OK here is the low down of this saw. We all know the Milwaukee Sawzall is Bad A**. You want to do any demolition work, grab your Milwaukee and go to town. Nothing will stand in its way. I would like to say the same about the 2620-20, but I have a hard time. Yes it still is an awesome saw and you will not be disappointed by it, but there are some things you should know.
Milwaukee still integrated some cool features of this saw like the D-handle, over molded front grip and best of all the patent gear protecting clutch. The gear protecting clutch is awesome as it extends the life of the tool. If you have ever used a reciprocating saw, you know how sometimes the saw jams, bounces or bangs. Well this system protects the clutch from getting damaged. As with the other cordless Sawzalls, this has some serious power. The strokes per minute are 0-3200, so it does have a variable speed trigger. Lets get into some of the downs to this Sawzall.
Here is one con I have heard people say. Personally I don’t think this is a con, but something we should touch on. This saw will only take Milwaukee XC batteries which are the high capacity batteries, the 3 Ah. Milwaukee sells some drill kits that come with the compact or 1.5 Ah batteries. These batteries will not work in the saw. So for some who all ready owns Milwaukee tools, but only the compact batteries, be prepared to buy another battery or buy the saw in a kit. Some people, which I understand, don’t like having to buy another battery. You buy a tool for $100 and now have to buy a $80 battery, which you should have two. So I do see some people who do get mad, but on Milwaukee’s site, amazon and other sites, I do see it clearly states you need the XC battery, so I do’t feel bad for the people who said they never knew this. Personally I am happy Milwaukee only uses the 3 Ah battery. This tool requires a lot of juice and the 1.5 Ah would just die quickly. Then I would have to recharge the battery depleting the longevity of the battery.
OK here is what I don’t like about the saw. I know some people could care less, but just want to bring it up. I wish the saw’s shoe was adjustable. While it will pivot, it does not extend. There are a lot of applications where I wish the shoe would be longer, so I could have better control.
Alright here is the biggest things, the OLP or Overload Protection. This is not just Milwaukee, but all tool companies are doing this now. They put safety systems in place so when the tool is working to hard, it shuts down. However it will reset right away and you can go back to work, but it is a hassle. This saw does seem to shut down rather quickly. Actually most of the brands we have tested seem to shut down quickly. I just wish Milwaukee would not have the threshold so low so I could run the tool a little harder.
Overall if you own the Milwaukee M18 set, this is a great addition to your tool collection. Just remember this takes the XC battery which is the 3 Ah. If your looking to do heavy work, I would by pass this saw and go with the corded version, 13 amp as nothing will stop that saw.