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Milwaukee Tool has announced a new M18 Fuel 14″ abrasive chop saw (2990-20/21), described as being the industry’s first 18V-class tool of its kind.
The new Milwaukee M18 cordless abrasive chop saw is designed for “the toughest metalworking applications” and is said to deliver the performance of a full-sized 15A corded saw.
When equipped with an M18 HD High Output 12Ah battery, the new saw can deliver up to 200 cuts per charge in 3-5/8″ 20-gauge steel studs.
The saw features a RAPID STOP blade brake that stops the blade within 3 seconds after you release the trigger switch.
It has tool-free blade change design and also a tool-free fence adjustment.
The fence has a maximum miter capacity of 45°.
It’s hard to say, but it looks like the vise has a quick-release material clamp.
The saw weighs 42.5 lbs and has a top handle for portability.
It also features include an overload indicator that lights up when users are applying too much pressure. When this happens, users should ease up a little to guide the saw back to its optimal cutting speed.
In other words, the machine will remind users to “let the tool do the work,” where additional force can be counterproductive.
As you might be aware, abrasive chop saws are typically used for cutting rebar, bar stock, angle iron, and other such materials.
It can also cut bundles of steel studs to size, which I am guessing is a very good reason to go with a cordless 14″ saw compared some existing cordless metal-cutting options.
Key Features and Specs
- 14″ abrasive wheel
- 4,000 RPM
- Blade brake
- 5″ cutting capacity
- 10.2″ length
- 11.5″ width
- 16.5″ height
- Weighs 42.5 lbs
- Tool-free blade change
- Tool-free fence adjustment
- Spindle lock
- 1″ arbor size
- 45° max miter capacity
Launch ETA: June 2021 for the kit (2990-21), Fall 2021 for the bare tool (2990-20)
Price: $599 for the kit, $399 for the bare tool
This seems like an inevitable release for the red team.
By harnessing the power behind our M18 FUEL Technology, we are now able to bring a cordless chop saw that delivers corded power to our users.
We have been seeing more and more corded-equivalent tools in recent years, and more are on the way.
What’s next? Oh, I really hope it’ll be a 14″ multi-material chop saw, which can handle cutting materials not quite ideal for am abrasive chop saw.
Would (or will) this new addition to the M18 and M18 Fuel cordless power tool system benefit your work?
Some of you might be aware that Makita has an 18V X2 cordless chop saw. Since that’s really a 36V saw that requires (2) batteries to function, Milwaukee’s claim of being first to release an 18V cordless 14″ abrasive saw holds true.
Compared to the Makita, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel has a faster motor.