This style of sawzall was only a dream a decade ago, but technology has allowed manufacturers to use unique form factors with their tools. When you need to whizz through wood, metal or plastic at awkward angles, the M18 Fuel Hackzall is your best bet and a tool you’ll need to see to believe. This […]
This style of sawzall was only a dream a decade ago, but technology has allowed manufacturers to use unique form factors with their tools. When you need to whizz through wood, metal or plastic at awkward angles, the M18 Fuel Hackzall is your best bet and a tool you’ll need to see to believe.
This hybrid tool looks like an experiment gone awry in the R&D lab at Milwaukee. It’s a compact sawzall with a pistol grip, a style only a few manufacturers have attempted thus far. Due to its size, it’s not one we could classify in the “industrial” class although with 18 volts you’ll have more than enough power to handle most tasks. You can also use it with one hand, a feature that could put your tree trimmer into retirement.
Whether it’s a board full of bolts or a small to medium sized limb, the POWERSTATE brushless motor is a winner. The company claims this saw cuts up to 50% faster than similar models, and it’s hard to argue with that mark after seeing it in action. The M18 Hackzall has a stroke length of 7/8” and a variable speed trigger with a top speed of 3,000 SPM.
According to the user manual, there’s also a trigger lock to help prevent accidents and battery drain. That may seem minor, but many of us have zeroed out a battery when the trigger gets mashed against something in a storage bag or toolbox.
How long does the battery last?
18 volts of lithium power is nothing to scoff at, and the company uses something called REDLITHIUM tech in their power packs. Their system runs cooler and produces more power when used in conjunction with the REDLINK Plus Intelligence chip and the POWERSTATE motor. One pack is rated for around 150 cuts on a 2x12, and this kit comes with the XC5.0 battery and a multi-voltage charger.
Do you own other cordless tools from Milwaukee? If so, you will be blown away by the backward compatibility of their battery system. Both the chargers and batteries are interchangeable to a degree, and replacements are affordable in our opinion. A 9.0Ah extended pack won’t break the bank and can add a considerable amount of runtime to the tool.
Other features of interest for the Milwaukee 2719-21 include a pivoting shoe, and a tool-less blade change system. You’re going to get some extra swag with this one as well in the form of a contractor bag, and general purpose blade along with the aforementioned battery pack and charger. The tool itself has a 5-year warranty, but the batteries and charger have their own separate warranties.