Milwaukee’s M18 7-1/4″ Circ Saw

Right at the top I’m going to say that this tool is not cheap. It is, however, a fantastic tool to have in the shop. I used a Milwaukee M18 7-1/4″ circular saw to breakdown sapele boards as I began a fireplace frame-and-panel wall. It is so nice to simply grab the saw and get to it – no extension cords to hassle needed. And I have yet to slow or stall the saw.

It was even better when one of the guys in for a class purchased a load of lumber and needed to shorten the lengths for the long ride home. I handed him the saw and he went to work in the parking lot. Bingo. Bango. Job well done.

Word of Warning

The saw is lightweight, well-balanced and I think we’ve changed the battery once or twice since the tool arrived at the shop. It’s the real deal, but we did have a problem with the first saw. It would not spin when the saw was engaged. I have no idea what the problem was, but the replacement saw has been a joy.

The saw, battery and battery charger are available as a kit, or if you have other M18 tools you can purchase the saw bare.

— Glen D. Huey

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4 thoughts on “Milwaukee’s M18 7-1/4″ Circ Saw

  1. Given the higher cost of cordless tools and battery replacements after a few years, I always wonder if most people really need a cordless tool other than a drill/driver. If you are a carpenter sheathing roofs or a plumber working in crawl spaces all day, are you really ever that far from an outlet? A few years ago, I was working in a house where a trim carpenter had a fuel-powered nailer putting up some trim molding. Besides being much heavier, there was a significant delay between shots while the thing rewound I was thinking a small compressor centrally located and some hoses would have done the job much more efficiently. Am I wrong? Do we really need cordless table saws?

    1. Keith,

      I believe that your thoughts on battery replacement every few years are a bit antiquated given battery technology advances. They are growing annually. Batteries today, and as a result battery-powered tools, are lasting longer and longer, and many of the manufacturers are making new batteries backward-compatible.

      In my opinion, the two instances you mention are exactly why these tools exist. This is also why I think you see the early adopters in the building trades, whereas woodworkers are late to the party due to the ease of finding accessible electrical outlets. Dragging cords onto a roof or into a crawlspace is a pain. Imagine the frustration if after snaking an extension cord through tight confines belly first, you find that the plug has been disengaged when you go to use the tool.

      I, for one, do not enjoy the constant on/off cycles of a small compressor as it bounces across the floor. But I agree that fuel-powered nailers are lacking when it comes to on-the-job work. I think that those tool are more in line with homeowners who have one-and-done type jobs to handle.

      And while I don’t need a battery-powered table saw, I must say that I’m intrigued by the idea. I can see where one could be beneficial to contractors on service calls.

      1. I’ve been through three different drill-drivers (some were NiCad, so I agree technology has changed). Each time, it was cheaper to buy a new set with new technology than have the batteries rebuilt or replaced. I finally bought the orange brand with lifetime service agreement. I’m on the third set of batteries on that drill. I believe there were some early problems with their design as the repair shop where I took them said they’d been replacing a lot of them. I do some volunteer work and probably due to incorrect charging, all those yellow batteries lasted less than a year when used just a few times a month. We replaced them with the orange brand with the LSA.

        I tried to replace my son-in-law’s dead dead batteries with a impact & drill-driver with the LSA version, but he had a few tools that all used the same batteries,, so we returned the orange ones and bought two black batteries for about the same price, and now the black version has been sold and wonder about its future.

        When I bought an impact driver, there was only one brand that had a corded version. I bought that thinking if I ever wanted to build a deck or such, I could run it all day long if I wanted.

        No argument on the remote work sites, but in my woodshop, I’m rarely more than 8′ away from an outlet (I wired it that way).

    2. Since buying a cordless circular saw to do some work way back in the woods, I have also found it handy for breaking down long boards out in the parking lot of the lumber yard. Your point is good but doesn’t cover all situations. The cordless saw, drill/driver and enough batteries to work all day are far easier to tote a mile into the woods than comparable corded tools and a generator and extension cord and fuel.

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