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Reviewed by Eric Moore, fleet manager at
Griffin Pavement Striping in Columbus, Ohio.
Q: How did the tool function
as far as saving you time?
A: The Milwaukee Tool M18 Inflator is a
portable, cordless unit that makes it very
handy and a good choice for quick inflations,
adding air to the proper pressure
for low tires on most commonly driven
vehicles. No cords and plenty of guts
with the M18 fuel battery selection.
Q:How has using this tool impacted
your shop's profitability?
A: Being portable did make it pretty
quick to just top off low tires on our light
duty vehicles. There was no waiting for
another driver to move their vehicle away
from the airline access.
Q: How easy was it to use?
A: The M18 Inflator is very simple, and
the display reflects that. It shows curPRODUCT
The Milwaukee Tool M18 Inflator is
an 18V cordless tire inflator designed
to meet the needs for transportation
maintenance professionals by providing
ideal performance, versatility,
and the durability to survive demanding
jobsites. With the 150 psi maximum
capability, users can fill tires quickly.
Additionally, the inflator is equipped
with TrueFill auto shut-off technology
that has the accuracy to be set at a
specific psi which will automatically
shut off the tool to prevent overinflation.
The M18 Inflator is also resistant
to auto shop chemicals.
Circle 60 on card or click " PTEN e-inquiry "
rent and set pressures when powered on.
Once pressure is set, push the inflate button
and away it goes.
Q: What kind of setup was involved
before using the product?
A: Once unboxed, inserting a charged
battery and choosing the desired adapter
was all it took, and it was ready to work.
Q: How was its packaging? Did it
come with any accessories?
A: Packaged in a branded box, it comes
with four adapters: a brass female Schrader
adapter, plastic male Schrader adapter,
plastic nozzle for pool toys or other inflatables,
and a needle for sports balls.
Q: Is there any way you could think
to improve or add to this tool?
A: This inflator is actually pretty stout
as-is. If I had one suggestion it would be
a slightly longer hose, or an extension.
That could make on-board storage a little
trickier, and it's fine the way it is.
Q: What types of jobs did
you use this tool for?
A: I used the M18 Inflator at home on
several of my motorcycles, a vintage 1962
Corvette, a fitness ball, and on several of
our light duty trucks at the shop. Only
a few tires were completely flat, the rest
were simply topping off low pressures.
Q: What features did you like?
A: The best features of the M18 Inflator
are its weight and capabilities. This is a
very well-rounded tool. It comes in just
under 9 lbs with a 5Ah M18 battery, so
This product was given to the reviewer free of charge from the manufacturer.
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it's easy to carry around without getting
worn out. It's actually pretty quiet
compared to the power outlet adapter
air compressors we've all used or have
in the trunk somewhere.
Q: How does this tool compare to
other tools you've used like it?
A: I think we've all used the portable inflators
that plug into the power outlets in
our cars at one time or another, and this
M18 Inflator is far and away a better tool
- better design and much more capable.
It's also lighter, faster, and more reliable.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would
you rate this tool overall? Why?
A: Putting numbers on this is difficult,
it's a great addition to your toolbox or
trunk. And to be fair I'll rate it a solid
8.9. The only reason it doesn't make 10
is because it doesn't do heavy duty tires.
The pressures are too high, and I bet the
pump would explode if attempted.
ERIC MOORE began his
career working on cars at
several franchise dealerships.
Initially, he leaned towards
smaller vehicles, settling into
Powersports vehicles, where he
stayed for over 20 years. Then, Moore went the
total opposite direction, landing at a medium
and heavy duty truck dealership. Eventually, he
moved into management and has performed
most roles at the dealership level except for
owning his own franchise. Currently, he is the fleet
manager at Griffin Pavement Striping, belonging
to the Frontline Road Safety group of companies.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2022
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September 2022 - EDITOR'S NOTE
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September 2022 - NEW PRODUCTS
September 2022 - RSC1
September 2022 - RSC2
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September 2022 - DIAGNOSTIC TECH
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September 2022 - TOOL BRIEFING
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September 2022 - TOOL REVIEWS
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September 2022 - INNOVATION AWARDS
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September 2022 - CATEGORY SPOTLIGHT
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September 2022 - BIG-TIME BOXES
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