Milwaukee M18 FUEL 6” Grinders w/Brake 2980-22

M18 Grinders 2980-22

Ever since launching their 7”-9” M18 FUEL 7”/9” grinder 2785-21HD last year we’ve been asking where is the 6” grinder? For professional trades a more compact 6” grinder really is the perfect solution and 6” slicer wheels and grinder wheels are much more popular than the monster 7” or 9”. It looks like Milwaukee has done a lot of things right here and almost guaranteed this unit will become very popular here is why.

We’ve seen some criticism recently that some of Milwaukee Tool’s recent launches are overpriced, specialty niche items which will have low production runs can be tricky for tool manufacturer’s for the bare tool versions of the 6” grinders 2980-20 & 2981-20 the price is a very reasonable $219, with more power than a 13A, kick-back clutch, brake feature and 6” capacity this is in line with similar corded grinders.

Milwaukee M18 Grinder 6" Brake

These are the first standard M18 FUEL kits we’ve seen where they are only offered with the High Output 6.0Ah batteries & Rapid Charger, presumably this means you’ll need the High Output batteries to get the full performance from these grinders but we are super excited to see this become the new standard battery & charger for hopefully most of the FUEL M18 tool kits moving forward. But where is the X-Lock Grinder connection??

Launching in March 2019 these new grinders will likely cannibalize the existing 2780, 2781, 2783 M18 FUEL 5” Grinders or hopefully make those a little less expensive as low as $149 or even $129 although no official word there?? For more specs and details see the full Milwaukee Press Release below and check out Ohio Power Tool M18 Tools page, pre-orders up soon.

Milwaukee M18 Brake Grinders

MILWAUKEE, WI – Unwavering in their dedication to delivering productivity-enhancing solutions that provide the right blend of power, run-time, and performance, Milwaukee Tool is proud to round out its cordless grinding lineup with the addition of new small-angle grinders that generate the power of 13 amp corded. Featuring a full 6” grinding capacity, the M18 FUEL™ 4-1/2” – 6” Braking Grinders include Rapid Stop to automatically stop all accessories in less than 3 seconds. With the addition of these new tools, Milwaukee® is now the only power tool manufacturer to offer a full range of cordless grinders that outperform corded on one battery.

The M18 FUEL™ 4-1/2” – 6” Braking Grinders feature a kickback-reducing clutch and a Rapid Stop brake that stops all accessories in under 3 seconds. This feature ensures that the accessory comes to a quick and complete stop, allowing the user to set down the tool and move on to the next task without having to wait for the wheel to stop. The new grinder will be offered with a no-lock paddle switch configuration and a lock-on slide switch configuration to accommodate user preferences.

Equipped with Milwaukee’s M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ XC6.0 Battery, the tool eliminates the hassle of cords or constant switching-out of multiple battery packs, while exceeding the performance of higher voltage solutions in the industry. In conjunction with REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence and the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, the HIGH OUTPUT™ Battery allows users to remove more material on a single pass using any 6” accessory.

This is also a 100% tool-free product. Whether the user is adjusting the guard or replacing accessories, all changes can easily be made without a wrench, utilizing a FIXTEC nut.

Milwaukee® is committed to improving productivity by providing performance-driven and trade-focused solutions so users can perform an entire day’s work on one battery system. The M18 FUEL™ 4-1/2”- 6” Braking Grinders are part of the M18™ System, now offering more than 175 power tool solutions.

* M18 FUEL™ is engineered for the most demanding tradesmen in the world. Delivering unrivaled performance, all M18 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, M18 FUEL™ tools are the most powerful 18V cordless tools in their class.

M18 Grinder 2980-22

M18 FUEL™ 4-1/2” – 6” Braking Grinder Kit, Paddle Switch, No-Lock (2980-22) -$449
Switch Type: Paddle
Trigger Lock: No
Speed: 9000 RPM
Arbor Size: 5/8”-11
Length: 11.41”
Weight: 7.08lbs

Includes: M18 FUEL™ 4-1/2” – 6” Braking Grinder, (2) M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ XC6.0 Battery Packs, (1) M18™ & M12™ Rapid Charger, (1) FIXTEC Nut, (1) T27 Wheel Guard, & contractor bag.

*Also available as a bare tool (2980-20) or in a one-battery kit (2980-21) – $219 & $349, respectively

M18 Grinder Kit 2981-22

M18 FUEL™ 4-1/2” – 6” Braking Grinder Kit, Slide Switch, Lock-On (2981-22) – $449
Switch Type: Slide Switch
Trigger Lock: Yes
Speed: 9,000 RPM
Arbor Size: 5/8”-11
Length: 11.41”
Weight:7.08lbs

Includes: M18 FUEL™ 4-1/2” – 6” Braking Grinder, (2) M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ XC6.0 Battery Packs, (1) M18™ & M12™ Rapid Charger, (1) FIXTEC Nut, (1) T27 Wheel Guard, & contractor bag.

*Also available as a bare tool (2981-20) or in a one-battery kit (2981-21) – $219 & $349, respectively

NOTE: Milwaukee® will also launch a 4-1/2” – 5” AC Braking Grinder with Paddle Switch (6143-31)     

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  1. Chris Steave says:

    Love this article. It definitely provides a TON of information about Milwaukee M18 FUEL 6” . Thanks for sharing…. looking forward to read your next posts.

  2. Chris Herpel says:

    Thank you! I literally was racking my brain how I could put a 6 inch guard on that 7/9” grinder because I mainly use 6” in the field! I was gonna put a 6” on the 4 1/2/5” but it lacks the power.Dewalt offered an option and I actually bought it! And just before I got the 3.0ah 60v upgrade from the 2.0 ah 60v that came with the kit I saw this! Just have to sell the grinder now and wait for this. Please don’t do this again Milwaukee. Make your circular saw left handed so I don’t have to get the wormdrive dewalt

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