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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
I was looking for this type of saw for several jobs I had coming up. Reviews were mixed, with no clear winner. I realized that since my usage was not likely to be heavy-duty, a battery-operated device would be best for me. But the two portables rated were VERY short-lived (8 min/charge for one and 10-12 for the other!)

I was happy to find this new multi-tool from Milwaukee, as I really love my Milwaukee 2401-22 12-Volt Li-Ion Compact Driver Kit, and the M12 battery packs and charger are interchangeable. According to the one review of this tool I found, battery life was 24 min/charge. Recharge time was rated at 30 min. Good enough!

I needed to use this right away, but it was not widely available yet (early Dec. 2010). But my local HD had a few. So I didn't get this from this vendor (CPO/Amazon), but I have used them in the past with total satisfaction.

I tried the unit on a job installing a recessed toilet-paper holder in a bathroom. I had to cut a 5" x 5" hole in the finish side of a vanity cabinet. The holder's lip extended about 3/8" beyond the hole, and had to cover pre-existing screw holes. A jigsaw or Rotozip are hard for me to control well enough to guarantee I would not cut beyone the lip area.

Using the single straight blade supplied, I plunge-cut the corners; no starting hole needed. I then cut along the layout lines with amazing (for me) accuracy. Speed control was steady over a wide range of pressures. I used a fairly high speed setting and angled the blade about 30 deg. down. Cutting seemed a little slow, but the cabinet was 1/2" particle board and I had no feel for the best speed and technique to use (the manual offers little guidance.) It seemed comparable in speed to the heavier 110V Rockwell tool I had tried at Lowe's, cutting into a fir 2x4--actually an easier task than cutting particle board. The job looked great. Very little sawdust because of the thin blade. You need a dust mask because the dust is very fine; it looks like smoke curling up from the work.

I tried the triangular sanding attachment to smooth raised wood around three existing screwholes elsewhere on the piece for filling. VERY quick and easy to control so as not to sand through the vinyl woodgrain. Has easy-to-use hook and loop paper attachment.

Several reviews of similar tools comment on comfort and control, and recommend a 2-hand grip. This tool is small yet easy to grip with two hands, making control outstanding. It doesn't jump around in use, so using it is not like a wrestling match.

The tool came with a nice soft case, though it is nowhere near as well-designed as my Compact Driver's case. The saw fits in with blade installed, but there is no support; the teeth are always in contact with the case fabric. The charger likewise has no support nor straps as my Driver case has. There are two internal pockets that hold extra blades and sanding sheets in one, and accessories in the other. There are six small pockets outside the case, but I can't see anyone putting $10 and up (way up) blades in these open-top pockets.

The unit claims to accept blades from most other companies, some needing the included adapter. I haven't tried that yet, but the Milwaukee blade was very secure and required no retightening in use.

In sum, a very nice, accurate tool that complements your older ones. Good portable operation; I will try it for pruning dead wood off an old rosebush next Spring. It comes with over $60 worth of batteries you can use on other M12 system tools.

