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New Milwaukee M18 Cordless Chain Hoist

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Milwaukee Tool has announced a new M18 compact cordless 1-ton chain hoist.

The new Milwaukee cordless chain hoist, model 2983, can lift up to 2,204 pounds (1 metric ton) at 20′ lift height.

It was developed in partnership with Columbus McKinnon, a company that specialties include hoists and lifting equipment.

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Chain Hoist 2983

The Milwaukee M18 chain hoist is said to deliver enhanced productivity, safety, and efficiency when compared to both manual and electric competitors.

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Chain Hoist 2983 Lifting Pipe

It was designed to provide effortless installations, less down time, and improves mobility in application.

Features include an integrated variable speed lift and lower button.

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Chain Hoist 2983 Lifting Equipment

The hoist has an inverted design, giving users easier access for battery changes. it can be used for “inverted and standard” installs.

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Chain Hoist 2983 Remote

The chain hoist comes with a remote control with 60-foot range.

An indicator light on the remote notifies users when the 12Ah battery is at 25% remaining charge, giving operators the opportunity to lower the load and swap out the battery at a more convenient time, rather then when a load is lifted and in midair.

Milwaukee included One-Key integration, which allows for hoist inspection interval tracking and record storage via the One-Key app.

The hoist weighs 46 lbs (tool-only), allowing for “one man carry.”

  • 2,204 lb load rating
  • 20-foot lift height
  • Remote with 60-foot range
  • Weighs 46 lbs (tool-only)
  • 17.8″ length x 11.5″ height x 9.2″ width
  • Hook mount
Milwaukee M18 Cordless Chain Hoist 2983 Kit Contents

It’s kitted with a Packout rolling tool box for easier transportation, the wireless remote, (2) 12Ah batteries, and a Rapid Charger.

Price: $3999 for the kit (2983-22HD)
ETA: July 2024


There are a couple of of “firsts” here.

In addition to this being Milwaukee’s first M18 battery-powered lifting solution, the new chain hoist is the first product I know of where the company openly acknowledged a development partner. I wonder if we’ll start to see more of this.

Looking online, Milwaukee offers a range of manual and electric chain hoists, but this is their first cordless model. I have never seen their electric chain hoists before, but I also have never looked for them.

With respect to the price, $3999 seems to be in the same ballpark as other brands’ comparably spec’ed electric chain hoists.