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Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Belt Sander

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Belt Sander

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Belt Sander Targets Fast Material Removal

Many cordless tools on the market today are able to replace their corded counterparts. Since cordless tools are more convenient than dealing with power cords at every jobsite, it makes sense that Pros want the corded level of performance they’re used to in a cordless body. Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Belt Sander is the company’s solution to replace corded belt sanders. Check out the details and see if it has what you need to cut the cord.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Belt Sander: The Big Deal

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Belt Sander

Milwaukee designed this belt sander with professionals in mind. While some cordless options opt for a brushed motor, Milwaukee turns to its brushless PowerState motor for better performance and runtime. Whether you’re a carpenter, remodeler, or even a Nothing But Heavy-Duty DIYer, this cordless belt sander is meant to replace your corded version with power equivalent to an 8-amp corded belt sander.

This tool has a variable speed dial with five different belt speed settings. You can control your material removal rate with speeds ranging from 700 to 1,350 surface feet per minute. A lock-on button lets you focus on the work without worrying about keeping a finger on the trigger.

Milwaukee didn’t estimate a runtime for us. However, having a few 6.0Ah High Output batteries on-hand should give you more than enough trigger time to power through most jobs.

The Milwaukee 2832 includes a dust collection system, too. On top of the integrated universal vacuum hose adapter, the tool comes with a multi-layer dist collection bag. This dust collection method helps you maintain a tidy work area, collecting more than 80% of dust during use.

One cool feature is an adjustable pommel on the front. It doesn’t require any tools to move as you shift it forward or back to get the best feel for the job at hand.

Additional Features

  • Dual LED light
  • Compact design for working in tight spaces
  • Belt tracking knob
  • Tool-free belt changes

First Impressions

We got some hands-on time with this tool and immediately went to work on some 3/4-inch plywood sub-flooring. Half-expecting it to drop somewhat in speed as I bore down, my eyes widened as I pushed harder and harder. This tool, very much like the Milwaukee M18 FUEL braking grinder, doesn’t bog down when you run it hard.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Belt Sander

I took off about 1/4-inches of material across several inches in just a few seconds using a 60-grit belt. This tool is a beast! The belt tracking works really well and I quickly changed the blade using the tool-free lever mechanism. All in all, this tool looks like an excellent solution for short-term work where you want to cut the cord.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Belt Sander Price

The Milwaukee 2832-20 retails for $279 without a battery or charger. In the box, you get one 80-grit sanding belt, a dust collection bag, and a universal vacuum adapter. Milwaukee backs your purchase with a 5-year limited warranty.

There are no kit options, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see some carpentry-specific combos after the sander’s August 2022 launch.


  • Model: Milwaukee 2832-20
  • Length: 10.6 in
  • Width: 6.3 in
  • Height: 7.5 in
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs (without battery)
  • Belt size: 3 in x 18 in
  • Max speed: 1350 SFM

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