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M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router w/ Compact Router Plunge Base

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  • Delivers corded performance and best-in-class 31,000 RPM
  • Adjustable depth stops and micro adjustable depth rod
  • Part of the M18 system, with over 200+ cordless solutions
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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 HP 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 250 ft. of 3/8 in. round overs 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 RPM to 31,000 RPM gives users control in all applications. The trim router also features a sturdy 4 in. sub-base plate giving users stability and dual-LED lights illuminate their work surface. Milwaukee Compact Router Plunge Base expands the versatility of the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Compact Router. The plunge base allows users to perform smooth plunges at precise depths with a comfortable spring lever and accurate depth stops. The trim router plunge base has a 6-step depth turret at 1/8 in. increments and a micro-adjustment on the depth rod, enabling users to make simple and accurate adjustments for repeatable cuts.
  • 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: (1) M18 FUEL compact router console, (1) fixed base, (1) 1/4 in. collet, 4 in. round sub-base plate, (1) 5-3/4 in. template sub-base plate, dust shroud, (1) straight edge guide, (1) 11/16 in. collet wrench, (1) 7/16 in. spindle wrench, (1) compact router plunge base 48-10-5601
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Ratings
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Cordless/ CordedCordlessCordedCordlessCordless
Router Base TypePlunge BaseFixed Base/Plunge BasePlunge BaseFixed Base/Plunge Base
Amperage (amps)0 A130 A5.0
Horsepower (HP)0 hp0 hp0 hp0 hp
Collet Size (in.)1/4 in.1/4 in.1/4 in.1/4 in.
PortabilityHandheldHandheldHandheldHandheld
IncludedDust CollectionDust CollectionDust CollectionNo Additional Items Included
Motor TypeBrushless BrushlessBrushless
Power Tool FeaturesDepth Adjustment,Multiple Base,Variable SpeedDepth Adjustment,Multiple Base,Variable SpeedDepth Adjustment,Multiple Base,Variable SpeedCompact,Cushioned Grip,Depth 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
Lithium Ion
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
Depth Adjustment,Multiple Base,Variable Speed
Product Weight (lb.)
2.95 lb
Returnable
90-Day
Router Base Type
Plunge 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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I own 2 full sized Milwaukee corded routers with a plunge base - they're great. I own Dewalt's c...
I own 2 full sized Milwaukee corded routers with a plunge base - they're great. I own Dewalt's corded compact router with a plunge base - it's also great. I recently decided to switch from a drill to a plunge router for "drilling" shelf pin holes in base cabinets. It's not a strenuous cut, so I figured it was time to get a cordless router and eliminate the hassle of dragging the cord around. I got the Milwaukee M18 router and plunge base to match my other battery tools. The router itself seems great, but the plunge base is a huge letdown. The thumb lever is pretty stiff, and must be pressed down way too far to allow a smooth plunge. I have fairly big hands and still can't press it down far enough without moving my hand into an awkward position on the grip. The bigger issue is the lack of precision in the base . . . It wobbles slightly while plunging. The torque required to depress the previously mentioned thumb lever actually forces the router to plunge at a slight angle. That may not matter for a lot of tasks, but my 1/4" pin holes come out larger than 1/4", making them useless for holding a shelf pin. I don't know if I got a lemon or if it's just a bad design, but I'm really disappointed. I love my Milwaukee tools, but I guess I'll have to go back to my little corded Dewalt that makes a perfect hole and doesn't require an awkward hand position to operate the lever.
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Response from Milwaukee ToolJun 11, 2021
Hello, this is Sarah with Milwaukee Tool. Flycaster, thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear about your frustrations with your Milwaukee Compact Router Plunge Base. We'd value the opportunity to learn more about your frustrations with your Milwaukee Tool, and to provide you with support. Please feel free to contact us directly at socialmedia@milwaukeetool.com. It will be our pleasure to provide support once we have received your correspondence. Thank You
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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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1 person found this helpful
Gives the M18 Trim router a whole lot more uses
I've been using the M18 trim router for a few weeks on various projects and came across a need for plunge routing, so I ordered this base and when it arrived I was using it in no time. It's very well built, smooth, and has a dust collection attachment that works fairly well with a small vacuum. I do wish the micro adjustment on the router was usable with this base but since I'm not doing any super fine work with hit I can work around that little quirk.
