April 28, 2018
This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign.
I don't use reciprocating saws often but I enjoyed using this Milwaukee Hackzall reciprocating saw. I also liked using these Milwaukee Performance gloves specifically because I can use my phone with them on. I have ditched plenty of gloves for that reason, so these definitely have a place in my shop.
The Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Hackzall Cordless Reciprocating Saw Kit W/ Free M18 5.0Ah Battery comes packed with the Cordless Brushless Hackzall reciprocating saw, a 3.0Ah battery, a tool bag and a charger. I know that tool kits can get expensive, but I'd rather pay a little extra and have everything at once, rather than by each part piece by piece.
My first drill I ever purchased, I purchased by itself and then went back and got a battery and then realized I needed a charger lol and paid a fortune (partially because it was DEWALT), so now I always look at the kit deals first.
To test out the Milwaukee Hackzall Reciprocating Saw I used the Milwaukee 12 in. 7/11 Teeth per in. Wrecker Demolition Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade (5-Pack), the Next Generation Wrecker is designed for Multi-Material demolition cutting meaning it has the capability of cutting nail embedded wood, plastics and a variety of metals.This blade has 25% more high speed steel for increase life and durability.
This hackzall is slightly different than a regular reciprocating saw because it is designed for one handed operation. Setup is really easy, which I love because some tools are tedious when inserting a blade. You twist a knob and insert the blade that locks into place.
As mentioned above, I used my Small Performance Work Gloves, Black when testing out the Hackzall. When breaking down pallets, I usually like to wear some sort of hand protection.
One Handed Design The one handed design is by far my most favorite feature of this reciprocating saw. I felt like I had more control with the tool because I didn't have to use two hands. Originally, I tried to use two hands somehow because that's what Im use to but I just had to adjust because surprisingly one hand was really enough. The way the design provided control with one hand was impressive in my book.
Lower Vibration Anytime I use a reciprocating saw I always feel like I'm doing something wrong because of all the vibration. While cutting the PVC pipe I experienced some vibration but not as much as other saws Ive tried. The dual gear counter-balance mechanism rally reduces vibration.
Variable Speed Variable speed is always one of my favorite features. The blade will move at various speeds depending on how much you press the trigger.
Off the top of my head, I really can't think of anything that would make this hackzall better, which is a good thing. The only thing I could say is that the setup of inserting the blade was easy but trying to turn it and hold the tool was a little bit inconvenient, its easy now but I think some tweaking could make it better.
October 26, 2018
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