May 16, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth

Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth

The Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth is next up on our look at Milwaukee’s carbide expansion. The Hole Dozer name isn’t new to Milwaukee and this expands on the bi-metal line that’s been around for several years.

Carbide isn’t new to hole saws, either. Several brands have wood-cutting hole saws with 3 or 4 carbide teeth that shred the time it takes to bore with a standard bi-metal saw. But carbide on a hole saw with a similar number of teeth to a bi-metal model isn’t as easy to find.

Of course, the benefits of carbide are well-known. It gives a blade or hole saw incredible life compared to bi-metal and opens up the ability to cut in materials that will tear up bi-metal quickly. Here’s what Milwaukee says the Carbide Hole Dozer can tackle:

Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth
  • Stainless Steel
  • Wood (including nail-embedded)
  • Nails
  • Fiberglass
  • Plaster
  • Cement Board
  • Mild Steel
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Asphalt Shingles

Of course, there are plenty of other materials that fall in between those as well.

How Well Do They Cut?

Each Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth is 50x more durable and 2x faster cutting than bi-metal, at least according to what Milwaukee says. I did some basic testing with these when they came in and they are indeed faster. Is it twice as fast?

I’ll have to set up more scientific testing in more materials before I can make that call. For now, I’m satisfied that it will cut through materials that I either wouldn’t have used a hole saw on or would have burned through several to finish.

The 4 TPI (teeth per inch) design is more aggressive than bi-metal and less aggressive than wood-cutting carbide hole saws, so you’ll notice there’s a decrease in speed over something like the Milwaukee Carbide Big Hawg.

Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth

However, this design opens up the metal cutting that you want to avoid with the more aggressive style. The wide range of materials you can cut through makes this an excellent choice as an all-around performer if you don’t want to invest in both styles.

What About Price?

At the moment, it looks like retailers are only stocking individual hole saws with prices that range from $12 to $45. There aren’t any kits that I’m seeing just yet, but I expect that to change soon to compete with some of the competition in this space.

Who Benefits?

The Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth is primarily a win for metal cutting. With the ability to tackle stainless steel and anything milder, I’m looking at electricians, HVAC, and MRO Pros as primary targets. But with effective cutting in materials from metal to wood, any Pro with the need to cut through multiple materials will find that these are great general purpose hole saws that outperform bi-metal and cover materials carbide wood hole saws can’t (or shouldn’t). I’m looking at you, plumbers and remodelers.

Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth

Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth Key Features

Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth
  • 50X longer life in abrasive materials
  • 4 TPI design cuts faster and cleaner in all materials
  • Longest life in stainless steel
  • Thermoset Coating reduces friction and drag
  • Plug-Jack T-Slots provide better access to remove slugs
  • Made in the USA

Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth Specifications

  • 1.62″ cutting depth
  • 4 TPI
  • 3/4″ – 4-1/2″ diameters
  • $11.99 – $44.99

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Jay Elements

My dozer after 1 plaster hole cut. Not to happy…

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