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M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router (Tool-Only)

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  • Delivers Corded Performance and best-in-class 31,000 RPM
  • Fast Accurate Adjustments for precise applications
  • Part of the M18™ System, with over 200+ cordless solutions
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Top Specs

Motor Type
Brushless
Router Base Type
Fixed Base
Cordless/ Corded
Cordless
Portability
Handheld
Collet Size (in.)
1/4 in.
Horsepower (HP)
0 hp

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Product Overview

combines power, speed and accurate depth adjustments to deliver clean accurate cuts in a variety of materials and applications.

M18™ FUEL™ Compact Router

combines power, speed and accurate depth adjustments to deliver clean accurate cuts in a variety of materials and applications.

POWERSTATE Brushless Motor, REDLINK PLUS Intelligence and REDLITHIUM Batteries

FEATURES 3 MILWAUKEE® EXCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGIES

POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence and REDLITHIUM™ Batteries

Generates the power of corded compact routers and higher SPM to complete cuts in hard woods

M18™ FUEL™ TECHNOLOGY

Generates the power of corded compact routers and higher SPM to complete cuts in hard woods

Generates 1.25 peak Horsepower when paired with an M18 REDLITHIUM XC5.0 Battery

PERFORMANCE

Generates 1.25 peak Horsepower when paired with an M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC5.0 Battery

Fast accurate adjustments reduce slop

MORE PRECISE CUTS

Fast accurate adjustments reduce slop

Cuts up to 250 Ft of 2/8" Roundover when using the M18 REDLITHIUM XC5.0 Battery

LONGER RUN TIME

Cuts up to 250 Ft of 2/8” Roundover when using the M18™ REDLITHIUM XC5.0 Battery

Part of the M18 System - Fits All M18 Batteries

SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY

Part of the M18™ System – Fits All M18™ Batteries

Higher RPM provides the power and speed for clean, quality cuts in hard

VARIABLE SPEED

Higher RPM provides the power and speed for clean, quality cuts in hard

Micro-Adjust Dial and Macro-Adjustment Button For Precise Cuts

DEPTH ADJUSTMENTS

Micro-Adjust Dial and Macro-Adjustment Button For Precise Cuts

Illuminate your work surface

DUAL LED LIGHTS

Illuminate your work surface

Accepts 1-1/4" template bushings

5-3/4” Sub-Baseplate

Accepts 1-1/4” template bushings

Compatible with the Milwaukee Plunge Base and Offset Base

COMPATIBILITY

Compatible with the MILWAUKEE® Plunge Base and Offset Base

Five year Tool Warranty

Warranty

Five year Tool Warranty

The MILWAUKEE M18 FUEL Compact Router combines power, speed and accurate depth adjustments to deliver clean accurate cuts in a variety of materials and applications. The compact router leverages the POWERSTATE Brushless Motor and REDLINK PLUS electronics. This delivers the power of corded 1.25 horsepower trim routers and best-in-class 31,000 RPM delivering users with power and speed for clean, quality cuts in hard materials. With an M18 REDLITHIUM XC5.0 battery, the cordless compact router cuts up to 250ft of 3/8" roundovers in red-oak, providing users with all-day run time with fewer trips to the charger. The handheld router is equipped with a micro-adjust dial and macro-adjust button, giving users fast and accurate depth adjustments for highly accurate work. A variable-speed dial with speed from 10,000 to 31,000 RPM gives users control in all applications. The trim router also features a sturdy 4" sub-base plate giving users stability, and dual-LED lights illuminate their work surface. The M18 FUEL Compact Router is compatible with a plunge base and an offset base (sold separately).
  • POWERSTATE brushless motor: power of corded compact routers and higher SPM to complete cuts in hard woods
  • REDLINK PLUS intelligence ensures maximum performance and protects from overloads, heating and over-discharge
  • REDLITHIUM battery pack: delivers more work per charge and more work over the life of the pack than competitors
  • Variable speed dial ranges between 10,000 RPM and 31,000 RPM, providing precise control for clean edges and details
  • Macro adjust button allows for fast macro-adjustments and 1.5 in. of adjustable range
  • Fine adjustment screw allows for precise adjustments beyond 1/64 in. increments
  • Tool-free spindle lock provides easy bit changes with one 11/16 in. collet wrench
  • Accepts 1/4 in. shank router bits
  • LED light illuminates the cut surface
  • Compatible with Milwaukee plunge base and offset base attachments (sold separately)
  • Includes straight edge guide, dust extraction attachment and 5-3/4 in. sub-baseplate which accepts 1-1/4 in. template bushings
  • Part of the M18 system, featuring over 150 plus tools
  • Includes: one M18 FUEL compact router console, 1 fixed base, one 1/4 in. collet, 4 in. round sub-base plate, one 5-3/4 in. template sub-base plate, dust shroud, 1 straight edge guide, one 11/16 in. collet wrench, one 7/16 in. spindle wrench
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Router Base TypeFixed BaseFixed BaseFixed Base/Plunge BaseFixed Base/Plunge Base
Amperage (amps)5.50 A1213
Collet Size (in.)1/4 in.1/4 in.1/2 in.1/4 in.
Horsepower (HP)1.5 hp0 hp2.25 hp0 hp
PortabilityHandheldHandheldHandheldHandheld
IncludedBitsDust CollectionDust CollectionDust Collection
Power Tool FeaturesDepth Adjustment,Multiple Base,Variable SpeedCompact,Depth Adjustment,Multiple Base,Variable SpeedDepth Adjustment,Multiple Base,Variable SpeedDepth Adjustment,Multiple Base,Variable Speed
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Specifications

