Milwaukee Announces M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Brushless Rear Handle 7-1/4” Circular Saw 2830-21HD

Milwaukee Tool just announced the release of it’s first rear-handle circular saw. Although several competitors have beat them to market on their versions, Milwaukee claims to have several advantages over the competition. This also fills out a hole in their general carpentry lineup.


• Speed: 5,800

• Arbor Size: Diamond

• Bevel Capacity: 53 degree

• Capacity: 2-1/2” at 90° and 1-7/8” at 45°

• Weight: 13.5 lbs (10 lbs bare tool)

• 5-year warranty


Milwaukee’s rear-handle circular saw expands their FUEL lineup which includes proprietary POWERSTATE brushless motor, REDLITHIUMTM battery pack, and REDLINK PLUS intelligence which have been re-engineered to handle the demands necessary of a framing saw.

The Milwaukee rear-handle circular saw is constructed of cast magnesium to maintain durability while also reducing the weight as much as possible on a heavy-duty saw. They also have included a rafter hook that will be usable on different thicknesses and an LED light to help light up the area (I am particularly excited about this feature).

When outfitted with their 12.0 Ah High Demand battery pack, Milwaukee claims to be able to make over 570 cuts through 2×4 material (I have a pretty good feeling that we are going to put these claims to the test as soon as we can get our hands on one).

Similar to their competitors, this IS NOT a worm-drive saw. This is a direct-drive saw that is styled like the traditional worm-drives. The gears will not need to be oiled which helps keep maintenance to a minimum.

Where To Get One

This saw is set for release in July of this year (2019), and will sold as a kit (2830-21HD) which includes the saw, a general purpose framing blade, 12.0Ah battery, M12/M18 multi-voltage charger and a contractor bag. A bare tool option will also be available. Below is a link to the kit pre-sale.

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Rear Handle Circular Saw – Video Preview

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Will Endicott

William Endicott is a licensed contractor in the State of Missouri and is the principal of a custom home building and renovation company. After attending the University of Kansas, he began working full time in the trades and soon after, started his own company. As a second generation carpenter, William grew up around job sites and discovered his love of tools. He now enjoys finding tools that help give his clients the best possible quality, while also helping to keep his company productive and profitable. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking projects, fishing and spending time with his wife and three children.

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