We received word that Milwaukee will be refreshing all of their Hole Dozer hole saws with a new slot form.
All Milwaukee Hole Dozer hole saws, including bi-metal, carbide-toothed, and diamond hole saws will be updated to the new style, with the new hole saws hitting starts starting in December 2019.
Milwaukee says that their newly updated slot form features an all-access design that provides for:
- Greater pilot hole visibility for accurate hole placement
- Increased chip ejection for cooler and faster cuts
- Improved productivity from less downtime between holes
Sounds good all around.
Here’s what the slots looked like before, courtesy of Ben’s Milwaukee Hole Dozer factory tour.
Shown here (above) is another image of the older/outgoing style of Hole Dozer hole saw.
And here is the new one again – BIG difference, isn’t it?
The SKUs are staying the same, and I would presume the pricing won’t change either.
If you want to ensure you get the new style, you might want to shop locally, or deal with an online retailer who’s willing to answer questions about which version you’ll receive.
I describe Milwaukee Hole Dozer hole saws as “the best” in the title, but that’s just my opinion as I haven’t fully verified it yet. These are, however, my favorite hole saws. Milwaukee isn’t the only brand I’ve bought in recent years, but I’ve bought the most of them, and like them most, for both personal use and for drill testing activities. I like consistency. Forgive the embellishment if you disagree, and please feel free to chime in about your own preferred brand of hole saw.
Anyway, is there a downside to this new design? Faster and easier plug ejection is always a good thing, and the “improved pilot hole visibility” aspect is a benefit I hadn’t considered. Will more holes allow for faster chip ejection and cooler cutting/drilling? That seems possible.
I have different generations of Milwaukee hole saws, and these new ones look like Swiss cheese in comparison. The holes look so much wider than the slots on recent Hole Dozers, and single slots on my Milwaukee hole saws from well before “Hole Dozer” branding. (According to my notes, Hole Dozer branding and the new style was introduced in January 2015.)
Is anyone else hoping that the holiday season promo sets feature the new styling?!