Milwaukee is about to add a variable speed polisher/sander to its line of M12 cordless tools. The tool is described by its maker as “the most compact cordless polisher on the market” and “the perfect complement to a full size polisher for faster finish”. The M12 polisher sander is aimed people who detail cars and do auto body work but may find favor with tradesmen who need to polish or sand small areas. As a woodworker, I could see using this to buff out the finish on small pieces of furniture and would imagine folks who fabricate metal, work on boats, and install countertops might do the same on their projects.

The new Milwaukee tool is not intended to replace the larger polisher/sanders used for detailing and body work but to augment their use by providing a small cordless tool that can more easily access small/thin/curved surfaces.

As for the tool itself, the rear portion greatly resembles the company’s M12 drills and impact drivers—same general shape, batteries, and fuel gauge. The front end, though, is obviously different. There is a place to screw in a side handle and the machine is geared to go 0-2,800 rpm in polishing mode and 0-8,300 rpm in sanding mode. M12 drill/drivers top out at 1,500 rpm and impact drivers at 2,650 rpm. Higher speeds work for sanding and polishing because those operations require far less torque than drilling and driving. The backing pads for polishing and sanding thread on and off without the use of tools and the sanding pads take the most common type of 3M Rolock 2-inch sanding disks.

Specs: M12 Polisher/Sander

Polishing mode: 0-2,800 RPM
Sanding mode: 0-8,300 RPM
Weight (with battery): 2.4 pounds
Length: 5-1/8”
Country of origin: China
Available: August 2014

Kits and prices listed below:

2438-22X
Includes: tool, (1) Compact M12 battery, (1) XC M12 battery, charger, side handle, carry case, and 5 piece accessory pack (see below)
Price: $229

2438-22
Includes: tool, (1) Compact M12 battery, charger, side handle, carry case, and 5 piece accessory pack (see below),
Price: $199

2438-20
Includes: tool, side handle, carry case, and 5 piece accessory pack (see below),
Price: $149

5 piece accessory pack includes: (1) 3” polishing backing pad, (1) 2” sanding backing pad, (1) wool pad, (1) yellow foam pad, (1) white pad