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When you see the Milwaukee Hackzall for the first time, you might react with confusion.  I must admit, the first time I laid eyes on it I thought there must’ve been a mishap on the assembly line somewhere.   I later came to understand that they purposely built it in this shape to be hard on tough jobs and easy on you.

Built on Milwaukee’s M12 12V Li-Ion platform, the Hackzall sports a grip that reminds us of the sub-compact drill/driver in the same line.  There the similarities end and the funk begins.  Milwaukee pitches the business end of the mini-recip at an angle so it’ll stick in hard-to-reach places but keep you comfortable.  The saw also features a new 4″ blade system to keep the overall length low-profile.

This unit slides right in between the large demo Sawzalls and small hack saws. You might not tear down the house with one, but you can cut everything else that needs cutting, like PVC and even metal.  We’re stoked to get our hands on one here in the Toolmonger shop and really see what it can do.

It looks like the tool itself will run around $105, while kits with chargers and batteries will go for about $170.

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16 Responses to Preview: M12 Hackzall Reciprocating Saw

  1. Eric says:

    Nice! That looks like a beauty for cutting ready rod.

  2. David VandeBerg says:

    Not unlike the B&D saw. Which was what I needed for my job, but it wasn’t up to the task. I hope they can keep the price down.

  3. bc says:

    Milwaukee got it right. Craftsman got it even better w. their jig saw/recip combo (nextech). Bosch you guys blew it…

    http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PS50-2A-12-Volt-Multi-X-Cutting/dp/B001E281DG/ref=sr_1_87?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1221008454&sr=1-87

  4. CJD says:

    That Milwaukee looks good. If you’re looking for something corded, Ridgid released a one hand recip. saw (R3030, $100) under the Fuego line. It’s not as compact as the Milwaukee ( R3030’s ~17″ long), but it worked great.

  5. blake c says:

    what craftsman jig saw/recip combo are you talking about. i’m interested in seeing it

  6. Tim B. says:

    I must say, I’ve been VERY impressed with performance and build quality of the new line of Milwaukee Lithium tools… I’ve only used a couple (drills), but the other offerings look and feel very nice, as well! (and of course, the wife won’t let me buy a new set… just bought my full B&D set last year =/)

    Here’s another very interesting one from the series, in case nobody’s seen it yet… got a chance to play with one yesterday!

    http://www.milwaukeetool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_27_40028_-1_753476_197137_192137

  7. PutnamEco says:

    Re:
    bc Says:
    Bosch you guys blew it…
    http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PS50-2A-12-Volt-Multi-X-Cutting/dp/B001E281DG/ref=sr_1_87?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1221008454&sr=1-87

    That tool is not meant to compete with any reciprocating saw, It is meant to compete with the Fein Multi-Master and Dremels Multi-Max

  8. fred says:

    Re:
    PutnamEco Says:

    Re:
    bc Says:
    Bosch you guys blew it…
    http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PS50-2A-12-Volt-Multi-X-Cutting/dp/B001E281DG/ref=sr_1_87?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1221008454&sr=1-87

    That tool is not meant to compete with any reciprocating saw, It is meant to compete with the Fein Multi-Master and Dremels Multi-Max

    We’ve used Fein Multimasters, vacuums and their WPO12-27 Angle Polisher.
    All are very high quality and also expensive. We still like them very much.
    We don’t feel the price pinch as much with the tools themselves – but oh boy are the saw blades etc. costly.

    Now that the Fein patents on the original Multimaster have run out – I expect that we will see a variety of imitators. The Bosch and the Bosch-Sub (Dremel) clones are already out – and may be good tools – but I’m expecting ones from China / Harbor Freight to start showing up too.

  9. PutnamEco says:

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    fred Says:
    but I’m expecting ones from China / Harbor Freight to start showing up too.
    ——-
    What?You mean that the Bosch/Dremel aren’t made in China???

  10. fred says:

    Re;
    PutnamEco Says:

    September 10th, 2008 at 9:38 pm
    Re:
    fred Says:
    but I’m expecting ones from China / Harbor Freight to start showing up too.
    ——-
    What?You mean that the Bosch/Dremel aren’t made in China???

