October 12, 2007

Milwaukee Hatchet Reciprocating Saw

milwaukee_hatchet.jpgMilwaukee apparently isn't content to coast on their reputation of making the biggest, baddest reciprocating saws. Nope, they've got to keep innovating and coming up with new features for the mother of all destruction tools. This time they've tinkered around with the handle design and the resulting tool is called The Hatchet.

They've removed the standard D-handle that has been a consistent part of every reciprocating saw ever made and replaced it with a pivoting pistol grip. When the handle is at full pivot, the tool is only 13-1/2" long, which means the tool can get itself into some tight locations such as joist bays and that mess of copper pipes behind your water heater.

The Hatchet has 7.5 amps, which is less than even the least powerful of the standard Sawzalls (the one that sells for about $100 has 11 amps), but that's not to say that the 7.5 amps is weak, it's not. And besides, when you get into a situation where The Hatchet is needed, you won't care about the fact that what you're doing is taking a few seconds longer, you're just going to be happy that you're not breaking out the old rusty hacksaw.

The tool is also lighter than the other Sawzalls, weighing only 6.7 lbs, as opposed to the even 7 of the 11 amp model and the 9.8 lbs of the 13 amp model.

milwaukee_hatchet2.jpgAs with other quality reciprocating saws on the market, this one has a quick change system for putting in and releasing blades. It also comes with a 10' cord that attaches to the base of the tool, as well as a case.

Like a lot of the compact tools that the big brand names are putting out, this one would be good in the hands of both the contractor and the DIYer. Because of its size, it's good for all manner of work around the house work and you don't need to be Dolph Lundgren to operate it. Its likely to be the only reciprocating saw you'll ever need. And for the contractor, The Hatchet will come in handy in so many situations that it will likely pay for itself in time within the first month or two.

The Hatchet runs about $140, which sounds fair to us. Considering its potential uses, they could probably charge more and it would be no problem. But if you want to be charged more, the tool is also available in 18-volt cordless form for a whopping $250. And that's not even with li-ion batteries. If that's still not enough money for you, there's a 4-tool cordless combo kit that contains The Hatchet for $530. We'll opt for the corded version.

Corded Hatchet at Amazon.com
Cordless Hatchet at Amazon.com
4-Tool Combo Kit at Amazon.com

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 12, 2007 5:30 AM
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