Milwaukee 2733 M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ Miter Saw
The new Milwaukee 2733 M18 Fuel Miter Saw may seem like a step backward for the brand. That’s because they’re following up last year’s 10″ model with a 7-1/4″. But as Mama used to say, don’t knock it ’till you try it because there’s more here than just a smaller blade.
As an M18 Fuel product, the Milwaukee 2733 Miter Saw has a brushless motor, which is incredibly beneficial on these more power hungry cordless tools. It extends the runtime, allows for a bit more power, and extends the life of the tool. How much cutting you get will depend on what you’re cutting, of course. Milwaukee claims to be getting more than 600 cuts in 3-1/4″ base board and up to 300 cuts in 2 x 4 using the 5.0 amp hour battery that comes with the kit.
Left and Right Bevel
Look around at the compact cordless miter saws and you’ll have a hard time finding one that bevels to both the right and left. The Milwaukee 2733 gives you that ability with a standard 48-degree bevel in both directions.
Left and Right Miter
You expect mitering to go both left and right on any miter saw and Milwaukee has that feature. It’s only 48 degrees in both directions, though, so those of you that often max out the capacity of your 60-degree miter saws will want to consider that limitation. Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel 10″ Miter Saw will give you 50 and 60 degrees of mitering if you need the additional capacity on a cordless option.
Weight is where the Milwaukee 2733 Miter Saw becomes very attractive. At just 28 pounds, and having integrated carry handles, you can easily get it in and out of the truck. Even carrying it up the stairs with one hand isn’t much of a challenge for most Pros.
Shadow Cut Line Indicator
Lasers seemed like a great idea for cut line indicators when they first came out. But it turns out that most of the Pros here at PTR prefer a shadow cut line indicator. There’s no calibration to worry about and the shadow doesn’t lie about where the blade will cut. The fact that Milwaukee is using this kind of system on their cordless miter saws is a big win.
The Bottom Line
We enjoy using cordless miter saws in the 7-1/4″ class. Their light weight makes punch list trim work much easier. We even use them to build some of our rigs that only require 2x material. But the limitation we’ve seen is that the power is on the low side and we don’t have the benefit of left and right beveling. The Milwaukee 2733 M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ Miter Saw takes care of the bevel issue, but we’ll have to get through more testing before we can make a call on the power.
The feature set is solid for this model and paired with Milwaukee’s new miter saw stand, it’s still under 60 pounds for the whole rig. For the finish carpenters out there, it could mean a big sigh of relief since there’s enough runtime to get through an entire day’s worth of cuts – at least on paper.
Pricing comes in at $399 for the bare tool and $499 for the kit. That’s $100 less than the 10″ M18 Fuel – close enough that you may want to jump up to the capacity of a 10″ blade if the weight isn’t as big of a deal. Ridgid’s 7-1/4″ cordless miter saw runs $399 and DeWalt’s is $349, but you won’t get a brushless motor with DeWalt. The question you’ll have to ask is whether the feature set is worth the extra money. Certainly, Milwaukee’s deep line of M18 cordless tools is something to consider as well.
Milwaukee 2733 M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ Miter Saw Key Features
- Left and right bevel to 48 degrees
- Left and right miter to 48 degrees
- Integrated top and side carry handles
- Shadow cut line indicator
- Available September 2017
Milwaukee 2733 M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ Miter Saw Specifications
- Model: Milwaukee 2733-20/-21
- Power Source: M18 Battery Pack
- Blade Diameter: 7-1/4″
- No Load Speed: 5,000 RPM
- Weight: 28 pounds
- Vertical Capacity: 3-1/2″
- Nested Crown Capacity: 3-5/8″
- Bevel Capacity (45 Degrees): 3/4″ right, 1-1/2″ left
- Cross Cut (90 Degrees): 2 x 8
- Miter Capacity (45 Degrees): 2 x 6
- Bevel Angle: 48 degrees right and left
- Miter Angle: 48 degrees right and left
- Kit Includes: Milwaukee 2733 Miter Saw, 5.0 AH battery, M18 and M12 Charger, blade wrench, carbide tipped blade, dust bag, and clamp.
- Warranty: 5 years
- Price: $399 bare, $499 kit