Model#: MILN2688-20

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Milwaukee 2688-20 M18 Compact Heat Gun (Bare Tool)

  • Milwaukee 2688-20 M18 Compact Heat Gun (Bare Tool)
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The M18 Compact Heat Gun performs applications quickly by reaching operational temperature in less than 7 seconds. As the most compact electric heat gun in the market, it can go places where corded heat guns can’t. The guarded nozzle and ladder hook prevent the tool from coming in contact with unprotected surfaces. Powered by REDLITHIUM battery technology, it is able to heat over 40 connections on a single XC5.0 battery, anywhere, anytime without the hassle of cords. The M18 Compact Heat Gun features REDLINK PLUS Intelligence with a temperature management system to provide maximum life.
  • High Performance Heating Coil: Reach operational temperature in 7 seconds
  • REDLINK Intelligence: Temperature management system provides maximum life
  • Compatible with all M18 REDLITHIUM Battery Packs
  • Most compact electric heat gun: 6.4 in. long
  • Guarded Nozzle: Prevents contact with unprotected surfaces
  • Ladder Hook: Easily hang between applications
  • LED Light


Series: M18
Cordless: Yes
Length: 6.4
Weight: 0.29lb
Air Flow (CFM): 6
Amperage: 5
Temperature Range (F): 875 degree Fahrenheit
Voltage: 18V



4.8 / 5.0
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (3)
Easy To Use (3)
Lightweight (3)
Ergonomic Design (2)
Powerful (1)
Best Uses
Small Projects (2)
Home Repair (2)
Jobsite (2)
Frequent Use (1)
I like this heat gun, it works great
I needed a new heat gun for using when labeling wires with shrink tube. The took works well. It does go through batteries a little faster than I expected but still worth it. My only feedback is that I wish the TOOL ONLY came with the heat guard as this is a big part of using a heat gun.
March 31, 2019
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Ergonomic Design
Nice little heat gun. It's not crazy powerful, but its what you would expect for a cordless heat gun. I bought it primarily for heat shrink tubing which its perfect for.
March 26, 2019
1 month ago
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Avid Do-it-Yourselfer
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Best Uses
Small Projects
Home Repair
it has it's place
I found this very useful and convenient for heat shrinking wires and removing stickers from my car. It is really ideal for the smaller projects that you just need heat for a limited space and time. It has a nice LED light as well which is a feature I’ve never seen on any other models. It has a much smaller CFM than the corded models so it isn’t the right tool for any job. That said, the convenience makes this a tool that is worth owning.
February 19, 2019
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Avid Do-it-Yourselfer
Heats up quick, gets the job done for my needs
Last winter I was unable to access my tools since my puck locks froze up. Going to a job and having your equipment locked up is no fun, thankfully I got one of the locks open but I had to move a lot of stuff out to get to my items that were closer to my other door with the froze lock. Not wanting to do risk having both of my locks freeze up and not accessing my tool I used this heat gun. This year the same thing happened where it got so cold the locks where inoperable. I applied heat for 15-20 seconds and thankfully it worked. I plan on keeping this nearby for the winter time, especially in the event that my pipes freeze up
January 22, 2019
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Ergonomic Design
Battery Longevity (if applicable)
Best Uses
Frequent Use
Heavy Duty Requirements
Large Projects
Small Projects
Home Repair
great tool we love it here at the garage
everybody need one of these great tool
November 20, 2018
5 months ago
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Handy as a pocket on a shirt.
I'm a diesel/crane mechanic. I use this for heat shrink and heat shrink connectors. It doesn't get as hot as my plug in one, but it shrinks it just fine and it's super convenient. It gets hot very fast.
April 8, 2018
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what kind of battery life does this heat gun have in terms of minutes?
A shopper on Nov 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Your question will be best answered by the manufacturer, who can provide you with the accurate information. The number to reach the technician is 1-800-729-3878.
Does it get hot enough to solder pipe?
Caleb H on Nov 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, Model 2688- 20 is not recommended to solder pipe, Milwaukee recommends model 2488-20.

New Vs. Reconditioned

What's the difference between New and Factory-Reconditioned?

Factory-Reconditioned products have been returned to the manufacturer and are restored to like-new operating condition; they go through a rigorous testing and inspection process. Plus, they offer a significant savings vs. new.
  • Reconditioned products may have minor cosmetic blemishes or scratches that do not affect item performance.
  • Reconditioned products may not come with all of the consumables the new version comes with (bits, sanding pads/papers, cases, etc.).
  • Both come with a manufacturer warranty and are covered by our Money Back Guarantee; New is 30 days, Reconditioned is 120 days.
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