The new Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless track saw missed its original ETA of October, 2022, and is now expected to launch in January, 2023.
Following is a recap of its features and specs (or click the above link for the Pipeline 2022 preview):
- 6-1/2″ blade with 20mm arbor
- 2-1/4″ cutting capacity
- 2,500 to 5,600 RPM
- Variable speed dial
- -1 to 48° bevel angle
- Splinter guard and riving knife
- Weighs 9.8 lbs without battery
- Up to 90% dust collection efficiency
- 5 year warranty
The track saw will launch will a selection of blades, guide rails, track clamps, rail connectors, a carrying case, and replacement anti-splinter and non-slip strips.
Here’s our first-look video:
Any explanation given by TTI? It sure sounds like all is not well in China. It’s hard to tell exactly since news out of that country seems unreliable – but COVID lockdowns and other issues seem to still be severely disrupting supply chains. Pity that they missed the holiday shopping season.
No, but delays aren’t uncommon for tool launches, especially multi-component launches.
I’m not surprised by the delay, but wanted to ensure readers’ expectations were updated.
Someone on Reddit said their sales rep pointed a finger at guide rail compatibility or tolerance being the main setback, but I have not been able to vet this rumor.
I’d be a lot more excited about this saw, if they went with the Bosch/Mafell style tracks.
Or at least both. The Mafell rail slot is so small I’ve thought about cutting one in non-rail ready saws. Thought about it.
I’ve got the Mafell corded, and it’s very good, I’ve got some Milwaukee cordless tools but I wouldn’t buy the Milwaukee track saw, for the same money I would get the makita cordless or a bit more money I would buy the festool cordless.
The festool cordless has not grunt to it, i used my bosses brand new one for a job and it seemed to not draw enough power Ive since bought the 40v makita Havent had any issues
I’d be a lot more excited about this saw if they went with even half of Mayell’s state of the art ideas – after all Milwaukee is by far last to the table.
Bummer. I’ve been waiting for the track saw release since it was announced. I have lots of other Milwaukee tools and I’ve been anxiously anticipating adding a track saw. Now I might consider other options- I see this as kind of a black eye for Milwaukee.
I’d be wary of buying the track saw when it comes out in January. I’d fear it was rushed out to met that schedule even if all the problems were not corrected. The counter argument is it’s Milwaukee and they won’t release it until it’s really ready. But we saw they released the new M18 Fuel 2767 impact wench with a problem that should have been caught in testing. In the Iron Triangle, when cost is fixed, quality suffers for the sake of meeting schedule.
Month or time of release is not evidence of a crappy product. This saw has been in development for over 3 years now. I bet this is more of a production or shipping delay.
I went ahead and bought the Makita. Can’t wait forever, Milwaukee.
Aretus Smith Jr
I did the same went with Makita XGT 40v
I waited on Milwaukee until 2018,then bought the Makita .
As an owner of many red tools,I enjoy their best warranty in the biz.
Their marketing is the next best part of their team,unfortunately they bring tools to market before the tools are ready (nail guns especially ).
Or they announce (packout drawers) and then delay it.
I consider m12 to be the absolute best in its field,but fruit isn’t juice in a glass.
My local hardware rep told me the bad news about a month ago unfortunately. While it stinks, it’s been years and years in development and I’m just glad we’re getting a Milwaukee version of a tracksaw. A couple months is a drop in the bucket compared to how long it’s taken them to get one to market.
Also talking with one of the carpenters who helped develop the tool along with the new m12 orbital detail sander, he said the tracksaw has kicked milwaukees ass over the years but he’s been extremely happy with the final rendition of the saw.
Definitely looking forward to the saw and it’ll be worth the wait.
What was so hard about making a track saw? There’s plenty of examples on the market to copy or be “inspired” by.
But it saves me spending more money this year.
Correct me if I’m wrong but have we ever seen a good Milwaukee circular saw? I’ve never ever seen them high up on anybody’s reviews.
Back when corded saws were still the thing – we bought a few Milwaukee saws. The ones that I spied on old inventories were a 6394-21 (7-1/4 inch) and a 6460 (10-1/4 inch). I don’t recall any comments either way about the 6394 – but recall that we junked the 6460. Two examples out of many dozens of corded saws that we purchased (mostly Skil and Makita) do not make for a statistically significant sampling – but I don’t see that we ever bought others from Milwaukee. My personal favorites from that era were the B&D Supersawcat (with brake) a 7-1/4 sidewinder, a Porter Cable 9314 – a 4-1/2 worm gear and a Skil Mag77 7-1/4 worm gear. In that era Milwaukee was perhaps best known for their sawzalls and their holehawgs.
Thanks – they are interesting experiences and observatiobns.
corded milwaukee circ saws were kind of bad.
m18 fuel sidewinder is great.
We have the fuel and non fuel versions 6 1/2 & 7 1/4 and have had zero problems.
This delay was the last straw for me! Been over 2 years waiting now! I own a festool corded track saw. And since my pre order was canceled I have decided to buy festool cordless track saw! Am done waiting for milwaukee. And like stated above they will most likely have issues from being rushed to the market!
I’m still waiting for additional track to be available for the Ryobi track saw. If Milwaukee did this with their higher priced version it would be even more frustrating.
Additional tracks for the Ryobi track saw have been available for some months. I bought an additional six (6) sections in August. Can’t find additional track clamps though.
Pre-orders now available on various sites like Acme, Tool Nut, etc.
all these folks talking about potential problems from being rushed to the market while in the very same breath saying they’ve been waiting 3 years for it, not to mention a 3 month delay being the reason for the article… the irony must be lost on them.