Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Belt Sander Targets Rapid Material Removal
Many of today’s cordless tools are capable of replacing their corded counterparts. With the convenience of cordless operation, professionals naturally seek the same level of performance they are accustomed to. Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Belt Sander is designed to fill this gap by providing a cordless alternative to the corded belt sander. Let’s delve into its features to determine if it can truly cut the cord.
Milwaukee developed this belt sander with professionals in mind. While other cordless options utilize brushed motors, Milwaukee incorporated its brushless PowerState motors for enhanced performance and runtime. Whether you’re a carpenter, remodeler, or avid DIYer, this cordless belt sander can effectively replace your old 8 amp corded belt sander.
The tool features a variable speed dial offering five belt speed settings. Depending on the material you are removing, the speeds range from 700 to 1,350 feet per minute. Additionally, it boasts a lock button to reduce finger fatigue during extended use.
While Milwaukee did not specify an exact running time, having spare batteries readily available will likely provide sufficient trigger time for most tasks.
We had the opportunity to test this tool hands-on while working on 3/4″ plywood subfloors. To be honest, we half-expected it to slow down as we pushed harder, but to our surprise, it remained robust under pressure. Similar to the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Brake Grinder, this belt sander maintains its power even during demanding applications.
Using a 60 grit belt, we effortlessly removed approximately 1/4 inch of material from the work surface within seconds. This belt sander is undeniably a force to be reckoned with. Overall, it proves to be a fantastic choice for quick jobs where you desire the freedom of a cordless tool.
Milwaukee Cordless Sander Designs
In terms of appearance and feel, this belt sander stands out. Its main handle is slightly larger than the average cordless tool, and the overmolded textured rubber ensures a firm grip while you work.
An interesting feature is the adjustable pommel at the front, which can be effortlessly moved forward or backward without the need for tools. This allows you to find the most comfortable position for the task at hand.
The Milwaukee 2832 boasts a comprehensive dust collection system. Along with the integrated universal vacuum hose adapter, it comes equipped with a multi-layer dust collection bag. This method effectively keeps your work area clean by capturing over 80% of dust during operation.
Belt Replacement and Tracking
Replacing the belt and adjusting its tracking is a breeze on this sander. The tool-free belt tracking knob and belt replacement feature work seamlessly. The automatic belt tracking technology centers the sanding belt over the drive rollers, while the manual adjustment knob provides quick on-the-fly adjustments.
When it comes to belt replacement, simply pull the tension lever away from the tool to release pressure from the drive wheels, allowing for easy removal. Keep in mind that this sander is only compatible with 3×18 inch sanding belts.
- Dual LED lights
- Compact design for maneuvering in tight spaces
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Sander Prices
The Milwaukee 2832-20 is available for $279 as a bare tool and $439 as a kit. In the package, you’ll receive an 80-grit sanding belt, a dust bag, and a universal vacuum adapter. Milwaukee provides a 5-year limited warranty for your peace of mind.
The Bottom Line
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Belt Sander offers ample power for demanding sanding tasks. However, the main challenge lies in its runtime for a broader range of jobs. While it may require an investment for the convenience of cordless operation, professionals understand the value of having the right tool on the job site.
- Model: Milwaukee 2832-20
- Power source: Milwaukee 18V battery
- Length: 10.6 inches
- Width: 6.3 inches
- Height: 7.5 inches
- Weight: 7.8 lbs. (bare tool), 9.4 lbs. (with 5.0Ah battery)
- Belt Dimensions: 3″ x 18″
- Minimum speed: 700 SFM
- Maximum speed: 1350 SFM
- Warranty: 5 years (tool), 3 years (battery)
- Price: $279 (bare tool), $439 (kit)