Milwaukee M12 Fuel Hatchet 6-Inch Pruning Saw Review
The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Hatchet 6-Inch Pruning Saw is a heavy duty saw with a durable construction. It comes with a metal handle which makes it comfortable to use even when using it while standing up.
It features an adjustable blade height that allows you to get the best angle for cutting branches or small trees. The blade can cut through wood, plastic, and other materials easily without breaking. You can also attach the blade to your belt loop or use it like a knife. The blade has a steel core that helps prevent rusting. The blades are made from high carbon stainless steel and have been tested for sharpness.
It’s lightweight making it easy to carry around.
The blade is adjustable so you don’t need to worry about damaging the edge of the blade during trimming.
You can attach the blade to your belt loop or use it like a knife.
There isn’t any kind of safety feature. If you drop the tool, you will break your neck.
(Don’t do it) You might not want to take this tool out at night because if something falls on it, then you won’t be able to reach anything quickly due to its size.
The saw blade is not very durable. It might be able to handle some light tasks, but you can’t go cutting down a tree with it.
The handle guard tends to make it difficult to change the blade. You have to really push down when swapping out blades because the guard prevents you from getting a good grip on the blade.
If you’re a professional that needs to use this tool often and swap out blades a lot then you will definitely find this to be very annoying.
You might need to keep a supply of replacement blades on hand because the blade gets dull quicker than you would expect it to. (Just a heads up in case you were wondering)
The handle is comfortable to hold, but it tends to get slippery when sawing through a thick branch or tree.
It doesn’t have a lot of power, so don’t expect this to be a heavy duty chainsaw replacement.
It’s a bit heavy, which is good or bad depending on what you’re looking for in a tool.
You can feel the vibration down to your hands whenever you use it. If you have sensitive hands then this tool might not be for you.
How long is the warranty on this tool?
The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on this product. They will repair or replace it if you encounter any problems with it.
Does it come with a carrying case?
No, unfortunately this tool does not come with a carrying case. The tool does have a ring at the bottom of it so you can attach it to your belt loop if you need to.
Will this tool cut bone?
I like carving turkey legs and I’m looking for something that will cut through bone easily. Unfortunately, this tool isn’t going to be able to do that. It might be able to carve through a thin turkey bone, but don’t even think about trying to cut through a large bone with this saw.
What is the warranty on this product?
The manufacturer offers a limited lifetime warranty. If you have any issues with the product, then you can contact the manufacturer and they will repair or replace it for you if necessary.
Is this tool loud?
Yes, this tool is loud. If you have sensitive ears or require silence when working then this tool might not be for you. You will definitely need to wear hearing protection with this tool because it can cause hearing damage if used without any.
Is it heavy?
Yes, this tool is on the heavier side. This is a pro for some people and a con for others. It really just depends on what you’re looking for in a tool.
Is this tool easy to use?
Yes, this tool is very easy to get the hang of. A complete beginner should have no problems using this tool.
Is the blade easy to change?
Some of these saws can be difficult to change the blade on, but this one is pretty easy. You just need to push down while turning the handle and it will slide right out. Push down and turn back the other way and your new blade will slide right in place.
Is there a case for it?
No, unfortunately this tool does not come with a case. The tool does have a loop at the bottom of it so you can attach it to your belt or hook it on your toolbox though if you need to.
Can I use it plugged in?
This is actually a cordless tool, so you can’t use it plugged in. It does take regular replacement batteries though which are readily available at any hardware store and they are inexpensive too.
Does it feel durable?
Yes, this saw feels very durable. It’s not going to break any time soon as long as you’re taking care of it and using it properly.
Does it work well for intricate cuts?
This saw works okay for intricate cuts. You can’t expect a small hand saw to cut through large branches though. It is best used for more intricate stuff like carving candles or flower arranging.
Is this good for carving small pieces of wood?
This saw would work okay for small pieces of wood. It’s not going to work for large jobs though. You might want to consider a jigsaw or a scroll saw instead if you need to cut larger pieces of wood.
Does it work well on plastic?
Yes, this works on both metal and plastic.
Is there anyway I can protect my ears when I’m using this tool?
Yes, you can always wear earplugs or special earmuffs when using this tool to protect your ears from potential hearing loss. You can even buy a special hearing protector that clips onto your earmuffs.
Is this durable?
Yes, this tool is very durable. It’s not going to break down on you unless you seriously misuse it or you intentionally try to break it.
Does this saw come with an automatic feed system?
This saw is manual, so you’re going to have to do the work of feeding the blade into the wood yourself.
Does this saw heat up a lot?
This tool does get warm after extended use, but it’s not excessively hot or anything. Since the blade is small, it doesn’t take long to get through wood so the heat isn’t really a problem.
Is this easy to work with?
Yes, this hand saw is very easy to work with. The smaller size makes it easier to control and more accurate than larger models.
Can I use this on hard woods?
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- Forest planting practice in the central states (GA Limstrom – 1963 – books.google.com)
- Notes from the Garden: Reflections and Observations of an Organic Gardener (H Homeyer – 2003 – books.google.com)
- Logging farm wood crops (SJ Williams – 1915 – University of Wisconsin–Madison)
- School of (FC Simmons – 1962 – books.google.com)
- Red alder of the Pacific Northwest: its utilization, with notes on growth and management (R Roberts – 1998 – chatsworthlibraryarchives.org)