Dimensions

Product Depth (in.)
4.79 in
Product Height (in.)
6.86 in
Product Width (in.)
3.23 in

Details

Amperage (amps)
0 A
Batteries Included
No
Battery Amp Hours
No Battery
Battery Power Type
Lithium Ion
Battery Size
18-volt
Battery/Charger
Tool Only
Battery/Charger
Tool Only
Charger Included
Charger Not Included
Collet Size (in.)
1/4 in.
Color Family
Black
Condition
New
Cordless Tool Type
Router
Cordless/ Corded
Cordless
Horsepower (HP)
0 hp
Included
Dust Collection
Motor Type
Brushless
Number of Total Batteries Included
0
Portability
Handheld
Power Tool Features
Compact,Depth Adjustment,Multiple Base,Variable Speed
Product Weight (lb.)
2.95 lb
Returnable
2-Day
Router Base Type
Fixed Base
Tools Product Type
Power Tool
Voltage (volts)
18

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
UL Listed
Manufacturer Warranty
5 Year Warranty on Tool

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  • 4.8
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  • 96% recommend this product
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Awesome performance!!
Milwaukee’s M18 FUEL compact router gives you corded router performance without the need for an outlet. It is capable of delivering 31,000 RPMs and weighs a very minimal 2.95 lbs. RPMs can be adjusted from 10000 to 31000 via a speed dial on the router. The router takes 1/4” shank router bits which you use a wrench to change out the bits. Adjusting the height of the router is easy and precise with a dial for fine adjustments, total adjustable range is 1 1/2”. Included is a 4” base plate or a 5 3/4” base place for easy control as you are running the router. On a fully charged 5.0 battery you can make up to 250 linear feet of cuts. I always like the fact that I can move over to cordless tools and the question is always how this would effect performance. This tool is super compact and easy to carry making it an easy decision to switch over to cordless. In terms of performance, because the control settings and height adjustment settings are so precise, I feel like it performs as well as a corded router. I do a lot of wood working and even in my workshop I still prefer to use this tool over my older corded routers which I have used for so many years. You do have to make sure to find good hand placement on this router because if not you will accidentally adjust the height of the router. Overall very powerful router!
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    • Recommended
    Lots of power in a small package
    It's compact, not weak. I'm a carpenter/home builder and use this for cutting out openings in 1/2" and 3/4" plywood. Armed with the right bit this thing cuts through it like butter. I can get maybe 120 - 150' of cutting done on a 5 ah battery. And no cords to deal with which makes my crew happy which makes my life easier.
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    • Recommended
    Amazing tool
    Amazing tool. Feels very light in hand for what it is. Great new toy for the collection.
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    • Recommended
    One design flaw
    Used this router for six months and it seems to do the job. Two things to be aware of: 1) it is easy to touch the height adjustment wheel (see photo) as you use the router resulting in your depth of cut changing mid-job; 2) the bit collet won't release the bit unless you back off the collet nut FULLY to force the collet apart. We broke a bit trying to remove it without knowing this.
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      • Recommended
      One design flaw
      Used this router for six months and it seems to do the job. Two things to be aware of: 1) it is easy to touch the height adjustment wheel (see photo) as you use the router resulting in your depth of cut changing mid-job; 2) the bit collet will hold on to the bit unless you back off the collet nut FULLY to force the collet apart. We broke a bit trying to remove it without knowing this.
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      Response from Customer ServiceSep 21, 2021
      Hello, thank you for your feedback! We will be sure to update our product management team.- Cayla with Milwaukee Tool
        • Recommended
        best buy the price was sogood like milwaukee
        I use it on wood .oak.pine and other it goes very fast .suprisly
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          • Recommended
          Easy to jump right into
          I'm not a professional woodworker by any means but I found this router super easy to pick up and go. It's super intuitive for someone like me whose handy but don't use more of a specialty tool like this everyday. It made nice clean cuts and has been nice to use.
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            • Recommended
            Super compact and easy to use
            When it comes to woodwork I’m a DIY person not a professional by any means. Using this router for the first time I was super comfortable and had no problem using it right away. I can see this being used professionally as well as home use for the average dude like me.
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              • Recommended
              I would buy this tool again
              Building cabinets! And small furniture !!!!!!!!!!!!
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                • Recommended
                Impressed so far!
                Used it to recess some LED strip lights under some floating shelves, it worked perfect, easy to handle and plenty of power!
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                  • Recommended
                  I would absolutely buy this again
                  Absolutely love this it fits in all the small spots
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                    Great products that make work much easier.
                    I like everything about it. Fine adjustment the accessories that comes with it the dust shroud, the guide and the bigger base was a surprise! I didn’t know it came with that very nice! And everything else that came that day is excellent! specially the Osculating tool I do have the old-style what a difference the new one is. Thanks
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                      • Recommended
                      Why did I wait so long to buy this?
