Milwaukee Barrel Grip Jigsaw (2737B-20) vs. Milwaukee D-Handle Jigsaw (2737-20) Tool Duel Episode #5

Milwaukee Barrel Grip Jigsaw (2737B-20) vs. Milwaukee D-Handle Jigsaw (2737-20) Tool Duel Episode #5

Today we are putting the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Barrel grip jig saw up against the Milwaukee M18 Fuel D Handle jigsaw to help you decide which may fit your needs best

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Barrel Grip Saw

M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Barrel Grip Jig Saw (Tool Only) up against the

Power to cut hard materials, including hardwoods and metals

Features 6 speed settings 0-3500 strokes per minute

Compatible with over 175+ tools on the M18 Platform

Milwaukee M18 D Handle Jig Saw

The M18 FUEL Brushless Cordless D-Handle Jig Saw combines power, blade speed and precision, to provide the highest quality cuts in a wide variety of materials. The M18 FUEL D-Handle Jig saw leverages the POWERSTATE Brushless Motor and REDLINK PLUS Intelligence to provide higher blade speed than corded jig saws at 3500 strokes per minute for clean controlled cuts with minimized chipping or bucking. Leveraging the M18 REDLITHIUM XC 5.0 Ah battery the M18 FUEL D-Handle Jig Saw provides up to 105 lin. ft. of cutting in laminated particle board, delivering all day productivity with less trips to the charger. The saw features tool-less blade change, tool free bevel adjust with detents at 0, 15, 30, and 45 as well as an LED light and on/off blower to keep the cut line visible while cutting.

POWERSTATE brushless motor: increased SPM and the power to cut hard materials, including hardwoods and metals

REDLINK PLUS intelligence: the most advanced system of cordless power tool electronics, provides optimized performance and overload protection using total system communication between tool, battery and charger

REDLITHIUM battery technology: superior pack construction, electronics and performance deliver more work per charge and more work over pack life than any battery on the market

4-position orbital cutting provides versatility for application specific cutting

Tool free shoe bevel with positive stops allows for quick and accurate shoe adjustment with detents at 0, 15, 30 and 45

Variable speed trigger between 0 and 3500 strokes per minute, providing precise control for clean cuts with less chipping

On/off cut line blower keeps the cut line clear of debris and allows user to turn off blower when using dust extraction

LED light illuminates the cut line

Accepts T-shank jig saw blades

Includes dust cover and dust extraction tube

Includes non-marring shoe cover for protection of finished surfaces

Compatible with over 175 plus tools on the M18 platform

Compatible with all M18 batteries


  1. Greg's Workshop on August 26, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for the review, I was about to push the order button on the barrel grip but wanted to watch a comparison video first. Barrel grip FTW!

  2. Redd Beard on August 26, 2022 at 12:46 am

    I have the "D" grip and although I have limited use of/for it I love the features. I have no problems with the "D"
    I do want to thank you for the detailed comparison. I didn’t know about all the Pros & Cons of the Barrel Grip. 👍🏼

  3. Conor Childers on August 26, 2022 at 12:47 am

    The bevel control on the barrel grip is the deal maker for Me to be honest. I have a m12 jigsaw and hate it due to the lever coming loose constantly and causing the shoe to tilt without me wanting it to

  4. Mike Robertson on August 26, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Is that lock switch on the D handle only like a safety switch or can you use it to keep the tool on?

  5. Carl Lamb on August 26, 2022 at 12:49 am

    A up brother hope all is well
    I would always go for the barrel grip. I got a barrel grip festool jigsaw and I’d be lost without it love it mate 😊

  6. oli oli on August 26, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Powerful Good price

  7. stevensmellie on August 26, 2022 at 12:50 am

    This is an excellent review! Thanks for taking the time and giving me what I needed to make the right choice for my needs.

