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Offline AndrewG

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Milwaukee M18 vac
« on: March 08, 2023, 12:21 AM »
Hey all,

Looking to get the Milwaukee m18 cordless vac for clean up work in my workshop. I’d need it to be attached to a floor nozzle with a suitably sized tube so i can use it standing up with a vacuum head (similar to the festool cleaning set) It’ll be purely for cleaning up wood dust and potentially hand plane shavings etc.

I’ve done some research and no one really uses it with a tube nozzle attachment, they just use it as is.

My question is, does it have enough suction to be used the way I intend? I’ll be using it with a 12ah battery.

Your thoughts would be much appreciated.

« Last Edit: March 08, 2023, 12:27 AM by AndrewG »

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Offline rst

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Re: Milwaukee M18 vac
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2023, 07:18 AM »
I’ve been using one since the first generation.  It’s great for small size work, and wide h tubes but I would never consider it for extensive cleanup the tub is just too small.

Offline mrB

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Re: Milwaukee M18 vac
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2023, 09:22 AM »
Used a friend’s briefly, attached to a track saw. With it’s short hose and a full battery it did a fine job collecting most of the dust from a couple of long sheet cuts i did.

However my general opinion of it was that it wasn’t that powerful, and i would imagine that attaching a long tube and asking it to work against gravity cleaning up the floor, it wouldn’t be great. Plus the small tub size.

Im sure it could work reasonably well, but definitely temper your expectations and ask yourself if it would still be useful to you.

It’s no CT or shopvac.
there's nothing like the right tool for the job

Offline JimH2

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Re: Milwaukee M18 vac
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2023, 09:38 AM »
I doubt you will have any luck with this except for small dust particles. The vacuum and provided hose does well for small cleanup, but it is definitively not a CT. A cheap Shop-Vac will outperform it easily.

Offline AndrewG

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Re: Milwaukee M18 vac
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2023, 11:25 AM »
Thanks for the replies! I’ll look elsewhere now.

Offline AndrewG

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Re: Milwaukee M18 vac
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2023, 04:39 PM »
It’s more than I’d like to pay, but would the CTC sys vacuum be up to the task?


Offline JohnnyEgo

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Re: Milwaukee M18 vac
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2023, 06:02 PM »
I have this exact vacuum and have mixed feelings about it after a year or so in use.  Mine lives in my reloading room, and is mostly there to clean up messes and pull brass shavings away from a trimmer.  On the plus side, it has never exploded, and that is an endearing quality in something that sucks up gun powder and occasionally hot brass trimmings.  On the minus side, the suction is just so-so, and while I am not certain this is objectively true, I feel like the suction diminishes with the battery drain.  It doesn't seem to particularly like being run for more than 15 minutes continuously, either.  Neither of which are your use-case, but I've never even thought to use it with any of my power tools.  It doesn't have the capacity to trigger off another tool, and I doubt it would keep up with a router, nor do I think it would be well suited for longer duration sanding, nor have that much suction to pull up anything larger than light sawdust off the shop floor.  Plusses on portability and cord-freeness aside, it doesn't even clean my vehicle interiors all that well; shop vac does a much better job of removing Goldfish, old fries, and Oreo crumbs. 

I actually plan to replace mine for brass trimming with a CTL SYS, because it can trigger off the trimmer and has more suction on main power.  I love most of my Milwaukee tools, but ironically enough, the vacuum sucks, though not in it's intended capacity.