Milwaukee 6509 Reciprocating Saw Has a Variable Speed Trigger, but Is Otherwise Relatively Featureless
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Milwaukee 6509 portable reciprocating saw Milwaukee's 6509 reciprocating saw is a simple and clean, but still powerful, saw, but lacks the features of most saws.

Milwaukee invented the reciprocating saw and maintains a major presence in this market, with seven corded models. Although the 6509 is at the bottom of the family tree, there’s no doubt that it shares a significant percentage of its DNA with other Milwaukee recips. Its heavy-duty double-insulated construction, thick rubber-coated electrical cord and hefty 5/8"-diameter blade shaft are all elements found on more expensive Milwaukee models.

Variable speed trigger on Milwaukee reciprocating saw The only real feature of Milwaukee's reciprocating saw is its variable speed trigger, but it's still a pretty handy addition.

Other than a variable-speed trigger, the 6509 is a Spartan saw: there’s no blade orbit adjustment, LEDs, etc., and this is the only saw in the group that doesn’t come with a case or tool bag. I did like Milwaukee’s no-nonsense QUIK-LOK® blade clamp, which opens with a simple twist of its cylindrical body and then holds the blade very securely. The 6509 has a very heavy-duty foot that is adjustable, but you have to loosen four screws with an Allen wrench (not included with the saw) — a time-consuming process.

Although the Milwaukee is one of the lightest saws in this group, it boasts a powerful 11-amp motor. But, as I’ve discovered in other power tool tests, motor amperage alone isn’t a good indicator of performance: Although the Milwaukee breezed through plastics and thin metals, the saw’s 2x8 cutting time of 22.25 seconds was the slowest of the bunch, perhaps due to the tool’s short 3/4" cutting stroke. On a happier note, the 6509’s double-bearing wobble plate helped to reduce vibration, putting it neck-and-neck with the Bosch in terms of overall cutting smoothness.

posted on August 1, 2009 by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
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