Milwaukee's new metal cutting shop tool

Milwaukee's M12 FUEL 16-Gauge Variable Speed Nibbler

Milwaukee Tool introduces its M12 FUEL 16-Gauge Variable Speed Nibbler.

With the same cutting capacity as its 18-volt competitors, the 12-volt nibbler is said to deliver fast, clean cuts in 16-gauge mild steel and has the power to cut 22-gauge spiral duct seams, in a compact, lightweight design. 

"Shears are most commonly found on the jobsites, but they are limited to only straight cuts, and do not provide an optimal cutting experience in corrugated materials. This leads to contractors and technicians unable to accommodate unique cuts in spiral duct, sheet metal, or corrugated metal decking and roofing,” says Brian Alves, director of product management, Milwaukee Tool. “Instead of a cutting blade, our M12 FUEL 16-Gauge Variable Speed Nibbler uses a punch and die to take small punches out of the material. This gives the user a larger breadth in cutting applications such as curved cuts, 90-degree cuts, and straight cuts, plus the ability to navigate corrugated metals.” 

Delivering fast, clean cuts in 16-gauge mild steel, the nibbler allows contractors to cut up to seven feet per minute. Milwaukee says the POWERSTATE Brushless Motor provides the power to cut in heavy applications such as 22-gauge spiral duct seams. The lightweight design gives a balanced and comfortable metal cutting experience and offers users greater access and mobility during the application. For maximum control and productivity, the nibbler features a variable speed dial, an LED work light, and a tool-free, 360-degree die holder rotation, the company adds.

A chip collection bag comes also with the nibbler and can be attached to the die holder to collect the metal punches for quick jobsite clean up. Milwaukee notes a die holder extension is available separately, allowing users to easily go over deeper corrugated valleys without the back of the tool restricting the cut.

The new M12 FUEL 16-Gauge Variable Speed Nibbler joins the M12 Cordless System, the largest sub-compact system on the market, focused on delivering industry-leading durability and power in the tightest spaces, the company says.

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