As discussed in our Milwaukee tool sneak preview, Milwaukee is coming out with an M18 Fuel brushless cordless Sawzall – the world’s first-ever brushless reciprocating saw. Not only that, Milwaukee says that the new saw will be the most powerful 18V cordless reciprocating saw on the market.
Features & Selling Points
- Tool-free Quick-Lok universal blade clamp
- Adjustable shoe
- Fastest cutting speed in its class
- Increased power and durability matches that of corded saws
- Brushless motor runs cooler when the going gets tough, contributing to extended tool life
- Gear-protecting clutch mechanism delivers legendary performance and durability
- Maintenance-free performance, with no wearable components
- Redlink Plus intelligent overload protection for battery and tool
- Built-in LED worklight
- Hanging hook
- Kit comes with Redlithium XC 4.0Ah lithium ion battery packs, multi-voltage charger, hard case
- 5-year tool warranty, 3-year battery warranty
- 0-3,000 SPM
- 1-1/8″ cutting stroke length
- 18-1/2″ length
- 8.9 lbs weight
- M18 4.0Ah li-ion batteries have a 75-minute charging time
Price & Availability
- Bare tool, 2720-20: $199
- (1) battery kit, 2720-21: $299 (via Home Depot)
- (2) battery kit, 2720-22: $399 (via Home Depot)
ETA: October 2013
(The saw is currently listed at Home Depot, but is not yet in stock.)
I really didn’t think that 2013 would be the year we saw an 18V-class brushless cordless reciprocating saw, but then again I didn’t think a brushless circular saw, grinder, or heavy duty impact wrenches were pending Fall 2013 release either.
Milwaukee has been doing great things with their M18 cordless power tool platform, and developments like this continue to push them towards the top.
The press materials I reviewed say that the new Sawzall will truly be a game changer for the industry, and I happen to agree. What Milwaukee has done here is provide corded-like reciprocating saw performance and durability. Thanks to the new brushless motor and high capacity li-ion batteries, we’re going to be seeing impressive runtime as well.
At $300 for the 1-battery kit, the M18 Fuel brushless cordless Sawzall is appreciably pricier than Milwaukee’s Sawzall and Super Sawzall saws. There are many advantages to being able to work without being tethered to a power outlet, and while corded saw users won’t rush out to buy the brushless Sawzall in droves, I expect that a lot of heavier users will at least take notice.
I have not yet seen the new cordless saw in action, but I imagine that Milwaukee engineered it to be worthy of their iconic Sawzall branding.