Milwaukee has come out with a new M18 Fuel cordless brushless band saw (2729) that features a new deep-cutting design.
Early product listings for the 1- and 2-battery kits (2729-21, 2729-22) have appeared on some dealers’ websites, but it might be some time before the new band saw is available.
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Johnny wrote in with the new product tip, and I can’t help but share his surprise.
Stu, where the hell did this come from?
Thanks to GortonsFisherman for the find and Johnny for the tip!
Here’s what we know:
1. The new M18 Fuel band saw is built with a brushless motor.
This presumably means it’s plenty powerful and should provide for long runtime.
2. It’s mostly a corded power tool, but without the cord.
Milwaukee says that the new Fuel band saw shares over 90% of the same parts as their corded band saw, including an all-metal direct drive system. This translates to mean you can expect to see exceptionally good durability.
And while Milwaukee also says the new Fuel cordless band saw is the first to truly deliver corded performance with cordless productivity, they also say that it cuts faster than a corded saw.
3. It’s a deep cut band saw, with 5″ x 5″ cutting capacity.
According to Milwaukee, the 2729 band saw offers the industry’s largest cut capacity. We spent a few minutes searching and could not find any cordless model that could challenge this claim. It appears that yes, this another “first” for Milwaukee.
- 44-7/8″ blade length
- Speed: 0-380 SFPM
- Weight: 15 pounds
- Tool-free adjustable shoe
- Constant Power Technology maintains cut speed under load
- Armored frame with crush zone barriers for long-lasting durability and protection
- Sealed design helps protect internals from warm, dust, and debris
- LED work light
- Built-in Tool Hanger
- Kits come with (1) or (2) M18 XC 4.0Ah Li-ion batteries, a multi-voltage charger, blade, and carrying case
ETA: June 2014
Prices: The 1-battery kit (2729-21) is listed at $499, and the 2-battery kit (2729-20) is listed at $549.
First Thoughts: Should You Buy It?
When looked at the M18 Fuel and M18 brushed motor saws side-by-side, it’s clear that they’re two different tools. It’s not just that the Fuel brushless model is presumably more powerful and longer-running.
As mentioned, the new band saw has a 5″ x 5″ cutting capacity, while the other model, 2629, has a much smaller cut capacity of 3-1/4″. This means you can cut materials that your other cordless band saws cannot dream of handling. But this also means that it’s going to be larger and heavier saw.
There are plenty of applications that many users would be better off using the M18 non-Fuel cordless band saw for. But if you need the greater cutting capacity and can stand the extra weight, the Fuel band saw looks to be a great option.
Side-by-side, you can see how closely the 2729 Fuel cordless and 6232 corded band saws look alike.
The new Fuel cordless saw offers the power and capacity of the corded model, but frees users to move around the jobsite without having to drag an extension cord around.
So should you buy the new Fuel band saw? Are you looking for a cordless band saw with corded-saw capacity, corded-saw power, corded-saw durability, and the greater mobility provided by battery power? Then the answer is yes. If instead you’re looking for a compact or lighter saw with half the cutting capacity and a lower price, then this might not be the saw for you.