Milwaukee M18 5″ Random Orbit Sander Review 2648-20

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Milwaukee M18 Sander – If you are a woodworker and a fan of Milwaukee Tools, this new Milwaukee M18 5″ Random Orbit Sander is something you have been waiting for.  As a guy that is into trim work and making his home look the best possible, this small cordless sander is something that we too have been waiting for.  Yes, there are other brands on the market, some low end, and some very high end, but none have the experience with battery powered tools like Milwaukee Tools does.  None of them have the amount of tools that take the same M18 battery like Milwaukee.  This is a big deal as this new random orbit sander works great and also has the runtime to finish almost any sanding task that one would use this size sander for.

As I stated in our video review, sanding is not a fun task for me.  It is a necessary evil to get to the perfect final product.  Back in the day, there was more vibration felt in your hand and the ergonomics were not there.  Of course, we are also talking about a metal cased random orbit sander.   Things are a bit better now.

Why We Like This
With Milwaukee Tool getting into so many different categories, one always wonders how well a product will be. This sander is well thought out in the comfort, styling, and usefulness of the design.  If you are right-handed, the sander fits like a glove.  The power button is perfectly placed next to the variable speed dial.  If you are left-handed, there is a slight adjustment in grip needed to change the speed, but nothing serious.  The vibration from the orbital action is not felt much in the grip, allowing the user to sand without feeling numb after a while.  Battery runtime is amazing and from my experience, it will run longer than you will want to sand!

There are a few options for dust collection.  The first is to use the filter that comes with the sander.  The filter works exceptionally well and captures most of the dust that the sander produces.  The second option is to use the vacuum attachment that also comes with the sander.  This will take the small and larger hosed vac hoses.  Either way, dust will not be much of an issue for you.  If you would like to use a larger battery than the 5.0Ah, there is an extension that can be added to these attachments to make them work.  The options are all here to use this sander with any battery you would like.

While this is not a FUEL model, we feel this is one of the best battery operated sanders on the market for this size.  You can spend a lot more money on a sander, but you are getting just about the same quality.  This is a definite have for anyone who wants to be a little bit more mobile when sanding.


Therealphantomzero says:

Actually I like to have the vacuum up even if it’s a”cord” it’s better than having to deal with two cords that get in the way. I bought this and use it to sand boat decks, works faster than the d / a and I keep it dust free by using my cordless vacuum. Add diablo sandnet and no dust. I love this unit

Joy Kwiatkowski says:

Finally! Other brand Sanders on market that are cordless not so good

Tom Timmons says:

Awesome info. Thanks guys.

Mark Kilroy says:

Very nice tool, I have to get one

The thin blue line says:

Nice review guys, thanks

Chris Broshar says:

I bought this about a week ago. Just used it sanding the deck so we could stain. You’re right, it’s very easy on batteries. I used a 9.0 and did almost the entire deck. (Our deck is huge) Then used the M18 blower to blow off all the dust and debris. I LOVE my Milwaukee.

Danny H. says:

And I thought I was done purchasing cordless tools !

Bob Lewen says:

Would like to see it for 12v Fuel too.

Mike Taylor says:

I like it think it would be nice!

Lou Cifer says:

I have the porter cable random orbital sander cordless its pretty nice hope dewalt come out with a cordless belt sander, finish and orbital sander

Colocao Mantequilla says:

I wonder if it is good on aluminum like an air powered orbital

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