September 15, 2010

Milwaukee's New Sawzall Blade


UPDATE: We just saw that Jay from CopTool got his e-hands on some videos of the blades, so we shamelessly stole them and added them to our post. Make sure to also check out what Jay has to say about the blades here.

Of all the things we saw on our last trip to Milwaukee (the heated jacket, the new line of hand tools, the new battery, etc.), the one thing that made a real lasting impression was the new Sawzall blade design that they have in the works. We've spent way too much time working with recip saws and seeing the functionality of the new blades was almost too much to take. But, as with the battery, there was an embargo on the information while they ironed out the final few details, so we had to stay mum about it all until now. But we got word late yesterday that we can now blab, blab, blab. So, if you're a contractor, listen up, because you're going to like this...

Milwaukee has done two things to the design of the blade:

1) Added an additional small tooth recessed between the larger teeth. What this does is prohibit a nail from lodging between the larger teeth and breaking them off (which is a why your wood blades last about 5 minutes cutting through nail-filled 2x6s). At the press event, they had some great slo-mo video of the blade in action against a leading competitor and it was amazing to watch. The Milwaukee sort of glided over the nail while cutting it, and the other blade hooked the nail and immediately started blowing apart.

2) When we saw the second thing that they did, we almost dropped to our knees. It was like someone had answered all of our Sawzall prayers. Milwaukee added a fang tooth to the front of the blade which makes plunge-cutting a snap. No more flop, flop, flop of a blade trying to find its way into the wood, gouging up the workpiece in the process. We teared up when we watched a Milwaukee guy effortlessly plunge a blade into a piece of 3/4" ply.

If you don't know what we're talking about, that's fine; but if you do know, if you're someone who works with recip saws day in and day out, then there's a good chance you're jumping up and down and clapping your hands right now (we were).

The blade will be available in both regular and Ax format.

The press release....

Milwaukee® Introduces New-To-World SAWZALL® Blade Design

MILWAUKEE, WI - Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation introduces innovative new wood cutting SAWZALL® Blades, in both standard and The Ax™ profiles, to deliver the fastest speed of cut, greatest durability against nail impacts, and the quickest plunge cut of any blade on the market.

"Until now, users have been forced to choose between wood cutting blades that deliver fast cuts, but sacrifice durability, and very durable blades that cut relatively slowly," says Erich Herman, Director of Product Management. "As a result of this frustration, Milwaukee is excited to offer this new-to-world solution that delivers both the fastest speed of cut and the most durable teeth without trade-off."

To address speed, Milwaukee has researched and optimized multiple design variables through a proprietary design process. The most notable change has been the shift from a 6 TPI (teeth per inch) pattern to a faster, more aggressive 5 TPI pattern. To increase tooth durability, Milwaukee has developed the patent-pending Nail Guard™ tooth design to prevent nails from fracturing the blade's teeth upon impact. The cutting edge of the new tooth form remains engaged with the nail, rather than allowing nails to drop into the gullets and cause teeth-fracturing impacts. The combined result is a blade that is tougher and cuts two times faster.

Finally, Milwaukee has created a pair of unique, fang-like teeth and an extra large gullet to deliver the fastest plunge cut available in the industry. While ordinary designs bounce or skate along the work piece surface, this Fang Tip™ design bites into the wood on first contact to make the cut virtually effortless.

The launch of these new SAWZALL® Blades demonstrates Milwaukee Electric Tool's continued commitment to delivering innovative accessory solutions to save time and increase productivity on the jobsite.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 15, 2010 5:10 AM
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