March 7, 2021

Milwaukee M18 Brushless String Trimmer 2828-20

Milwaukee String Trimmer

Now Delivering More Clearing Power

Milwaukee’s latest extension of their growing line of outdoor power equipment adds a new competent trimmer. The Milwaukee M18 Brushless String Trimmer (2828-20) includes a larger cutting swath. With adequate power, rotational speed, and torque, that should provide more clearing power for users hoping to get Pro-level performance from their yard tools.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Milwaukee 2828-20
  • Brushless motor delivers up to 6,200 RPM
  • 2 speeds for better power/runtime balance
  • 16″ cutting swath
  • Easy-load trimmer head loads 25 feet of line in under 30 seconds
  • Available in January 2021
  • Price: $179 (bare tool); $249 (6Ah kit)

Trim Faster

The Milwaukee M18 String Trimmer features a brushless motor designed specifically for the work required of string trimming. It provides up to a maximum 6200 RPM, and two speeds let you select between emphasizing power or maximum runtime.

Milwaukee String Trimmer

The Milwaukee Brushless String Trimmer cuts more grass in one pass with its 16-inch cutting swath. Plus, with the easy-load trimming head, you can wind up 25 ft of line in under 30 seconds. Not only can you tackle more at once, but restringing time gets you back up and running more quickly.


Our Thoughts

We love tool innovation and always have. With Milwaukee introducing this new string trimmer into their lineup it gives users an option for a trimmer-only tool that shaves some weight off the Milwaukee Quik-Lok system .

Milwaukee 2828-20 vs 2725-20 String Trimmer

The Milwaukee 2828-20 improves upon the older 2725-20 in several ways. First and foremost, it increases the maximum speed. All things considered, that equates to a greater ability to clear stubborn brush and tougher areas with damp grass. The new string trimmer also moves the brushless motor up front, positioning it directly over the cutting head.

2828-202725-20
Cutting swath14–16 in.14–16 in.
Speed0-4,600/6,200 RPM0-4,600/5,800 RPM
Variable-speed TriggerYesYes
MotorBrushless head-mountBrushless rear-mount
Supported line0.080/0.095 in.0.080/0.095 in.
Weight9.1 lbs9.9 lbs.
Kit Price$249$229

Pricing and Availability

You can expect the Milwaukee M18 Brushless String Trimmer to come to a Milwaukee retailer near you around mid-January. Milwaukee will sell it both as a bare tool and as part of a kit. The bare tool will retail for $179. The kit, which includes an XC6.0Ah battery and charger, will be priced at $249. Both options come with a 3-year warranty.

Milwaukee M18 Brushless String Trimmer Specs

  • Model: Milwaukee 2828-20
  • Speed: 0-4,600/6,200 RPM
  • Cutting Swath: 14-16 in.
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Length w/ Battery: 73.6 in.
  • Weight w/ Battery: 11.5 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Available January 18, 2021
  • Price: $179 (bare tool); $249 (6.0Ah kit)

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Big Richard

The 2725’s big selling point was it’s rear motor design versus the usual head motor design:

“the motor is positioned in the rear of the trimmer to provide the best combination of power, balance, and maneuverability”

But now they are going away from that? I’d have to try them side by side, but it seems almost like a step back?

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