Late last year Milwaukee introduced three 18-volt sheet metal cutting shears intended for the trades that do metal roofing, auto body work, metal fabrication, and HVACR installation and repair. Competing models are typically drills adapted to cutting metal. As such, they can be awkward to use because their shape forces you to come in from such a high angle that it’s often necessary to use your “free” hand to push the tool forward. The M18 shears were designed to be just what they are, and are shaped to allow you to cut from a lower angle while pushing forward from behind, a more ergonomic position that leaves your free hand free to hold onto the work piece.

Like most other metal shears, the heads can be rotated to provide better cutting angles and access. What’s different here is the method of holding the head in the desired position; instead of using an Allen key, you can press on a “tab” and rotate the head 360 degrees without the use of tools. There are index points every 30 degrees so the head can be locked into any one of 12 positions.

Milwaukee’s cordless shears are available in three different models; 18-gauge single cuts shears for curved cuts, 18-gauge double cut shears for straight cuts, and 14-gauge double cut shears for straight cuts in heavier sheet metal. All are equipped with small clips that allow them to be hung from a belt or pocket.

M18 18 Gauge Double Cut Shear 2635
Steel capacity: 18 gauge
Stainless capacity: 20 gauge
Length: 17.25 inches
Weight: 5.6 pounds
Country of origin: China
2635-22 kit includes: shear, (2) 3.0 Ah battery packs, multi-voltage charger, and contractor bag
Kit price: $199 (also available bare)

M18 14 Gauge Double Cut Shear 2636
Steel capacity: 14 gauge
Stainless capacity: 16 gauge
Length: 17.25 inches
Weight: 5.9 pounds
Country of origin: China
Kit (2636-22) includes: shear, (2) 3.0 Ah battery packs, multi-voltage charger, and contractor bag
Kit price: $249 (also available bare)

M18 18 Gauge Single Cut Shear 2637
Steel capacity: 18 gauge
Stainless capacity: 20 gauge
Length: 18.25 inches
Weight: 5.8 pounds
Country of origin: China
Kit (2637-22) includes: shear, (2) 3.0 Ah battery packs, multi-voltage charger, and contractor bag
Kit price: $249 (also available bare)