                      My father in law is a professional cabinet/furniture maker and master carpenter. I can’t explain the look he gave me when he found out I didn’t use a router. “That’s one of the first three tools you’re gonna need to do woodworking.”, he said. I hadn’t used one since 8th grade shop class. I saw some videos and read a ton of reviews and across the board everyone raves about this little router. I have to say I was not let down. Now that I have it I don’t know what took me so long to pick one up. If it got lost, stolen, or broken I don’t think I could live without it now. It’s opened up new horizons for me. I’ve reversed door hinges (coupled with a hinge jig), built shelves and cabinets that look SO much better with simple routered edges and the edge guide is great for running grooves. I love having the option of taking simple 1x mat’l and being able to do round overs or do coves in material. I bought a 30 pc router bit set to try different edging options. Haven’t done dovetails yet but that’s an upcoming project. I’m also going to try a cutout bit for cutting the siding out on a shed for my door- see if it can handle 3/8” smart siding. Anyway, you can add me to the very long list of folks who love this compact router. I intend to get a corded 1/2” shank router at some point for heavier duty applications but this does just fine for now. The one thing I can’t comment on yet is how it performs in hardwood- haven’t fooled with that yet. I assume it’s capabilities (like anything) has limitations. I think what it’s designed for is brilliant and will not disappoint. Great product!
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                        • Recommended
                        Great compact router
                        I use my compact router for door hardware installation it is perfect for preparing doors for hardware, it has great power and the dust attachment works very good.
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                          • Recommended
                          I would buy this again
                          Love this router. Just wish it would accept a 1/2” bit
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                            • Recommended
                            This product is worth every penny.
                            I bought this for a kitchen renovation project and love it. So nice not having a power cord interfering and it is comfortable to work with. I wish I would have bought one sooner
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                              • Recommended
                              Great product nice and compact
                              Works great for whatever I’ve thrown at it compact design makes it easy to handle height adjustment is easy and quick love that it’s variable speed if you’ve been thinking about buying one do it well worth it
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                                • Recommended
                                Such a versatile and handy router
                                The main advantage with his router is its small size and lightness. I've got a table mounted router and a full size corded unit that have their place, but this little fellow is able to be there for trimming an edge with no cords. Unless you've tried a cordless router, you might not realize it's lack of complication. I prefer to use a saw for most things because of all the jiggery with setting a router up, but this one is really pretty good at staying on top of my bench instead of in its case. Typical Milwaukee quality too.
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                                  • Recommended
                                  This is an amazing router
                                  I’ve been needing a compact router for a little while now. This one is a pleasure to use. It is easy to adjust and comfortable to use. The edge guide is easy to install and and made using my round over bit a breeze. Put the larger base plate on it and put it in my little router table and it works great for cutting rabbets.
                                  by
                                    • Recommended
                                    Worth every penny!!
                                    The size of this tool makes it super easy to use and maneuver!!!...I love how easy it is to setup and go!!!
                                    by
                                      • Recommended
                                      Great power and speed control
                                      Added this for mobile flexibility vs. a now for sale yellow and corded dwp611 used for chamfers, round over and trimming. small jobs and a 2AHr battery are about as perfect as can be. A 5 AHr battery lets me go all day.
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                                        • Recommended
                                        Lightweight easy to handle, versatile use options
                                        I got this as a small go-to router for wood projects around the house. Already having several routers, this one was small and compact, battery operated, and first time use exceeded my expectations as to how long it ran on an old 5.0 amp hour battery. (Over an hour of continuous work on a pine Adirondack chair, running 1/4 round on all slats at low speed.) My wife did most of the work while I used my other Milwaukee tools to work on my truck while she did the chairs. I can't say enough about this tool line, (M18) all of the batteries are interchangeable and last a long time. I may be lucky, but haven't had one of these batteries fail in several years of use. Though the Milwaukee is generally more expensive than competitors, the battery system seems superior to the others. This is why I forked out a few more bucks for this tool over the other battery operated tools. The construction and fine adjustments of this router are far superior to the other brands, which mostly, feel clunky to adjust. My only surprise to this tool was that the interchangeable plate that comes with it to replace the small compact plate appeared to be drilled wrong. The surprise was that the holes are not concentric, they are offset and must be placed exactly over the correct holes, aligned with the tool. I suppose this is to assure proper installation when you change the plate or mount the guide, which I have not used yet. It's also very versatile, I mounted it to an old Workmate where I can run small pieces through and not need to buy a router table. And I can take this setup anywhere I need it, without an extension cord. The battery was perfect for the application with the square profile and easily held in the Workmate jaws, while supported on a piece of wood below it. In my application, I did have it connected to the vacuum though, mainly to pull the dust away from the work surface. In this application, the dust still flies as one would expect but held to a minimum. This is a fairly light tool depending on the size of battery you attach. With the 5.0 Amp hour battery, tool weighs 5 lbs. 3 oz.
