M18 cold saws vs.., in Power Tools Posted September 8 · Report reply We use them pretty extensively in steel fabrication. The clean cut quality and speed are second to none. Like with any tool there is a bit of a learning curve. Plunge cutting can be challenging getting the saw started straight as it'll want to walk a bit if you're not holding on tight. Blades can be spendy usually ranging from $30-40 but they last a long time and cost per cuts are comparable if not cheaper than grinder disks or recip. blades. Another thing we've found is the Evolution blades are cheaper than the milwaukee blades and last longer. Binding cuts can kill blade life so as you learn to use the saw you might go through blades a little faster but as you get better so will blade life. As far as comparing it to a grinder or recip. saw, if there is room to use the circular saw that's typically what we use but there are situations where the circ. saw just won't fit or reach. Its much easier to make nice straight cuts with the circular saw than the other two. For a number of years we had the milwaukee corded 8" saw which is a beast but since getting the m18 fuel version I no longer carry the corded and the m18 does everything I ask of it. I have had some durability issues with the m18 fuel saw but so far warranty has covered it and even if they didn't and it did break I would still go out and buy another one. The second time I sent my fuel in for warranty I decided to buy a backup so I bought an ebay m18 brushed model and while it's not as powerful and the runtime isn't as good, it's a plenty capable saw.