Milwaukee M18 FUEL Grinder – 2780 / M18 CAG125XPD

Not long ago, cordless grinders were a convenience tool, for small tasks that would be over before you could get out the corded grinder. They were pretty easy to stall, especially with a flap disc or grinding wheel.

Enter the FUEL, the first ever brushless 18V Grinder. We lent on this grinder and it just did not want to stop! This unit felt closer in power to a corded model than to its M18 predecessor. The standard M18 is certainly respected so far as brushed units go, but it just isn’t in the same league (or country) as its FUEL counterpart.

Specs:

  • 8,500 RPM
  • 5” / 125mm disc diameter
  • 2.4kgs with battery
  • M14 Spindle

So much for power. What of comfort? It has a nice slimmed handle and has kept the great tool-free guard from the original. The rubber moulding is also very nice in the hand. I also want to give it a vote for sexiest cordless tool.

What we don’t like is the ‘deadman’ paddle. It’s cumbersome to hold for long periods, is downright annoying when holding on it’s side (for cutting) and has changed the safety lock direction from the original. It’s now harder to start accidentally, but also less intuitive to start.

No, we do not like the paddle trigger. But the rest of this tool is so damn awesome that we’d happily put up with the trigger. If only Milwaukee brought the switch version into Australia like the US have.

Another great FUEL from Milwaukee.

Makita Brushless Grinder Review – DGA504Z

Makita has forayed into brushless 18v tools before now, but never outside the standard tools. They’ve got brushless drills, impact drivers and rotary hammer drill, like many other brands. But Makita is launching brushless technology into other important tools, and spearheading the move with the brushless grinders, DGA504Z and DGA505Z.

This is a great move from Makita because while their standard 18v grinder (DGA452Z) does the job, it is criticised for being a little underpowered. The new brushless models are anything but underpowered. As you’ll see in the video below, stopping this cordless grinder is no easy talk, it just refuses to give up. You may consider leaving your corded grinder at home with this in your toolbag.

With great power and longer runtime, the most important boxes are ticked. Other nice features of this tool include:

  • Available with regular switch (504) or paddle (505)
  • Reduced size handle for better grip
  • Toolless guard rotation and removal
  • Rotatable head for angle flexibility
  • Compatability with 1.5Ah, 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah and 5.0Ah batteries

On the downside the new grinders are about 45mm longer and 400g heavier than the previous model, but neither of these bothered us much. As can be expected, the price is significantly higher than the old one at AU$250+ for the tool only.

Makita have hit a winner with this great grinder,and they’re one of the first to make one brushless. Can’t wait to see the brushless circular saw, jig saw and others that are bound to follow.