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Old 08-11-2019, 12:35 PM   #1
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I'm going to pull a Hax here.

So the Milwaukee Fuel Hackzall is on special (where else?) for $159 bare tool and you get a 2 pack of the new CP3.0 batteries thrown in. I'm not sure what's so special about the CP batteries but that's still a pretty good deal.

I've been using the brushed Hackzall for 6+ years now without issue, mostly for cutting EMT and PVC and the occasional piece of wood. Is the Fuel hackzall that much better? I do see plumbers using them all the time on jobs, so they are popular for sure.

Forgot to add: 18 volt model, but I'm curious about the 12 volt too since I have both systems.

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Old 08-11-2019, 12:43 PM   #2
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I'm going to pull a Hax here.
You mean ask a question of other tradesmen and expect them to post their experience instead of just telling you to go out and buy it blindly? The horror...

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So the Milwaukee Fuel Hackzall is on special (where else?) for $159 bare tool and you get a 2 pack of the new CP3.0 batteries thrown in. I'm not sure what's so special about the CP batteries but that's still a pretty good deal.

I've been using the brushed Hackzall for 6+ years now without issue, mostly for cutting EMT and PVC and the occasional piece of wood. Is the Fuel hackzall that much better? I do see plumbers using them all the time on jobs, so they are popular for sure.
I assume you are talking about the M12.

A lot of people like the non-Fuel Hackzall, and I understand way. If you are only cutting drywall and thin metal, it is fine. It is very small, lightweight, and maneuverable.

The Fuel model is definitely more powerful, but it is also larger. The size is not that far off from the M18 model, although once you put the M18 battery on that model is much bigger and heavier.

I have used both and own the M12 Fuel. I think it is great, I have no use for the small model. It has taken over for my Dewalt 18V real sawzawl completely. I have cut thru some pretty thick walls (layers and layers of generations of sheathing, etc.) as well as rigid pipe, but it is also small enough to make small clean cuts in finished areas.

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I'm not sure what's so special about the CP batteries
I love the 3.0 compact batteries, but I only use them in the impact gun, little drill, and sticklight. IMO, the hackzall and most other tools should be used with the extended sized battery.
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Sorry, M18. Oops.
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Here’s how I look at it because I also use 18V for everyday use:

For a drill, brushless is essential because it gets used and abused all day long. For all other tools, it’s optional. With a reciprocating saw, you pick it up and use it for ten seconds and then set it down. The same goes for a circular saw. Even with impact drivers, I had a Fuel that had to go into the shop for repair. I bought a cheap, reconditioned non-Fuel to get me by and barely noticed the difference.

If I was buying a new tool to replace one that was worn out, I would consider brushless but, if your current Hackzall is still good, I would use it til it burns.
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Sorry, M18. Oops.
I think all the same things apply to the M18 Fuel models.

If you are happy with the old one, just keep it. If you need to buy a new one, I would buy the Fuel unless it's just too heavy or large for your application.
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This sounds like one of those deals where the tool is almost free because of the batteries that are included. I like deals like that. I bought a drill/driver combo on sale for the cost of batteries. It’s always good to have backup tools.
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If it is in store, like i said in the other thread, you can return one if they are packaged separately. get 48% off of the item you do keep. You can have the hackzall for 83 bucks if it is structured like most of these deals. The online deals like this seem to be a package deal and you can't pull these shenanigans.
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I have both and like the fuel substantially more. It seems like it has more power than the old version and I think it cuts faster although that may just be in my head lol. It doesnt use as much battery for the same cut I did notice. The CP 3.0 is a compact battery but supposed to have the same capacity of the original XC’s
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I have both and like the fuel substantially more. It seems like it has more power than the old version and I think it cuts faster although that may just be in my head lol. It doesnt use as much battery for the same cut I did notice. The CP 3.0 is a compact battery but supposed to have the same capacity of the original XC’s
I want to know how it works with a blade that should have been replaced three weeks ago .
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Much like the staple gun, buy it, try it, maybe return it.

Everyone's expectations of a tool are different.
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I want to know how it works with a blade that should have been replaced three weeks ago .
Well, today it cut through a 6” tree branch with a wore out metal blade and only used 1 bar lol
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Well, today it cut through a 6” tree branch with a wore out metal blade and only used 1 bar lol
Real world experience. Love it.
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How about with the blade upside down?

Tip: Don’t lend your Hackzall to a dumbass.
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One of my guys has one of those 12 volt Milwaukee hacksaws and I want to punch him in the throat every time he pulls out that piece of crap.
I am tickled to know they have an upgraded model.
I will keep an eye out for them.
FWIW, the guys love the 12 volt band saw. They are a money maker for us on pipe jobs.
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I bought a M18 with a 5.0 on clearance awhile back with the intention of using it for PVC on UG jobs but now I use it for pretty much everything, only time I get the big M18 sawzall out is to got through big round and square pipe.
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One of my guys has one of those 12 volt Milwaukee hacksaws and I want to punch him in the throat every time he pulls out that piece of crap.
I am tickled to know they have an upgraded model.
I will keep an eye out for them.
FWIW, the guys love the 12 volt band saw. They are a money maker for us on pipe jobs.
I like my M12 Hackzall you wanna throat punch me too?
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I like my M12 Hackzall you wanna throat punch me too?
He better make sure that throat punch is a good one .
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He better make sure that throat punch is a good one .

Talk about needing a great first shot!


That hackzall would be handy for bone and cartilage with a long medium toothed metal blade.
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