The Milwaukee 8” metal saw 6370-21 ($299) changed the game many years ago and made the circular saw tailored for metal cutting the preferred choice for make cutting pipe, conduit, etc. When Milwaukee M18 launched it was not long after the cordless M18 brushed model 2682-22 ($349) was launched in a more compact 5-3/8” design. Fast forward a few years now and the demand for more power, runtime and option for large capacity lead to the new M18 FUEL 2782-22 ($399) & 2782-20 ($199, bare) which we expect to see in April.
Because of the popularity of this type of metal saw, we were anticipating to see a FUEL brushless version however we thought they might jump up to the 8” blaze size they made so popular. In talking with the Milwaukee rep it seems that user demand has been for a more compact lightweight unit so they stayed in the 5-3/8” size with a 20mm arbore (both saws come with one of these 30T blades). They did however make the guard large enough to also use the 5-7/8” blade diameter, Makita 18V Brushless XSC02 went to which allows for a full 2-1/4” capacity ideal for cutting 2” material. The issue however is that the Makita changed their arbor to 5/8” so you can only use their blades. Currently on the 20mm arbor which is much more popular across many brands you won’t find a 5-7/8” metal blade but we are sure Milwaukee will fix that issue shortly.
If you were waiting for an 8” M18 FUEL Metal Saw it doesn’t look good, but they surprise us all the time. With the #NPS17 product launch event only a few months away they need something to talk about. Check out all the latest M18 FUEL Tools and for more info on the new M18 FUEL Metal Saw check out the full Milwaukee press release below:
MILWAUKEE, WI- Milwaukee Tool continues to bring performance-driven solutions to the professional trades with the introduction of the M18 FUEL™ Metal-Cutting Circular Saw. By harnessing the extreme performance of M18 FUEL™, Milwaukee is able to deliver a solution that cuts faster than any other cordless metal-cutting circular saw on the market.
As part of the M18 FUEL™* lineup, the Metal-Cutting Circular Saw features three Milwaukee®-exclusive innovations – the POWERSTATE™ brushless motor, REDLITHIUM™ battery pack, and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence – to deliver breakthrough performance, run-time and durability.
The POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor works harder, lives longer, and converts energy into power more efficiently. This gives the M18 FUEL™ Metal-Cutting Circular Saw the ability to deliver the power and speed needed to minimize bogging down during applications, while completing cuts other 18V saws cannot. With the capacity to cut through a wide range of small diameter metal, the M18 FUEL™ Metal-Cutting Circular Saw delivers faster cuts than its cordless predecessor, and other leading cordless metal-cutting circular saws. The new Metal-Cutting Circular Saw also features a lightweight housing and gearing system that delivers the legendary performance and durability found in Milwaukee’s high performance corded circular saws. This combination of no wearable components and superior durability means users will service their tool less, translating to a much lower cost of ownership.
As the most advanced electronic system on the market, REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence integrates full-circle communication between tool, battery and charger to protect them from overloading, overheating, and over-discharging. These protections help maintain ideal conditions for maximum application performance.
When equipped with an M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC5.0 Battery Pack the tool provides industry-leading run-time with the ability to make up to 40% more cuts on one charge than other cordless metal-cutting circular saws available today, including up to 370 cuts in EMT.
Milwaukee® is committed to improving productivity by providing performance-driven and trade-focused solutions so users can perform an entire day’s work on one battery system. This new tool is fully compatible with the entire Milwaukee M18 line, now offering more than 125 power tool products.
Available April 2017, the new M18 FUEL™ Metal-Cutting Circular Saw is a testament to Milwaukee’s focus on the user and investment in game-changing technology.
* M18 FUEL™ is engineered for the most demanding tradesmen in the world. Delivering unrivaled performance, all M18 FUEL™ products feature three Milwaukee®-exclusive innovations—The POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence Hardware and Software—that deliver unmatched power, run-time and durability on the jobsite. Simply put, M18 FUEL™ tools are the most powerful 18V cordless tools in their class.
M18 FUEL™ Metal-Cutting Circular Saw (2782-22)
• 3,900 RPM
• 2-1/4” Cut Capacity (with 5-7/8” blade)
• 20mm Arbor Size
• 5-3/8” to 5-7/8” Blade Size
• Weight: 6.5 lbs.
Includes: M18 FUEL™ Metal-Cutting Circular Saw, (2) M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC 5.0 Compact Battery Packs, M12/M18 Multi Voltage Charger, 30T Blade, and Contractor Bag.
*Also available as bare tool (2782-20)