As mentioned in our new Milwaukee tools post and 2014-2015 new Milwaukee tool preview, Milwaukee has come out with a new M18 Fuel brushless circular saw that’s built to handle full-size 7-1/4″ blades. It’s also a “right-handed” saw, which matches the design of most corded sidewinder-style circular saws.
The new M18 Fuel full-size circular saw has a cutting capacity of up to 2-1/2″. It’s said to deliver 2X the runtime of other 18V circular saws, and weighs in at 9 lbs, making it up to 40% lighter than corded circular saws without sacrificing cutting depth of performance.
Features and Specifications
- 7-1/4″ blade size
- 2-1/2″ cut depth
- Magnesium shoe and magnesium upper and lower blade guards
- 50° max bevel
- Weighs 9 lbs with battery
- 5,000 RPM (no-load)
- 5/8″ arbor size
- Built-in hanging hook
- LED work light
There will be 3 purchasing options – a bare tool (2731-20), 1-battery kit (2731-21), and 2-battery kit (2731-22). The kits come with a multi-voltage M12 an M18 charger, 1 or 2 XC 4.0Ah Li-ion batteries, and kit bags.
Street Prices: $230 for the 2731-20 bare tool, $330 for the 2731-21 (1) battery kit, and $430 for the 2731-22 (2) battery kit
ETA: Fall 2014
The new full-size Milwaukee 2731 M18 Fuel circular saw has a number of great selling points. It has a brushless motor, which means great runtime and a lot of power, and it’s built to handle 7-1/4″ circular saw blades, which means great cutting capacity and blade selection and availability. Like the M18 Fuel brushless saw (2730) that came out last year, the new saw has a robust-looking magnesium shoe, as well as magnesium blade guards.
Compared to corded circular saws, the 2731 is going to be similarly sized. Milwaukee says that the 2731 is up to 40% lighter than corded saws, but all of the ones we checked are either slightly lighter or a little heavier. Compared to other 18V-class 6-1/2″ circular saws, the new saw is only a little bit heavier, so there’s not much of a tradeoff between cut capacity or performance and user comfort.
Users who want corded-like performance and cutting capacity in a cordless tool will probably want to take a closer look at the 2731 7-1/4″ M18 Fuel saw. But other users who don’t really need maximum cut capacity will probably benefit more from s smaller, lighter, and presumably less expensive 6-1/2″ saw.
Right now, Milwaukee is the only brand to have come out with brushless cordless circular saws, but this won’t be true for much longer. It will be interesting to see if competitors will come out with their own 7-1/4″ brushless saws, or if they will stick to the tried-and-true 6-1/2″ form factor.