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Milwaukee Ax Carbide Vs Diablo Demo Demon Carbide: PTR Head 2 Head Video

The two major players in the wood cutting carbide reciprocating saw blade space are Milwaukee and Diablo at the moment. We wanted to know which one cuts faster in nail-embedded wood, so we set up a Milwaukee Ax Carbide Vs Diablo Demo Demon Carbide test to see what would happen.


Now, I’m all about science and Clint is all about winning, so there’s a little bit of variance in our techniques. Not to worry, we also did some objective testing and we’ll share the results of that with you in the video as well.

Which blade do you use? Will these results lead you to give the other blade a chance? Tell us about it in the comments!

Milwaukee Ax Carbide Vs Diablo Demo Demon Carbide: What We Used

Milwaukee Ax with Carbide Teeth


Diablo Demo Demon Carbide-Tipped Recip Blades


Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall with One-Key


  • 2 x 12 Pressure Treated Pine with Five 16D Galvanized Nails Embedded




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Always surprised how market leaders like MK Morse and Lenox never make these tests. Neither have comparable wood blades but you never see them regardless, those two brands probably equal 60% of US Recip Blade sales


I appreciate these head to head videos but they lack any sort of uniformity. You need to attach a weigh to the saw and just hold it there. And do multiple cuts and average out the times.

This doesn’t really fairly compare items.

Alec Stevens



How about cutting up a tree? About a month ago I used the Milwaukee Ax carbide for cutting up a tree that had fallen on a section of hiking trail that I maintain. Cordless reciprocating saw means I can do this work solo. Instead of having to finding a second person for safety, plus the protective equipment that using a chainsaw would require. I ran two 9 Ah batteries down to 1 of 4 bars over ~1 hr of clearing work. The tree was a good sized sugar maple and I was going almost full depth on a 14″ blade.

James Lopez

No Lenox?