  8. Bryce E on August 26, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Thanks for the review, I decided I’m gonna go with the D handle due to the variable speed trigger, sometimes my blade will get caught and it’s nice to give it a quick blip of the trigger to get it unstuck. I also like to check sometimes and blip the trigger to make sure it doesn’t hit anything before I start cutting. I also like the compactness of the d handle, easier to cut in tighter spaces, plus I have used the bevel a few times and I like that it’s quick adjust and has detents for angles. Thanks again!!

  9. Josh Buskirk on August 26, 2022 at 12:52 am

    will a 12ah battery interfere with the dust collector?

  10. chapelhill1034 on August 26, 2022 at 12:52 am

    I like the d handle better because of the adjustment on the pistol grip one plus it’s already in the stores I would have to special order the pistol grip

  11. J J on August 26, 2022 at 12:55 am

    I bought the D handle

  12. Texas Confederate on August 26, 2022 at 12:56 am

    I own both of them ,and I like both of them. Each of them has its own purpose.

  13. GET AMONGST IT!!! on August 26, 2022 at 12:59 am

    I am an apprenticeship trained 45 year journeyman carpenter, the Milwaukee cordless jigsaw is the most pitiful tool I have bought in my career and I have owned every brand over the years!!!

  14. bolland83 on August 26, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Something to note, the D handle is a safer design. Hands off = tool off, since you have to hold the trigger for it to operate.

  15. Dustin Trimble on August 26, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Check out the Collins coping foot for thr barrel grip. Very nice

  16. Daniel Pichardo on August 26, 2022 at 1:02 am

    When doing a side by side, you should do each category with showing both. What’s the barrel grips weight?

  17. Power Tools and EDC For Beginners on August 26, 2022 at 1:02 am

    I got the M12 and relly like it a lot ! but Im going for the Fuel D handle ! on My Xmas List!

  18. toadamine on August 26, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Not gonna run them, just gonna read the features off the website that we can look up ourselves, thanks, super unhelpful, channel blocked…

  19. Jamalama 55 on August 26, 2022 at 1:04 am

    You forgot to mention that the barrel grip works way better with a coping foot for coping baseboard, chair railing and especially crown.

  20. Brian Vasquez on August 26, 2022 at 1:06 am

    I had the d handle and I hated the way it endo’s when cutting thicker shit. I am gonna buy the barrel grip because your hand is lower thus eliminating the tendency to endo and turning it will be easier

  21. Leon Verhagen on August 26, 2022 at 1:06 am

    The hilti is way better

  22. James Rogers on August 26, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Does the barrel grip have a blower?

  23. Cathy Atwood on August 26, 2022 at 1:08 am

    thi was a great viedoonjigsaws

  24. BuffaloBuilder on August 26, 2022 at 1:11 am

    I just bought the dewalt barrel grip. Not a fan of the D handle & I did not want to deal with taking the shoe off & using an Allen wrench for beveling

  25. Levi Sheldon on August 26, 2022 at 1:11 am

    How load DB rating are these?

  26. GW2016 on August 26, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Just picked up the Milwaukee D handle today at Home Depot. $199. I got a free 5 amp XC deal with it. I chose the D handle because I already have a "corded" Bosch barrel I bought over 20 years ago. Can’t wait to see how it feels to use a cordless jig saw.

  27. Jessica Alvis on August 26, 2022 at 1:13 am

    I was actually going with the barrel grip. But after this review, I am more hooked on the d-handle. I prefer the trigger.

  28. Hayden Barnett on August 26, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Here I go again watching tool reviews knowing I don’t need more…. BUT I WANT MORE

  29. DMWI on August 26, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Very informative, thanks for posting this comparison. I like both but the on/off trigger mechanism on the barrel grip would take some getting used to.
    Here’s a scenario which I know is not something an experienced tool user would see. If the blade snags and causes the tool to jump out of thin gauge flexible sheet metal like that on a van roof. Instead of instinctively releasing pressure on the trigger I might fumble for that switch. This is a common occurrence with rookie tool users tackling their first conversion, by not applying enough downward force to a flexible panel with RPM too low.

