Earlier today, I wondered if Milwaukee would design a portable 10″ table saw around their new M18 High Demand 9.0Ah battery pack. Maybe a 7-1/4″ saw? In either case, what are the chances such a tool is in active development?
A Milwaukee cordless table saw could potentially be hybrid powered, with M18 High Demand battery compatibility, and also a port for attaching an extension cable for AC power.
Of course, if Milwaukee did come out with a cordless table saw, it would be an M18 FUEL table saw, with brushless motor for power, efficiency, and runtime.
But what about Dewalt? They came out with a 20V Max cordless miter saw. Why wouldn’t or couldn’t they also reduce a smaller-than-corded but still versatile 7-1/4″ portable cordless table saw?
I suppose we would see a Dewalt brushless circular saw before something as game-changing as a brushless or brushed motor cordless table saw.
Then there’s Makita, who has been expanding their 18V X2 cordless power tool lineup. Makita recently announced – not in the USA but overseas – an 18V X2 cordless miter saw. Oh yes, and it’s brushless.
Does Makita even make a corded portable table saw? Oh, according to these Amazon listings, they do. If that listing date is right, their smaller saw has been on the market since at least 2004. Makita, it’s time for an update, so how about an 18V X2 model with brushless motor?
Speaking of 18V X2, there’s no reason why other brands shouldn’t get in on that multi-battery pack action. Festool’s TSC 55 cordless brushless circular saw takes things further, as it can run off of one or two battery packs.
That seems like a great idea other brands could potentially adapt. Makita and Festool aren’t the first tool brands to experiment with modular battery pack configurations.
Does anyone else remember Black & Decker’s VPX line of cordless power tools? I wrote about it for another website back in 2007, a year before ToolGuyd was founded. Black & Decker’s VPX cordless tools were based on a 7V battery pack. Some tools accepted just one battery pack, others took two and operated off the combined 14.4V.
Before that, there was the Black & Decker VersaPak system, with tools accepting 1 or 2 3.6V battery packs.
If any brand takes the cordless table saw approach, whether with 1 battery or even 2, I would like to see a hybrid AC power option too. Even if it wasn’t built into the tool, in the form of an extension cord adapter or built-in power cord, maybe we will finally see AC power adapters similar to the Los Gatos AC battery adapters we recently wrote about.
Oh, and let’s not forget Bosch. The only reason I bring them up is because they’re a popular name in the portable table saw industry, perhaps beating Dewalt – I’m not sure.
If there’s a household brand name that will bring a cordless portable table saw to the USA, Bosch could be the one.
Yes, Metabo’s got a new cordless miter saw on the market, and we’ve seen a promo flyer that shows a cordless future jobsite, complete with a cordless portable table saw. But Metabo’s not a household name – yet.
Metabo’s acquisition by Hitachi could very well change that, keeping in mind that Hitachi and Lowes announced a partnership and that readers have since reported seeing a limited (but better than nothing) Metabo presence at Lowes retail stores.
But Metabo’s saw isn’t yet on the market. And sadly, if they are the first to come out with a cordless portable table saw, lots of potential customers might never know about it. Metabo is best known as a metalworking tool brand, and they’re also not a very household name. Yet?
As for other brands, I can’t really see Hitachi, Ridgid, Porter Cable, or others being the first to come out with a cordless table saw. Maybe I’m wrong.
Brand Predictions and Potentials
Bosch – While I would like to see Bosch be the first major brand to come out with a cordless table saw, I don’t think they have it in them. They’ve had some great recent cordless innovations, but I think they’re living in the shadows of Dewalt and Milwaukee.
It sounds harsh, but I don’t think that Bosch has the same fight in them. Dewalt and Milwaukee are fighting for dominance. That leaves Bosch fighting for what, 3rd place? 4th? Are they even fighting, or are they comfortable where they are?
Dewalt – I think there’s a possibility for Dewalt to come out with a good cordless table saw. Since their miter saw features a brushed motor, and not brushless, and they have yet to come out with a brushless circular saw, I’m not sure what to think or hope for.
If we do see a cordless table saw from Dewalt, it might be a 7-1/4″ model, rather than a 10″ saw which would be larger, heavier, and possibly underpowered with a brushed motor.
Maybe it would be 6-1/2″, matching the size of most cordless circular saws, saving Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel model.
But also let’s not forget Black & Decker’s dual battery tools. Dewalt has come out with 40V Max outdoor power tools, and there’s also a chainsaw expected out sometime soon. Maybe we’ll see a 40V Max cordless table saw? It’s possible, but I would much rather see a cordless table saw that runs off of two 20V Max battery packs.
A pair of 5.0Ah battery packs should be able to deliver quite the punch.
Makita – It would make sense for Makita to have an 18V X2 cordless table saw on their tool development roadmap, but it doesn’t seem like they updated their corded table saws in quite a few years. I could be wrong, but they might not be at all interested in developing an 18V X2 cordless table saw, at least not anytime soon.
Milwaukee – Milwaukee has come out with an M18 cordless miter saw, but for whatever reason it was released overseas and not in the USA. How come? Are they working on something better for us?
They do make a corded miter saw that we posted about back in November, but it’s not very visible (for lack of a better word) in the current market.
This begs the question – even if Milwaukee has the capability to develop a cordless table saw, are they interested in doing so?
If I had to guess, I would think that Dewalt and Milwaukee are the two brands most likely to have a cordless table saw on their development roadmaps. Dewalt’s would potentially be smaller and more portable, and Milwaukee’s would be brushless and more capable.
This all brings up some more questions:
Does anyone WANT a cordless table saw? I do, but I’m not a professional user who puts one to use on a daily basis.
What would you want to see in a cordless table saw?