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Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ Spec Review

The Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ (2724-21HD) is a cordless handheld leaf blower delivering 450 CFM at 120 MPH. It features a 8 Ah 18 V Li-ion battery. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 450
MPH Up to 120
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage18 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy 15 mins
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 1
Weight (w/ battery)7.3 lbs
Weight (tool only)4.9 lbs
Noise rating 62 dB
Warranty 3 years
Other model numbers2724-21HD

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Description

The M18 FUEL™ Blower has the power to clear from 15 ft, gets to full throttle in under 1 second, and is up to 4 lbs lighter than competitors. Designed to meet landscape maintenance professional needs, the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor and REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ XC8.0 Battery deliver 450 CFM and 120 MPH output. The lock on button allows the blower to be locked on to full throttle, so the operating hand can be relaxed reducing fatigue. (source: Milwaukee)

Overview of the Milwaukee M18 FUEL™

The Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ in use

The Milwaukee M18 FUEL™

  • Power: The Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ is a cordless blower with a maximum air volume rating of 450 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 120 MPH.
  • Power delivery: Milwaukee designed this unit and its brushless, battery-operated motor with top-of-the-food-chain maneuverability in mind. The M18 FUEL™ doesn’t need to be plugged in, so you can take it anywhere easily.
  • Battery: Its 8 Ah 18 V Li-ion battery (1 RED LITHIUM XC8.0 battery included) offers a maximum autonomy of 15 minutes on a full charge.
  • Handling: Being handheld, this blower has a good maneuverability and is meant to be easier to carry around over a small period of time. At 7.3 lbs (battery included), the Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ is within the average weight range of cordless handheld blowers.
  • Speed Settings: For those who are keen on having complete control while operating their leaf blower, the M18 FUEL™ offers variable speed settings.
  • Noise: As far as electric handheld blowers go, this one is average in terms of noise with a rating of 62 dB.

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The Milwaukee M18 FUEL™'s performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Forced air leaving this blower’s nozzle has been clocked at 120 MPH. That makes the M18 FUEL™ average in terms of air speed for battery-operated handheld blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Makita XBU01PT and its 208 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • The M18 FUEL™ is average in terms of air volume. It's rated at 450 CFM, which is common for cordless handheld blowers. If air volume is important to you, the CAT DG651, with 800 CFM, could be in your good books.
  • Users can expect a maximum autonomy of 15 minutes from its battery, which means the M18 FUEL™ won't run as long as many other cordless handheld units before needing to be plugged in. To enjoy the best possible autonomy in this category, you could have a look at the Makita CBU01Z which offers up to 300 minutes of runtime.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other cordless blowers, the Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this blower nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Brushless motor
  • Blower allegedly can reach full throttle in under one second
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (7.3 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (62 dB)
  • Decent CFM (450 CFM)
  • Decent MPH (120 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Low autonomy (15 mins)

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About Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation was first established in 1924 by A. F. Seibert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA. Since then, Milwaukee has become one of the most popular names in power tools for contractors and do-it-yourselfers. In 2005, the company was acquired by Techtronic Industries. Milwaukee continues to produce high-quality power tools, both corded-electric and powerful battery-operated systems. These include outdoor power equipment, such as leaf blowers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, sprayers, and string trimmers. Milwaukee Tool is based in the USA, and maintains manufacturing plants at home, as well as in Europe and China.

Warranty Information

The Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Milwaukee blowers, please consult Milwaukee's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-SAWDUST (729-3878).

Questions & Answers

Where is this product manufactured? (Asked May 7, 2022)

The unit is manufactured in Asia.

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