Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw – Hands On Preview
The Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw may be one of the most highly anticipated tools ever. Well, at least after the Milwaukee M18 FUEL compact router. At the company’s 2019 Media event (dubbed “NPS19”) we got our hands on this new tool to give it a quick test. We cross-cut some lumber and did quite a bit of handling to get a good feel for the new tool. The new Milwaukee rear handle saw has a very similar (if not the same) motor as the powerful Milwaukee FUEL circular saw 2732, but now in a rear-handle configuration. That Milwaukee sidewinder is one of the fastest-cutting saws we’ve ever tested. We expect the rear-handle saw will perform at least as well.
Power to Spare
Saying that a saw “generates the power of a 15-amp corded saw” makes a statement. In truth, most next-gen heavy-duty cordless circular saws have the raw power to best a corded Skilsaw nowadays. What makes this tool interesting is that it’s the first 18V tool to hit this level of power. The Makita X2 rear handle saw runs at 36V while the DeWalt FlexVolt rear handle saw operates at 60V (max).
Whereas saws used to compete for corded power, now they compete for sustained speed and power in ripping sheet goods. They also compete for run-time. Milwaukee claims the new rear-handle saw has the most run-time of any cordless rear handle circular saw on the market. They quantify that by saying it can crosscut up to 570 2x4s per charge using a Milwaukee RedLithium HD 12.0 battery.
Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw Features
Like most M18 FUEL cordless tools, the Milwaukee 7-1/4 inch rear handle circular saw uses a brushless motor with RedLink Plus. The motor drives the blade at an impressive 5,800 RPM. The new RedLithium High Output HD12.0 battery provides 50% more power, runs 50% cooler, and delivers 33% more run-time than the HD9.0 battery.
The Milwaukee rear handle circular saw features a cast magnesium shoe and blade guard to reduce weight. An electric brake quickly stops the blade after a cut, and the bevel gears require no additional oil. The saw has an LED work light built into the tool and a multi-sized rafter hook lets you hang the tool virtually anywhere.
Milwaukee M18 FUEL 7-1/4″ Rear Handle Circular Saw Kit Specifications
- Model: XXXX-21HD (TBA)
- Speed: 5,800 rpm
- Arbor: Diamond
- Bevel capacity: 53 degree
- Capacity (90º/45º): 2-1/2 in. / 1-7/8 in.
- Weight (bare/12Ah battery): 10 lbs./13.5 lbs.
- Warranty: 5-years
- Kit includes: M18 FUEL 7-1/4″ Rear Handle Circular Saw, M18 RedLithium HD12.0 battery, M12/M18 charger, framing
blade, and contractor bag
Clearly, we want to get our hands on the new Milwaukee rear handle circular saw as quickly as possible. Given our experience with the company’s other cordless circular saws, the new model should prove powerful. Weight and ergonomics seemed spot-on. Cutting speed and power impressed us with what little time we had. Provided everything else falls into place, this new saw could be a contender for the leading tool in the category. Only time (and a lot of testing) will tell.
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