Milwaukee Introduces Portable Drain Snake

Milwaukee M12™ Drain Snake

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Tool expands its industry-leading M12™ System with the introduction of the M12™ Drain Snake, developed specifically for the challenges plumbers, maintenance technicians, and property managers encounter when cleaning fixtures and small drain lines. Providing the benefits of both handheld and floor-mounted drain cleaning machines, the Drain Snake’s simple cordless setup, as well as its new-to-world design, deliver game-changing productivity for plumbers and contractors cleaning sinks, tubs, and other small drain lines up to 25’ long.

M12™ Drain Snake Kit

“Drain snakes are essential tools for plumbers and facility maintenance crews, but current tools on the market are difficult to operate and maneuver due to cords, overall weight, and exposed spinning drums,” said Corey Dickert, Vice President of Product Management – Plumbing & Electrical. “The simple cordless setup of the M12™ Drain Snake frees users from the hassle of wrestling with cords, carrying extension cords, or spending time looking for outlets – allowing them to get back to the job at hand. In addition, this is the only handheld unit with a fixed drum shield to protect the fixture and user from the spinning drum. When we combine these cordless benefits with our new-to-world design, we’re able to truly provide a level of productivity that these users have never experienced before.”


Powered by any Milwaukee M12™ LITHIUM-ION battery, the new tool provides best-in-class performance without the cord. The REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack delivers more work per charge and more work over pack life, maintaining power under load better than corded competitors. In addition, eliminating the cord increases productivity and safety for the user by providing instant set-up, and reducing the risk of electroshock hazards associated with AC tools in wet environments.

Typically, one of the biggest annoyances of this job is the potential for the fully exposed spinning drum to come into contact with the fixture or user. By designing a fixed shield around the drum, Milwaukee has eliminated this potential, making operation safer for the user and surrounding materials.

For easier cable feed, users can rest the tool on its flat base, freeing up a hand which is typically used to hold the tool.  Weighing in at 10 lbs., the M12™ Drain Snake is also the lightest 2-1/2” drain line machine.  The tool’s proprietary drum shield and light weight make it the easiest hand machine for overhead, below the waist, and confined space use.

Milwaukee® will also launch a line of drain cables compatible with the M12™ Drain Snake and other professional drain cleaning machines. Capable of carrying power all the way through the end, and with the ability to maneuver the tightest bends, the new drain cables are the best mix of strength and flexibility. In addition, the cables’ solid polymer core will not rust.

Milwaukee® is committed to improving ergonomics and productivity for plumbers and contractors by offering them the ability to perform an entire job on one battery system. The M12™ Drain Snake is compatible with the entire M12™ System, now offering over 70 cordless Lithium-Ion products. The M12™ platform is the largest sub-compact system in the industry, offering innovative portable solutions.

Milwaukee M12 Drain Snake Specifications

M12™ Drain Snake (2571-21)

  • Capacity: 25’ of ¼” or 5/16” Cable
  • Speed: 0 – 500RPM
  • Removable Inner Drum: YES
  • LED Light: YES
  • Weight: 10.6 lbs. (with cable and battery)

Includes: Tool, 5/16” x 25’ Inner Core Bulb Head Cable with Inner Drum, 5 Gallon Drain Snake Storage Bucket, M12™ REDLITHIUM Compact Battery Pack and Charger

Cables Sizes:

  • 5/16” x 25’ Bulb Head Cable (48-53-2571)
  • 5/16” x 25’ Drop Head Cable (48-53-2572)
  • 1/4” x 25’ Bulb Head Cable (48-53-2573)
  • 1/4” x 25’ Drop Head Cable (48-53-2574)
  • 5/16” x 25’ Bulb Head Cable w/Drum (48-53-2581)
  • 5/16” x 25’ Drop Head Cable w/Drum (48-53-2582)
  • 1/4” x 25’ Bulb Head Cable w/Drum (48-53-2583)
  • 1/4” x 25’ Drop Head Cable w/Drum (48-53-2584)


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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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1 Comment

  1. Thomas Rasmussen

    Running that small cable down a 4″ line is just asking for trouble. It should never be in a line larger than 2″. That machine is made for 1 1/4″ lines up to 2″. Bathtubs and Bathroom sinks. Perfect for going through traps.

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