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Milwaukee M12 FUEL Brushless 3" Compact Cut Off Saw kit w/ 4Ah battery $149

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Toolnut [toolnut.com] has the Milwaukee 2522-21XC M12 Fuel Brushless Compact Cut Off Tool 4Ah Kit for $149 with free shipping. This was a frontpage deal at $129 from Northern Tool, but people have complained of delays and order cancellations from that vendor. It was also previously a frontpage deal for $149 from Home Depot.

I was also able to get a $10 off $100 coupon by signing up for their mailing list in a popup on the product page, bringing my total to $139 before tax.
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Home depot has the same deal.
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I have steel tie rods sticking out of the walls in my unfinished basement. Would this be the tool to cut them flush with the wall? A bunch are bent in what looks like a lazy attempt to snap them off while the rest are just sticking straight out.
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I have steel tie rods sticking out of the walls in my unfinished basement. Would this be the tool to cut them flush with the wall? A bunch are bent in what looks like a lazy attempt to snap them off while the rest are just sticking straight out.
For the money you're better off with a corded angle grinder. Reciprocating saw should do the job too. This is a niche tool that non-tradesmen likely won't get much use out of.
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Dang, this triggered my deal alert for the circular saw.
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For the money you're better off with a corded angle grinder. Reciprocating saw should do the job too. This is a niche tool that non-tradesmen likely won't get much use out of.
What would you say is the target audience for this tool, what type of cuts and such?
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What would you say is the target audience for this tool, what type of cuts and such?
I bought this last time under the HD deal. I use a m18 metal saw (lower rpm) for cutting rebar for concrete work, and smaller steel bar/angle stock for gates/fences/headers. This was purchased as a back up to that metal saw.

I could see some hvac people using this on metal duct and metal hanger straps (loud though). Though typically that kind of steel really eats up abrasive blades (hence why we use snips).

I could also see this used in an auto body setting where you may be using an 3" air grinder to cut off exhausts, bolts, etc. (die/air grinders use up a ton of CFM)
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What would you say is the target audience for this tool, what type of cuts and such?
HVAC and anyone who else who needs to cut sheet metal.
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What would you say is the target audience for this tool, what type of cuts and such?
I bought this tool on the 129 deal for cutting some glued-down slate tiles under a wood stove location during a remodel. 1/4- 3/8" deep, the attraction being the 4ah battery (I have other M12 tools), and the depth-setting capacity and the direct vacuum hookup.

I found it woefully underpowered. It took multiple passes at increased depth to get through those tiles with the diamond blade, and the dust collection was negligible. I'll stick to steel cutting applications in the future; I don't see slate and tile being that different for hardness. If I'd had the better potential of score and break it'd probably have turned out much better, but I d to cut clean through and not score the wood floor below for the revision I was doing. Also the cut pass width, after multiple passes, overlapped just a tiny bit; end cut was almost 1/4" wide and needed tuning. That said; it did eventually do the job, so there's that.

Ultimately I would second the statement that it is a very specific niche tool. Having die grinders to run 3" wheels and 4-4.5" grinders for larger cutoff wheels and sawzalls galore this pretty much boiled down (so far) to a one time use that was a real slog...and a good battery and charger. The bare tool will rest in a toolbox drawer a lot, methinks...
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HVAC and anyone who else who needs to cut sheet metal.
I think he's hit the nail on the head. This will take 3" wood-cutting Dremel tool blades (no wood cutting blades come with this tool, or are directly sold for it that I could find)...but this probably rocks for sheet metal, and the next time I bother to bust it out will be for that exact concept; thin steel. My two cents anyway; I wouldn't recommend it as a tile cutting tool, and I think wood blades would be a waste. Just not powerful enough
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I ordered this the last time the deal came around and I am returning it.

My intention was to use it to cut 1/16" Aluminum (14 gauge or 0.063") and it kept shutting off. I think it was a "safety" feature that tells it to shut off if the load is too much for the tool.

Looks like ductwork is 28-16 gauge steel. (0.018"-0.075").

So the tool might be good for residential or light commercial ductwork but not the thickest ductwork.
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I think he's hit the nail on the head. This will take 3" wood-cutting Dremel tool blades (no wood cutting blades come with this tool, or are directly sold for it that I could find)...but this probably rocks for sheet metal, and the next time I bother to bust it out will be for that exact concept; thin steel. My two cents anyway; I wouldn't recommend it as a tile cutting tool, and I think wood blades would be a waste. Just not powerful enough
It can do lighter pipes and pvc too really well. So some plumbers that work at rough plumbing might find good use for it. Such as housing community build out and want to be quick with a small tool. This is not a homeowners tool for sure.
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I've been looking at this and when is it useful vs an angle Grinder? Besides tile... I wish they would make a straight version. That would be much more useful for mechanics
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I've been looking at this and when is it useful vs an angle Grinder? Besides tile... I wish they would make a straight version. That would be much more useful for mechanics

Very seldom, I'd say; unless you want very specific depth control, which is what I bought this for. Anything else I'd reach for an angle grinder every time
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this is not a good deal. i saw it at a home depot in brentwood tennessee on clearance for $112.
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