Milwaukee M12 FUEL 3” Compact Cut Off Tool 2522-21XC 2522-20

The Milwaukee M12 FUEL 3” Compact Cut Off Tool is almost here and comes out September 2018. You’ll be able to purchase it as a kit 2522-21XC with charger, M12 XC 4.0 battery and tool bag for $199 or as a baretool 2522-20 for $129.

What makes the M12 Fuel 3″ cut off tool interesting is that it’s the closest thing you can get to a 12 volt grinder type tool and although it doesn’t grind, it makes for a perfect cut off tool for all sorts of different applications depending on blades used such as cutting metal, tile, PVC, drywall, fiberglass, cement board and much more. The way the motor is mounted means its blade is parallel with the handle for easy one handed cutting. And it also comes with a special guard that gives it a shoe base for the ease of cutting as you would have with a circular saw and the special guard with base also has a built in vac port for dust free cutting when paired with a vac.

To be able to be so useful as a cut off tool, this portable machine puts out 20,ooo RPM’s for the power to cut such materials. For such performance it would make more sense to use the larger XC batteries to better handle the sustained high power draw and not to mention longer runtime. For this reason the cut off tool includes an XC 4.0 ah battery if bought in their kit.

Full Press release below:

MILWAUKEE, WI- Milwaukee Tool is proud to introduce a unique new professional-grade solution for making fast and accurate cuts through a wide array of materials – the M12 FUEL™ 3” Compact Cut Off Tool. By harnessing the power, performance and run-time of M12 FUEL™ technology*, the new tool can tackle materials ranging from metal and steel, to drywall, cement board, and tile. Its one-handed, in-line design provides exceptional control and visibility through cuts, and it is the only cordless tool of its kind with reversible blade rotation.

“While multi-material cutting tools are not new to the market, there are only a select few that have been engineered to withstand the demands of the trades, and none of the cordless options provide the level of performance that these users require,” said Tyson Apfelbeck, Senior Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool. “The M12 FUEL™ 3” Compact Cut Off Tool changes all that by being the first dedicated cordless multi-material cutting tool designed with the performance needed by the trades. Completely optimized for one-handed use, this tool’s cutting performance and versatility allow it to easily replace many cutting tools that require two hands.”

The M12 FUEL™ 3” Compact Cut Off Tool’s POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor delivers 20,000 RPM. When this motor is paired with Milwaukee’s REDLINK™ Intelligence and REDLITHIUM™ XC4.0 Battery Pack, the tool has the cutting performance and speed to tackle various materials without bogging down. For example, it can make 12” cuts in 26ga sheet metal in under 10 seconds and 3” cuts in 3/8” ceramic tile in under 9 seconds.

As the only tool of its kind capable of reversible blade rotation, users can easily control where they eject debris and can optimize the blade for the application at hand. Its in-line design also provides exceptional control in cutting applications while improving line of sight to the material.

Ideal for cutting light to medium gauge metals and various non-metal building materials (tile, drywall, fiber cement, PVC/Plastic, etc.) the M12 FUEL™ 3” Cut Off Tool is the most capable compact cut off tool. Due to its incredible versatility, the tool will come complete with the necessary blade accessories for these applications, so users can get to work quickly and easily.

Available September 2018, the new M12 FUEL™ 3” Compact Cut Off Tool joins the largest sub-compact cordless system in the industry, now offering more than 90 professional solutions focused on power, productivity, and portability.

* M12 FUEL™ power tools are designed, engineered, and built to deliver extreme performance and productivity. All M12 FUEL™ products feature three Milwaukee®-exclusive innovations—the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence Hardware and Software—that deliver unmatched power, run-time and durability on the jobsite. Simply put, M12 FUEL™ tools are the most powerful sub-compact cordless tools in their class

Material Use Ranges


M12 FUEL™ 3” Compact Cut Off Tool Kit (2522-21XC)

  • Blade Size: 3”
  • RPM: 20,000
  • Arbor Size: 3/8”
  • Cut Depth: 0.64”
  • Length: 8.9”
  • Width: 4.7”
  • Height: 3.5”
  • Weight (w/ XC4.0 battery): 2.4 lbs

Includes M12 FUEL™ 3” Compact Cut Off Tool, (1) M12™ REDLITHIUM™ XC4.0™ Battery Pack, M12™ Charger, Dust Accessory Shoe, (3) Accessory Blades (Metal Cut Off, Carbide Abrasive, Diamond Tile), Blade Wrench, and Contractor Bag.

*Also available as a Bare Tool (2522-20)

** Metal Cut-Off Wheel, Carbide Abrasive Blade, Diamond Tile Blade also sold separately

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While it looks interesting, I cant personally see a season to buy one. I already have a cordless angle grinder, a cordless trim saw and a cordless wet tile saw. For cutting concrete, tiles etc, I would much rather use a wet tile saw as there is almost no dust created.

And while $129 USD is fair pricing, the thieves want $249 in Australia! Allowing for the exchange rate and even adding our GST, (tax), it should be under $200AUD.

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