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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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      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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      Clamp broke as I tightened it and this item is supposed to fit the m18 cordless fuel router.
      Clamp broke as I tightened it and this item is supposed to fit the m18 cordless fuel router.
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      Response from Milwaukee ToolJun 15, 2020
      Thank you for your review. I’m sorry to hear about your frustration. We’d like to learn more about your experience and provide you with support. Please feel free to contact us directly at socialmedia@milwaukeetool.com. It will be our pleasure to provide support once we have received your correspondence. Thank you. -Jacob
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        Powerful little router with a nice fine adjustment setting. I have a few Makita 18 volt routers a...
        Powerful little router with a nice fine adjustment setting. I have a few Makita 18 volt routers and this comes close to out performing them. Actually it matches up perfectly in every aspect except one and that is comfort, it doesn't fit in my hand as well. The micro adjustment blows the Makita away though, its smooth, accurate and solid. Over all if you are on the M18 platform I would recommend picking this up.
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        5 people found this helpful
        Well built, quality materials and finish, but larger than expected. Almost on par with my full si...
        Well built, quality materials and finish, but larger than expected. Almost on par with my full size Porter Cable plunge router base ,but I'm cordless.
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        3 people found this helpful
        So far I'm enjoying the portability of this tool, I have a professional router and it's big and h...
        So far I'm enjoying the portability of this tool, I have a professional router and it's big and heavy, keeping in mind this is a battery operated trim router this router rocks, I've definitely taxed this router trying to hurt it burning it up or something but haven't had the pleasure yet, I will tell you that when you put a big bit on it and push it hard through the material it will big down and I've had it overheated few times, when it overheats it just clicks off as if the battery died, give it a few seconds and flip the rocker switch and she starts back up again, I'm using a 9ah battery with it and have overheated the battery or the tool a few times but that all in the same of doing the tool review I was really pushing it, I will tell you if you push it hard it eats batteries, but if you use it as intended it's wonderful
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        7 people found this helpful
        This compact router puts out impressive power and it is extremely easy to hold and use. So far, e...
        This compact router puts out impressive power and it is extremely easy to hold and use. So far, everything Milwaukee has put out running off the M18 Fuel Battery has provided the necessary power to do the job. It's easy to adjust the fixed base, and it's simple to change out the bits. This trim router has handled everything I have asked it to do. Now it Milwaukee will put out their own brand of bits.
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        2 people found this helpful
        This is my first router, but I'm not completely new to using one, and I must say that I am very impressed. Lightweight, easy to set up and use. The variable speed setting is great and very easy to adjust. The LED lights are in the perfect location. The test runs I have made with it are smooth and flawless. Even on the slowest speed it slides along effortlessly. The dust cover that comes with it hooks right up to my M18 shop vac which means very little clean up. I am looking forward to many projects with this router and would highly recommend adding it to your M18 tool family.
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        Another great product from the people at Milwaukee. This M18 Fuel router is a great addition to m...
        Another great product from the people at Milwaukee. This M18 Fuel router is a great addition to my woodworking shop (cabinets/furniture) for various trim and routing applications.This compact but powerful router fits comfortably in your hand for smooth and easy use. The dual LED lights are great for lighting up the project. Since this is a compact router it only uses 1/4" shank bits unlike the full sized router which uses 1/2" shank bits.
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        This router is a perfect size for free hand tasks. It works well for prepping door hinges. Very ...
        This router is a perfect size for free hand tasks. It works well for prepping door hinges. Very lightweight but lots of power. This is also useful for hand lettering of signs. I read somewhere that it is rated to do 250 linear feet with the suggested 5 amp-hour battery. I only had 3 and 6 amp-hour batteries and the router is not too heavy with larger one. The router is very well balanced and fits in smaller hands without fear of losing grip. With a 3 amp-hour battery the balance point is just at the aluminum ring before the plastic electrical housing. The 6 Amp-hour battery moves the balance point about ½" higher towards the top. See the pictures that are balanced on a thin cedar board for example. I was surprised that Milwaukee includes an edge guide, dust collection window and extra base plate.
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        For the pro this is a no-brainer, especially if you already own M18 tools. The convenience of ha...
