Rated 4.9 out of 5Â by 7
Rated 4 out of 5Â by James Powerful. Versatile saw loaded with features. Features and Innovative brushless motor.
As a homeowner, and avid DIYer, I have a need to use power tools often, especially saws. I made my first purchase of a Milwaukee power tool several years ago, just after closing on my first home. I had no prior experience with Milwaukee brand tools, but after using them, I became so impressed by the quality and power, especially of the cordless tools, that I started replacing all of my yellow and green power tools with Milwaukee tools. Regardless of its age, and the amount of abuse Iâve put my Milwaukee tools through, including the occasional accidental drop onto pavement, they continue to function perfectly. I opted for the M18 FUEL Brushless Cordless Sawzall Reciprocating Saw - tool only - because other Milwaukee cordless tools that I already own utilize the same M18 battery as the Cordless Sawzall, and I didnât need another plastic blow mold case taking up valuable shelf or floor space in my workshop. I was anxious to test this Sawzall, so I didnât allow the battery (not included with the tool only) to fully charge. Even still, with only 2 leds showing on the batteryâs integrated power indicator, I was able to cut a variety of material without the saw bogging down or quitting on me. Iâm working on a deck building project so, knowing that I had a lot of cuts to make, I allowed the battery to charge fully overnight, so I could give the saw a good testing. I used the saw to demo portions of old deck framing, posts and boards, cut down six shipping pallets that had been sitting beside my garage for several months so I could dispose of them, and prune a tree and a shrub on my property. Not being tethered to a power cord allows me to quickly tackle a number of projects and take this saw anywhere I happen to need it. Using a good quality saw blade designed for demolition, I was able to make short work of the old deck and pallets, cutting through metal brackets, nails and even 3/8 âinch lag bolts with relative ease. The saw cuts extremely well, with power rivaling that of a heavy-duty corded saw, and produces surprisingly little vibration as compared to other reciprocating saws Iâve used, giving me the ability to be more precise with my cuts without shaking loose the fillings in my teeth or making my hands go numb. Like all Milwaukee tools, this Sawzall is thoughtfully manufactured with features such as a comfortable, ergonomic non-slip rubber grip that encompasses the entire forward portion of the tool, giving you a variety of hand-hold options, a handy LED light that operates by the trigger to illuminate your workspace and a large swing out metal hook for hanging storage. This saw also features an adjustable shoe allowing you to adjust the depth of the blade, which is handy when plunging into walls where the depth may be more shall than the length of blade, and a tool less twist and lock mechanism for quick insertion and removal of the blade. One thing to note is that, while the trigger has a thumb lock to prevent accidental starts, this button doesnât serve to lock the trigger when depressed, requiring you to hold your finger on the trigger to keep the saw engaged. Not a huge deal, but having a lot of experience with saws of this type, and others, I personally like having a lock on the trigger, which frees my hand so I can get a different hold on the saw, if I need to. The motor of this saw is brushless, meaning thereâs fewer moving parts to wear out, so the saw should last longer and also run quieter than one with brushes, although noise is not so much a factor as I typically wear hearing protection when using power tools. Overall, Iâm impressed with this Milwaukee M18 FUEL Brushless Cordless Sawzall Reciprocating Saw. I especially like the available âtool onlyâ option, so you arenât paying for a battery, case and charger station you donât want or need.
November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Grogan14 Excellent Saw!
Finally, a cordless reciprocating saw that can truly rival the corded models.
I've been using this saw extensively for a couple of weeks now, and absolutely love it. Being a residential electrician, I'm often up in some brutally hot attic, or way up under the house in the crawlspace, and dragging a cord deep into these areas is really a hassle. But, I've just never encountered a cordless reciprocating saw that could truly do all that I need it to. Until now.
Build quality of this is excellent, very heavy-duty. The saw is heavy, especially with the 4.0 battery in it, but you want that in a two-hand recip. The blade change mechanism is great, as is the adjustable shoe. The rafter hook I'm sure I will also find to be a great feature, though I keep forgetting it's there. It's attached with 2 set screws, and I'm sure it could be removed, if one were so inclined.
The only thing I find it doesn't offer that my corded models do is orbital cutting action, but as great as this saw is, that's not a big deal to me. Very happy!
April 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RandallK Will replace most corded applications
I also have the 12A sawzall, as well as the 12V and 18V hackzalls. This is very competitive with the 12A version. I don't know if it's because it's "FUEL" or because it's Milwaukee, but this tool is Awesome! I thought the 18V hackzall was great for pruning, but this tool is much better and it is controllable with one hand. The main downside is that it is expensive if you don't already have the 4.0 XC batteries. I may not need my corded version again, but that is what happened with my FUEL hammer drills as well.
August 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JImL Sawzall defined the market
1. Compact, easy to use.
2. The new lever operated blade lock is terrific. I hope this goes on all reciprocating saws.
3. I'd vote for an optional side handle.
July 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mrtr1 Awesome
Just great!! It does everything it was said it does. Very expensive!!! but that becomes secondary after you see the machine in action. So far under heavy demo/remodel job it's a tool of choice for me.
September 2, 2014