Cordless 18V Vacuum Comparison – DeWalt VS Milwaukee


Some time again  I reviewed the DeWalt 20V Max cordless moist dry vacuum and a few folks requested me if it was higher than the very comparable 18 volt Milwaukee M18 vacuum 0880-20. On the time I had solely tried out the DeWalt vac so I couldn’t actually say. Quick ahead to right this moment, the place I now have each available with some good fingers on expertise with each, I can now provide you with a greater reply. Now we are able to have a good face to face comparision between the two manufacturers. Cordless vacuums reminiscent of these are designed with compactness and portability in thoughts, so that you don’t must plug into an outlet and thus save time as they’re each cordless and powered by 18V batteries (20V batteries are literally 18V batteries). They wont exchange bigger plug in vacs for giant messes and prolonged runtime however are excellent for small fast jobs.


Similarities: They each have very comparable options with the power to choose up each dry and moist messes, 2 gallon tanks, blower ports, close to similar 1-1/4″ extending premium hoses, and even have the identical similar equipment (utility nozzle and crevice nozzle) with inbuilt storage for each the equipment and hose. It’s not unusual for producers to repeat each other however whoever copied the opposite didn’t attempt to enhance on the general design or characteristic set. One factor I forgot to develop upon within the video though it’s famous within the specs part firstly of the video, is that each are backwards suitable with every producers earlier technology battery system. The M18 vacuum might be powered by present M18 batteries or the older V18 type batteries- ni-cad or lithium ion. Contemplating Milwaukee deserted the previous V18 system way back, there can’t be too many V18 customers these days though in case you are one of many few V18 customers that is nice information for you as this vacuum might be powered by your historic battery system. Alternatively DeWalt’s earlier gen battery system labeled merely as their 18V system (whereas their newer present 18 volt platform is labeled 20V Max), remains to be presently supported by DeWalt and there’s nonetheless an enormous person base utilizing the growing old platform.


Whereas each manufacturers batteries supply gas gauges, neither vacuum offers you fast instantaneous entry to the batteries gas gauge. It’s a must to take away the battery on the DeWalt to entry the gas gauge, and over on the Milwaukee, issues aren’t a lot simpler as you must open the vacuum to entry the battery to test the gas gauge. Gasoline gauges could not seem to be a necessary characteristic to some however since vacuums are identified for brief runtimes, it’s good to test the battery cost to shortly assess if in case you have sufficient juice to start out working or cost the battery pack and swap it out with a contemporary one.

Each fashions embody cylinder formed pleated HEPA filters and do an excellent job at filtering high-quality mud particles. Even whereas vacuuming high-quality mud created whereas sanding drywall mud with each vacs, no mud made it out of the exhaust finish of the vacuum. Each fashions are even priced the identical at $99 for the DeWalt DCV580 and Milwaukee 0880-20.

One widespread characteristic or lack of was that each vacuums lacked an extension wand, and due to this you must bend if you wish to to choose up messes off the bottom. That is one thing I might have appreciated to have seen on each to make it extra handy whereas choosing gadgets off the ground so you could possibly accomplish that standing up.

Variations: The variations are few and minor, whereas each are across the identical dimension general, the DeWalt maintains a compact roundish form whereas the Milwaukee vac is a bit taller and wider with a field form. Actually it even appears to be like like a small Milwaukee device field, it even has a hinged lid. The physique on the Milwaukee is taller though the carrying deal with on the DeWalt provides to it’s peak making it taller general than the Milwaukee. Whereas each have inbuilt storage for the nozzles and hose, all the things is self contained on the outside of the Dewalt whereas the Milwaukee vac hides each nozzles beneath its higher lid compartment and has a facet basket to carry its hose. Whereas each do the job, I want the simplistic design of the DeWalt as all the things is neatly saved on the outside of the vacuum and able to be accessed. DeWalt did a greater job of getting the hose wrapped across the vacuum neatly whereas the Milwaukee lets the hose sit in a basket. Nothing actually fallacious with Milwaukee’s design however the hose and basket placement does add to the general width of the design and I’m not too loopy of how the hose dangles and flops round throughout transport.

The battery is uncovered on the DeWalt whereas the Milwaukee retains it’s battery protected against the weather beneath an higher lid. Milwaukee even went a step additional by designing channels contained in the higher lid compartment to channel liquid away from the battery to maintain the battery secure and dry. Props for Milwaukee for doing so though I’ll point out that the batteries from each manufacturers are constructed like tanks and are designed to face up to abuse reminiscent of occasional encounters with liquid so I don’t discover it too huge a deal whether or not one battery is uncovered whereas the opposite is roofed, until you’re a bit OCD in the case of getting your batteries soiled.

