Milwaukee Compact Hack Saw - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

A nice stand-in to a full-size hack saw for small jobs or working in restricted places


Milwaukee Compact Hack Saw

The Milwaukee Compact Hack Saw (48-22-0012) consists of a 10" long metal alloy frame. The bottom 5-1/2" of the frame is covered with a high-impact ABS plastic handle, while at the top end of the frame is a steel clamping mechanism. A 12" hack saw blade slips into a groove on the handle, and is held securely in place by the clamping mechanism. All-in-all, it's quite an uncomplicated tool.
The rubber over-mold grip makes the saw comfortable to hold, and the clamping mechanism is very quick and easy to use; you can replace a blade in all of three seconds. With the blade installed you get about 1-1/4" of cutting depth, enough to cut standard copper piping and small diameter PVC piping. You can sink most of the blade into the handle, or have about 5" of the blade extend past the clamping mechanism so that you can cut with the tip of the blade.
For greater blade rigidity however, retract the blade most of the way into the handle. Once the cutting edge becomes dull, reverse the blade and you're good to go. You have a very short stroke of course, so cutting stock takes a bit longer than with a full-size hack saw or PVC saw, but what the heck. This tool is light, compact, and hardly takes up any space in a tool bag.

The clamping mechanism
Blades are held firmly in place
Blade extended out to cut with the tip

The blade is more rigid cutting between the handle and the clamping mechanism


  • 10-1/8" long (5-1/2" handle)
  • Accepts 12" hack saw blades
  • Aluminum frame
  • Tool-free blade change
  • Rubber over-mold grip
  • 1-1/4" cutting depth
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Includes: 1 blade

Manufacturer:Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp
Available From:Tool and equipment suppliers nationwide
Retail Price:$24.99
Model #:48-22-0012
Made In:Taiwan
Carl Duguay, October 2010
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