Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by anonymouse Milwaukee 10.25-inch Circular Saw
OK. A little background on what I do. I am not just a DIY'er or homeowner. I am a construction professional by trade and I do this for a living. It supports my family and I and is not just a hobby.
I am a post and beam contractor that rebuilds and constructs period structures and find this saw fits in nicely between my large Makita 16" saw and my 7-1/4" saw. The 10 1/4" saws are much heavier than the 7-1/4" ones but this one comes with a cast aluminium base and a centred carrying handle. I use the saw mostly to cut 4X4 rough sawn lumber and it works very well. The reverse-surge motor brake is a plus. I tried cutting 6 by's in 2 passes and cannot believe the accuracy of the cut! This saw could give the same accuracy as my 16 but of course, it would take 2 passes.
The saw shipped with a 28-tooth carbide all purpose blade. It wasn't a thin-kerf blade and that's nice because it shows that this saw has the power to cut through all that material. I swapped the blade after a few cuts for the Makita version and found little difference in performance. Again, very happy. Cheap saws may ship with a steel blade that is useless for anything except sheet metal and soft wood. Milwaukee do take pride. One other plus is that the saw is quiet, even with the 25000+ RPM, 3.1-horsepower motor. You still need hearing protection, though, as the saw starts to scream when it starts cutting into the material. All of the controls were intuitive, balance almost perfect, and attention to detail is everywhere.
I compared the saw to others in its category and found that the Milwaukee felt better in hand, and had a solid feel to it, like closing the door of a Mercedes. It was pricey however. This tool will be in my employ for a very long. time.
I gave it 4 stars because I am picky. Nothing is perfect, so here are my complaints: first, the guard tended to get snagged on compound miter cuts. Next, the dust shroud does not deflect enough of wet cuttings away from the cutting surface so you need to blow the cuttings away to see your cut line. It is fine with dry material, however. Perhaps part of the motor cooling exhaust could be re-directed onto the cut line to mitigate this problem, or a compressed-air line could be hooked up to this saw. Lastly, this saw really needs a reinforced base for all the weight it's bearing. I am afraid that the base might bend if the saw takes a very large fall.
If you are looking for a quality tool that will make money for you, I strongly recommend this product.
January 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by frank Excellent saw
Cuts a 4×4 in one swipe.
10" dimond blade cut over 100 feet
of 3" thick concrete pavers and more need cut.
I can say for sure that this is a "Beast" of a saw. My neighbors have borrowed the saw and were impressed with its speed and cutting capacity.
July 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by acresoftrees Good saw
I got this for making short work of hard dry tree branches and upper trunks. I've got about 40 eucalyptus trees that I've slowly been bringing down to a manageable size, and in some cases, just removing. I'm working solo in short blocks of time, so I can't do all the cut and trim at once. A lot of material get cut down then dries on the ground to be dealt with later.
I got tired of burning up chain saw chains on the hard dry wood so I took a chance on this as a solution.
So far it's working great. I can cut 8" - 10" lengths from a dry cleaned 30' long branch in a matter of minutes, with very little setup time or cleanup time.
Most are under 12" diameter on the bottom end and down to a 2"- 4" on the small end, and pretty straight.
This saw is a little heavy but otherwise perfect for the task. Since I usually only have small blocks of time to work in, I'm very happy to get more done in less time.
I use a 50' 12/3 contractor extension which seems to work just fine.
All but the leaves and smallest (mow-able) twigs are cut down to fireplace size and burned in the winter.
August 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CDS01 Excellent product - suited well to purpose of cutting 4x4 and 6x6 lumber
Ordering was straightforward, checkout was easy, shipping was free and delivery was on time as expected. Product performed well - suited to purpose - used in fence building to cut 6x6 posts. Two passes required due to max 4" cutting depth, but beats a 7 1/4" skillsaw with only 2.5" depth, and a residual handsaw cut...
March 25, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BigRoss A man,s saw
Saw has plenty of power, good straight cuts and not too heavy. Wish I had bought it earlier.
June 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by starff works very well cutting 4x4s
performs very well glad I purchased it Milwaukee tools are the best
April 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by j123 This product is excelent
I bought this saw to reduce saw cuts in thicker building materials. The 4" cutting depth is great and I am well pleased with the Quality and craftmanship of the saw. I would recommend this product to anyone looking to save time and money in construction.
August 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Richard8x10 works well
Arrived in four days!
works well is cheaper than the Mikita and has a slightly deeper cut.
good metal box. We are using it to cut 8x10 so takes two cuts, but nothing handheld out there to do it in one pass.
May 10, 2014