Milwaukee Tool Focuses on Safety and Control with Its New Dual-Trigger Braking Grinder

Milwaukee Tool announced the next advancement in angle grinder technology with the introduction of its M18 FUEL 4 ½-/ 5-in. Dual-Trigger Braking Grinder*. With dual-trigger activation, a permanent side handle, and AUTOSTOP kickback control, this new cordless angle grinder gives users greater control on the jobsite. 

“It’s not uncommon for users to make modifications to their angle grinders to make them more efficient for the job at hand, such as removing the handle or the guard on the cutting wheel to get in a tight area.” said Dan Blythe, Senior Project Manager at Milwaukee Tool. “However, in efforts to make themselves more productive, these workarounds potentially put the safety of the individual and others around them at risk. Our new M18 FUEL 4 ½-in. / 5-in. Dual-Trigger Braking Grinder focuses on enhancing control, but also user productivity.” 

With a trigger on the braking grinder’s main barrel and a secondary trigger on the side handle, the dual-trigger activation requires two hands to stay on the tool for operation. The new-to-world side handle design is permanent to the tool, ensuring compliance on the jobsite. For added user control and accessibility in hard-to-reach areas, the side handle can be positioned in 15 different orientations: tilting from 0 to 90 degrees and pivoting to the left, top, and right. An anti-vibration design reduces vibration in the side handle, increasing user comfort during extended use.  

For the first time, Milwaukee’s AUTOSTOP kickback control is included in an angle grinder. An electronic clutch detects extreme movement and shuts off the tool, helping prevent injuries from severe kickback. Unique to Milwaukee’s metalworking solutions, RAPIDSTOP braking stops most wheels in under one second, allowing users to set down their tools quickly after use. The accessory guard can be easily adjusted without the use of an additional tool, but not easily removed.  

Featuring four variable speed settings between 3,500 RPM and 8,500 RPM, users have additional control in a variety of materials. As an additional benefit, the grinder is compatible with ONE KEY**, which allows users to sync the tool wirelessly with their mobile device or desktop. With this technology, users can identify the tool’s location and utilize integrated tool security. Milwaukee is committed to improving productivity by providing performance-driven and trade-focused solutions so users can perform an entire day’s work on one battery system. The M18 FUEL 4 ½- / 5-in. Dual-Trigger Braking Grinder is fully compatible with the entire Milwaukee M18 line, now offering more than 250 power tool solutions. 

*M18 FUEL™ is engineered for the most demanding tradesmen in the world. Delivering unrivaled performance, all M18 FUEL™ products feature three Milwaukee®-exclusive innovations—The POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence Hardware and Software—that deliver unmatched power, run-time, and durability on the jobsite. Simply put, M18 FUEL™ tools are the most powerful 18V cordless tools in their class. 

**ONE-KEY™ is the first digital platform for tools and equipment. By integrating industry-leading tool electronics with a custom-built cloud-based program, ONE-KEY™ provides a new level of control and access to information that revolutionizes the way work gets done. The ability to customize, track, and manage through ONE-KEY™ fundamentally changes the way users interact with their tools.   

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