Milwaukee Sawzall 6519-31 Reciprocating Saw Review

By Todd Fratzel on Power Tools, Product Reviews

Milwaukee Sawzall Model 6519-31

Milwaukee recently introduced an all new version of the ever popular Sawzall Reciprocating Saw. The all new Sawzall models have been improved to cut up to 2x faster and last 2x longer than their older models. Considering the amazing reputation of these tools to out perform the competition over the years the latest versions are sure to continue that legacy.

Sawzall Model 6519-31 Features:

  • 1-1/8” Stroke Length
  • 12 Amp Motor
  • 0-3,000 SPM
  • Gear Protecting Clutch
  • Large Quik-Lok® Clamp
  • 7.3 lbs
  • 19” Length
  • Includes 6519-31 SAWZALL® Recip Saw, Blade and Case

Overall Impression

We tested the all new 6519-31 Sawzall reciprocating saw with a 1-1/8″ stroke. This is our tool of choice for demolition work as it offers a very aggressive cutting stroke for quickly cutting wood, metal, plastic and misc debris.

Right out of the case the 6519-31 feels solid, well built and heavy-duty. This reciprocating saw has an average weight at 7.3 lbs with a very comfortable forward grip and trigger assembly. The long heavy-duty cord is a must have feature on this type of tool.

The Quik-Lok® Clamp is very easy to use making blade changes quick and painless. I definitely prefer this type of blade  clamp over the lever type that are present on other brands.

I’ve been using Sawzall’s for years and it’s hard to find much to improve on them. This latest version seems to cut quite a bit quicker and more aggressive compared to older versions. Frankly that’s a welcome feature when demolition is typically a race against time in order to turn a profit. Honestly I can say there’s nothing I would change on this new version.

If you’re looking for a well built, solid reciprocating saw then the original Sawzall is still the tool of choice in my opinion. Check out the new 6519-31 and consider it the top of the list. Priced at $119 on average this is a great value and a tool that will last. These guys have been making the reciprocating saw since 1951 and continue to lead the pack.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I’m full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I’m also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I’m also the author of Tool Box Buzz and Today’s Green Construction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you’d like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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1 Comment

  1. Dave Baldwin says:

    I just bought one of these 6519-31 kits (Apr 2015) for the price $119. As Todd Fratzel indicates, I am completely happy with it. My only minor issue is that the case does not have much spare space to store extra blades. But I make it work anyway. That’s minor compared to the overall excellence of the tool and its low price.

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