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Milwaukee just keeps churning out cordless tools: The latest addition to their M18 line is a 5-3/8″ metal circular saw with a 1/8″ to 2″ cutting capacity for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, and general construction.

The saw weighs just 5.8 lb. with the battery despite having a stainless steel shoe. It features an impact-resistant window and an LED light so you can actually see what you’re cutting from above the saw. Milwaukee built the saw around a 4-pole frameless motor spinning at 3600 RPM. This setup allows you to make over 200 cuts of 3/4″ EMT on one charge.

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From the how-the-hell-did-we-miss-that-one department, last summer Milwaukee introduced an arbor that you twist to release the hole saw. Forget about un-chucking the arbor to change hole saws; no more knuckle-busting wrenches to loosen the jammed nut holding on the saw — just twist the base of the arbor and the hole saw pops free.

The system does have its limitations. It only works with hole saws up to 1-3/16″, which isn’t large for a hole saw. The arbors are available with 3/8″ or 7/16″ shanks and supposedly work with all hole saws, even non-Milwaukee ones.

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The latest issue of Milwaukee’s Heavy Duty News alerted us to their upcoming LED replacement bulb.   Not only will this bulb upgrade your M12, M18, and V28 lights to LED, it should be able to upgrade most other flashlights that use similar sized bulbs running on 9.6V to 28V.

Milwaukee claims the bulb will give you 3X the run time and last 50,000 hours over the standard bulbs.  Being solid state it, has the added bonus that if your flash light can survive a fall, the bulb should too.

No wording on the price yet or when the bulbs will be available.

LED Upgrade 49-81-0090 [Milwaukee]

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Wearing safety glasses with a dust mask can be a bummer. Many times you end up fogging the glasses, so you either choose to risk your eyesight by forgoing the glasses or fill your lungs with crap. There are a few safety glasses with anti-fog coatings on the market, but this set of glasses from Milwaukee goes one step further — they have a channel for ventilation between the lens and the frame that supposedly reduces fogging.

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Used in conjunction with a right angle drill, these stubby spade bits from Milwaukee let you bore holes in the tightest of places.  Even if you don’t have a right angle drill, they’ll still let you bore holes straight into the studs where you had to angle the holes before.  Think about how much easier it’ll be to fish that Romex or PEX through the studs now.

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