Milwaukee M18 circular saw gutless?

mcfarmall

Well-known member

Equipment
Kubota M5660SUHD, Farmall C
Sep 11, 2013
811
771
93
Kalamazoo, MI
Just picked up a 2732-20 to use on a construction project and so far have not been impressed with this tool. Full disclosure, I have been using this saw with a 3.0 battery which is the biggest I have at this time.

I have found that if there is even the slightest bind on the blade, it stalls out and when I check the battery, the charge indicator lights flash.

Milwaukee claims it has all the torque of a 15 amp corded saw but I disagree.

Nowhere in the saw owners manual is any wording about recommend battery size or any explanation of how they arrived at the rated specifications.

Anybody have thoughts or different experiences with this tool?
 

Hkb82

Member

Equipment
M7060 can-am defender hd10 gmc at4
Nov 17, 2021
62
62
18
40
Bruce peninsula
You’ll definitely get better performance with the larger 5 or 9ah batts but if you don’t already own them they can get pricey.
 

RCW

Well-known member
Lifetime Member

Equipment
BX2360, FEL, MMM, BX2750D snowblower. 1953 Minneapolis Moline ZAU
Apr 28, 2013
6,598
1,852
113
Chenango County, NY
I have an M18 circular saw that came with a kit several years ago.

Think blade is 6 1/2"(?).

No issues for me, but I do use a 5.0 ah battery.
 

mcfarmall

Well-known member

Equipment
Kubota M5660SUHD, Farmall C
Sep 11, 2013
811
771
93
Kalamazoo, MI
Mine is the 7-¼" brushless unit with magnesium shoe. Wish it was a blade left model like my corded drop foot Milwaukee.
 

OntheRidge

Member
Lifetime Member

Equipment
Kubota L2501 HST ,BH77 backhoe, LA525 loader, Landpride 1260 rotary cutter
Nov 1, 2020
74
66
18
25427
I have this same saw, the 1st one I had bound up and stopped working within a week or so, I returned it, the replacement works great with any of my batteries, although, obviously, larger ones last longer. Good luck!
 

58Ford

Active member

Equipment
BX23s + LP cutter
Jan 1, 2022
105
75
28
SW Washington
We typically avoid battery saws unless we have to be in the rafters. We did have a Mikita running and it took us a while to realize that we had to baby it more than our corded magnesium skillsaws. Dual batteries on it if I recall.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

Jchonline

Well-known member
Lifetime Member

Equipment
Kubota L6060, KX040-4, M7060, RTV X1100C, M62 (sold)
Oct 28, 2018
1,047
362
83
Red Feather Lakes, CO
Just picked up a 2732-20 to use on a construction project and so far have not been impressed with this tool. Full disclosure, I have been using this saw with a 3.0 battery which is the biggest I have at this time.

I have found that if there is even the slightest bind on the blade, it stalls out and when I check the battery, the charge indicator lights flash.

Milwaukee claims it has all the torque of a 15 amp corded saw but I disagree.

Nowhere in the saw owners manual is any wording about recommend battery size or any explanation of how they arrived at the rated specifications.

Anybody have thoughts or different experiences with this tool?
The minimum I would use is the 5AH battery. 8 or 9 is better.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users

crmorse

Member

Equipment
'20 RTV-XG850, '16 L47 TLB, '06 JCB 506CHL, '99 JD 455G, 1953 Ford 8N
Nov 28, 2016
102
0
16
Anniston, AL
The battery size makes a huge difference. I can tell the difference between my 8Ah and 6Ah. With the 8Ah it has more torque than my corded Makita hypoid saw.
 

dclauria

New member

Equipment
Kubota L4060HSTC, L4469 snowblower, Landpride BB2572 boxblade
Jan 1, 2022
13
13
3
Northern Michigan
Similar experience here... I'm an electrician and I have many Milwaukee tools and a variety of batteries
The 9ah or 12ah is the one I chose when I want to do some serious work.
 

GreensvilleJay

Well-known member

Equipment
BX23-S
Apr 2, 2019
4,663
1,478
113
Greensville,Ontario,Canada
just went to the website, the ONLY battery I can see(kinda) , is to use the HD12(750 cuts..), which I assume is a 12AH battery
NO where is the 'specs' do they say WHAT battery is needed, just M18 ,again I'll assume Millwakee, 18 volt ?