Milwaukee just announced official details about their new M12 cordless jig saw that we discussed back in July. The new jig saw features a Hybrid Grip design, which is said to give users the best of both top-handle and barrel-grip worlds.
The jig saw is also described as the most compact and lightest professional cordless jig saw option available on the market today. It was designed to provide a quick and powerful portable cutting solution for carpenters, remodelers, plumbers, electricians, and other professional tradesmen, but we have a feeling that DIYers will be hankering for one as well.
Jig Saw Specifications
- Quick-Lok t-shank blade clamp with tool-free blade change
- Tool-free 45° bevel capacity
- LED work light
- 3/4″ stroke length
- 0-2800 SPM variable speed
- 45° bevel capacity
- 4.1 lbs weight
- 8.75″ length
The new jig saw comes with a 10 TPI wood-cutting blade, anti-splintering insert, non-marring shoe, and contractor bag, and will be available as part of a kit (2445-21) that includes 1 RedLithium battery and a 30-minute charger, and by itself (2445-20).
It will be interesting to see how the Milwaukee M12 version compares to the new Ridgid JobMax jig saw attachment that is due out this season.
Milwaukee expects for the jig saw kits to reach store shelves mid-late October, and suggested retail pricing will be $149-169. The bare-tool will of course be lower priced.
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So I take it no orbital action?
I’m also waiting to see the Jobmax jigsaw attachment. I love the concept of the Jobmax.
From what I’ve seen, there does not seem to be any orbital action.
I love the Milwaukee 12v system. I use the impact driver and the multi-tool almost every day, under tough conditions (as a prop-maker in the movies). The jigsaw, though, has serious problems.
While the LED is a great idea, it is completely useless if the cut line is covered with chips. The chip ejection is terrible. It is so bad that when the quality of cut matters, I go across the stage and borrow my friend’s Makita, which does not have this problem at all. Also, (unlike the Makita), the Milwaukee has no oscillation, which is a drawback. Finally, the top-heavy design and bulky body make it hard to use in some situations.
This tool should be redesigned, bottom up.