The first sawzall I ever used was a Milwaukee corded model that probably pulled around 13 amps or so. The only reason I know that is because I distinctly remember how quickly that tool would take my light 120lb frame for one rowdy ride if I was not using it correctly. Anyhow, at the time, the Milwaukee Sawzall was the absolute industry standard for a smooth operating reciprocating saw….despite my skills at the time : ) After using other recip. saws from other manufacturers, it didn’t take long at all to understand why it had become the benchmark for what a recip saw should feel like. Today, the technology has changed here and there but the quality certainly hasn’t. Here recently I’ve had the pleasure of test-driving the latest cordless model from Milwaukee, which is said to output the same amount of power as a corded 12A model, offers a quick and easy blade change, features an adjustable shoe, and a nicely variable speed trigger and dial for accurate speed settings. Here’s what I’ve learned about it:
You simply cannot beat the versatility and deployability of a cordless Sawzall. Whether your blasting through a home demo or cross cutting quarter wall steel, toting around an extension cord is never fun. Milwaukee designed this model to come in just 1.8 pounds heavier than the corded model with comparable power output. So, even though the saw is a bit heavier after it’s mated with its 12.0 Ah battery, chances are you’re still going to be more efficient in your work since you’re not managing a long extension cord.
Milwaukee changed up the battery for this model just a bit to include a higher output model to keep the cuts coming. According to The Home Depot’s webite, the Redlithium High Output HD12.0 Battery Pack provides 50% more power and runs 50% cooler versus standard REDLITHIUM HD packs” and includes a four bar power meter to indicate the current battery level.
Long gone are the days of needing an allen wrench to swap out the cutting blade. Rather than an old school pinch bolt, you’ll find that blade changing can be completed in a matter of seconds with its rotary style coupling. Just twist the locking collar 90 degrees and the blade is free from the arbor.
Since we’re lookin at the business end of the saw I should point out how well Milwaukee sorted this arbor and shoe. The position of the shoe is adjustable put to 2 full inches from the bottom position. Similar to the blade changes, adjusting the shoe does not require any tool; simply flip down the over-center locking lever, and put the shoe right where you need it.
The arbor is nested tightly in an open well in behind the show and can quickly change from a straight linear reciprocating mode to an orbital mode with just the turn of a switch. This orbital path of the blade helps to clear cutting chips and is especially handy in low precision demo work. If you need a cleaner cut however, the straight cut mode is the way to go.
“On/Off” triggers are steadily becoming a thing of the past for several cordless hand tools and are instead getting replaced with “variable” triggers. But, if we take a look at some of the “variable” triggers on some tools, you’ll find them coarse in their variability. As an example, a “variable trigger” on a lower end drill may really only have 3 speeds which correspond to three different positions of the trigger. Sure it’s variable, but it may as well just be high, medium, and low speed. I’ve found all of the Milwaukee tools in my arsenal feature a genuine infinitely variable trigger which changes the speed of the motor instantaneously for a given change in throttle position no matter how small that may be. Yes – these small things matter to us users and I’m happy to see Milwaukee paying close attention.
When it comes to professional work with professional tools, Milwaukee is gonna be hard to beat. Not to say they are the end-all-be-all of the industry, but they certainly have a loyal following of users in the commercial, home, and light industrial fields. This cordless sawzall is no real exception to their heritage of well built power tools.
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