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Every so often, a manufacturer releases a product that’s so on-point that their brand name becomes synonymous with the tool itself. Here in the South, lots of people call any soda a Coke. But all around the U.S., people call their reciprocating saw a Sawzall.

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The Sawzall name belongs to Milwaukee, however, and they recently announced their latest update to the classic multi-purpose saw in the form of two new versions: one with a 3/4″ stroke for cutting in tight spaces and another with a 1-1/8″ stroke for heavy demolition.

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Both models will feature a 12-amp motor, clutch to protect gears and motor life (when the blade sticks on something nasty), and Milwaukee’s Quik-Lok tool-free blade clamp. And for those of you tired of numb hands and elbows, the new Sawzalls include a counter-weighted mechanism to reduce vibration — important when it’s pushing out 3,000 strokes per minute.

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Street pricing starts around $120 for both the short-stroke model (the 6509-31) and the long-stroke (the 6519-31), and both weigh in right at 7.3 pounds. These are, of course, corded models.

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13 Responses to Milwaukee Updates The Classic Sawzall

  1. johnnyp says:

    My sawzall is so old that it has lock on switch. Other than replacing the cap screw that holds the blade, it is the most reliable corded tool I own. Hands down this far outperforms any similar cordless.The only way anyone gets this away from me is from “my cold dead hands”. What amazes me is the price is pretty much the same as it was 30 years ago

  2. ShopMonger says:

    One of the reasons tools get get a name sake, is that they last. Like SKil saw…….Crescent Wrench…..and a Sawzall…. good tools that last and make a name, become the industry standards….

    ShopMonger

  3. Mickey Rat says:

    I have a old one too and I will never give it up.I bet the new model is made in China??.I recently bought a angle drill from them,good old red colour but I was a bit dissapointed it was made in China.Do they make anything in the USA now??

  4. fred says:

    @Mickey Rat

    We buy quite a bit of the Milwaukee product line. I’ve noticed that a few of their circular saws (10-1/2 inch sidewinder) carried “assembled in Mexico” labels on the box. Their M12 line – which we like a lot – all seems to hail from China. We bought a couple of their cordless caulking guns – that said made in USA. We bought some6394-21 7-1/4 SAWS – that said China. I think their sawzall blades, bandsaw blades and abrarasives are still made in the USA — and so it goes. TTI (Milwaukee’s parent) like many others farm their work out – looks like more and more of it to Chinese manufacturing.

  5. Bill says:

    Does anybody know if the older models can be retrofitted with the Quik-Lok tool-free blade clamp?

    • Joe says:

      Yes, contact Milwaukee tool, they sell as a spare part, the newer quik type clamp or you can buy the good ol’ fashion allen key clamp. Any of their sawzalls can interchange with this part.

  6. ttamnoswad says:

    The only news worthy update would be if they were made in the USA again.

    The blades are good except that they dip them in paint and its so thick that I have to scrap it of the shank for it to slide into my mexican made DeWalt recip saw.

  7. David Bryan says:

    Johnnyp, I still use the one I bought in 1980. I had to fix the switch about 20 years ago, and even now it growls a little as long as it’s plugged in, and the blade guard’s pretty chewed up, but it cuts just fine. Milwaukee used to sell a cheap flush-cutting adapter for them, and I’ve still got mine somewhere.

  8. Ranny says:

    Some of the things I have used my zawsaw for the last ten years, I should be ashamed of. But, except for a few broken blades, it never failed me.

  9. Richard Karasik says:

    I have a 40 year old or more sawzall model number 6511. I have put it through hell for over 40 years and today finally something broke. The flush cutting adapter that was made to go with this model just broke. Perhaps i should have been using it to cut up a sherman tank ( haha) but there ya go. Most dependable tool I have owned bar none.

  10. Keith Miller says:

    I have an old Sawzall 6508 and the electronics module died while I was sawing roots in the ground yesterday. This thing has to be 35 years old. I would like to try just an on/off switch to drive this thing now. The speed control has not worked for 20 years and was just on and off. I finished this off when the thing got stalled and now nothing. Was there a single speed sawzall? I thought I could dig through all the old parts lists and find the part number – for a single speed sawzall- if there was such a thing? The parts lists and diagrams are terrible; I will see if this thing runs without the speed module- by plugging in with wire-nuts and no switch. Any of you guys know if there was a single speed model and what model series that this was? I can see putting $15 dollars into this thing to get it to spin again. Great info. Thank You

  11. keith says:

    bought my6511 in the mid 70’s to cut up junk cars that customers decided they didnt want to fix. then took it to another job where we had several picture cars that we had to get rid of during my 32 years there. used the 6511 to cut up several cars and it is still going stong. Did use it around the house in construction jobs a little but it sure is a workhorse to cut up steel. a great tool.

  12. Jerry Krauz says:

    Is it possible to convert variable speed sawzall (Milwaukee 6538-21) to single speed?

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