Milwaukee 2429-21XC Review
Milwaukee 2429-21XC Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
If you’re interested in one of the most compact and lightweight models around, then the Milwaukee 2429-21XC might be a good start. Take a moment and check our review out, it will help you to figure out whether or not it’s worth investing in this particular model. We only cover the top-rated models so that you can have an idea of the minor differences between them and decide which one suits your requirements the most.
- Power – M12 12V battery
- Weight – 6.75 pounds
- Power source – Cordless (battery powered)
- Speed – 280 SFPM
- LED light
- One-handed operation
Milwaukee 2429-21XC – The Basics
The biggest selling point of this particular model is its compactness. On top of that, it’s one of the easiest to use on the market. It doesn’t come with complex mechanisms or expensive proprietary parts. Instead, it’s a basic bandsaw that features high-quality parts and performs as advertised.
On the other hand, this Milwaukee model is far from being a perfect choice. There are some limitations that we will address later in the article, but the most notable one is definitely the questionable quality of the plastic shrouds that cover the wheels. The second concern is the fact that it is made in China instead of United States. Truth be told, it shouldn’t be a major concern, but it still makes some people feel suspicious of the overall quality and trustworthiness.
As far as the design goes, it’s decent. The most notable advantage is the fact that you can utilize the unit with only one hand thanks to its light weight and ergonomic design. The hand grip is okay, but it could have been designed much better. It’s not particularly bad per se; however, some people find it thick and not ideal for small hands. While it’s not necessarily a game-breaking factor, it still needs to be mentioned so that you know what to expect if you ever opt to purchase this model. The 1-5/8-inch cutting capacity is decent, but it’s nothing one should be particularly impressed about. Although, it certainly isn’t suboptimal, by any means.
The 12V battery is quite good and it will yield around 150 cuts until it needs a full recharge. Now, the important thing you should bear in mind is that the number of cuts is only an approximate guess and it solely depends on what materials you are cutting and how thick they are. On the other hand, the real number of cuts usually doesn’t deviate much from the approximate guess issued by the manufacturer.
The good thing about the battery is that it’s not heavy or cumbersome and it doesn’t take much time for a full recharge cycle. Therefore, the downtime isn’t as significant as one would expect.
Because this is a relatively simplistic version, there aren’t many notable additional features, to begin with. The one that stands out is the LED light. It’s a great feature, especially if you’re working in a dim and dark environment. On top of that, it illuminates the cut allowing you to pay attention to the accuracy of your cut.
Things we liked about it
The included hard case is also a highly appreciated thing by most of the users. If you consider the affordability of this unit, the included additions should be a respected deed.
Things we didn’t like
As we already said, the included blades aren’t necessarily useless, but they won’t yield particularly good results, to say the least. The solution is pretty simple – buy a few additional ones, most of them are budget-friendly and inexpensive.
The opinions are quite mixed when it comes to this particular model. Some people love its simplicity and compactness while the overall quality is frowned upon. As we said, it’s not a low-quality machine by any means, but it could have been designed much better, especially when it comes to the materials used in production. In other words, many users would have appreciated metal parts more instead of hard plastic. On the other hand, one cannot expect a miraculous performance because you get what you paid for.