This is the Milwaukee Compact Band Saw model 6242-6; it is the awesome. We got to play with one last year at the Milwaukee event but they were not quite ready to ship yet. They’ve been out for a little while now and we’ve seen a few of our friends pick them up — and they have nothing but good things to say about it.
One of the biggest features of the new saw is what’s not there; it’s about half the weight of previous models at a slim and trim 9.5 pounds. That’s less to lift and hold over your head and less to lug around. It also sports a 3-1/4” cut capacity that will keep plumbers and electricians happy.
Other features found on the regular portable band saws like tool-free adjustments, an LED light, a blade ejection system, and cast aluminum case also bring the 6242-6 into the top contender’s bracket. It’s a solid $200 investment considering the grunt you save lugging and hoisting the saw into place, not to mention the space you save in the toolbox. We can’t wait to get our hands on one.