17November 2021

today we're turning good metal into scrap 
with this mil wonky deep cut bandsaw   i thought it was milwaukee uh yeah right 
gary it is milwaukee this is the milwaukee   cbs125 cordless bandsaw but before 
when we uh when we purchased this tool we thought   we'd best check out some other reviews and yeah 
someone out there had a little bit of a challenge   with it and hence uh yeah one off was what came 
out of it so we're gonna try and do a better job   with it today or it might be the case of you can't 
cut it straight using a bit of kit and you'll also   see that as well we've bought one of these not 
for any other reason that we're actually going   to use it employ here inside the studios when 
we have it rewired when we pass it over to our   home electrician aren't we there is yes and um 
obviously yeah what would use it for so it lives   in the world of cable containment from what we're 
looking at from um you know okay you could say   it's a bit oversized for this but we're looking 
at using some four-inch trunking and obviously   what other ways could you have to cut it you could 
use chop sauce you could use obviously traditional   hacksaw but we thought no we don't want to we'll 
try this instead of having tired arms or watching   eddie have tied arms yeah absolutely and you're 
going to see at some point us cutting a series   of lumps of metal that are in front of us so hold 
on for that but let's, first of all, let's take a   closer look at the bit of kit that we've got in 
front of us gordon yeah so this is the uh this   kit yep so it works on the m18 battery so this is 
the first time we've featured a milwaukee product   on the channel so if you're an expert in 
the m18 series then bang a comment below   um but it is what is a two-handed uh bandsaw or 
we might call it a powered powered hacksaw so   again we've got a trigger function here if i pull 
the trigger you'll see the blade starts moving two-handed because obviously 
on the other side it is   a guard in place on that side and is that a slow 
release trigger so if you press that it is yeah so   i'll start so you can start slow but 
not too slow so hold on let's see and it has got in there 
you'll see a little led light   yeah that can can catch you out a couple of times 
yeah it does seem to help with the aiming i'd   suggest and of course you can increase and 
decrease the speed so this is maximum speed   is there any other setting well we'll see we're 
still getting used to it and slow and slow   yeah it's pretty pretty simple tool pretty simple 
to operate um however the first few attempts yes   what i would say is if you can't cut to a 
straight line with a conventional hacksaw   if you use this it's going to get a 
whole lot worse when it goes wrong   it goes wrong quickly so i've got a few 
uh once a few first attempts here gary oh wow yes that was the first effort and it did 
grab the lid and those things ricocheting across   the room whatever that so that was the first 
attempt we had at it and uh yeah the channel the   channel wasn't much better so we we agree with 
our friends that we watch the video if you're   not careful it is the milwaukee yeah it is and we 
found that didn't we when we bring in it it isn't   working necessarily like a chops or as it wasn't 
a case of just bringing it straight down on it we   brought it in almost 45 degrees in order to make 
more of control and follow the line you can't just   go i've got a bit of kit drop it on it's going 
to be square so that's yeah so it is a band saw   so i guess the first thing it comes out of the box 
the blade isn't fitted so best first thing we do   before we get to our metal destruction gary's have 
a look at how you got the blade on so it's always   a challenging moment isn't it when you have to put 
a blade in the new tool so how did you get on gary   well you wouldn't know because you didn't help me 
so yeah release the left hand side there we'll see   in a minute what's happening move up the guide 
flick it over and then we can look at what we've   got here so this arm here is moving in and out of 
this section which puts the tension in the blade   so you're obviously gonna have to have it untensed 
when the new blade going in top tip for your teeth   go downwards all right okay can you put it in the 
wrong way well i'm sure i'm sure somebody would   say you can so it goes in these two little clips 
here so push them firmly into position first you   notice i've just pulled the top blade down so 
you see it's bulging out of the sides and i can   see why you needed to get rid of that guide out 
of the way as well otherwise you wouldn't get it   in there it wouldn't no so once i've got it i've 
bulged it round and now it's just really easy just   lay it into position obviously it's sharp so 
be careful make sure you wear the right gloves   poke the blade into position just check it's there 
and then you're just going to add the tension   back in by doing the lever on the other side so 
