The Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw has generated a great deal of excitement, making it one of the most highly anticipated tools of all time. After putting it through its paces, we can confidently say that it lives up to the hype. In this article, we will dive into the features, performance, and value of this impressive tool.
Unmatched Cutting Power and Performance
One of the standout features of the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw is its best-in-class cutting power and performance. With its powerful motor and precision engineering, this saw delivers exceptional results. Whether you’re making straight or angled cuts, the accuracy and precision of this tool are second to none. The line of sight to the blade is excellent, allowing for precise cutting and perfect tracking. You can achieve perfect notch accuracy at both 45º and 90º angles. The low friction shoe ensures smooth movement and excellent defender action. Additionally, the tool comes with a handy Vac adapter, making dust extraction a breeze. Another advantage of this saw is its compatibility with a wide range of 18V tools, giving you incredible versatility on the job.
Thicker Front Handle Preferred
While the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw has many strengths, one area that could use improvement is the thickness of the front handle. Some users prefer a thicker handle for a more comfortable grip. However, this is a minor concern that does not overshadow the tool’s overall performance.
Impressive Power and Efficiency
Claiming to produce the power of a 15 amp wired saw is no small feat, but the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw lives up to this claim. In fact, this tool is the first of its kind in the 18V range to reach this level of power. When it comes to runtime, the Milwaukee Rear Handle Saw stands out from the competition. With the use of a Milwaukee RedLithium HD 12.0 battery, this saw can cross-cut up to 570 2x4s on a single charge.
Durable and Convenient Design
The Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw boasts a durable design that reduces weight without compromising on performance. The cast magnesium boots and blade guards contribute to the tool’s lightweight construction. The electric brake ensures quick blade stoppage, enhancing safety. The bevel gear performs smoothly without requiring additional oil. This saw also features an LED work light and a multi-size rafter hook for added convenience and versatility.
During our testing, we compared the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw against other top cordless circular saws, all equipped with upgraded batteries, brushless motors, and advanced electronics. The Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw outperformed them all, earning its place in the top performance class. Its cutting performance is exceptional, handling slitting cuts on 3/4″ OSB subfloors with ease. The built-in dust and swarf removal system works well, though some competitors’ models may be slightly more efficient in this area.
In our accuracy test, the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw excelled in all three elements. Its design allows for easy viewing of the blade-to-cut-line alignment, especially for right-handed users. Even left-handed users can achieve a clear view of the blade tip by looking slightly inward from the side. The shoe’s notches provide helpful guidance for accurate cuts, and the saw’s tracking is impressively precise.
Smooth and Ergonomic
The Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw is a heavy-duty tool, but its weight is on par with other cordless rear handle saws. It is slightly heavier than some, weighing 10.3 lbs without the 12.0Ah high output battery and 13.7 lbs with it. The saw’s ergonomic design ensures comfortable handling, with an assist handle that could benefit from being slightly wider for a better grip.
Loaded with Features
Milwaukee has ensured that the M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw includes all the essential features you would expect from a high-quality circular saw. The brushless motor, blade brake, cutting blower, LED lights, and rafter hook are all present. The only feature missing, which is not typical for cordless circular saws, is rail compatibility. However, this omission is minor and does not significantly impact the tool’s performance.
The Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw may fall on the higher end of the price range, but its exceptional performance and design make it a worthy investment. With a 5-year warranty and compatibility with a range of tools that use the same battery, this saw offers excellent value for money.
The Best Cordless Rear Handle Circular Saw
In summary, the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw stands out as the best cordless rear handle model we tested. It surpasses the competition in terms of performance, accuracy, and durability. With its power, versatility, and impressive features, this saw proves itself to be an invaluable addition to any construction team.
Milwaukee M18 FUEL 7-1/4″ Rear Handle Circular Saw Kit Specifications
- Model: 2830-21HD
- Speed: 5,800 rpm
- Arbor: Diamond
- Bevel capacity: 53 degrees
- Capacity (90º/45º): 2-1/2″/1-7/8″
- Weight (bare tool/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, Frame Blade, and Contractor’s Bag
- Price: $269 (bare tool), $449 (kit with 12.0Ah battery)
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