  30. Mario Meraz on August 26, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Barrel grip are for neanderthals

  31. Snore Laxing on August 26, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Barrel grip for me as I prefer the auto speed function and more maneuverability for turns, if I cut more angles in my wood definitely the d handle but I never use angles with my jigsaw

  32. TJ Porter on August 26, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Barrel grip Allen wrench is a total deal breaker.

  33. Crazy.ass.Laz1985 on August 26, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Thumbs up on the video man thanks. I’m looking to get one and I was debating between the 2 and im looking to get the D-grip one much better

  34. Maximus Magni on August 26, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Evidently, everyone just wants the barrel grip. You can hack the BOGO deals to get the D-handle for $100, but there is no deal on the barrel grip. Milwaukee realized they can’t sell the D-handle for the same price as the barrel grip.

  35. Blougheed on August 26, 2022 at 1:21 am

    great video… perfect comparison… I do not mind the allen wrench adjustment at all.. I think that actually sold the barrel grip for me!

  36. Justin Pesce on August 26, 2022 at 1:22 am

    I’ve been using a jigsaw regularly for the past 10 years and I don’t know if I’ve ever used the bevel function on one. For me the barrel grip is so much more ergonomic. Particularly when making curved cuts which, let’s be honest, is the main reason we break this tool out of the tool chest. D handle has some nice features though.

  37. richard harrod on August 26, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Any idea if these saws will work with the 18v red lithium 3.0Ah? Rather not have to go out and buy more batteries!

  38. Father on August 26, 2022 at 1:22 am

    The D looks like it would have better controll over all

  39. Joe Outdoors on August 26, 2022 at 1:24 am

    The barrel grip kit is £407 here in UK vs £309 for D-handle at time of writing this. Gone with the D handle for that alone.

  40. R D on August 26, 2022 at 1:26 am

    I love them both but have to go with D handle.

  41. Eric Swenson on August 26, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Every 4th cut with my older 12v Milwaukee, I’m noticing that the bevel lock has come lose and I’m just floating around. So, the bevel lock is more of a deal breaker than the Allen key

  42. Christine Bennett on August 26, 2022 at 1:28 am

    How do you remove the battery

  43. 5th Scale RC is Key on August 26, 2022 at 1:28 am

    I couldn’t decide so I have both of them

  44. Artisan restorations on August 26, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Bummer!! that’s a deal breaker for me. I pretty much use the bevel feature all the time on the previous Gen D-handle Milwaukee. The quick release lever is a awesome feature. Bummer they didn’t integrate it into the barrel grip.

  45. Karol Dach on August 26, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Hey nice rev. Im wondering now which one to buy.. still dont know.. both of them looks really cool. Auto feat in barrel one looks pretty usefull.

  46. Ol' Hesty on August 26, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Excellent comparison! D handle seems to be a much more versatile tool, more compact, variable speed with the trigger, quicker bevel adjustment. Now, I am not one to use a jig all the time, so I am debating whether or not to get the M12 jig vs the M18 D Jig. Love the features of the M18, but the weight and maneuverability of the M12 seems appealing. Most likely I will probably get both.

  47. Joshua Cussins on August 26, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Great review. Both look great. Im a D handle guy. I like the trigger. Power at my finger tip.

  48. Sir Malus on August 26, 2022 at 1:37 am

    I have used a 28V barrel grip jigsaw for over 10 years. While the tool has been reliable, the lever adjust for the bevel keeps comming loose. It is a powerful machine all told, but getting an 18V version with an allen key adjustment instead of a lever, is a major plus for me.

  49. Scott R. on August 26, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Barrel grip because control is everything. I don’t like to sand afterward due to a wide cut.

  50. ajoseph 9 on August 26, 2022 at 1:41 am

    I use the barrel grip exclusively for coping with a Collins coping foot installed. D handle for most other applications. Love both!