The cordless Milwaukee blind rivet tool gives more reasons to forego hand tools
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel blind rivet tool with one-key technology enables fast cordless riveting. Compared to hand tools, the new Milwaukee 2660-20 M18 FUEL Blind Rivet Tool looks extremely versatile and dramatically speeds up riveting.
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- Model: Milwaukee 2660-22CT (kit)
- Eliminates compressors and hoses
- The brushless motor delivers 4,500 lbs of pulling power
- Premium alloy steel 3-jaw design
- Lower running costs and less hassle than pneumatic riveting machines
- Installs 3/16″, 7/32″, 1/4″ and 9/32″ aluminum, steel and stainless steel rivets
- Installs up to 500 1/4″ aluminum pop rivets per charge of CP2.0 battery
- 12.5″ long including mandrel collector
- Available March 2021
- Price: $999 (kit)
Milwaukee on the M18 fuel blind rivet tool
We remember the introduction of the Milwaukee M12 riveting tool in 2018. That wasn’t the First cordless riveting tool, but it may have been the first designed specifically for professional tradespeople. The tool provided a viable (and much faster) alternative to hand riveting.
By overhauling the tool and upgrading the powerplant to the M18 Fuel platform, Milwaukee can now deliver an even faster cordless riveting solution. In fact, this tool replaces not only manual blind riveting tools, but also pneumatic riveting tools.
Cordless innovation in the riveting world
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blind Rivet Tool features a brushless motor that delivers up to 4,500 lbs. the pulling force. That should be enough to produce high-strength blind rivets in almost any material. Milwaukee follows suit, claiming that the M18 FUEL brushless motor works 50% faster than other cordless tools on the market.
The Milwaukee 2660-20 also features a 3-jaw alloy steel design that provides longer jaw life. Milwaukee built the M18 Fuel riveting tool with an all-metal gear housing and plastics that withstand impact. They also use a rubber sheath that protects the tool from corrosive materials while increasing overall comfort.
Milwaukee includes a set of four retention nose pieces to hold the blind rivet in place after installation. These accept 3/16″, 7/32″, 1/4″ and 9/32″ aluminum, steel and stainless steel rivets. They are stored just in front of the handle on the right to keep them all in one place. An included wrench slides on the front if you want to swap them out. You even get a hanging ring that can be flipped up from the top of the tool if needed.
Like many of the tools coming out of the Milwaukee warehouse these days, the Milwaukee 2660-20 Blind Rivet Tool features One-Key Technology. This allows you to keep track of your tools and potentially increase productivity.
Now what about the runtime? Well, with the included CP2.0 battery, this blind rivet tool can fire up to 900 3/16″ aluminum or 500 1/4″ aluminum blind rivets on a single charge.
The Milwaukee blind rivet tool is 12.5 inches in length including the mandrel collector (10.13 inches without). With the battery installed, it weighs 5.6 lbs.
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blind Rivet Tool will hit stores in Q1 2021. It’s available either as a tool-only for $799 or with a CP2.0 battery and multi-volt charger for $999. Both options include the 4-pack retaining nose piece, wrench, mandrel collector, hanging ring and belt clip.
Milwaukee also offers non-retention nosepieces ($39), a protective boot ($44), and a 6-inch extension ($79) for installing rivets in hard-to-reach areas. You will also receive a replacement jaw set for the 1/4 inch blind rivet tool.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blind Rivet Tool Specifications
- Kit Model: Milwaukee 2660-22CT
- Rivet sizes: 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 9/32 inch.
- Rivet material: aluminum, steel, stainless steel
- Pulling Force: 4,500 lbs.
- Stroke Length: 1.18 inches.
- Nose reach: 3.13 inches.
- Length with mandrel collector: 12.5 inches.
- Length without mandrel collector: 10.13 inches.
- Width: 2.5 inches
- Weight: 4.66 pounds. (5.6 lbs. with battery)
- Height: 9.5 inches
- Available: March 2021
- Price: $799 (naked); $999 (with battery and charger)