        For the pro this is a no-brainer, especially if you already own M18 tools. The convenience of having corded power in a cordless router is what drew me to this tool. I have been using a Milwaukee M18 drill since 2003. I replaced an aging Porter Cable cordless with it. It was pricey at almost $400 back in 2003, however I still use it today. Hundreds of projects later it still keeps up with, and often surpasses newer models of other well known/respected brands. The only thing I've replaced has been the batteries. Knowing this made purchasing this router simple. I knew it would last! At first the $180 price tag may set you off, however, once you hold the router in your hands it is more than justified. I've also found that I grab for the router much more often because of its cordless ease of use and small size.
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        Milwaukee M18 Compact Router This is a brushless compact router the only compact part of the rou...
        Milwaukee M18 Compact Router This is a brushless compact router the only compact part of the router is its physical size. You will not find it small in operation or capacity to get clean cuts. The adjustments that need to be made with this router are easy to make. Your major movements of the motor sleeve are easy to make by lifting or compressing the barrel to get the cutter near the level of your intended cut. this is done with a locking lever and a final locking button. While the lever is in the unlock position your fine adjustments are made with a dial that just above the barrel lock. This allows you to get the cutter, or guide bearing, closer or farther from the cut with a barrel adjuster which is marked off in 64th’s of an inch. After you have your cutting adjustments made you need to make your final lock with the barrel lever. After getting your depth adjusted you have a dial with 6 power markings making your speed adjustments easy to replicate, from board to board. Milwaukee includes 2 bases one 5 7/8 inches in diameter and the other 4 inch in diameter, both are clear base plates, which allow you to see your cuts. The saw dust collector actually bolts in place with an included 'wing bolt' rather than a group of plastic catches. We all have those dust collectors that eventually need to be taped in place, after the tabs breaks off. This router is designed for the long haul and will be in your tool box for some time to come. I used the small base for edge routing. The other base is considerably larger to give the user increased stability. The straight edge included is secured with only one screw, but I found it sufficient to hold the tool on your cut line for straight line datto cuts regardless of the length of cut. All in all I did not find this router lacking in ability, regardless of the task placed in front of the tool.
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        Milwaukee M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router (Tool-Only) is a compact...
        Milwaukee M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router (Tool-Only) is a compact router similar to others with Milwaukee's unique take on the tool. I've had a cordless Ridgid compact router for several years and also a corded Porter-Cable compact. This one is the newest and has aspects of both my other compact routers. A big plus is how the router feels in your hand. It is just a comfortable fit like it was built for me. The fit and trim is excellent all around. In performance, Milwaukee's brushless motor has a wider RPM range from 10,000 to 30,000 RPM's. Milwaukee, like all other compacts routers, accept only 1/4-inch shanks which limit the bits used compared to full size routers. The Milwaukee compact does include a dust shroud not found on the other two I own and does a good job. Milwaukee like the Ridgid has a light and here is dual LED's which does a better job. What's in the box? It comes with a straight base, a dust shroud as mentioned, an edge guide, two base plates (4-inches and 5 3/4-inches), two wrenches (collet and spindle) and also has a spindle lock button, too. . It does not include a battery or charger. There are two optional bases, plunge and offset. They are on the Milwaukee website, but Home Depot doesn't seem to have them in yet at this date. Adjustment on the base is smooth. It has a macro and fine adjustment mechanism which is standard; although, this one seems to operate more smoothly. I didn't find any slipping of the setting once set. Popping the router into the base is easier than other ones I've used. It has no alignment bumps, just catches the threads. The motor is strong, the whine from it is not as loud or as high pitched. The controls are a dust proof on/off toggle on the top and a speed control knob. I tired it out making some cuts and loved how clean they came out and done so effortlessly. This tool is up to Milwaukee's standards and is my new favorite..
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        Very handy, lightweight and versatile M18 cordless compact router, I love using it. At the bottom...
