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Milwaukee 2429-21XC M12 Cordless Band Saw Preview

Can a cordless Band Saw be “cute”? Gosh, we hope not. But Milwaukee Electric Tool tempted fate by bringing a new 12V miniature-sized cordless band saw to market. The new M12 Cordless Bandsaw is available as the 2429-21XC Kit or 2429-20 bare tool and is sure to shake things up a bit. It’s designed for overhead or one-handed cutting and weighs only 6.75 lbs and measures just 12″ in length. This is, by far, the lightest and most compact cordless band saw on the market today. It is half the size and weight of typical deep cut band saws and should be very enticing to electricians, plumbers and other trade professionals who need to quick-cut conduit, EMT or other pipe.

Milwaukee 2429-21XC M12 Cordless Band Saw Preview

Can a cordless Band Saw be “cute”? Gosh, we hope not. But Milwaukee Electric Tool tempted fate by bringing a new 12V miniature-sized cordless band saw to market. The Milwaukee 2429-21XC M12 Cordless Band Saw is available as the 2429-21XC Kit or 2429-20 bare tool and is sure to shake things up a bit. It’s designed for overhead or one-handed cutting and weighs only 6.75 lbs and measures just 12″ in length. This is, by far, the lightest and most compact cordless band saw on the market today. It is half the size and weight of typical deep cut band saws and should be very enticing to electricians, plumbers and other trade professionals who need to quick-cut conduit, EMT or other pipe. And it costs just $199.


Milwaukee 2429-21XC M12 Cordless Band Saw Features

In order to address OSHA guidelines for one-handed tools use, the Milwaukee 2429-21XC M12 Cordless Band Saw was designed to use a fully integrated lower guard that covers the blade outside the active cutting area. This is currently the only saw on the market that meets this guideline – of course it’s also the only 12V cordless band saw we know of.


The Milwaukee 2429-21XC M12 Cordless Band Saw is designed to be able to handle cutting through 3/4” EMT in just 3 seconds. At that standard it will also perform 150 cuts on a single M12 Red Lithium XC (high capacity) battery. With a 1-5/8” x 1-5/8” cut capacity and low vibration, the M12 Band Saw is perfect for cutting through the most common small diameter metal cutting applications such as 3/4” EMT, 3/8” threaded rod and 1-5/8” x 1-5/8” Unistrut. The saw uses a variable speed trigger and includes an integrated LED light to illuminate the cutting area during use.

Milwaukee 2429-21XC M12 Cordless Band Saw

The Milwaukee M12 Band Saw comes with a new Milwaukee 48-39-0572 18 TPI Sub-Compact Portable Band Saw Blade. This blade is made specifically for this saw and, unfortunately, Milwaukee Tools doesn’t advise the use of any aftermarket solutions.

Specifications (2429-21XC)

  • Cut Capacity: 1-5/8” x 1-5/8”
  • Length: 12”
  • Weight: 6.75 lbs
  • Includes 2429-20 M12 Band Saw, (1) 48-39-0572 18 TPI Sub-Compact Band Saw Blade, (1) Red Lithium M12  XC Battery, 30-Minute Charger & Hard Carrying Case

Specifications (2429-20)

  • Cut Capacity: 1-5/8” x 1-5/8”
  • Length: 12”
  • Weight: 5.8 lbs
  • Includes 2429-20 M12 Band Saw & (1) 48-39-0572 18 TPI Sub-Compact Band Saw Blade

This new Milwaukee 2429-21XC M12 Cordless Band Saw is insane and has got to be one of the most attractive tools int eh M12 line. You don’t use a portable band saw until you need it – but once you need it, and use it, you’ll never figure out how you survived without one. The M12 looks to be the kind of tool that will allow just about anybody to experience a new level of metal cutting convenience. We’re looking forward to giving this tool a closer look.

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