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5-1/4 in. Big Hawg Carbide Hole Saw

  • 50X life for heavy duty application, cuts up to 1000+ nails
  • 10X larger carbide teeth for 5X faster cuts in nail-embedded wood
  • Best solution for cement board shingles, plaster, stucco and more
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The MILWAUKEE BIG HAWG with Carbide Teeth is the best hole saw solution for nail-embedded wood and abrasive material applications. This first-to-market hole saw offers extreme life utilizing advanced carbide technology. The BIG HAWG gives users 50X more life in demanding applications with the ability to cut 1000+ more nails. The heavy duty hole saw has 10X larger carbide teeth that rip through materials five times faster. Deeper slots allow for fast and easy plug removal. The BIG HAWG hole saw is the best solution for cutting through the toughest materials, including nails, cement board, shingles, plaster and stucco.
  • 10X larger carbide teeth
  • 3 tooth design for fast aggressive cuts
  • Carbide tipped multi-material pilot bit for increased material versatility
  • Thicker backer for extreme life in demanding applications
  • Optimized slot design for fast plug removal
  • Enlarged braze surface for stronger bond to the carbide teeth
  • Cuts wood, nails, shingles, cement board, plaster and more
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Bit Diameter
3/8 in
Bit Length (in.)
Drilling Depth (in)
Hole Saw Diameter (in)


Arbor included
Bit Material
Drill Bit Type
Hole Saw
Drill Bit Type(s) Included
Hole Saw
Material Cut
Min Chuck Size Required
1/2 In.
Pilot Bit Included
Tools Product Type
Power Tool

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.9
    out of 223 reviews
  • 98%recommend this product
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Lasted one nail. 6 holes total.
Ad says 1000s of nails. Hit one and two carbide teeth chipped. Junk. It was a shiny 10d framing nail.
    Not 1000 Nails
    These hole saws seem to have gone downhill. They used to be the only one my guys would use. But now they are chipping on nails almost before the paint on them has any time to get scratched
    Response from Customer ServiceAug 20, 2021
    Hi HVAC Purchaser, we appreciate your review. We will be in contact with you for more information. -Cayla with Milwaukee Tool
      Good tools allways buy since 2004 And till today day
        • Recommended
        [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This carbide teeth tool was built to last and withstand a lot of damage . I needed to make a hole in the roof of my house to install a small exhaust vent in the attic to allow some of the heat to escape from being in the hot Florida weather . I cut a nice perfect hole with ease and even had no problem going through existing nails that where hammered in with other roof projects on the house . Not having to remove each nail was nice and made my job a lot easier and quicker . It attached to my drill with ease and was quick and easy . I had the hole cut out in less than 3 minutes.
          • Recommended
          Best coring tool I have used.
          [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] As someone who frequently does plumbing work, I am constantly using coring tools in order to install pipe through walls. The Big Hawg with carbide teeth by Milwaukee is by far the best coring bit I have ever used. It easily and quickly makes holes in wood regardless of embedded nails. The quality and durability is unmatched and is well worth the purchase especially for anyone who frequently drills holes through wood with nails. I would highly recommend this product!
            • Recommended
            Perfect circular cuts
            [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] In order to use this, obviously you have to own or buy the attachment for that kind of bit. Fortunately I have the attachment. As far as functionality goes, it works great. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It cut like butter with such ease. Perfect circles. So easy to use, easy to attach and makes perfect holes.
              • Recommended
              BIG HAWG
              [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Received this item a few days back had to buy New Arbor for it from local hardware store and like always they ordered wrong part so still waiting on New Arbor, did have the chance to use same item from a local contractor and it worked very well the unit it self is well constructed and cuts thru in seconds
                • Recommended
                4 in. Big Hawg Carbide Hole Saw This is a really nice saw blade. The carbide seems to last very l...
                4 in. Big Hawg Carbide Hole Saw This is a really nice saw blade. The carbide seems to last very long and the three blade configuration is a definite advantage over traditional saw blade. The reason is two part. First the three blades have a huge relief area for the chips to go into. This means less cleaning of the hole out while drilling. Second the space between the blades is flat and set a small distance below the blade. This means the saw remains level in the cutting hole and the blades are always cutting the proper depth of material. This is a very clever design. See the pictures and video.
                • Recommended
                2-1/8 in. Milwaukee Big Hawg Carbide Hole Saw is for fast hole cutting in wood even with nails em...
                2-1/8 in. Milwaukee Big Hawg Carbide Hole Saw is for fast hole cutting in wood even with nails embedded in the wood. Each Hawg bit is rated for cutting 1000 nails. This is a very aggressive fast cutting hole saw that leaves reasonable smooth holes in the wood. This is a rough-cut hole saw and will not replace a fine-tooth hole saw, when very smooth holes are needed as in finish or cabinet work. This is the actual cutting head and you will need the typical one-inch arbor that holds replaceable pilot bits. At a slow speed this cuts fast and cuts with-out any resistance when cutting nails. At 1500 RPMs your wrist will tell you when you hit a nail. The Hawg cuts through nails without any visible damage to the three thick carbide teeth. This is an excellent fast cutting large bore hole cutter. Photos show evidence of an embedded nail in the stud prior to installing a whole house vac pipe. Wood plugs drop out easily compared to other hole saws and easily drills holes up to; 2 7/16 deep. Another fine product from Milwaukee.
                • Recommended
                1 found this review helpful
                Rapid rough holes through framing
                While traditional bi-metal hole saws still have their place in certain applications, for rough holes in framing members - and especially anywhere that nails might be encountered - 3-tooth carbide hole saws such as these Milwaukee Big Hawgs, can't be beat. As a residential electrical contractor, boring holes in wood framing members is something I do most days - some days, much of the day. For many years, self-feed bits were the only real option to the professional for larger holes. While they also provide for rapid boring, one good nail strike and they require costly sharpening. They also require a lot of drill. The Big Hawgs, were they are only cutting the kerf of the saw out, require a lot less drill, making them ideal, with today's cordless job. This 3-5/8" model is a 6-second hole through 2x pine framing, with either drill pictured. In my video there, I am cutting through 3 12d common framing nails, which this thing just eats up. Just ease off a little bit, and let the carbide teeth chip away at the nail. That hole was still only roughly a 10-second hole. No discernible damage or wear was evident after doing this multiple times. Again, these are designed for rapid large holes through framing and other construction materials, and excel at it. If you require a more refined hole, or are drilling through thin, brittle material - such as vinyl siding - a traditional hole saw is what you seek.
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                5 found this review helpful
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