Milwaukee is soon coming out with a new M12 Fuel Hackzall compact cordless reciprocating saw. The saw is engineered with a high efficiency brushless motor, which means faster cutting and longer runtime.
There have been a lot of Milwaukee Fuel developments these past two years, but new tool releases always put us in a good mood. Brushless drills, drivers, and impacts are more powerful and sip much less power than their brushed-motor brethren, but the benefits are even greater with heavier duty tools such as saws, grinders, and rotary tools.
- 5/8″ stroke length
- 0-3,000 SPM
- Quick-Lok tool-free blade clamp
- Blade can be mounted upside down
- 13.25″ length
- 4.1 lbs
The new Hackzall will be available as part of a kit (2520-21XC) and as a bare-tool (2520-20). The kit comes with (1) M12 XC 4.0AH extended capacity lithium-ion battery pack, an M12 charger, a starter saw blade, and contractor bag.
Pricing: $199 for the 1-battery kit, $139 for the bare tool.
ETA: May 2014
Milwaukee says that the new saw will deliver over 4X more run time and up to 70% faster cutting and 6X longer tool life, presumably compared to their brushed motor Hackzall, which is often bundled with a 1.5Ah battery*. Still, these are some very optimistic claims that, in our experience, are likely realistic.
*Milwaukee has responded and said that this 4X more runtime figure is based on multiple materials vs. the competitive 12V recip saws.
There is a limit as to what you can cut with a compact reciprocating saw, but these saws have enough fans that Milwaukee saw a market for a brushless version.
You can use the saw with standard reciprocating saw blades, but for smaller jobs you’ll probably want to stick with 4-inch blades.
The big question now is what will Milwaukee Fuel-ify next? Or maybe they will finally come out with an M12 compact circular saw? They already have an M12 cordless bandsaw and now this brushless reciprocating saw. Surely the technology for a capable M12 circular saw is available.