My love letter to a Milwaukee M18 Wet/Dry vacuum cleaner

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

18 Responses

  1. Bob Easterday says:

    Ben, If you only know how much reading your blog has cost me…

  2. John Mako says:

    Good choice, Ben. I own one of these and have the same impression. My work spaces are cleaner. If only I could find a round brush attachment that fit the hose, without tape!

  3. Mick Laver says:

    I’ve had one of these beauties for about 10 years. When the hose cracked about 3 years ago I called Milwaukee for a replacement. Turns out they had changed the design of the vacuum and the new hoses wouldn’t work with the older style unit like mine. The company that made the older hose no longer supplied Milwaukee with replacements so I was out of luck.

    Milwaukee’s solution was to send me a whole new vacuum. For free.

    You don’t mention that these are also wet/dry vacuums. Invaluable around a boat for chores like cleaning out wet bilges.

  4. Wade Griffith says:

    NOTHING like a small wet/dry vac for cleaning out that last few cups of nasty water (with the attendent odor) from a bilge pump well. YEAH!

  5. Bob Easterday says:

    Also take a look at the other M18 products. They have a portable fluid pump that runs on the same battery.

  6. Raul B says:

    If you are like me, and have a bunch of Makita LXT tools, the vacuum to get is their XCV11Z. It’s compact, uses the LXT, 18V batteries, and performs extremely well. The only issue I have with the Makita is that it does not mate with the extraction port on other LXT tools without accessory adapters.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Way too much for most boat projects and/or budgets, but, wow, Makita figured out wireless autostart for the LXT X2 line:

      (I have a Fein autostart vacuum that pairs with a Bosch 6.5a orbital sander, all AC and bulky but still great for a big job like stripping many years of bottom paint build up.)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Could have been my words
    I am a carpenter

  8. Don says:

    Had one. It quit and took it to service. Replaced with a brand new one. Used about 5 times and it quit again. Took it to service and again replaced with a new one. ????

  9. John Hottenrott says:

    I like my milwaukee vac. The only thing it falls short on is the be stubby vaccine hose. They say it will extend 6′. Well it becomes a rubber band.
    They need to offer an optional longer hose.

  10. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I got my Ryobi One+ toolbox vacuum and found that an old Dyson brush fits pretty well and I think this 1.25 inch model will fit even better:

  11. David Hoy says:

    Can the blower port on this vacuum be used, with the right adapter, to inflate a tender? I already have a bunch of M18 tools and batteries, and I could get rid of my AC corded mini-shopvac too.

  12. Mick says:

    Yes, I use mine to inflate both my dink and SUP. You’ll have to use the foot pump for about 30 seconds to get the final working pressure.

  13. John Hottenrott says:

    My question is when will Milwaukee have an option for a longer vacuum hose?

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