Enormous distinction: One large distinction between the 2 is that DeWalt not solely has the same cordless mannequin (DCV580) to that of the Milwaukee cordless vac however went a step additional and created a second comparable mannequin (DCV581H) that runs on each battery energy (cordless) and might be plugged into an outlet (corded) for nearly limitless runtime. This can be a large distinction and could be a large deciding issue as to which to get in case you are on the fence because the DCV581H cordless corded vac might be powered with no battery that means anybody can use it, even in the event you aren’t invested in both battery platform. The DeWalt cordless corded mannequin DCV581H does come at a better value because it contains the plug in corded potential at $120, so though you pay extra, you get extra by way of options. Though there are 3 comparable fashions between the two manufacturers, we are going to focus this comparability on the cordless options between the DeWalt 20V Max DCV580 and Milwaukee M18 0880-20.

Runtime Endurance: You probably have beforehand considered my opinions for both vacuum, this must be of no shock to you who got here out on high. For these which might be tuning in for the primary time, I performed runtime exams for every vacuum to see how lengthy they might run on a battery. Each have been examined out with 4.0 amp hour battery packs, XR 4.0 ah on the DeWalt and XC 4.0 ah on the Milwaukee. I ran each in quite a lot of duties starting from sucking up noticed mud and wooden chips, vacuuming up my automobile and round the home and the outcomes are miles other than the 2 vacuums. The DeWalt vac was in a position to obtain 28 minutes of runtime whereas the Milwaukee vac ran as much as somewhat over 14 minutes- half the time of the DeWalt.

Energy- Moist Dry Suction, Blower efficiency: As we may see from the runtime outcomes these are 2 totally different vacs in the case of efficiency because the runtime outcomes are evening and day, issues aren’t any totally different in the case of their energy output of the motor. There’s a very noticeable distinction in energy from every motor. The DeWalt will get the job carried out simply high-quality and I might examine it’s efficiency to be much like that of a 1-1.5 horsepower vacuums whereas the Milwaukee then again is geared in direction of excessive efficiency. My opinion is that it’s across the efficiency of that of 2-3 horsepower vacuums. Suction was positively stronger on all respects, one factor that stood out on the Milwaukee vac was that it was higher fitted to vacuuming upholstery in automobiles. The DeWalt wanted too many passes over carpet and material seating to be efficient to be used in vehicles however the Milwaukee had sufficient energy to get it carried out with few passes because the suction was a lot stronger.


Though not supposed for automotive use, they do an excellent job at mild responsibility messes reminiscent of discovered on the jobsite. Right here the Milwaukee’s added suction does a wonderful job however doesn’t actually take away from DeWalt’s succesful efficiency. When you’re taken with sooner stronger suction then Milwaukee is the selection for you though like I stated earlier the DeWalt vacuum will get the job simply high-quality. Choosing up dry messes and moist messes, Milwaukee has the sting in pickup velocity though the DeWalt is just not far behind. However in the case of every vacuum’s included blower port, its a special story as Milwaukee’s vac leads the way in which in air quantity output and is more practical on this regard. I took each out on my driveway to blow away particles reminiscent of leaves, noticed mud and wooden chips and clearly the Milwaukee vac had a a lot stronger blower. Whereas I did must bend whereas utilizing each as they aren’t anyplace close to as highly effective as leaf blowers, I needed to bend a lot additional whereas working the DeWalt so its exhaust air was efficient at blowing away particles. Make certain to see the facet by facet clips within the video comparability to get a greater look. It additionally took for much longer for the DeWalt vacuum to clear away the identical sized mess with its blower port.

Last Verdict: So whereas equally featured and priced, these 2 vacs are 2 totally different animals. DeWalt took the lead with twice the runtime with a wonderful runtime for a cordless vacuum whereas Milwaukee’s runtime was a bit dissappointing at solely 14 minutes. Alternatively Milwaukee’s efficiency was about twice as highly effective, with higher suction efficiency and distinctive blower efficiency between the 2. Despite the fact that Milwaukee’s vac has brief runtime even with bigger capability batteries, the 14 minute runtime ought to nonetheless be greater than sufficient for fast choose ups. It’s exhausting to decide on an general winner as this determination relies upon person choice, whether or not they worth runtime over efficiency or efficiency over runtime. One may argue that the DeWalt may very well be the general winner because it has glorious runtime and might get the job carried out sucking liquid and most mild responsibility dry choose up messes though it doesn’t make an excellent alternative to be used within the automobile whereas the Milwaukee vac might be efficient for cleansing upholstery as was confirmed in testing. Let’s not neglect the curve ball DeWalt throws with the addition of the second cordless corded DCV581H mannequin that provides plug in energy to the already glorious runtime, however apples to apples it’s not a good comparability to the cordless solely Milwaukee M18 0880-20 vacuum as Milwaukee doesn’t have a cordless corded vac in the mean time.



Thanks on your nice put up about DeWalt VS Milwaukee. I feel Milwaukee Energy Instruments are of a excessive normal and of revolutionary know-how for the commerce and business.

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