New 2020 Milwaukee M18 Brushless String Trimmer 2828-21

Milwaukee has announced a new standalone string trimmer late into 2020 with their newest M18 Brushless String Trimmer 2828-21 .

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What strikes me as interesting about this new Milwaukee M18 brushless string trimmer are two things. First of all, while this is a brushless string trimmer, it is not a “FUEL” model. Second is that it’s specs are almost identical to the original M18 Fuel string trimmer. It still has the same 14-16″ cutting swath and also uses the same 0.080″ or 0.095″ line thickness. We also have two speeds with variable speed trigger and easy to use safety switch. The overall design is also very similar with the the motor head on the cutting end. This makes you wonder what the differences are?

The differences are there and there are a few of them. First of all the max RPM on high speed is now at 6,200, which is up from 5800 on the original model. Milwaukee doesn’t make a mention whether this is more powerful than their previous unit but at least it does offer a claimed higher RPM. Next is the cutting head is equipped with their easy load trimmer head that is said to deliver an “easy line loading experience with the ability to load up to 25’ of trimmer line in under 30 seconds.” The motor and head are also using offset gearing. I’m not sure of what advantage this has over a non offset head. The grass guard on the rear is also larger than the one found on the Fuel model. Next, is the shaft has a pivot point so users can conveniently fold the string trimmer to a more compact space saving shape. I also see that as a kit it comes bundled with a High Output XC 6.0 ah battery and a stock charger as opposed to the 9.0ah battery and rapid charger found on the original model but at least the price is a little less on this new model as a kit at $249. One thing I didn’t see any mention of was if it has a bump feed head to bump into the ground to extend the line while in use. I have reached out to Milwaukee on this and will update this article when I get a response. They said it does have a bump feed head.

I also noticed that the original Fuel model is not available which makes me wonder if the original model is discontinued and we’ll be getting a new more powerful updated Fuel model gen 2 soon.

This new model is expected to launch January 2021 for $249 as a kit and $179 as a baretool.

  •  More Power, Larger Cut Capacity
  •  Compatible with .080″ and .095″ trimmer line
  •  Milwaukee® Brushless Motor delivers up to 6,200 RPM
  •  Fully compatible with the M18™ System featuring over 200 tools
  •  REDLINK™ Intelligence constantly monitors and controls the power delivery from battery to motor ensuring maximum performance
  •  M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ XC6.0 Battery Pack provides 50% more power and runs 50% cooler vs. M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC Battery Packs
  •  Adjustable Cutting Swath: 14″ for maximizing run-time and 16″ for increased clearing capacity
  •  2 Speed Control: High speed for demanding applications and low speed for maximizing run-time
  •  Variable Speed Trigger: Allows trigger feathering for ultimate user control
  •  Easy Load Trimmer Head: Easily reload trimmer line without head disassembly


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OldDominionDIYer

The 2825 boasts the same 6200RPM and the other features so this does seem like a strange update. The biggest difference seems to be the larger head absent on the 2725 or 2825. I’ll wait to see if they bring out an even better new FUEL version, my 2725 has performed great and mine came with the easy load head so I’m in no hurry.

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