Milwaukee PVC/ABS Saw - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

This saw features an ATB tooth grind with 13 TPI, a super quick blade change over, and a limited lifetime warranty


Milwaukee PVC/ABS Saw

If you regularly cut PVC/ABS plastics, fibreglass, wallboard or drywall, then you'll likely be interested in the new Milwaukee PVC/ABS Saw (48-22-0223).
The blade measures 1/32" by 2-1/2" by 16", and has an alternative top bevel (ATB) grind with 13 teeth per inch. Most PVC saws at the big box stores have 12" blades. The major benefit of a long blade is that with long, smooth strokes, rather than short, swift strokes, you can cut stock considerably faster, particularly when cutting large diameter piping.

A disadvantage is that a longer saw is somewhat more awkward to tote around in a tool kit. There is a hole in the end of the blade, to make storing the saw on a shop wall a bit easier. The packaging that the saw comes in is made of some kind of durable plastic, and would make a good blade cover; unfortunately, it's not designed as such, and too easily slips off the blade.

ATB grind with 13 TPI      
The removable blade slips into a metal core within the saw handle and is held in place by a screw that sits on the top of the handle. While the body of the handle is made of an impact resistant plastic, the core is made of a non-magnetic metal alloy. Which means that it will withstand rigorous use longer than a plastic core saw. Replacing the blade takes all of four or five seconds.

Tool-less blade change
Bulky handle best for large paws
I found the handle, at 1-1/8" by 1-3/4", to be a bit on the bulky side, particularly if you happen to be wearing work gloves. My feeling is that after twenty minutes of cutting the saw handle is going to be somewhat uncomfortable to hold. However, if you have large hands this should be less of a problem. [According to 'The Internet Journal of Forensic Science', the average hand width is 3.3". My hand width measures 4"].

Excellent for cutting plastics
Less suitable for sheet goods
I used this saw to cut some PVC and ABS piping and 1/2" OSB and Baltic birch plywood. It cut very quickly, and surprisingly smoothly through the plastic materials, noticeably less quickly (though just as smoothly) through the sheet material. The cuts in plastic do require touching-up with a flat file or medium grit sandpaper. For intermittent use the blade should last quite a long time; a replacement blade is expected to cost around $20.
I'd say that the 48-22-0223 does an excellent job on plastics, while for sheet goods a conventional hand saw is still the tool of choice. The super quick blade change over is a nice feature, as is the limited lifetime warranty.


  • 1/32" x 2-1/2" x 16" replaceable blade
  • ATB tooth grind with 13 TPI
  • Tool-free blade change
  • Impact resistant handle with a metal core and rubber overmold
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Includes: 1 blade

Manufacturer:Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp
Available From:Tool and equipment suppliers nationwide
Retail Price:$41.99
Model #:48-22-0223
Made In:Taiwan
Carl Duguay, January 2010
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