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Milwaukee M12 Brushless Pruning Shears

Ditch Your Manual Shears For Milwaukee’s M12 Brushless Pruning Shears

Taking some of the work out of repetitive tasks like pruning can be a lifesaver. With how rapidly the Crepe Myrtles grow around Central Florida, you can get hand cramps maintaining these trees with manual pruning shears. The Milwaukee 2534 M12 Brushless Pruning Shears present a truly ergonomic solution for repetitive trimming tasks. We’ll walk you through everything we know about this tool so you can see if this cordless product makes sense to add to your landscaping tool arsenal.

Milwaukee M12 Brushless Pruning Shears Performance

  • Cut Capacity: 1-1/4 in.
  • Blade Length: 2-1/4 in.
  • Cuts Per Charge: 1,000 (with CP2.0Ah battery)
  • Motor: Brushless

The Milwaukee M12 Brushless pruning shears deliver fast and controlled pruning, even on big branches. In fact, it has the power to cut through branches up to 1-1/4 inches in thickness. Having used my share of manual pruners on branches that large, a battery-powered solution really eliminates a lot of hand fatigue.

We got a lot of trigger time with these shears around our office here in Central Florida. One of the first things we noticed was how the blade reacts to the trigger. When you pull the trigger, the blade quickly engages, and when it’s released, the blade opens up immediately. That means that if you don’t want to complete a full cut, you can just release the trigger and the blade will retract. This action provides you with more control over cut capacity while pruning.

Milwaukee M12 Brushless Pruning Shears Design

Milwaukee M12 Brushless Pruning Shears
  • Model: Milwaukee 2534
  • Power Source: Milwaukee M12 battery
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs (bare), 3.3 lbs (with M12 CP2.0Ah battery)
  • Length: 14-1/2 in.

I love the in-line ergonomics of the tool. Having tested and used the DeWalt 20V pruner, the Milwaukee M12 brushless pruning shears take up a lot less space and give you easier access when trimming trees and large bushes. They also weigh less, have more features, and demonstrate comparable power and capacity.

Milwaukee added a feature to this tool that really gives it additional, and innovative, functionality. A mode selection button lets you select between larger or smaller branches. This helps the tool know how much power to supply and reduces the time it takes for the jaws to open when cutting smaller branches. Placing the tool into the “half-wide” mode lets you make smaller, repetitive cuts and saves you some time!


We made dozens of cuts on both thin and thick branches using both modes as applicable, and it did not disappoint. In fact, with an M12 CP2.0 battery, Milwaukee tells us you can expect these shears to perform around 1000 cuts per charge.

Additional Features

  • Built-in hand guard
  • Replaceable blades

Milwaukee M12 Brushless Pruning Shears Price

This retails for $199 as a bare tool and $249 as a kit with a compact CP2.0 M12 battery and charger. Milwaukee backs it with a 3-year tool warranty and a 2-year warranty on the battery.

The Bottom Line

Overall, I really like this design a lot! Milwaukee clearly spent a lot of time researching the best way to design a tool that would eliminate the need for carrying around manual handheld shears. It has plenty of power and capacity for those larger branches, plus a design that is both practical and helpful. For anyone looking for a professional solution for your seasonal branch pruning, the Milwaukee 2534 is a solid choice.