While we’re big fans of DeWalt’s cordless saws, they aren’t the only company with a lithium-ion powered miter saw. The Milwaukee 2733-21 is another brushless beast, and one that happens to be the smallest saw on our list as well. Most of our choices are either 10 or 12-inch saws whereas this accepts 7-1/4” blades. […]
While we’re big fans of DeWalt’s cordless saws, they aren’t the only company with a lithium-ion powered miter saw. The Milwaukee 2733-21 is another brushless beast, and one that happens to be the smallest saw on our list as well.
Most of our choices are either 10 or 12-inch saws whereas this accepts 7-1/4” blades. While small, it’s still a full featured saw that slides and allows you cut bevels on both sides. Its size makes it the lightest saw around at 28 pounds with the battery intact. It works with the company’s M18 FUEL system, and this battery is rated to run longer than most.
Size helps when it comes to battery life as larger saws do require more juice. Thanks to the brushless motor and something called REDLITHIUM tech, the XC5.0 battery can give you 600 cuts on a single charge. That “should” be more than enough to get you through a day; if not, you’re definitely in the Pro class. Just like with DeWalt’s line, you can use these batteries with other cordless Milwaukee tools including their 16-gauge finish nailer.
What about cutting capacity?
This capable saw has a no-load speed of 5,000 RPM, and dual bevel stops at 45-degrees to the left and right. The vertical capacity (against fence) is 3.5-inches, and it deals with 2-5/8” nested crown with ease as well. The detent override system lets you fine-tune your angle if you don’t dig those detents and the cam lock set up is stout.
While you won’t get a laser on this saw, it does have a “shadow cut” system to help you keep those cuts straight. Other features to note include a top and side handle, an electric brake, and a very comfortable handle that’s suitable whether you’re left or right-handed. Between its size and design, it is very easy to use.
Milwaukee has included everything you need to get started with this saw except for a stand. It comes complete with one 5.0Ah battery, a dust bag, blade wrench, multi-volt charger, user’s guide, and a carbide tipped blade. It has a 5-year warranty against defects with the tool itself, and you’ll get a 3-year warranty on the batteries. If you want to a battery with a bit more juice, the 18V 9.0Ah battery pack is a fine choice.