you'll see the actual tension increase watch this   pull it across okay and there's there's 
only an on or off on that is there yes yeah   so fully up or fully down okay okay and 
then we just bring our blade guide down   so i think you'll all agree i made that look 
incredibly easy for my 18th attempt to putting   the blade in that wasn't my first attempt 
there is a technique to it there is a set of   instructions which i kept reading but when you 
do get the technique yeah it did go in as easy   as it did look okay so you'll be revisiting that 
section of the video because i certainly have to   live through that the pain in the background as we 
went to use the original audio track either did we   yeah i mean that's again that little uh you 
showed the guide plate that moves up and   down let's have a look yeah but this isn't it's 
not a safety guard or anything this is just to   help you guide it so it does it is easily moving 
down now we're still getting used to this in terms   of the best position to do so it helps you in some 
cases in case of getting right up against the work   piece but as i found on one of my attempts 
it's um it can uh it can get in the way   when we look at we've got this uh sort of complex 
structure of a trunking here that yeah it sort of   catches so you've got to plan your i would suggest 
plan your angle of attack carefully when you're   going in with the blade and there is also one 
thing about it there is a safety catch on there as   well to stop you accidentally pressing the trigger 
and it also can't lock it on so you couldn't leave   it running and walk off probably a good idea that 
is a good idea well we've i think we've teased   it long enough i think we ought to go over to the 
workbench where you attacked i mean sorry you cut   uh many times okay some of this metal let's look 
at the bad examples just let's have a recap of   do you want to go there again this is the 
first attempt let's have a look at this   and then we'll come back and look at the yeah 
so that was the that was the first that was   oh wow that was lovely done didn't go well and 
that was the yeah that was the channel as well   just rotate it over for us oh yeah 
look at that yeah nice little slot yeah yeah not very straight wow i think we've uh we've waited about 
long enough now yeah let's go over   something you just chop some metal work ready hmm oh so it didn't take us long to get to grips with 
the actual saw itself we've only cut a few ends   and already we've got the ability to get it a 
lot square of those early attempts that you had   yeah it's a yeah you're saying i said earlier 
if you can't cut straight with a normal so   you're not going to be able to cut let's go 
straight with that because when it goes wrong   it does go wrong quickly but again it's not 
attacking it with a high speed you don't you   know it's not about a a little bit of patience 
with it going easy on the speed especially when   you come out of the workpiece as well yeah because 
that's when if you're going at full um full speed   when you're coming out and there's a lip that's 
when it catches it is yeah and that's why we can't   drop it down on it because you catch both the 
lips at the same time we found that didn't work   did we yeah i love cutting the strut okay that was 
yeah how much effort it goes in when you've got   to cut those by hand obviously if you're doing 
many of them you don't want to cut it by hand   i'd probably choose this lightweight isn't it 
easy to lift could be at the top of a scaffold   yeah i mean we teased this out on social 
media before we actually did this review   and yeah people said oh well i'd just use a 
chop saw well a chop saw struggles when you   get to bigger pieces let's say this is a one 
two five so it'll do 125 millimeter square   a lot of our american friends use it on pipe 
but we're probably more likely to be using it on   trunking and that's what we got it for we're going 
to hand it over to our tame electrician eddie when   we do the rewire here he also uses the milwaukee 
circular saw for cutting metal but again circular   saw struggles when you get to bigger pieces and 
especially some of those more complex shapes   however i think it's probably uh the fixed viewers 
could help us out gary couldn't they yeah we'd   love your comments on this okay you're going to 
tell me the number what's the number of it it's   the cbs 125 with the m18 battery system okay we 
want your comments are you using this or something   similar to this and it's an incredible tool 
and you want to tell the community about it   is there some top tips when using items like this 
or is there something you think is considerably   better and you've used both and you'd like us to 
review the other tool that you suggest leave those   comments below and if you can help anyone else 
out in those comments we'd greatly appreciate

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