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Milwaukee's M12 lineup has some stand out entries. While this gets the job done, it has some flaws that hold it back from being what it could be.
I bought this because I'm already in the m12 line and a corded jigsaw can be more clunky than I'd like.
Well the battery life is surprisingly good with this tool, the brushed motor makes the tool significantly heavier than expected. When cutting I noticed a lot of vibration.
This was very uncomfortable over long duration sessions. This also caused the brittle acrylic splinter guard to shatter and the angle adjustment lever on the back to unlock. In fact, after stopping and locking down the lever, it repeatedly shook loose every minute or two of cutting. This not only slowed me down, but cut angles where it was undesirable.
Overall I'm thinking I would've been better of buying a cheap corded saw from Skil and calling it a day. I'm hoping someday Milwaukee adds a new saw to round out the M12 platform.
The blade was off the mark when set on 0° angle. It wasn't straight like it was supposed to be not even that close, I had to turn the Jigsaw slightly left for it to cut straight lines(trust me I tried to get it straight for awhile) and had to bend over constantly blowing away saw dust to make sure I was on line. Put 600 sq ft of laminate down with it but the fact that the whole time I had to babysit this saw for it to do a decent job is why 2*. Should've got a Bosch.
Probably the easiest jig saw to use on the market imho. It might not be the biggest and baddest, but it'll put in the work. I've cut out a ton with this thing.... Including hardwood flooring for vents, hardibacker boards, and rockboard on the side of a house for ventilation as well as a manufactured homes with rockboard for underside, so TONS of dust and gunk that can probably kill this thing, but it has never died or hiccuped once.
Only thing that did happen to me, while cutting rockboard, the blade somehow started cutting the plastic guide and running its own route, which was 2 second fix, but might have been from me pushing to hard, or turning to fast.etc, didn't harm the function of t he saw so its fine.
I'm a die hard mikwaukee guy and this saw is absolutely pathetic. I expected it to cut slow which is fine for what I need. But this thing is much much slower than expected. Struggles big time. It also just completely destroyed my high end guitar build because it can't stay at 0° which is the ONLY setting I need. This saw is absolutely pathetic and Milwaukee should definitely recall ALL of these and destroy them because not only did it just destroy what I put tons of hard work into, it is destroying Milwaukees great reputation.
I needed this for a job cutting in twenty speaks for a TI job. My assistant, a little impatient, had some trouble with the device and hated it, but he could not seem to understand you do not need to go full-throttle cutting drywall. Once I took over, I found the device easy to use and maneuverable. I wish the pilot light was stronger. In the first 2.5 seconds it is blocked with dust working overhead. Will run all day on a standard m12 battery, no need for the 4 or 6. I'd buy it again.
Already owning several high-capacity M12 batteries for other Milwaukee cordless tools makes it really easy to get a top-quality tool like the Jig saw at a modest cost. Everything works and it has a great feel in your hand. It is powerful and the absence of a power cord is really wonderful when following a scrolling cut without worrying about dragging a cord into the blade. Roller guide keeps the blade in place and there is good visibility of the cut with a really helpful light on the work. The M12 system with brushless motors has amazing long-lasting power without the weight and bulk of higher voltage tool families.
I have alot of m12 Milwaukee tools i have owned Milwaukee tools for 13 years and was super excited to get this saw and put it to work!! It works well battery life is good it's it's bit heavier than I'd like but it works!! And the main issue I have and will probably be returning it for is the acrylic plate lock!! The lock does not stay locked while cutting!!! I have to hold the lock with my other hand so it doesn't move and hit the blade!!! Not cool.. hopefully Milwaukee will see this issue and address it and put more thought into a better lighter weight and better locking version of this saw.
great saw for lighter work. I did have to remove the clear plastic guard to see the cut line better. Would be nice if it had a dust blower pointed at blade. But all in all very good saw and will serve its purpose well.
I had already purchased a number of Milwaukee M 12 tools and decided to complete my tool kit, by adding this jig saw for scroll work. To be honest, I was disappointed that it was not lighter, more compact and the standard batteries CP1.5 did not last very long. It took 2 Batteries to complete cutting eight holes in 1/2” thick plywood.
The M18 saw would probably have been a better buy, but I did not want to have to take 2 separate tool boxes with me for handyman work.
Superb tool. The two of us each have one. One of the best saws I have ever used. Somehow it is much more accurate than your high-end jigsaw or other handheld power saw: I can cut on the line, any straight or curvy line, across an entire 4x8 sheet of plywood - as is necessary when making boats, for instance. It is not daunted by thick or hard wood. It is not fast, which may be part of the advantage. It is also very good at tiny detail trimming, where you might think of using a scroll saw or handheld fret - for instance roughing out a violin or 'cello bridge (which you finish with a file). It is probably not built for the tough demolition work that I have put it to - tearing down walls and cutting up derelict boats (where you would ordinarily use a tiger saw) - but it has not lost its accuracy, just looks real beat-up and the removable transparent guide has gotten messed up. A great tool.