The new Milwaukee M18 chainsaw, which was released just a few months ago, is an amazing beast. At last year’s new tool media event, Milwaukee discussed the new High Output batteries, and ways the new chainsaw was designed to take advantage of the new batteries’ higher current capabilities.
Milwaukee’s claims was that it was powerful, faster than gas, and could deliver up to 150 cuts per charge. On paper, the new Milwaukee cordless chainsaw does look to be better than gas.
But how well does it perform?
We requested a test sample from Milwaukee, and put it in the hands of an experienced tree service professional. They had started a job with several gas chainsaws from top brands, and I handed off the Milwaukee saw with a fully charged 12.0Ah battery.
Not all the above trees were cut using the Milwaukee chainsaw; the image is intended to show the context of the job that day. I witnessed the M18 saw being used on one of the large trees, and on some large-limb trimming tasks. I didn’t stick around to watch everything, because it can skew things.
After about an hour I checked back with the tree service pro who had been using it. “So, what do you think?”
Wow, it’s quiet.
A quick count showed 3 Stihl gas saws and 1 Echo on the field. There might have been more.
Checking back again, I saw the pro filing a tooth on one of the blades. The saw had hit something metal from an old clothes line install or similar. There were two other saws nearby, ready to be used, but he had wanted to continue using the Milwaukee. To me, that made a strong statement about how good the new Milwaukee chainsaw really is, as it demonstrated an immediate preference.
I’ll be checking in with the tree service company soon, to see how well the Milwaukee M18 cordless chainsaw has worked for them over time, and how it compares to the many gas engine chainsaws they’ve been using alongside it. I can try to pass along any questions you might have about the chainsaw’s performance or use.
Features and Specs
- M18 Fuel brushless motor
- 16″ Oregon bar and chain
- Designed to provide the power and performance of gas engines up to 40cc
- Variable speed trigger
- 6600 RPM
- Reaches full throttle in under 1 second
- Automatic oiler
- Dual-stud for improved bar and chain retention
- On-board scrench storage
- 33″ overall length
- 3/8″ low profile chain pitch
- 0.043″ chain gauge
- Weighs 13.9 lbs
So, in 3 words, it’s fast, quiet, and good.
Price: $449 for the kit, $299 for the bare tool
The kit comes with a Rapid Charger and HD12.0Ah battery. They say it’s compatible with all M18 batteries, but will work best with an HD or High Output high capacity battery. If you don’t have an HD12.0 battery, you’ll probably want to get the kit.
If you’ve used this saw, what do you think of it? Would you agree with the fast, quiet, good assessment?
Thank you to Milwaukee Tool for providing the review sample.