New Milwaukee M18 Cordless Sander

Milwaukee has come out with a new M18 cordless random orbit sander, 2648, which they say provides corded power and more control.
Notable features include a speed control dial, 3/32″ orbital diameter, 5″ pad size, and both a dust collector and universal hose adapter.

Milwaukee boasts that the new M18 cordless sander delivers true corded power, and that it removes more material per charge when compared to other cordless sanders on the market.
Features & Specs
5″ pad size
7,000-12,000 OPM
3/32″ orbit diameter
Hook and loop pad
Weighs 4.3 lbs with battery
6″ height
Available as a bare tool (2648-20) or in a kit (2648-21) with charger, 3.0Ah XC battery pack, bag, hose adapter, and 2 sheets of 80 grit sandpaper.
From the images, it looks like the new sander can work with standard 5″ 8-hole hook and loop sanding discs.
Price: $99 for the bare tool, $199 for the kitETA: April 2018
Buy Now(Bare Tool via Home Depot)
First Thoughts
I wonder what the runtime specs look like. and why this isn’t boasting a brushless motor. I’m thinking that maybe they’ll see how well this sander sells, and if it does well, maybe we’ll see a brushless 6″ sander.
Based on what I’m seeing, I’m very optimistic about the new sander. It’ll never replace corded or air sanders, but should be a good fit for quick applications where a corded tool might be unwieldy or inconvenient to use.

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