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July 29, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Milwaukee M18 Underground Cable Cutter with Remote

Milwaukee M18 FORCE LOGIC 3-inch underground cable cutter with wireless remote

Arc flashes are an ever-present danger when cutting cable, so linemen must move far away from the cut to avoid the hazard. But traditional methods for cutting can still require an unsafe proximity to the danger. Milwaukee designed the 3-inch Milwaukee M18 Underground Cable Cutter with Remote with Force Logic to completely eliminate the chance that linemen could cross paths with an arc flash.



The cutter pairs with a wireless Bluetooth remote which allows linemen to distance themselves further from the cut. Equipped with an M18 RedLithium XC 5.0 battery,  Milwaukee designed the cutter to deliver more than 140 cuts one just one charge.

Milwaukee M18 underground cable cutter with remote

The 3-inch Milwaukee M18 Underground Cable Cutter with Remote has the ability to cut up to 1500MCM CU 15KV. An indicator light on the wireless remote alerts the user immediately after the tool is done cutting. The wireless remote is exclusively paired with the cutter which eliminates the potential for other devices to connect to the tool and activate a cut. The tool can easily interchange between remote mode and local mode through a Remote Cut Switch on the back of the tool for wrecking or new line installs.

“Due to the potential for Arc Flash, Linemen cut any potentially live cable remotely. When the situation calls for these types of cuts, Linemen have had to use methods such as hydraulic pumps and hot sticks that still maintain a physical connection between the user and the cut zone. We’re proud to introduce the most technically advanced underground cutter, creating a safer cutting process for linemen.”

                                                                –  Paige Bovard, Group Manager of Product Management for Milwaukee Tool

Other notable features include a handle and hang hook, a redesigned handle on the top of the tool, open scissor-style jaws, and an in-line design. The 3-inch Milwaukee M18 Underground Cable Cutter with Remote is also compatible with Milwaukee’s One-Key digital platform. One-Key allows users to sync tools and equipment wirelessly with their mobile device or desktop. Tool electronics are integrated with a custom-built cloud based program to provide the ability to customize, track, determine service intervals, and manage tool operation and inventory.

The Milwaukee M18 underground cable cutter with remote is sold as a kit and includes M18 Force Logic 3-inch Underground Cable Cutter, Wireless Remote, M18 RedLithium XC5.0 Extended Capacity Battery Pack, M18 Lithium-Ion AC/DC Wall and Vehicle Charger, Milwaukee Carabineer, Manual, and a Utility Bag. It will also be available as a kit without remote.

Milwaukee M18 Underground Cable Cutter with Remote Key Features

  • Pairs with a wireless remote which allows Linemen to distance themselves further from the cut, delivering a smarter and safer way to cut
  • Capable of cutting up to 1500MCM CU 15KV
  • 60% faster per cut than competition – delivering more than 140 cuts per charge
  • Can easily interchange between remote mode and local mode
  • Handle and hook enable easiest suspension in vaults and manholes
  • Open scissor-style jaws and in-line design allows users to easily scoop up cable in trenches
  • Compatible with One-Key
  • Available: February 2017

Milwaukee M18 Underground Cable Cutter with Remote Specifications

  • Model: Milwaukee 2776R-21 (with remote), 2776-21 (no remote)
  • Power Source: Milwaukee RedLithium 18V battery pack
  • Hydraulic Output Force: 9 Tons
  • Cut Capacity: 1500 MCM Cu 15KV
  • Length: 20.81”
  • Weight: 15.75 lbs
  • Price: 2776R-21 – $4,289 .00, 2776-21 – $3,629 .00
  • Warranty: 5 years

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Our Take

The Milwaukee M18 Underground Cable Cutter with Remote is really all about safety and it tackles the most obvious problem by getting users away from the cut with the use of the remote control. If you’ve ever used Bluetooth devices before, they’re easy enough to get confused with or even taken over by other devices. Individual pairing between tool and remote is solves a massive potential issue before the tool even comes to market. Overall, it’s an intelligent design that should meet with plenty of enthusiasm in the electrical industry.

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