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M18 FUEL PACKOUT 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless 2.5 Gal. Wet/Dry Vacuum with M18 FUEL 4-1/2 in. Grinder

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  • Includes: PACKOUT Wet/Dry Vacuum & Grinder
  • Cordless wet dry vac offers 60% more suction that 18V competitors
  • Fully compatible with the M18 system, featuring over 200+ tools
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The Milwaukee M18 FUEL PACKOUT 2.5 Gal. Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum is the most powerful small capacity 18-Volt wet/dry vacuum, fully compatible with the Milwaukee PACKOUT Modular Storage System. Its POWERSTATE brushless motor delivers up to 60% more suction, giving users powerful performance to easily clean up common wet and dry jobsite debris. PACKOUT compatibility gives this cordless wet/dry vac unmatched mobility, saving users the time spent hauling tools on and off the jobsite. Users can use this vacuum on and off their PACKOUT stack, making this the most portable and versatile wet/dry cleanup solution available. At just 87 dB(A), this Milwaukee PACKOUT vacuum is 2X quieter than traditional jobsite wet/dry vacuums. The 2.5 Gal. cordless wet/dry vac includes a certified HEPA filter for optimal dust and Microparticle collection, as well as a power tool adapter for efficient dust collection from other power tools. As a part of the M18 System, it is powered by REDLITHIUM Battery Packs, which deliver users up to 30-minutes of runtime on a HIGH OUTPUT 8.0 Battery Pack in high mode and over 50-minutes in low mode. The Milwaukee M18 FUEL 4-1/2/5 Grinder Paddle Switch, No Lock is the next advancement in power and performance, generating 11A corded power, fastest cutting, and delivering up to 135 cuts per charge.
  • High/low switch
  • 47 in. water lift: powerful suction for wet and dry applications
  • Sound power level: 87 dB(A)
  • Fully compatible with Milwaukee PACKOUT modular storage system
  • Capacity: 2.5 Gal.
  • OSHA objective data compliance for select silica dust producing applications
  • Built-in blower port
  • On-board accessory storage
  • Click Here for Replacement HEPA Filter
  • Power tool adapter: model #49-90-2018
  • Fleece dust bag compatible: model #: 49-90-2016
  • Paddle switch design for increased comfort and ease-of-use when operating in various positions
  • Includes: (1) M18 FUEL PACKOUT VACUUM, (1) M18 FUEL 4-1/2 in./5 in. grinder paddle switch, no-lock (2880-20), (1) T27 guard, (1) T1 clip-on guard, (1) side handle, (1) spanner wrench, (1) back flange, (1) flange nut
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Vacuum Maximum Capacity (Gallons)2 gal2.5 gal2 gal2.7 gal
Filter TypeHEPACartridgeHEPAHEPA
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Hose Diameter (in)1.25 inHose Length (ft.)6 ft
Peak Horsepower (php)0Product Depth (in.)17.05 in
Product Height (in.)12.8 inProduct Width (in.)10.86 in


Air Volume (CFM)59Amperage (amps)0
Blower PortIncludedColor FamilyReds / Pinks
Cord Length (ft.)0Cordless/CordedCorded
Debris TypeGeneral DebrisFilter TypeCartridge
Included AccessoriesCrevice tool,Filter,Hose,NozzlePower SourceBattery
Product Weight (lb.)11.3 lbRecommended SurfacesBare Floor,Concrete,Tile,Wood
Returnable90-DayTools Product TypePower Tool
Vacuum Maximum Capacity (Gallons)2.5 galVoltage (volts)18 V
Wet/Dry Attachment & Accessory TypeCrevice Tool

