In-Depth Review of Milwaukee 2620-20 Reciprocating Saw
Editor Rating: 4.1/5
Milwaukee 2620-20 Reciprocating Saw Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: January 29, 2019
January 29, 2019 @ 5:02 pm
Although somewhat crude in nature, reciprocating saws are incredibly versatile and powerful. These tools are essential to a wide range of contractors, as they have a ton of uses – cutting off nails and screws, removing door frames, window fitting, sawing off pipe pieces, all sorts of yard work, etc.
Milwaukee’s 2620-20 model is an excellent example of a reasonably-priced but well-designed and high-performing reciprocating saw. Coming with features such as the variable speed trigger, patented clutch gear system, battery gauge, as well as easy blade changing, it’s one of the company’s most attractive offerings so far.
This reciprocating saw should be especially interesting to you if you’re already invested in Milwaukee’s M18 lineup, which 2620-20 is a part of. The model can be used with the same batteries as all other devices in this range, making it easier to use and organize your tools.
- Weight – 7.95lbs
- Dimensions – 18.9″ x 6.4″ x 3.9″
- Battery – Lithium-Ion
- Speed rating – 3,200 SPM
- Warranty – 5-year
Milwaukee 2620-20 – The Basics
This reciprocating saw comes with a number of features that put it above the competition in the same price category. First of all, it possesses a signature ergonomic design that provides optimal comfort and convenience. Although not the most compact model out there, it has a convenient non-slip handle at the back and makes it very easy to change the blades thanks to the integrated quick-lock system.
Performance-wise, the 2620-20 works like a charm. Great for mechanics, woodworkers, plumbers, and do-it-yourselfers, it is capable of cutting through all sorts of materials without much effort. This is due to its varied speed of up to 3,200 SPM – the model delivers ample power needed for most cutting operations.
Other features include the fuel gauge, which displays the remaining battery juice, as well as the clutch gear system that reduces wear and tear.
Ease of use and overall convenience are two things that most people look for when purchasing a reciprocating saw. Fortunately, Milwaukee 2620-20 sports both of these – its ergonomic design and simple controls make it a joy to work with.
Even though it isn’t exactly as lightweight and compact and some of the competing models, the unit still causes no aches or fatigue when being used for more extended periods. This is thanks to the soft and non-slip grip present on the back handle. Moreover, the unit’s counter-balance mechanism takes care of the vibrations and allows one to perform accurate cuts no matter the type of material.
Another thing we liked about this saw’s design is the integrated quick-release feature. Its name is the QUIK-LOK system and something that allows the user to quickly and efficiently swap the blades. It is, essentially, a simple lever system located on the side of the model.
Achieving the maximum speed of 3,200 strokes per minute, this reciprocating saw makes short work of everything you use it on. It’s an extremely capable model with a performance that is surprisingly impressive, especially when we consider that this is, after all, a cordless reciprocating saw.
Featuring variable speed, the unit allows the user to select the desired cutting rate for the task at hand. In other words, you won’t have to tolerate low speeds in environments that require higher speeds, and vice-versa. We were also pleased to find the on-board gauge, which has a convenient location and alerts the user about the available power.
The company’s patented clutch gear system is another significant feature of 2620-20. Since most devices of this type usually take a beating when used continuously, Milwaukee decided to reduce the wear and tear and protect the unit’s clutch from overheating. It’s a genuinely groundbreaking mechanism that significantly extends the saw’s lifespan.
If you already own tools from Milwaukee’s M18 lineup, you’ll be pleased to know that 2620-20 uses the same 18V battery packs as all other devices in that range. If you don’t, we recommend purchasing this reciprocating saw in one of the company’s combo kits.
A patented clutch gear system
QUIK-LOK blade clamp
Battery fuel gauge
Not really compact
No work light
Things we liked about it
It’s pretty easy to see why so many users consider this reciprocating saw to be one of Milwaukee’s best offerings. Although relatively inexpensive, the 2620-20 looks and works just as advertised and is an excellent choice for mechanics, plumbers, woodworkers, and other professionals. However, due to its ease of use, it can also be used by DIY enthusiasts, who will find that figuring out how this saw works is a piece of cake.
We liked that the model comes equipped with several convenient features, such as the QUIK-LOK blade clamp or the mechanism that protects the clutch gear from getting damaged. These features do not only extend the model’s life, but also contribute to the overall ease of use.
Another thing we liked is the battery fuel gauge, which is a feature that so many manufacturers fail to implement in their power tools. It is remarkably useful and something that significantly reduces downtime on the job.
Things we didn’t like
The most significant downside of this unit is that it’s not as compact and lightweight as some of its rivals. Being one of the bulkiest and heaviest cordless reciprocating saws out there, getting inside tight spots with it can be tedious. The lack of a LED work light is another disadvantage, although we can’t consider this as a serious deal breaker.
Due to its ease of use and exceptional performance, most of the users are highly satisfied with Milwaukee 2620-20. Although there are some nitpicks, the majority of people who bought this reciprocating saw are pleased with it and say that it’s their go-to tool for cutting tasks.
With features such as adjustable speed, soft grip handle, anti-vibration system, clutch protection, and easy blade swapping, the Milwaukee 2620-20 is one of the best reciprocating saws in its price category. It’s quite easy to see that it offers excellent value for the money – both the professional contractors and the DIY beginners will find it to be of great use.