The Milwaukee 2732-20 M18 Fuel 7¼” cordless circular saw has been attracting a lot of attention and I wanted to find out why.
Despite being amongst the pricier options, Milwaukee M18 cordless tools are much sought after. I guess being one of the most respected US power tool brands has a lot to do with it. With a reputation for excellence, superb quality, and exceptional power, it’s little wonder that professionals and many DIYers are prepared to pay top dollar for Milwaukee cordless tools.
Milwaukee is not the only manufacturer offering professional-grade framing saws of an incredibly high standard. DeWalt, arguably their biggest rival, offers some incredible 20V and 60V 7¼” cordless circular saws, presenting some stunning rivals to the Milwaukee 2732-20.
However, I won’t be comparing the Milwaukee Fuel 7¼” circular saw to any of its competitors. This review is going to examine this too purely on its own merits and possible pitfalls. If you’re in the market for a formidable cordless framing saw, this one is definitely worth investigating.
Milwaukee 2732-20 Review
Specs & Features:
- POWERSTATE brushless motor
- Up to 750 cuts per charge using Milwaukee M18 HD12.0 battery.
- 5,800 RPM
- ⁵⁄₈” arbor
- Magnesium blade guard and shoe
- REDLINK PLUS intelligent computerized management system.
- Electric brake
- 2½” cutting depth at 90°; 1⁷̷₈” at 45°.
- Maximum bevel: 50°
- Integrated rafter hook
- LED light
- Weight: 9.05 pounds
- Warranty: 5-years
Milwaukee claims that the M18 FUEL 7¼” circular saw provides more power than a 15A corded model and cuts faster. This doesn’t surprise me. Technological developments in the cordless tool world have been remarkable in recent times.
Most notably, Milwaukee, and other top manufacturers, have developed brushless motors that are more powerful, efficient, and durable than the old-fashioned brushed DC motor. To get the most out of the motor and battery, REDLINK PLUS monitors battery performance and power demand to give you the best torque at any given time, whilst protecting the battery from overload.
The development of the Milwaukee high output HD battery series has taken power and battery life to new levels. It allows you to work for a full day on a single charge. I suppose this won’t always be the case, but most of the time you should be able to use the Milwaukee 7¼” circular saw without having to stop and exchange the battery. Assuming, of course, that you’re using their top-of-the-line HD12.0 18V 12 AH battery.
The Milwaukee 2732-20 is quite a remarkable tool, competing head-on with other great products from the likes of DeWalt, Makita, Bosch, and Skilsaw. The saw weighs a snippet over 9 pounds and delivers a whopping 5,800 RPM.
To ensure the best durability, whilst keeping the weight down, magnesium is used for the shoe and blade guard. This provides a remarkably sturdy base for the saw that won’t warp or bend over time. It has a maximum bevel of 50°, using a conventional locking knob to set the angle. Depth adjustments are super-easy. You just pull a lever to release the shoe, tilt, and lock.
The Milwaukee 7¼” circular saw has all the convenient features that I would expect to find on a modern tool like this. It has a wonderful rafter hook that folds into the handle when not in use. The blade change tool also stores neatly into a slot just below the handle. An LED light illuminates the cutline, and it has a vacuum port for dust removal.
In the final analysis, I can only conclude that the Milwaukee 7¼” circular saw is one of the best. If you’re already a fan of the Milwaukee M18 FUEL battery platform, this would be a no-brainer when looking for a professional-grade framing saw. It is, as anyone would expect a remarkably well-made tool. A tad heavy perhaps, but still easily manageable. It has all the power you could possibly want and the mod-cons to match.