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.6
    out of 424 reviews
  • 87%recommend this product
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money saver
redoing garage floors and looked to rent a stand up sander. I decided to buy this grinder instead of renting to save money and own tool. Grinder with diamond plated wheel did one heck of a job. Took old epoxy off with ease. Used a rigid vacuum attachment and exceeded my expectations. Thank God I had l Iots of batteries because it will go through them. When stripping paint off garage floor make sure you have the high output batteries for longer performance. Milwaukee 5.0 worked just fine when needed.
    • Recommended
    Terrible hose
    I've had this vacuum for about 6 months has torn 4 times just kept getting smaller finally tore where only 1 foot is left and is unusable now I gotta spend 50$ on a hose I know sucks or buy a rigid hose which sadly holds up better than milwaukee
      Great core functions but so-so hose, value
      Purchased for the car and around the shop. Here are my thoughts: Pros: compact size, strong suction, quiet, high/low speeds, well built, accepts other 1 7/8 hoses Cons: hose connection twists loose, hose doesn't store well on the vac and isn't really long enough for car use, storage area for the accessories isn't very generous, on high it goes through batteries pretty quickly Overall, a solid performer but about $50 overpriced in my opinion. If you don't need a vac immediately wait for a sale.
        • Recommended
        3 found this review helpful
        Really like it!
        This is a very practical useful tool to have. I use it my cars, in my garage, in my house, in my storm shelter, etc. Good suction! Of all my battery operated tools, this is the one I use the most. I use 5ah batteries and can vacuum two cars and still have 2 bars. This wet/dry Vac is quieter than others I have used. Very pleased with it!
          • Recommended
          This is a great upgrade from the original vacuum!
          I work as a commercial HVAC tech and we are always finding ways to utilize space in our work trucks so the Packout system has been great, expensive but great way to stay organized. Decided to retire my old original m18 vacuum and pick up the Packout version. Man this thing is so quiet yet powerful! Compared to the old one it's night and day. I was worried about peoples reviews stating that the hose falls off. I don't have any of those issues and I noticed in those reviews that their vacuums were missing the retaining clips to hold the hose in place. Overall I highly recommend!
            • Recommended
            I absolutely hate this thing! Terrible hose management! Why call it a packout when it won't fit on your packout! Hose will not stay on it and constantly falls out when I try attaching it to the other packouts
            Response from Milwaukee ToolSep 28, 2021
            Hi, thank you for posting a review and we’re sorry to hear that your experience was not of the quality you expected. We would like the opportunity to investigate your feedback further. Could you contact me at socialmedia@milwaukeetool.com Thank You – Cayla
              4 found this review helpful
              Stand out
              The Milwaukee M18 FUEL 18 Volt Brushless Cordless 4 1/2 - 5 in Angle Grinder with paddle switch was a great upgrade from my non-FUEL Milwaukee 4 1/2 - 5 in. Angle Grinder. I have been using the brushed version for the past year and a half but felt I needed more power and runtime. The FUEL version stepped up to the plate. Has been instrumental in stripping paint/rust/scale from a few metal restoration projects that I have been working on. The added power and extended run time using High Output 6amp batteries has saved me a great amount of time. The paddle switch is easy to use after a short learning curve if you haven't used one before. Definitely recommend.
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              • Recommended
              1 found this review helpful
              great vacuum good battery life
              Ordered this vacuum after using the m12 fuel version for a while and got tired of strapping it to my packout cart. I’ve got to say i was impressed by the quality it is only marginally stronger then the m12 fuel but the battery life and capacity are much better. I really like the fact the house is directly into the tank in the m18 model as it cuts back on clogs inside the hose not having the 90 degree turn into the tank like a lot of other cordless vacuums. With an 8ah battery i can generally use the vacuum off and on all day at work and does just about everything you could expect for a vacuum this size. Great for draining toilets as the reservoir is plenty big for both the bowl and reservoir tank from any toilet. Totally worth the buy you won’t be disappointed!
                • Recommended
                2 found this review helpful
                Nice vacuum, flimsy hose...
                For a $200 vacuum, not including battery, I expect the build quality to be phenomenal. I bought the vacuum from Home Depot 4 months ago, and use it lightly i.e. quick cleanups, I haven’t had to charge the battery in a month. I’m happy with the suction, the noise, and it seems to clog less than my older non packout Milwaukee shop vac. However, the hose came apart on my new vac. I had the vacuum sitting on a tile floor and I stretched the hose. I’d expect the vacuum to come sliding across the floor long before reaching the breaking tension on the hose, but apparently the fittings were put together with elmer’s paste. This happen to anyone else?
                Response from Milwaukee ToolJun 15, 2021
                Hello, this is Sarah with Milwaukee Tool. Pjtirino, thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear about your frustrations with your Milwaukee M18 FUEL PACKOUT 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless 2.5 Gal. Wet/Dry Vacuum (Tool-Only), Reds / Pinks. 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
                  • Recommended
                  8 found this review helpful
                  Another vacuum to add to my collection!
                  This is my third Milwaukee vacuum. By far the best of the three. The best part about this vacuum is that is part of the packout module system, so whenever I need to use it, I just clip it into my rolling tool box and I’m on my way. Convenient, powerful, versatile and all around innovative tool. Performance is outstanding, extremely easy of use. I’ve used it with the 8.0ah high output battery and it performaces awesome runtime is great. Not too heavy when you carry it suitcase style even with the battery. The one thing I didnt like was the power tool adapter didnt have its own comparment inside the vacuum like the other two attachments. I wonder with the critical thinking that went into the tool and they missed that detail. Also three attachments get the job done but including a few more like two more would have been nice and even having more attachments that we can purchase would be great. Overall great product my favorite vacuum so far my top five favorite Milwaukee tool
                    • Recommended
                    3 found this review helpful
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