Pipe threaders are essential for plumbers, and while you may not need a heavy-duty one in your garage, a compact cordless pipe threader can be vital for more basic and intermediate projects — especially if you’re replacing equipment or fixing drainage. The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Compact Pipe Threader can be used for up to 1.25″ black iron pipe, stainless steel, or rigid metal conduit and is compatible with Milwaukee’s M18 power system. It is also compatible with the manufacturer’s very useful One-Key technology.
The tool is cordless, brushless, and gives its user solid control, which is arguably the most important feature in a pipe threader. It features a locking die head interface and a side grip that makes starting threads easier and eliminates the need to contact the spinning die head. Plus, an included support arm keeps the threader steady by resisting torque, so you won’t need to use a pipe stand. It can even shut itself off when it senses enough kickback.
Unfortunately, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Compact Pipe Threader Kit doesn’t come cheap — it’s available from Home Depot for $2,199.99. While that’s a fairly hefty price, the kit does include a threading support arm, 0.5″ to 1.25″ compact NPT portable pipe threading forged aluminum die heads, a carrying case, two 8 Ah batteries, as well as a rapid charger compatible with both M12 and M18 batteries.