And for you Spinal Tap fans: The speed control dial goes up to 12!! ;-)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2010
I do a variety of remodel work but spend most of my time with tile. I bought this for cutting under mdf door jambs since the bosch fine cut saw tends to tear the weaker material up. The usefulness of this thing has definitely impressed me and i've come to work with it on almost a daily basis. Battery life has been better than expected since the bosch version has been said last 10-12 minutes in other reviews. I have only timed a battery on one occasion removing thin-set from 5/8" mosaic grout joints; i got 26 minutes of constant run-time on speed 10 (of 12). So far i have used bosch and dremel blades with no problems and the attachment screw has never came loose. The only negatives are the carrying bag and lack of any light on the tool.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2010
Overall the tool is solid, tough, versatile, ergonomic, has a built in battery gauge, 12 speeds (5,000-20,000 OPMs). Accepts almost all brand attachments with the included adapter, w/o the adapter it only accepts Milwaukee, Bosch & Skil brands. Standard M12 batteries drain in 7-10 minutes of "heavy" work, understandably. I've found the "XC" M12 battery is perfect for more efficient operation of this "high output" tool. I also own the Dremel Multimax and use it for sanding, rasping & grout removal. For wood/metal/drywall cutting I reach for the Milwaukee. 5 yr. tool warranty is better than most. All in all I would buy it again and recommend it to a friend.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2011
I purchased this unit from home depot on black Friday '10. Ive used it here and there on random jobs, mostly cutting out drywall. I recently started remodeling a 2600 sq ft house and had to scrape the old glue off the studs and ceiling joists from the old drywall. Let me just say the house is being totally gutted, all drywall being removed so there was alot of this crap to scrape. We started off using chisels, then went to floor scrapers, then got pissed cause it was taking forever, drank a few beers, broke out this multi tool with a Bosch scraper blade and then started kicking ass. Seriously, it sucked before we decided to try this thing and it made it so much easier. I actually went out and bought another tool to have 2 going. The Bosch scraper blades lasted the entire demo and still have plenty of life in them. This is a must have for your arsenal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
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This cordless multi tool works really well, I have had it about 3 weeks and have used it about 5 times on things that would have been much harder to cut with other tools.Its a nice addition to the tool box. Its nice to be able to just grab it out of the tool box and not have to plug it in.
If you will be using this type of tool for long periods of time you may want a corded version, the battery does not last for more than 15 min on high and plunge cutting through wood, but this is the type of tool that you really dont need for much more than that most of the time. The two fast charging batteries work out very well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
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I looked at this tool at Home depot and Lowes - and Amazon was less expensive. The Multi-tool and attachments were received as ordered. I used it right away for a sheetrock repair - excellent for trimming odd shaped repair pieces with minimum effort, and limited dust. Great deal and great tool. Next up - using the carbide sanding attachment to prep my exterior windows for paint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2012
When I bought this tool I was a little hesitant. I volunteered for a church construction. There are 22 pews and each one had to be sanded down and restained. The M12 multi tool worked perfect! It met my demands and some! Its really powerful. Not that noisy(compared to what im used to with other brands) I've been using it for the past week. One day I used it for 6 hrs straight and the motor never over heated, batteries remained cool, charged them up quick. One small thing I had a problem with. I wish the kit would be sold with one M12XC battery. The small batteries are great for like a small job( finishing small detail)I always had to swap batteries every 30 min.(from constant beating) so I said I had enough and got me the M12 XC battery. It allows it to work way longer! So my only recommendation when you purchase this tool. Is to get an M12 XC battery if you plan on using it for commercial use. I have a lot on the M18 Family tools. I'm really starting to love the M12.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2012
I bought this same tool from a big box store to "upgrade" a Harbor Freight cordless version that I had been using heavily for years without encountering a single problem. Loved the Milwaukee name and wanted the compatability with my other m12 tools (love the impace driver, love the "dremel" type tool, like the hacksall tool). I was disapointed.

The first one right out of the box sounded really rough, like something was out of allignment. I took it right back to the store and swapped it for another. The second one sounded nice and smooth, had a soft start, and had plenty of power. Compared to the Harbor Freight, it was quieter, more powerful, more ergonomic, and had less vibration. But it died on the first day of use!!! It worked for 10 minutes, then stopped... the overload protection was triggered I think. I let it sit for an hour and then put on the sanding pad to smooth some areas of window trim, soft pine. It worked for 1 minute, then shut off. After sitting it started again and worked for 45 seconds then quit, then 30 seconds, then 15 seconds, and now 2 seconds. I let it sit for an hour each time and it is now to the point that it won't start at all. I'm very dissapointed. I'm taking it back to swap it for another to see if the third time is the charm... poor quality control. I comment Milwaukee for trying to do a 12v version of this but with they had done a bit more testing in the lab before launching what I have to assume is a design prone to lemons.

The cheap, blocky, loud Harbor Freight version of this tool meanwhile runs constantly without problems and it was cheap enough that I abuse it like a mule and it won't die.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2011
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Milwaukee 2426-22 M12 Cordless Multi-Tool Kit, 2 BatteryMy Milwaukee M12 tools travel with me they are ideal for us women that have weaker hands and have trouble with the size of the other battery tools. My husband has bought me my own set as I was into his. The sawsall kills a battery fast but with both of us using them we keep several batteries, and they do charge fast. I had one battery go bad but put it on my flashlight and it works with it. How long I don't know. We have been using these for well over a year the the drivers are used daily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2011
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I have not used another brand of this type of tool so I don't have anything to compare it to. It has a variable speed dial to speed up or slow down the blade. It vibrates a bit and makes your hands tingle if you use it for a while. It is loud too. If you own one, you will find a use for it. We were on a job that we had to remove some tape that was epxoyed into the floor. This tool saved the day! It did what no other tool could do. When cutting wood, it takes a little patients to get a nice straight line. This tool is a nice addition to your tool collection and you will find several uses for it. The blades are a little spendy, look for three pack, they are less expensive.
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