My crew and I evaluated the 18-volt Milwaukee M18 Fuel and 36-volt Makita 18V X2 LXT circular saws for the September 2014 issue of JLC. Cordless circular saws have proven their worth for intermittent tasks such as cutting soffits, rafter tails, and window openings. But ads claimed that the new 6 1/2-inch Milwaukee and the 7 1/4-inch Makita could also do serious production framing, from gang-cutting plywood to trimming LVLs. Although we were impressed by both saws, neither one will be replacing our speedy corded sidewinders for production framing.

Milwaukee has since introduced the 18-volt, 7 1/4-inch M18 Fuel, which is also supposed to handle the most demanding applications. After using it for a couple of months and running some serious speed tests, we're comfortable with sharing our opinions.

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