Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hedge Trimmer Review 2726

When I was a kid, I absolutely hated it when Mom and Dad declared that it was Yard Day. Most of it wasn’t so bad, but I dreaded trimming the hedges. It meant dragging those 50-foot extension cords all around the yard to different outlets all morning. Pros, of course, don’t mess with the extension cords, but they do deal with gas-powered hedge trimmers and the gas, oil, and maintenance that comes along with them. One of the really nice surprises with battery-powered OPE has been hedge trimmers that are really quite effective. We’re taking a closer look to see if the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hedge Trimmer holds true to that pattern.


  • Well-balanced
  • Faster cutting speeds than many battery-powered hedge trimmers (3400 SPM)
  • Now kitted with an 8.0Ah High Output battery


Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hedge Trimmer Performance

As we’ve watched battery-powered hedge trimmers grow up, the lengths and power have moved up with it. The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hedge Trimmer boasts a 24-inch blade length and 3,400 strokes per minute speed with a maximum capacity of 3/4-inch. The overall build weighs in at 8.7 pounds bare and 10.9 pounds with the kitted 8.0Ah High Output battery. That battery will get you up to two hours of runtime.

Most cordless hedge trimmers are running 2800 – 3200 SPM, so getting a little extra speed is nice. It’s not at the top of the charts, though, with one model reaching 4400 SPM.

I started off by taking the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hedge Trimmer to some palmettos that were encroaching on one of the ornamental landscape beds. I didn’t expect to have any issues cutting through this and I wasn’t disappointed. However, I was very pleased with the way it made quick work of the task.

From there I moved on to some light brush and hedges, most of which were 1/4-inch in thickness or less. Again, the hedge trimmer made very quick work of these challenges. The nice thing about having such solid performance with the smaller hedges is that it becomes very easy to shape them well since you’re not snagging on slightly larger branches.

If you look closely at the knife design, you’ll notice a slight V shape. The outside tips measure 3/4-inch across and it comes down to roughly 9/16-inch from there. I was initially concerned that the design might limit the actual cutting capacity to less than 3/4-inch. However, it didn’t seem to matter. In fact, the M18 Fuel cut through pretty confidently.

Cutting 3/4-inch branch

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hedge Trimmer Design


Milwaukee brings their power tool rubber overmold to the main handle as they did with the blower and string trimmer. On the string trimmer, Milwaukee included a soft rubberized auxiliary handle, but with the hedge trimmer’s secondary handle is uncovered tool plastic. It’s textured to help with the grip, but you may want to use a pair of gloves if you have a long day of hedge trimming on your schedule.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hedge Trimmer

The trigger is long enough to accommodate two fingers (possibly three for some users) and allows for a comfortable, secure grip on the main handle. We don’t expect a hedge trimmer’s trigger to be variable speed and Milwaukee didn’t include one on this model.

Bare, the tool weighs 8.6 pounds and 10.9 pounds with an 8.0Ah High Output battery. That’s a bit heavier than the lightweights out there but still manageable.

The hedge trimmer’s weight distribution and handle placement do a nice job of balancing out the tool for most cutting applications. It’s clear Milwaukee had the 9.0Ah battery (the battery that was in the original kit) in mind as they worked the balance around it. Now that they’re using the 8.0Ah High Output battery in the kit, it’s still very well balanced.

Horizontal cutting is very easy and the wide front handle gives you plenty of grip options for vertical or diagonal cutting. The only placement where I felt uncomfortable was when I was cutting directly in front of me above my shoulders. But I don’t know any hedge trimmer on the market that cuts comfortably in that position.


From an improvement standpoint, I’d like to see a rotating handle to help work around different angles more comfortably.

Handle and Trigger

Safety Features

The trigger safety is symmetrically designed to accommodate left- or right-hand users. You’ll need to press down with your thumb as you press up on the trigger to activate the unit. Once it’s on, you can release the safety and just keep pressure on the trigger. A couple of other safety features show up in the form of a tip guard and blade shield.

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