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Dark and ancient magic of the old world was summoned to protect the secret of the new Sawzall blades. The fates Clotho and Lachesis themselves sat behind a folding table, smiling as they collected our signed blood pacts. A young lad, barely a man, foolishly took photos in its presence, and there where he stood spawned a hellmouth. Its unholy fury sucked him down into the sulfur and magma; we didn’t even know his name. So now, having reached the appointed hour, we can speak of what we saw without fear of cursed reprisal: a blade that bares fangs and does not break teeth on steel.

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The new Sawzall demo blade dubbed “The Ax” is pretty damn cool. Milwaukee’s press release hits the highlights that differentiate the new Sawzall blade from the old.

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The most notable change has been the shift from a 6 TPI (teeth per inch) pattern to a faster, more aggressive 5 TPI pattern. To increase tooth durability, Milwaukee has developed the patent-pending Nail Guard tooth design to prevent nails from fracturing the blade’s teeth upon impact…

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… a pair of unique, fang-like teeth and an extra large gullet to deliver the fastest plunge cut available in the industry. While ordinary designs bounce or skate along the work piece surface, this Fang Tip design bites into the wood on first contact to make the cut virtually effortless.

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What this means is the teeth are not shaped like traditional “saw teeth” and there is a little bump on the trailing edge of each tooth that keeps something like a nail from popping down in the gullet and forcing a failure. The bump also keeps a nail in the perfect cutting position longer, so it’s actually a quicker cut since the blade doesn’t wind up bouncing nearly as much. The plunge cut is almost literally reduced to a stab and pull of the trigger because of the Dracula fangs out front, which grab a purchase for the teeth behind them and pull the blade into the cut.

It looks about the same as any other blade at first glance, but this new style does seem to make demo more fun than it already is. Milwaukee boasts The Ax will hold up against more nail strikes than any demo blade currently on the market. We can’t wait to see how accurate that claim really is when it hits shelves in the coming weeks.

Until then, we will mourn the passing of young what’s-his-name, sacrifice a 2×4 at our saw-dusty altar, and pray the red sisters of fate hold sway with the pagan tool gods no longer.

The Ax [Milwaukee]

 

7 Responses to Milwaukee’s Ax Is Now Loosed On The World

  1. Ben says:

    Wow! I have no need for a sawzall but I am going to come up with one FAST!

  2. fred says:

    FYI – I think it was a recent issue of Fine Homebuilding that compared other demolition blades. They liked a Bosch 9 inch blade – but did not have this blade in the comparison.

    My experienece is that flexing (or more correctly the blade’s inability to accommodate repeated flexing) is what shortens demo blade life – but who knows maybe nail strikes is also a culprit

  3. Luke says:

    That was the most intense write-up I have ever read about a tool. Wow.

  4. Dave says:

    To me the 2 basic power tools that everybody should have{of course the more the merrier :-) } –if you can only have 2, are–
    a corded 1/2 drill, reverseable, with also the hammer drill option. and a corded sawzall, I prefer Milwaukee for corded sawzalls, but what ever name brand that you prefer. IMHO

  5. zoomzoomjeff says:

    I worked in the blade business for a while (Starrett, although their primary focus is machinist tools) and I would agree with their press release details, and the author’s detailed review. This blade is a fundamental shift in design for tooth and gullet.

  6. Sean pimped his writing skills on that one.

  7. dreamcatcher says:

    This looks like a good idea. As a pro remodeler I have logged a lot of hours with reciprocating saws. The problem I always had was that their blades usually cut either wood well or metal well but never both. The most common scenario I encounter is to cut out studs at the top and bottom plates which means the blade must buzz through 1-1/2″ of wood and two 16d or 20d nails. Switching blades mid cut would be too inefficient so I just use the standard bi-metal all purpose blades but the teeth don’t last long.

    Partly because of this I only buy 12″ blades. But 12″ blades are much more versatile anyway so I will still buy them even in the Ax model.

    DC

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