M18 FUEL Circular Saws: Blade Left or Blade Right?

M18 FUEL Circular Saw 2830-21

Does the circular saw blade belong on the Left or Right side of the saw? Its a question that has plagued mankind since the beginning. Shockingly the answer has little to nothing to do with what hand people use most and much more to do with what region of the country you’re from. Milwaukee Tools has solved the problem now with options for nearly every M18 FUEL cordless circular saw configuration, with the addition of the much anticipated M18 FUEL Rear-Handle 7-1/4″ Circular Saw 2830-21HD ($449) which has the blade on the left and mimics the design, power & feel of popular worm-drive corded saws.

Last year at NPS18 Milwaukee launched the sidewinder style blade right M18 FUEL Circular Saw 2732-21HD ($299 *current special price*) which at the time was their most powerful ever and delivered on full 15 amp corded power everyone was looking for, at least those who wanted a blade right sidewinder. The only option for a blade left remained the M18 FUEL 6-1/2″ 2730-21, also a sidewinder style and many were not so happy especially as Makita Rear-Handle XSR01 and Dewalt Flexvolt were making pretty big waves.

With the launch of the 2830-20 / 2830-21HD M18 FUEL Circular Saws can provide a very nice solution for whatever style circular saw you’d prefer. For more information on all the NPS19 Pre-Orders check out Ohio Power Tool and for more info on the M18 FUEL Rear-Handle Circular Saw check out the full Milwaukee Press Release below!

M18 FUEL 2830-21HD

MILWAUKEE, WI – Unwavering in their dedication to delivering productivity-enhancing solutions that provide the right blend of power, speed, and run-time, Milwaukee Tool is proud to announce the M18 FUEL™ 7-1/4” Rear Handle Circular Saw. The new saw not only generates the power of a 15amp corded saw but it also cuts faster than the leading corded units available in the industry. It also features the most run-time of any cordless rear handle circular saw, capable of making up to 570 cuts in 2×4 per charge.

True to all M18 FUEL™ solutions, the new M18 FUEL™ 7-1/4” Rear Handle Circular Saw combines three exclusive innovations – the POWERSTATE™ brushless motor, REDLITHIUM™ battery pack, and REDLINK PLUS™ intelligence. However, to deliver the first 18V rear handle circular saw that generates the power of 15amp corded, Milwaukee® reengineered these critical cordless components to deliver the very best performance catered to this tool and its applications.

Milwaukee FUEL 2830-20

The brand-new POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor delivers 5,800 RPM to rip through tough applications without bogging down. A redesigned REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence package ensures maximum performance of the saw under load and prevents against overload and overheat.

When equipped with Milwaukee’s new M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ HD12.0 Battery, the saw can power through up to 570 cuts on just one charge, eliminating the hassle of cords or constant switching-out of multiple battery packs, while exceeding the performance of higher voltage solutions in the industry. The new HIGH OUTPUT™ HD12.0 Battery provides 50% more power, runs 50% cooler, and delivers 33% more run-time than the M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HD9.0 Battery. In conjunction with REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence and the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, the HIGH OUTPUT™ Battery allows users to push the saw hard and work all day – delivering more work-per-charge than any other professional power tool system.

The M18 FUEL™ 7-1/4” Rear Handle Circular Saw features a cast magnesium construction to reduce the weight of the tool without sacrificing the legendary durability Milwaukee has long been known for. In addition, it boasts numerous advantages over corded saws in its class including an electric brake to quickly stop the blade after a cut, as well as gears that don’t require oiling.

For added utility, the saw also features an LED work light to help make more accurate cuts and a multi-sized rafter hook for easy storage.

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. The new M18 FUEL™ 7-1/4” Rear Handle Circular Saw is fully compatible with the entire M18™ line, now offering more than 175 power tool products, and is a true testament to Milwaukee’s focus on investing in game-changing technology that truly delivers breakthrough solutions for users.

* 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™ 7-1/4” Rear Handle Circular Saw Kit (2830-21HD)

  • Speed: 5,800
  • Arbor Size: Diamond
  • Bevel Capacity: 53 degree
  • Capacity: 2-1/2” at 90° and 1-7/8” at 45°
  • Weight: 13.5 lbs (10 lbs bare tool)
  • 5-year warranty

Includes M18 FUEL™ 7-1/4” Rear Handle Circular Saw, M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ HD12.0 Battery, M12/M18 Multi Voltage Charger, General Purpose Framing Blade and Contractor Bag.

*Also available as bare tool (2830-20)

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Circular Saw



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  1. Andy Joy says:

    Blade on the LEFT!!!

  2. Steve Watton says:

    Left Blade 6-1/2″! 100%

  3. Andrew Dyer says:

    Both ways

  4. Dylan K says:

    Left side

  5. Ben says:

    An interesting saw to say the least. I would be very interested in learning the thought process involved in making this a rear handle saw in the form factor of a warm drive saw but with a direct drive motor and if they were going to use a direct drive motor why not just make a left blade copy of the Fuel 7 1/4″ blade right circular saw 2732-20.

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