Summary: Excellent lightweight saw. The early version had the blade tracking problem mentioned by an old post, resulting in the blade popping off, but a service bulletin/recall fixed that issue. I have the larger saw also, but use this one the majority of the time.
Summary: I am an electrician and this is a must have!! much lighter than the full size models and still plenty of power to get the job done. I have been using it for 2 years now and no problems. I recommend putting an s hook at the base of the handle so you can hang it off the side of a work cart.
Summary: Milwaukee makes some of the best portable band saws, and this one is rugged and light and can get into small areas. The problem I have with it is the blade popping off much more than with the full size band saw. I think it's just physics, because of the smaller blade. I don't know if it could be resolved. I would give it 5 stars, if the blade popping off wasn't so annoying.
Summary: I purchased this for my new husband for Christmas. He thought I had forgotten about it since we began talking about it in Oct. What a surprise to him!!! He uses one very similar on his job site as an electrician foreman and finds it to be versatile. The fact that this one has a little light on it makes it easier for him to see into long dark spaces for accuracy. If he's happy, I'm happy!
Summary: So far so good. This is a handy little portable bandsaw. I've had it for 6-7 months now and use it daily on the job for cutting 3/8" hanger rod. Also use it for cutting steel pipe from time to time. Much lighter weight than the full sized model, like the built in light. Keep in mind this is not as rugged as the full sized Milwaukee bandsaw, the body is all composite plastic. it will break if you throw it around.
Summary: Got my compact band saw about 2 weeks ago------the best tool decision that I ever made. This little giant cuts thru steel in no time at all----makes an old-timer feel like work is play. I neglected, however, to order extra blades at time of order---just received the order for 2 of those today---not needed yet, just want spares on hand.