    ____ ____ ____

    I’ve heard many of the arguments about not buying goods made in countries that are guilty of human-rights abuse, pay poverty wages and so on. I’m also sensitive to the notion that we should support the ideals of freedom of expression – something that is not supported everywhere in the world. I’m not enough of a student of world politics to know if my purchase of goods made in China, or Mexico, or Malaysia or India and the host of other locales where low wages are paid to workers – makes any real difference one way or the other. While I’d like to support continuation of high quality manufacturing and the jobs that go along with this – right here in the US – the reality is that most production of portable (also true for sationary equipment) electric tools has moved off-shore.

    As you say Bosch (Skil, Dremel et. al.) is having tools made in China (Mexico and other countries too) – so is Black & Decker (Porter Cable, Dewalt et. al.) and TTI (Milwaukee, Ryobi et. al.) I could pine for the USA-Quality-Made Dewalt Radial-Arm Saw, Houdaille Multi-Axis Grinder, Armstrong-Blum Marvel Band Saw, old Unisaw, Oster Pipe Threader, Delta Jointer, Skil-77’s, Rockwell (PC) trim saws and sanders and on and on. Even though the tools that I cited are, in some cases, over 40 years old they still perform. – But production in China is the reality of where we’re at in time. Planned obsolescence also seems to be a new reality – although sometimes this is tempered by true innovation embodied in new tools.

    What I try to do is buy tools from reputable manufacturers – ones that I can get serviced locally – preferably through my supplier. Maybe I’m naïve, but I hope that the manufacturer has standards of quality and a Q/A program that they have imposed upon their production facility (even if it’s in China.)

    Although I’ve heard the arguments that say that Chinese knock-offs sold through outlets like Harbor Freight – “look so much like the name-brands” that they were probably made at the same facility – I don’t trust the source enough to buy these – and have been burnt enough in the past to avoid them.

  11. PutnamEco says:

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    fred says
    But production in China is the reality of where we’re at in time. Planned obsolescence also seems to be a new reality – although sometimes this is tempered by true innovation embodied in new tools.
    ——
    This will come back and bite us in the end. Everyone looking for the quick cheap fix, or to make the quick buck.
    Ship all our jobs overseas and no one will be able to afford to buy anything, Not us or the cheaply paid foreign labor. Then what?

  12. Zathrus says:

    Ship all our jobs overseas and no one will be able to afford to buy anything, Not us or the cheaply paid foreign labor. Then what?

    Then reality will set in and economics will take hold, proving that the last 5000+ years of “more trade means more income for everyone” wasn’t just a fluke.

    That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy for those in the affected sectors, but that’s how it’s been for, quite literally, all of human history. And yet, somehow, the overall economic output of the world has gone upward, not down, and the economic output of the world (and, particularly, the US) in the past century has increased exponentially as trade has increased.

    And yes, as a computer programmer my job is exceptionally “outsourceable”. But I’m still not particularly concerned about it.

  13. donutboy says:

    Everyone that is playing the “made in china” card should read “The World is Flat”.

    China’s goal is no longer to make cheap low-priced goods anymore. They understand that they can not survive with just cheap crap. We make some, germany makes some, india makes some and so does china. But not all.

  14. PutnamEco says:

    Re:
    Zathrus Says:
    Then reality will set in and economics will take hold, proving that the last 5000+ years of “more trade means more income for everyone” wasn’t just a fluke.
    ———-
    How happy will we be going through the “dark ages” again? History is filled with failed and conquered societies, Remember Rome? How about them Mongols? You willing to wait a couple, three hundred years for the turnaround?

    Re:
    And yet, somehow, the overall economic output of the world has gone upward

    Yes with greater inequalities between the haves and the have nots then ever before. There are now more people living in poverty, and starving to death, than ever before.
    Might it have something to do with how many people there are?
    =============
    Re:
    donutboy Says:
    China’s goal is no longer to make cheap low-priced goods anymore.
    —–
    Chinas goal is to secure as much power as it can. The are embracing capitalistic operating principles to further that end,

    The world is flat?
    Yes the world will reach a kind of equilibrium, we will all be dragged down to the lowest denominator.
    You going to be happy when you make as much as the average Chinese worker?
    and
    How happy are you knowing that your wages will continue to decline, knowing Buffet, Helu, Gates and their ilk, continue to earn record profits. Do you think they’ll be sweating out a depression/recession ?

  15. Charlie AK says:

    Hello CJD,have you ever used Rigid R3030,It is very charming of the shape. but I don’t know whether it is good? Can you give me some comments , for example, advantage or disadvantage.

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