In another move toward reaching for the pinnacle of lithium-ion technology, this past summer Milwaukee Tools announced a 12-Ah High Output battery as a new addition to its M18 Redlithium battery lineup. While still an 18V pack, the battery reportedly provides more power and runs cooler than others in this series due to its larger cells and internal electronics. According to the manufacturer, the technology allows the battery to deliver 15-amp corded power in a cordless form, allowing the company to cut the cord on more traditionally-corded models.

One of the biggest of these announcements was the new M18 Fuel 8-1/4-inch Table Saw with One Key. Powered by a single M18 High Output 12Ah battery, the table saw is said to be capable of ripping up to 600 lineal feet of 3/4-inch OSB on a single charge. The saw features a 24-1/2-inch rip capacity (right side of the blade) and a rack-pinion fence system. It has a max cutting depth of 2-1/2 inches at 90° and weighs about 41 lb. The unit is also One-Key enabled, making it trackable with Milwaukee’s ONEKEY app - adding tool security to the unit and giving you the ability to lock it out, hide it, or shut it down once someone turns it on.

The 2736-21HD kit includes one M18 Redlithium High Output HD 12.0 battery, M18/M12 Rapid Charger, blade, blade wrench, guard, anti-kickback pawls, miter gauge, and riving knife. Cost: $550. A folding stand is sold separately for $80.

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