Milwaukee® M18 CORDLESS MITRE SAW REVIEW (ORIGINALLY FROM GOOD WOODWORKING/MILWAUKEE HEAVY DUTY NEWS)
You may well recognise this saw from a bygone era as it’s based on the highly successful Elu PS184, and indeed, it’s a saw still available in various guises, including Milwaukee’s® own MS 216 SB, but this is the first time it’s been free of the need for a power cord. The overall capacity is a tad shy of other machines where 300mm or above is the norm, but at 270mm, certainly enough for most work, especially if you are working standard construction timbers. The compound tilt also cuts 48mm, and with construction stock normally coming in slightly shy of 50mm nowadays, it’s a saw that will cover general first fix as well as the finer side of things in the second fix arena. Alongside this, the saw is very light, just 14.5kg and for me that is a big bonus; some of the mitresaws on the market are beyond the realms of portability both in size and weight. However, despite the lighter weight the build quality isn’t compromised; it’s a robustly built machine, only the motor housing and handles are in ABS plastic with the remainder of the saw utilising metal components to ensure its durable enough to withstand the day to day bashing around if you are looking for a saw to take to site. I particularly like the use of a metal lower guard; often these are plastic and prone to damage
Both the compound tilt and standard mitre functions are easy to operate and equally easy to lock, the compound tilt using a large Bristol lever at the rear that gains a 45 degree tilt to the left but there’s also an override function that gives you 48 degrees maximum as well as a negative -3 degree tilt to the right which is useful for ensuring the face of any butting work is crisp and tight. Combining the tilt and mitre functions for compound cutting means the fences need to be slid back accordingly, but both stay on board to continue to give the work maximum support. I made plenty of test cuts, predominantly in 100x50mm stock to see how it coped on deeper material as well as wider thinner veneered board, and that meant a lot of dust. The dual outlets need a dedicated adaptor to close it down to one outlet, and you have to buy that separately. I never had a suitable outlet to hand but from the test cuts I made outdoors, the dust ejected directly through both ports indicate it will certainly pick up a lot of the waste produced.
The pullover is sprung so you pull against the spring that automatically returns the saw head back to a parked position after a cut. To make the cut a large paddle in front of the handle is squeezed to release the lower guard and the head to plunge, and the resistance from both the springs and the paddle is low so the cuts can be made without fighting against them”
With it being part of the Milwaukee® 18v platform, if you are on board already then you will likely have a spare one ready to go or on charge while you work. Even if you aren’t, this saw is well worth a look as a standalone with a couple of batteries; it hits a niche where you could easily buy it to fill the void that the other manufacturers don’t have.
☆☆☆☆☆ 5/5 - Value for money
☆☆☆☆½ 4.5 / 5 - Performance