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Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blower Kit 2724-21HD Review

Fans of Milwaukee's 18-volt tool line won't be disappointed with this blower, though there are better choices if you're not committed to the brand
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blower Kit 2724-21HD
Credit: Milwaukee Electric Tools
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Price:   $300 List | $167.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Light, powerful for 18v, good battery life
Cons:  Expensive, no turbo setting, takes a long time for full recharge
Manufacturer:   Milwaukee Electric Tools
By Austin Palmer and Matt Bento  ⋅  Oct 26, 2021
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#4 of 9
  • Power - 50% 7
  • Battery - 25% 5
  • Ergonomics - 15% 8
  • Noise - 10% 4

Our Verdict

Lightweight and nimble, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blower gives an impressive performance for a model that runs on an 18-volt battery. We observed satisfying 20+ minute runtimes with the included 8Ah battery and plenty of power to clear the deck or clean up grass clippings. If you're a Milwaukee 18-volt tool enthusiast, this blower will be a welcome addition to your collection and a welcome relief from sweeping or raking. Compared to higher voltage models, this model falls short in terms of pure power, so if you're not committed to a single brand for battery compatibility, we think you should also consider other, more powerful models.

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Pros Light, powerful for 18v, good battery lifePowerful, relatively low operating volume, cruise control setting, efficientPlenty of strength, quiet, interchangeable batteries with other handheld cordless Makita toolsPowerful, easy to holdMuch more affordable, exceptionally ergonomic
Cons Expensive, no turbo setting, takes a long time for full rechargeNot the longest battery lifeExpensive, so-so ergonomics and comfortSo-so battery life, takes a long time to rechargeNot the most powerful, very loud
Bottom Line Fans of Milwaukee's 18-volt tool line won't be disappointed with this blower, though there are better choices if you're not committed to the brandThis model is the most powerful blower we tested, helping to complete yard work more efficiently than any other tool testedThis is a solid blower on its own merits and has interchangeable batteries with handheld Makita power toolsThis is a powerful and well-balanced blower that will make short work of leaf-covered decks and driveways, but you'll want to have extra batteries on handIdeal for the budget-conscious shopper, this blower offers just enough power and battery life for the needs of most home-owners
Rating Categories Milwaukee M18 Fuel... Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Makita 36V LXT Brus... Oregon 40V Leaf Blo... Ryobi 40V RY40460
Power (50%)
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Battery (25%)
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Ergonomics (15%)
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Noise (10%)
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Specs Milwaukee M18 Fuel... Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Makita 36V LXT Brus... Oregon 40V Leaf Blo... Ryobi 40V RY40460
Blower Model Number 2724-20 LB6150 XBU02PT1 BL300 RY40460
Measured Weight w/ Battery 7.2 lbs 8.1 lbs 9.2 lbs 9.1 lbs 9 lbs
Turbo Boost? No Yes No Yes Yes
Variable speed Yes, button and trigger Yes, trigger Yes, dial Yes, trigger Yes, trigger
Included Battery Size 8 Ah 2.5 Ah 5 Ah 4 Ah 4 Ah
Measured Charge Time 1 hr 30 min 45 min 1 hr 2 hr 23 min 2 hrs 45 min
Measured Run Time on Turbo Boost N/A 10 min 58 sec N/A 10 min 18 min 5 sec
Measured Run Time on Highest Standard Mode 20 min 37 sec 22 min 2 sec 14 min 37 sec 19 min 20 sec 26 min
# of Batteries Included 1 1 4 1 1
Nominal Voltage 18V 56V 36V (2 x 18V) 40V 40V
Measured Operator Sound Level Highest Setting 88 dBa 88 dBa 84 dBA 92 dBa 93.3 dBa
Operating Modes Variable speed pulling trigger with a button for low and high Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button Variable speeds with trigger and speed settings 1-6 Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button

Our Analysis and Test Results

A joy to use, thanks to its familiar and intuitive controls, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blower makes quick work of dirt and leaves while taking full advantage of Milwaukee's 18-volt battery system. With a range of 18-volt batteries from 2AH to 12AH, you can purchase larger batteries for longer runtimes, or smaller batteries to keep the whole package nice and light. We went with the 8 amp hour battery to test this blower.

Performance Comparison


This blower will keep your deck free of pesky pine needles with the...
This blower will keep your deck free of pesky pine needles with the squeeze of the trigger and only a few minutes of your busy day.
Credit: Laura Casner

Power


Lower voltage batteries are typically lighter than higher voltage models, but they have shorter run times and less power. While the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blower can't out blow its higher voltage competitors, it's impressive when compared to other models around the 20-volt range.

The Milwaukee blower kept our beach ball aloft at a consistent 4.5...
The Milwaukee blower kept our beach ball aloft at a consistent 4.5 feet. Pretty impressive for an 18v battery system.
Credit: Austin Palmer

On its highest setting, the Milwaukee M18 is able to hold a beach ball aloft at a respectable 4.5 feet above its nozzle. Higher voltage (and heavier) models are able to keep the ball up at 7 feet, while a 20-volt blower we tested from DeWalt maxed out at 3.5 feet.

This model gave an impressive performance in our sandblasting test.
This model gave an impressive performance in our sandblasting test.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Our sandblasting test is designed to measure the effective reach of a leaf blower, and this model is able to move sand across a paved surface from 16.5 feet away. This allows you to move a wide swath of material from one spot, making clearing leaves off your deck or out of your garage as easy as squeezing the trigger.

Battery


The 18 volt, 8 Ah battery included with the Milwaukee blower we purchased allows for excellent run times. We observed a solid 20 minutes and 37 seconds when running it on high, which is close to higher performing models with bigger batteries. We found that we had to wait an hour and a half for the battery to go from totally dead to fully charged and ready to go.

This blower is compatible with a battery system that includes over...
This blower is compatible with a battery system that includes over 200 tools.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ergonomics


This blower weighs in at 7.2 pounds, including the battery. Its low weight is a major selling point, and makes it ideal for small, quick jobs like clearing grass clippings off a walkway or cleaning up sawdust after a project. A lightweight, quiet electric blower like this one from Milwaukee is capable of clearing an entire yard full of leaves, but being able to whip it out for quick clean up jobs gives it a major advantage over a gas or corded model.

The classic turtle setting ensures you don't max out the power so...
The classic turtle setting ensures you don't max out the power so you can get longer run times.
Credit: Laura Casner

The control features two familiar settings, indicated by the classic rabbit and turtle icons. When engaged, the variable speed trigger still functions to adjust the power, while cruise control prevents it from blasting at its max speed so you can conserve the battery life and achieve longer runtimes.

Noise


While much quieter than a gas blower, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel is actually one of the noisier blowers we tested. We measured 94 decibels from a next-to-ear distance, and 83 decibels from 50 feet away. This isn't terrible for overall noise levels, but we did observe a consistent high-pitched whine.

Value


If you're a proud owner of an arsenal of Milwaukee tools, this blower will be a welcome addition as it's compatible with all of Milwaukee's 18-volt handheld battery-operated tools. For folks looking for a steal and who aren't committed to a single battery system, there are several less expensive models out there that still offer great performance.

This is one of the louder cordless blowers we tested, and with any...
This is one of the louder cordless blowers we tested, and with any blower, we highly recommend ear protection and a face mask or a respirator to protect yourself from dust.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


For quick cleanups or bigger tasks like clearing the yard or deck, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blower delivers adequate performance, however, we recommend a more powerful model if caked-on dirt or big clumps of wet leaves are frequently encountered around your yard or job site.

Austin Palmer and Matt Bento

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