Any carpenter, woodworker, or hardcore DIYer will tell you that a cordless circular saw can be indispensable. They’re great for making quick cuts and ripping boards when a table saw isn’t available or electrical outlets are in short supply.
Cutting through thick lumber is demanding and a good cordless circular saw needs to be powerful enough to handle the task and have sufficient battery life to not leave you stranded. The new Milwaukee 7 1/4″ M18 FUEL Brushless Circular Saw coupled with the REDLITHIUM XC 5.0 Battery Pack may be that tool.
The 7 1/4″ blade can cut wood up to 2 1/2″ thick, and, with a full charge, should be good for around 300 cuts.
The saw features an efficient POWERSTATE brushless motor that Milwaukee says provides significantly more torque, speed, and run time than any comparable 18V brushless system. Though, at this point, it’s hard to say how much of that is marketing hype without doing extensive testing.
It also features an LED light for accurate cuts in low light conditions and a rafter hook for easy storage when not in use. The upper guard, lower guard, and shoe are made from magnesium, which saves weight but adds a layer of safety and durability you don’t have with aluminum.
If you’re a professional or simply want the improved output and runtime, consider an upgrade to HD12.0 High Output Battery Pack. It provides 12 amp-hours of energy, which is enough juice for an entire day and is fully compatible with the M18 system.Learn More Here