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                                          • Recommended
                                          Phenomenal
                                          The Milwaukee Fuel router has been an amazing tool. Compact and powerful. Fits like a glove in your hand. Power switch is easily accessible and the led lighting helps keep your cut in view. Been running it with the 5 amp hour battery, which is a perfect balance of weight, power and run time. I find myself finding more and more projects to use it with. I have been building a router table and rather than using my heavy corded router, this little beast has made the job a cinch. Will keep my older corded model attached to the table from now on and use the fuel cordless router for all my other freehand projects. Can't wait to try out the plunge and offset bases when available. Attached are a couple pics of my router table build with the Milwaukee Fuel cordless router.
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                                            • Recommended
                                            Great Compact, Cordless & Variable Speed Router
                                            My Milwaukee M18-Fuel router is brushless (for more power, efficiency & longevity of tool & batteries), cordless, has variable speed, two lights & is compact. It is exactly what I was looking to help me finish my DIY home/residential projects. This router also has a dust/shaving collection adapter which allows me to hook up a Shop-vac to make clean ups faster. If you wish, It is easily controlled. while using only one hand. I am not disappointed in this tolls performance & features. I am glad I bought this tool & would recommend it.
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                                              • Recommended
                                              Best palm router money can buy!
                                              I own a small wooworking shop, and also do remodeling work. I use this router daily. I also own Bosch, Ridgid, and DeWalt palm routers, I have not touched them even one time since I bought this. Its just all around a better palm router. If this thing ever dies on me, I'd have the exact same router on order again the same day. It is smooth, quiet, well balanced, the dust extraction is good, and I love the optional plunge base. Bit changes are easy, and it has all the features J need. I believe this router is in a class all it's own. I prefer to use it with the smaller batteries, but when working someplace without power to charge my batteries, I can run all day on an HD12! Bottom line, if your in the market, this palm router is the one to get. It won't disappoint.
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                                                • Recommended
                                                The final product is all in the details
                                                Not having to fight with a cord on bigger job sites is the primary reason I purchased the router. Now just the ease of having a nice compact router in the truck that is set up in seconds to do a quick bullnose on deck boards or simply to grab it to plunge cut windows and doors well framing, even a small project. Only complaint is that it’s a little top-heavy but putting the bigger base plate on it makes a huge difference. No it doesn’t replace my 2 1/4 hp router but I guess I never expected it to.
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                                                  • Recommended
                                                  Great for cutting trace boards and rounding out edges, strong...
                                                  Great for cutting trace boards and rounding out edges, strong and comes loaded with accessories for all the dust. Love this item c:
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                                                  Fantastic cordless trim router
                                                  This little router has plenty of power and the convenience of not dealing with cords. Heavier batteries actually help weigh the router down, I've used 6AH, 9AH, and even 12AH without any issues. Just recently purchased the plunge base which has opened up a lot more potential for this router, see my photo of a quick little project I utilized the plunge base with this router for.
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                                                    • Recommended
                                                    2 people found this helpful
                                                    A must have!!
                                                    Ill use this for a small home projects and etc. for now i cant complain yet it works great for me.
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                                                      • Recommended
                                                      Milwaukee M18 FUEL Compact Router (Tool-Only) is very hand router or trim router. It took me a w...
                                                      Milwaukee M18 FUEL Compact Router (Tool-Only) is very hand router or trim router. It took me a while to review this because I didn’t have bits … yes I know … I should have gotten bits when I got the router. Well I finally got some trim bits and used them to repair a kitchen countertop in an apartment. It was cheaper to reface than to replace. It works really well, but I would recommend getting use to the power setting before using it on a finished product. It took a bit to realize that I didn’t need to go full bore on every product. Great addition to my toolbox.
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