Milwaukee 0730-20 V28 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Review
- 28-volt cordless circular saw with a 4,200 RPM motor
- High-strength, bend-resistant aluminum shoe
- Both handles feature solid grips for comfort, secure handling
- Lightweight (only 8.8 pounds) and a highly responsive brake mechanism
- Allen key and rip fence included
It’s nothing but the truth that power tools, like this Milwaukee 0730-20 28-volt, that are equipped with lithium-ion batteries, brushless motors, and beast-like amp-hours give your greater power as well as a longer runtime. And that, in turn, increases the performance and productivity potential. So you can complete more and more woodworking projects more and more easily and quickly.
In comparison to traditional corded models, this one’s certainly more monster-like in terms of performance. And that too without having to deal with power cord concerns. And it’s finally time to cut the cord anyway!
A cordless version like this, for which you have to buy the battery separately, is certainly the most convenient to use in working areas where it’s just either impossible or very difficult to use extension cords. Cordless models, no doubt, are smaller in comparison to the majority of corded circular saws. Plus, they work like a charm in confined or limited spaces.
With Milwaukee 0730-20 V28, you can work through the toughest materials. All thanks to the extra punch of power it comes with for such applications. But then keep in mind that extra power is also equal to the battery draining rather quickly. However, that is a problem only when you compare cordless with corded. Even so, the no-cord experience compensates for such a flaw.
Another added advantage with cordless power tools, especially this Milwaukee creation, is the extremely quiet operation. Conventional corded ones are indeed slightly noisy. But the current one is so quiet that it might leave you wondering if the blade is actually moving at 4,200 RPM or not. Rest assured that the blade does really turn and that the speed is pretty adequate.
Design / Features
Once you’ve decided that you want to buy cordless, it’s time to pay attention to the many features. Milwaukee 0730-20 28-Volt Cordless Circular Saw is surely a feature-packed, well-designed model with higher amps (28 volts) and adequate cutting power (4,200 RPM).
Moving on to the blade capacity of this thing… The blade capacity is what determines what the max. depth of the cut can be. In this case, the blade diameter is the standard 6-1/2” size, which means it can cut through 2 inches of lumber at 45 degrees angle in just one pass. Unlike its smaller counterpart, 5-3/8 inches, that cuts through the same in a single pass, but at a 90-degree angle. At 45 degrees though, there need to be two passes.
What about the weight of the circular saw? Is it such that the power tool is easier, more convenient to control? After all, the Milwaukee cordless circular saw does weigh only 8.8 pounds, much lighter in comparison to its heavier corded counterparts.
Other necessary features included are electric brakes, tactile grips, lightweight magnesium-made guards, and aircraft-grade, high-strength aluminum shoe. The brakes reverse the stream of electricity at the release of the trigger. Thus, reversing the flow instantly and halting the momentum of the blade. That’s how good the braking mechanism is!
As for the tactile grips, these certainly know how to hand over more control at the time of cutting. Then the magnesium guards are optimally lightweight to eliminate any unnecessary weight without affecting or compromising operation. And lastly, the aluminum shoe, it’s bend-resistant for maximum reliability and precision.
No doubt, this is a power-packed and feature-packed 28-volt cordless circular saw without the problems often a part of the corded models.
Bevel capacity is the max. bevel cuts the circular saw is capable of making. Bevel adjustments then allow you to tilt the foot-plate according to that blade for performing bevel cuts. Then you have pre-set bevel stops that enable quick, easy adjustments for the bevel cuts.
In that context, it’s the blade diameter that determines the entire bevel game. In this case, with 6-1/2 inches, the bevel cutting capacity is between 0 and 47 degrees.
What about the cutting depth? With a 6-1/2-inch blade, it’s 2-9/16 inches. Pretty much the same as that achieved by the more common 7-1/4” blade diameter in other circular saws. This, for sure, is perfect for cutting 3x in a single pass.
The fact that depth adjustment exists means you can work through materials of various thickness levels.
In comparison to sidewinder circular saws, which the current Milwaukee model is too, it looks much the same. To be honest, most sidewinder versions have the same appearance except for the color differences. However, up close, they don’t feel the same though, that is at the time of using them. So what makes one unit different from the other? Ergonomics!
Milwaukee 0730-20 is a very handy and light tool indeed. The base feels just like more powerful cordless circular saws with its flat metal plate and straight edges. And that’s the best when using against straight edges.
Smooth handling, nice, well-balanced weight, extremely responsive braking mechanism, proper visibility of blade and other adjustment elements, etc. In short, efficient use indeed.
Specification: Milwaukee 0730-20 V28 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Review