Milwaukee has announced a new mini hedge trimmer as part of their 12 volt M12 line with the M12 Fuel 8” Hedge Trimmer 2533-21.
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Battery powered outdoor power equipment is usually found on 18 volt systems and higher but there are a few instances when they can be found on 12 volt systems. One brand in particular, Makita has been making outdoor power tools in the 12 volt segment for many years now and were one of the first brands that came out with a 12V chain saw. They are not alone as Milwaukee has been catching up with the blue team and have their own 12V outdoor power tools to play with such as the M12 Fuel Hatchet which is their 12V chainsaw, they have a M12 blower which technically isn’t designed for yard work but in principle works the same as a leaf blower but just on a smaller scale and designed for jobsite use, now Milwaukee has a new M12 Fuel hedge trimmer to fill out their 12 volt outdoor power tools.
It looks like a miniature version of their M18 Fuel model and shrunken down to an 8″ blade length and also made it one handed to use as you can see there are no additional handles or grips. While Milwaukee’s 12 volt hedge trimmer isn’t the first to market as Makita already had one, the Milwaukee does one up the Makita model in giving the Milwaukee a brushless motor whereas the Makita uses a brushed motor. This means the Milwaukee can theoretically run longer or provide more power than a brushed motor depending on how Milwaukee engineered it. They do claim that this has the highest cutting speed in its class and has a cut capacity of up to 1/2″ branches, they say this even though they also say the teeth are spaced 3/8″ apart which doesn’t make sense as how can a 3/8 inch opening cut a half inch? It’s possibly by the fact that they teeth tips come to a point which may provide extra clearance is just my guess. One area that the Makita 12v hedge trimmer edges out the Milwaukee model is that it comes with a chip receiver attachment that catches clippings for easier cleanup and the Milwaukee doesn’t include anything similar.
I like that the tip of the blade has tabs that stick out which helps so that the blade tip doesn’t snag as you cut. They also include a blade sheath to cover the blade when not in use. And like most M12 tools, there’s a built in Fuel gauge to show how much remaining battery power is left.
You may think that making a smaller hedge trimmer, it would be designed for homeowners in mind, however Milwaukee claims this is designed for the professional landscaper in mind. It’s not designed to replace a full size hedge trimmer but to compliment it where a smaller unit would make more sense where increased control and access is needed.
The M12 Fuel 8″ hedge trimmer will launch in May 2022 for $249 as a kit with a single 4ah battery and charger.
M12 FUEL™ 8” Hedge Trimmer (2533-21)
- Blade Length: 8”
- Cut Capacity: ½”
- Strokes per Minute: 2,700
- Length w/ Battery: 22.5
- Weight w/ Battery: 3.6 lbs.
- 3-year warranty
- Kit Includes: M12 FUEL™ 8” Hedge Trimmer, (1) M12™ REDLITHIUM™ XC4.0 Battery, (1) M12™ Lithium-ion Battery Charger
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