Professional Tool Reviews for Pros
The Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth expanded on the company’s bi-metal line that existed for several years. Milwaukee Tool has since updated to their next-generation Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth Hole Saws. At the same time, the company added new sizes and kits. The full line includes hole saws in 38 different diameters, 6 kits, and 3 different pilot bit/arbor combos.
2022 alone saw the addition of 14 new Hole Dozer carbide-tipped hole saw diameters and 4 new kits. These include a 9pc. Large Diameter Kit, 10pc. Electrician’s Kit, 12pc. Plumber’s Kit, and a 15pc. General Purpose Kit.
Carbide isn’t new to hole saws. Several brands have wood-cutting hole saws with 3 or 4 carbide teeth that shred the time it takes to bore with a standard bi-metal saw. Finding carbide on a hole saw with a similar number of teeth to a bi-metal model isn’t as easy to find, however.
The benefits of carbide are well-known to anyone who uses circular saws. Carbide gives a blade or hole saw much more life than a standard bi-metal accessory. It also opens up the ability to cut through materials that would tear up bi-metal quickly. The Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth can tackle:
Of course, there are plenty of other materials that fall in between those as well.
People buy carbide teeth hole saws for longevity as much as for getting through “impossible” materials. These hole saws provide users with increased durability and longevity when used on both typical (wood, sheet metal, etc) and extreme (stainless steel, cast iron, cement board, etc) materials.
We’ve used these hole saws in more materials than we can count. They cut through all manner of products—some that we wouldn’t have dreamed of using a hole saw on. On other materials, you’d simply burn through several hole saws just to get your hole drilled.
Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth hole saws feature a unique 3 TPI carbide design. This aggressive tooth geometry allows for fast and aggressive cuts. We find they cut more quickly overall than bi-metal blades but less aggressively than wood-cutting carbide hole saws. You’ll notice a decrease in speed over something like the Milwaukee Carbide Big Hawg when drilling through 2X lumber.
However, this design opens up the metal cutting that you want to avoid with the more aggressive saws. The wide range of materials you can cut through makes this an excellent choice as an all-around performer if you don’t want to invest in both styles.
The Milwaukee Hole Dozer with Carbide Teeth is primarily a win for metal cutting and materials like fiberglass and cement board. With the ability to tackle stainless steel and anything milder, I’m looking at electricians, HVAC, and MRO Pros as primary targets.
Of course, with fast cutting in materials from metal to wood, any Pro with the need to cut through multiple materials will find these compelling. They serve as great general purpose hole saws that outperform bi-metal and cover materials carbide wood hole saws can’t (or shouldn’t). I’m looking at you, plumbers and remodelers.
Retailers and dealers stock both individual hole saws as well as several kits with prices ranging from $12 (single hole saw) to $189.97 (15-piece kit).
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