Milwaukee 2719-20 M18 Reciprocating Saw Review

The Milwaukee 2719-20 is one of the two models in the 2719 class.

A reciprocating cordless Hackzall, the 2719-20 is smaller, yet full of innovative features and a focus upon smarter working, rather than stronger.

If you don’t have too much time to read through the review, I’ve made a quick overview of the Milwaukee 2719-20 M18 below:

  • Light and compact design, weighing 4.07lbs and 14” in length
  • 3,000SPM brushless motor allows for faster speeds and motor longevity
  • Speed control with variable speed trigger, as well as keyless blade change
  • Dual-gear counterbalance technology reduces vibration by 4x that of other saws
  • REDLINK Plus Intelligence provides constant communication throughout the saw

Specifications & Features

Firstly, we have the specifications of the 2719-20.

I’ve also looked at three features and described why they are important in this model.


  • Weight of only 4.07 lbs
  • Only 14” in diameter
  • ⅞” stroke length
  • 3,000 SPM motor
  • Variable speed trigger for complete control over your cuts
  • Keyless QUIK-LOK blade clamp
  • Dual-gear counterbalance
  • Adjustable and pivoting shoe

Stroke Length & Brushless Motor

With a  stroke length of ⅞” and a motor that can achieve a rate of 3,000SPM – this makes for a strong combination which is reflected in the quality of your work.

The brushless motor is another feature which will improve the quality of your cuts and overall project.

An upgrade on the traditional brushed motor, the brushless motor design increases the longevity of your saw, and also the speed at which it can reach.

This is a bonus for you in the long term, saving you additional expenses on a replacement, which can occur due to the wear and tear of the motor’s brushes.

Impressive, don’t you think?

Adjustable & Pivoting Shoe

A reciprocating saw with an adjustable and pivoting shoe is always a feature I believe is important.

Not only does it provide leverage when making cuts, (which is quite important in a one-handed saw design) yet it also extends the lifespan of your blades by giving you the accessibility to shield more vulnerable and worn parts of the blade.

This also gives you clearer visibility of the material you’re cutting, and the quality of your cuts also.

Anything that assists in making cuts the highest quality they can be is definitely a tick from me.

Variable Speed Trigger & Keyless QUIK-LOK Blade Clamp

With the brushless motor allowing it to work more efficiently and attain faster speeds of 3,000 SPM, there are times where you won’t want to have your saw at this speed.

For the materials which you need a slower cut – this can be done so with the variable speed trigger. With the flick of the switch, you are able to control the speed each time you use the saw.

When you use the 2719-20 and need to interchange between blades for the different materials you’re cutting, you’ll have more time to do so with the keyless QUIK-LOK Blade Clamp.

This makes blade switches effortless, as you won’t have to use tools or keys to swap blades – it can all be done with a switch.

Good inclusion, isn’t it?


If you’re looking at the kit, which includes both the charger and battery pack, the 2719-21 is the model for you.

This is a bare tool model, so you will get the following out of the box:

  • 1 x Milwaukee 2719-20 M18 Fuel Hackzall Saw
  • 1 x General Purpose Sawzall Blade

What Separates The 2719-20 From The Competition?

So we’ve had a look at the features, some of which can be found in alternative reciprocating saws also.

However, there are some features – which I’ve picked below for you – which are unique to this model.

Let’s see them in detail, and you can decide for yourself.

Dual Gear Counterbalance Mechanism

This feature heads a long list of features which makes this model one of the best one-handed, cordless reciprocating saws that you can find.

With the dual gear counterbalance, the vibration of the 2719-20 M18 is reduced by up to 4x than that of alternative saws. Not only does this result in increased speed when cutting material, but it also reduces fatigue that will indubitably occur.

This is definitely designed for long term use on an array of projects, giving you the ability to work more effectively and for a longer duration.

Lightweight Design

Weighing only 4.07lbs, you’ll be able to feel the difference almost immediately in your hands. This one-handed reciprocating model from Milwaukee is designed to get into positions and spaces that before you were unable to – mainly because of a heavy-duty saw which bogged you down.

That’s not a matter with the 2719-20. The one-handed design gives you tighter control over the saw, and also your project. You’lll be able to hold materials with your other hand, giving you more leverage – reducing potential vibrations and increasing accuracy.

The ergonomic design allows you to work smarter, reducing stress upon your body, with a comfortable rubber handle.

Being able to work for longer with reduced energy? Sign me up.

Redlink Plus Intelligence

This is a feature found in certain Milwaukee models, which increases the efficiency of your work.

It does so by optimizing performance through complete system control – of the motor, battery and circuit board – by allowing communication between the three constantly.

What this does, is allow for your saw to save energy, and also increase or decrease the power it outputs whilst working.

By doing so, the 2719-20 will spend less time on charge, and more time in your hand. For a cordless model, this is incredibly important.

Not only does it increase the efficiency of your work, but also the quality.

This is another tick of approval from me.

Final Words

So there we have it – a closer look into the 2719-20.

I hope I was able to provide you with some more information about this reciprocating cordless saw, and it can assist you when looking to purchase a new Hackzall.

The brushless motor, as well as the innovative communication technology between components, will allow you to work smarter and still have power whilst doing so.

I would definitely recommend the 2719-20 – especially if you need another Hackzall in your inventory, and are working in spaces which are often tight and awkward to get inside of.

Is there something you think I missed?

I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave your comments below.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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