|Review by Johnny Boy||posted 04-28-2013 02:46 AM||1438 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
First of all, I’d like to explain that this is not the saw I have ordered from Home Depot Canada.
A guy made a mistake somewhere and sent me this one instead of the 13 Amp 6536-21.
After multiple calls, they offered to refund less than the difference but I had to use the saw anyway so
I kept it. HD really s**ks in Canada. Last time I buy stuff from them.
So I have received the 6519-22. The metal locks on the case are working very well.
The case is just big enough for the saw, even the manual does not stay in place.
Forget about storing blades. One point removed.
First impression about the overall quality of the saw is excellent.
Good shape and weight balance, good grip. The motor looks powerful enough to destroy a whole house
The rotating handle could be useful is such cases but I have never used it.
Very easy thumb button to unlock it, even with saw running.
I do think the removable cable is totally useless. Just a question to engineers: why ?.
A special connector, unable to find elsewhere on the market. A source of problems from my pov.
The blade changing mechanism is convenient. Not always easy to access, depending on the position of reciprocating system. The adjustable foot could be a little longer, I mean 1.5” more.
Then, the mess begins. The “variable” speed trigger is really “variable”. I mean that the speed changes during operation. The first time I used the saw, the weather was really cold here in Canada, around -20C.
The saw started very slowly then began to accelerate. I thought that the system was warming up.
Today was +20C and the same problem occured. Put the setting on the first speed, the lowest one.
Pull the trigger fully and the saw will start to move, then accelerate, then slow down.
And the speed changes according to the load. I had an old Mastercraft saw paid 25$ that never did the same.
Very disappointing and frustrating when you need a constant speed. This one was 145$.
Last thing, on lowest speeds, the effective range of the trigger is only the last 10 or 15%.
Another point removed.
I have contacted Milwaukee several weeks ago, they never replied.
I hope you were interested in this review and it helped you to chose a reciprocating saw.
Thanks for your time and patience reading approximative english from a frenchy.
-- Johnny Boy