        Very handy, lightweight and versatile M18 cordless compact router, I love using it. At the bottom of this review, with the pictures, is an over and demonstration video I made of the router. This is a great little router with a lot power. I love that I can fit it in my work bag, do some routing outside and bring it back in easily. I also dont have to mess around with an extension cord and it weighs about 3 lbs w/o battery. This 1/4" shank router packs a lot of power with a brushless motor with speeds ranging from 10,000 to an amazing 31,000 rpm. The brushless motor is relatively quiet as well. Depth adjustments are pretty easy and the LED lights help you see the area you are working. When you turn the router off, the break is amazing; it stops the bit within a second or so. This is great for safety and also to prevent accidentally dinging your piece while the bit slows. My main complaint with this router is that the depth adjustment latch lock comes loose from the factory. Basically, after you lock it, turning the micro depth adjustment lock can raise and lower the bit or vibration can move it as well. I had to tighten the latch for this not to happen. The router has 6 different speed settings although I find there are about 22 'clicks' on the knob, so many more speed settings which is great. Depth is pretty easy to adjust aside from the problem I explained above. With a 5.0 XC battery you can get about 250 ft of routing which is great. Although the 31,000 rpm is advertised for hardwood, I found it can easily burn oak and I stay around setting 4 or in the low 20,000 rpm range. Setting 1 (10,000 rpm) works fine for softwoods like spruce. The guide is a little tricky to use, I suggest practicing before using it on a piece; the router can bounce around a little in the grain. The chuck holds on tight to bits and adding/removing them is not too hard. Remember to REMOVE THE BATTERY when adding/removing bits! You can easily hit the on/off switch and hurt yourself. The chuck is loosened and tighten with either both of the wrenches or with one wrench and by pressing on the chuck lock. Another thing I did not like was the two jagged edges around the chuck lock. This router does not come with a battery and the plunge (Model# 48-10-5601) or offset (Model # 48-10-5602) bases are sold separately as well. It will accept any M18 battery. This router comes with a dust shroud which can accommodate shop vac hoses with either a 1-3/8" or 1-1/8" outer diameter. It also comes with a guide, wrenches (collet/spindle for the chuck), 5-3/4" template base and instructions. A downside to this tool is it does not come with a bag. A soft bag would have been great for all the accessories. This tool is made in China.
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        Wow, this Milwaukee M18 Fuel compact router is powerful and loaded with great features. The push ...
        Wow, this Milwaukee M18 Fuel compact router is powerful and loaded with great features. The push button macro depth adjustment is fast and solid. The micro adjustment is precise. I have a corded router and now I can just leave it in the router table. This one will be able to handle any routing job that I do. I have several Milwaukee M18 and M12 tools and have been very satisfied with all of them. This dude buzzed thru MDF Plus grade and never bogged down. The dual LED lights are fantastic. The variable speed knob is easy to adjust on the fly. It is lightweight and easy to use. I highly recommended this compact router.
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        The Best 18 Volt Trim Router in its Class
        I had waited very long for the M18 Fuel Compact Router to come to Home Depot Shelves it was well worth every dollar spent I did a test with two bits on 3/4" Pine it did not bog down it handled very well and I would like to welcome this into my M18 Family of cordless tools for my woodshop
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          First off I have several routers of all different kinds,...
          First off I have several routers of all different kinds, from large to small. This is becoming my favorite to use. The power from a cordless is amazing! The quick stop very useful when mortising hinges not to nick your template. The fact it came with a 6” base with a cutout for a guide bushing was the selling point . I have two of the Ryobi cordless and really used the heck out of them. Also a corded Mikita with a plunge base and three full sized porter cables. This one keeps the rest in the van.
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            Great like all other Milwaukee products!...
            Great like all other Milwaukee products!
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              A little top heavy but works great...
              A little top heavy but works great
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                awesome attachment for making my milwaukee fuel 18v trim...
                awesome attachment for making my milwaukee fuel 18v trim router a plunge router. easy to use and makes it easier to get the job done
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                  The M18 compact router is my go to router. The...
                  The M18 compact router is my go to router. The plunge base makes operations much simpler.
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                        The perfect took for the job. Performed flawlessly and did...
                        The perfect took for the job. Performed flawlessly and did exactly what I needed
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                          Easy to use, powerful, precise depth controls....
                          Easy to use, powerful, precise depth controls.
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                              I love the Milwaukee tools they are the best ever...
                              I love the Milwaukee tools they are the best ever cordless battery lasts forever I can use it in the woods for deer stands and many other things thank you Milwaukee
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