The Milwaukee 0880-20 is a 2-gallon cordless wet dry vac that operates on 18-volt Lithium-ion (Li-ion) or nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) Milwaukee batteries; the battery and charger are sold separately. Reviewers say they like the Milwaukee's hard-shell toolbox design with its onboard tool and hose storage. Equipped with a washable HEPA-rated filter, the Milwaukee wet dry vac earns praise for its clean exhaust. Several users complain that the Milwaukee 0880-20's battery doesn't provide the continuous run time advertised, running approximately 10 minutes per charge.
In one of the better reviews we found, Tools of the Trade writer Mathew Steadman tests and compares the Milwaukee 0880-20 with another cordless Milwaukee wet dry vac -- the discontinued 0780-20. ConsumerGuide.com includes the Milwaukee 0880-20 in its roundup of 18 wet dry and steam cleaning vacs. We also found the shop vacuum in a review on Squidoo.com of the best wet dry vacs. Lastly, we consulted customer reviews on Amazon.com.
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1. Tools of the Trade
This balanced review reports on tests of two cordless Milwaukee vacuums, similar except for the batteries used -- the discontinued 0780-20 and the 0880-20. Reviewer Mathew Steadman finds that "cordless convenience, adequate power, handy size, and an easy stowing design" make the Milwaukee wet dry vacs essential for use on the jobsite. He does wish that more attachments came with the Milwaukee, and he thinks a shoulder strap would be a useful addition to the Milwaukee shop vacuums' design.
Review: First Test: Milwaukee Cordless Vacuums, Mathew Steadman, Sept. 21, 2008
These owner ratings and reviews can be useful supplements to professional reviews; users often report on durability and they find usability problems that experts can miss in the short time many have to test the product for their review. While the Milwaukee 0880-20 doesn't have as many user reviews as DeWalt's portable cordless wet dry vacuums, it does have a higher overall user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on more than 30 reviews. Users say the cordless vac's compact design is convenient for travel and quick clean up. Some reviewers note that the battery's run time taps out sooner than is ideal.
Review: Milwaukee 0880-20 18-Volt Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum, Contributors to Amazon.com
ConsumerGuide.com reviews 18 wet dry vacuums in all, although some of the products included in this category are primarily for steam-cleaning carpets. The cordless Milwaukee 0880-20 is one of the shop vacuums selected as a best buy. The expert review rates the Milwaukee 0880-20 highly for its value and performance, and finds it above average in terms of added features and ease of use.
Review: Wet/Dry Vacuums Reviews and Prices, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
This review discusses attributes of the "best wet/dry vacuums on the market today." The Milwaukee 0880-20 is one of the three picks. The author appreciates that the cordless vac can work with both Ni-Cd and Li-ion 18-volt batteries, as well as 24-volt batteries for a longer run time. The Milwaukee 0880-20 is also commended for its powerful suction. The only con cited is that the battery and charger require separate purchase.
Review: Best Wet/Dry Vacs Reviews, "UltraMilk"