The Cutting-Edge Advancements of the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall
Milwaukee unveiled their groundbreaking innovation at NPS18, and we’ve put the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall to the test against other cutting-edge cordless models on the market. This cordless powerhouse is the first of its kind to bear the prestigious Super Sawzall name, boasting a design centered around Milwaukee’s state-of-the-art high output battery. So, what exactly does it offer? Let’s dive deep and run it through our rigorous benchmark tests to see how it performs.
Main Features: Engineering at Its Finest
Powerstate Brushless Motors: A Class Apart
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall, with its “Fuel” designation, features a brushless motor that takes innovation to a whole new level. No longer limited to conventional gas engines, Milwaukee has embraced a more thoughtful approach to design with big-frame and small-frame considerations. With a larger motor, this power-packed animal outperforms even 15-amp corded models, while compact tools like impact drivers stay true to their compact nature.
Designed for High Output: Unbeatable Performance
The motor is just part of the story. Milwaukee’s cutting-edge 12.0 Ah high-output battery completes the power circuit. The 21700 battery, combined with effective heat dissipation and efficient power delivery, produces more watts than Milwaukee’s standard M18 battery. This upgrade ensures unparalleled performance, making the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall the epitome of cutting-edge technology.
Operation Orbit: A Cut Above the Rest
One common issue with reciprocating saws is the lack of orbital action, which can negatively impact cutting performance in wood. However, Milwaukee’s cordless Super Sawzall defies this problem with its exceptional cutting times. Among its peers, Milwaukee’s cut times are at the top of the class, ensuring a smooth and efficient cutting experience.
Other Standard Professional Features: The Complete Package
- Variable speed dial for maximum control
- Convenient hook-up feature
- LED light for enhanced visibility
- Adjustable shoes for versatile cutting angles
- Tool-less blade holder for effortless blade changes
Additional Field Notes: Unrivaled Performance with a Few Drawbacks
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall checks almost every box you’d expect in a top-tier tool. However, there are a few minor drawbacks that slightly detract from its otherwise excellent feature set.
One aspect to note is the blade holder. Unlike the M18 Fuel Sawzall, which had a lever on the front shell for clamp release, the Super Sawzall does away with that feature and opts for a standard shaft release. While still tool-free, some users may find the trigger position a bit awkward. Milwaukee could consider incorporating self-clamping blade locks, a convenience that several other manufacturers have already implemented.
Ergonomics: Performance Meets Comfort
There’s no denying its weight; the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall is a hefty tool. Weighing in at 8 lbs 13 oz without the battery and 12 lb 3 oz with the 12.0 Ah battery, it has a robust physical presence measuring 18.9 inches. However, the front handle overmolding offers exceptional cushioning, delivering ergonomic comfort that justifies its size.
Performance That Takes the Lead
The Milwaukee 2722 is an impressive machine on paper. Its stroke rate of 3000 SPM puts it among the top contenders, and its 1-1/4″ stroke length matches the best in the industry. Equipped with the new battery, this saw promises increased power, reduced downtime, and enhanced cutting efficiency—making it a clear frontrunner in its class.
How does it perform against our rigorous tests? In our speed test using pressure-treated pine with framing nails, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall topped the wireless leaderboard with a staggering average time of 6.67 seconds—almost a whole second ahead of its closest competitor, Metabo HPT’s MultiVolt. The results speak volumes for its exceptional speed and efficiency.
In a roof sandwich scenario consisting of asphalt shingles, flashing, nails, 2 x 10 PT, and plywood, the Super Sawzall maintained an average time of 12.20 seconds, closing the gap on its nearest competitor by nearly 4 seconds.
When it comes to cutting metal, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall swiftly conquered #5 rebar, boasting an average time of 5.89 seconds—the fastest time in the field, with Hilti’s 36V model not far behind at 6.23 seconds.
The only test where Milwaukee fell short was the 2″ EMT. Though the 4.35-second average is still impressive, other models achieved faster cut times. Metabo HPT’s MultiVolt took the lead with an average time of 3.58 seconds.
Price and Value: Unbeatable Performance at a Competitive Price
Priced at $449 for the kit, which includes a 12.0 Ah high-output battery, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall offers excellent value for money. If you already own a Milwaukee High Output battery, you can purchase the bare tool for $249—an attractive option considering its current performance. Additionally, it equips you with one of the latest high-performance batteries in the industry.
Here’s how the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall compares to other advanced models:
- DeWalt FlexVolt: $159 bare, $329 kit (2 x 2.0/6.0Ah)
- Hilti 36V: $299 bare, $667 kit (1 x 9.0Ah)
- Makita 18V X2: $175 bare, $299 kit (2 x 5.0Ah)
- Metabo HPT MultiVolt: $249 bare, $418 kit (1 x 4.0/8.0Ah starter pack)
The Bottom Line: A Cutting-Edge Powerhouse
If cutting speed is your utmost priority, look no further than the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall. With its competitive pricing and a feature set that meets professional-grade standards, this saw surpasses expectations. The only question you need to answer is whether the size and weight align with the demolition tasks you’re aiming to tackle.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Sawzall Specifications
- Model: Milwaukee 2722-21HD
- Power: Milwaukee M18 battery (12.0 Ah high output included in kit)
- Stroke Length: 1-1/4″
- Maximum Stroke Frequency: 3000 RPM
- Weight: 8.8 lbs bare, 12.3 lbs with 12.0 Ah battery
- Warranty: 5 years
- Price: $249 bare, $449 kit