAHA
interesting – I’d be curious to see something showing the focal distance and area of that compared to a corded model.
IE thinking they narrowed the hot zone – and it doesn’t project quite a far vs some corded model that might well take a bit longer to heat at first but covers better.
nice idea though – could be handy. Now where’s the cordless glue gun – and cordless soldering gun?
Great idea, and I can do that with my thermal imaging gear!
Cordless soldering iron is out too, I just couldn’t find a press release image and am a still on working out my images from the show.
I have 900 photos of dozens of products.
One big feature for me is that it stands on the battery. The biggest problem I have with heat guns is having to be careful putting it down. Most heat guns lie on their side with the cord coming out of the bottom — when you bump the cord the gun spins and hits something melt-able. Many heat guns also want to rock so the tip touches the surface.
Cordless is nice too, I haven’t owned a heat gun where I haven’t melted the insulation on the cord.
Wow… I never thought I would see a cordless heat gun that soon. The cordless soldering iron look awesome too. I think the automotive audio guys would love them…
I gotta admit with all the cordless tool been out I didn’t expect this level of new tools. I am excited! 🙂
I’m impressed with the quoted 20 min run time. We knew if they could do it, it would be a power hungry tool. 20 mins is plenty of time for a heat gun, I normally use heat guns for 10 seconds to 2 mins. When I fixed my (stupid) plastic fender from someone hitting me in a parking lot, 5 mins.
I LOVE that they designed it so it can lay down without burning the surface. I always have to look around where I’m going to set down the heat gun.
What I didn’t see was tips, anyone catch if they had changeable tips? It doesn’t look like you can.
If they’d also announce a cordless glue stick gun I’d buy all three. Today.
As it is I’ll need to at least order the soldering gun/stick.
Now my blue tools are going have company. Red company.
A cordless glue gun was something I mentioned to several Milwaukee employees. They didn’t say anything was in the works, but they seemed receptive to the idea.
We all know MKE is waiting to see how the Ryobi 1+ Cordless Glue gun will sell…….
Not necessarily. I spoke to several people there – as I had last time I was at a Milwaukee NPS – and they’re really compartmentalized away from other TTI brands.
Maybe there’s some sharing of info at the highest levels, but the design and engineering process is completely separate. I was told that some across-brands releases, such as Ridgid, Ryobi, and Milwaukee cordless fans all at the same time are simply coincidental.
The Ryobi cordless glue gun seems nice and cheap – but if you have not bought into the battery platform the gun, charger and 2 batteries will cost you $170 (as much as a 3M corded). For those who already have M18 batteries – a M18 glue gun would be a welcome addition.
Be careful with the ryobi one. It doesn’t have auto off and will drain a battery down until its dead.
I don’t use a heat unoften enough to need a new cordless one, but I’m impressed that a battery can hold enough energy to run a heat gun for a useable length of time.
The soldering iron looks pretty slick (I’m into old English cars, and usually carry lots of electrical spares with me). It’s a bit bulkier than the butane irons, and probably heavier, but I can’t wait to try one out.
I very much hope the soldering iron works well. I can see it being a huge benefit when I go to things like Hamvention and want to to quick repairs or tear downs in the flea market area.
Definitely getting the soldering iron 100%, can’t wait for some reviews on it.
they will find a place in my tool bag . I do the odd bit of PVC pipe !