Earlier this year Milwaukee added a tool to its M12 line that I never expected to see: a cordless portable band saw. Many tool companies make 18-volt band saws, but this is the first subcompact (10.8-volt/12-volt max) model. At 6.75 pounds and 12 inches long, it’s small enough to be used one-handed.The M12 saw is aimed at electricians, plumbers, and other trades that need to cut pipe, electrical conduit, threaded rod, angle-iron, and the like. It’s not supposed to do the job of larger corded and cordless (18-volt) band saws, though it can occasionally fill in for those machines. According...

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