Summary: Grabbed one of these the other day at the hardware store & I have to say I like this kit alot. The tool itself has a nice feel to it, doesn't wear out quickly & is ready to use pretty much immediately. Would recommend to anyone looking for a reliable tool to fill out their bench. Haven't really had a chance to put it through the paces yet, but I'll update this just as soon as she gets a few more miles on her.
Summary: I bought this saw to cut up downed pine on my property for my fireplace. With this saw I don't need to get out the chainsaw except for log cutting. Using this saw with its reciprocating blade and ultra fast blade lock is much easier and safer than using a chainsaw. And I don't miss the gas fumes & noise of my chainsaw. The 45 minutes or so of cutting time on one battery charge makes for forced breaks. Not such a bad thing.
Summary: Hand sawing firewood while tent camping at 8000 feet is tiresome. This Milwaukee Sawzall is the perfect tool for cutting 4 to 5 inch logs. I can cut down dry wood continuously for about 15 minutes, then the battery needs charging with the Milwaukee 12v charger .. that takes about 40 minutes. I cut 4 to 5 logs of down-wood about 4 feet long, take them back to the campsite and then cut those into 8 or 10 inch fire logs.
Summary: I replaced my Milwaukee nicad set with the new M18 kit and this sawzall is not suited for cutting pipe or conduit.. It literally beats conduit to death before it cuts it. Very rough use. Might work good on wood but so does a hatchet. The hammer drill and flashlight work pretty well and the batteries do last a long time. I'd rather cut pipe with my hand hacksaw and leave this in the truck (and I have on many occasions). I recommend M18 hackzall for pipe.