Introduction To The Best Reciprocating Saws For The Money
What Is a Reciprocating Saw and What Can It Do?
A reciprocating saw is sometimes referred to as a Sawzall (trademark name by the Milwaukee Tool Company). It is the flexible, useful workhorse of any project. When cutting in a hard to reach or awkward place, the reciprocating saw is the tool to which you turn. A circular saw is useful to cut a straight line on a plane surface. A21 jigsaw saw can cut tight, precise curves. However, a reciprocating saw can reach areas that a jigsaw and circular saw cannot and can cut thicker materials than either of the other two saws. That fact makes them essential for your tool collection.
What are some uses:
A reciprocating saw is smaller in size than most other saws and offers the maneuverability to get into those difficult spots such as under the sink or cutting openings in stud walls. Demolition is also a project that is perfect for this tool. They rip through just about anything, making them more useful than a crowbar and a hacksaw. It is also the tool of choice when working above your head or on a ladder due to its mobility and lighter weight.
When selecting the best reciprocating saw, many factors come into play. The first decision to be made is whether you need a cordless reciprocating saw (a.k.a. a cordless Sawzall) or a corded version. Cordless versions provide much more maneuverability and ease of use. However, they have the limitation of power that comes with a battery that must be charged for continued use.
Another important consideration when reading reciprocating saw reviews is whether the tool requires the use of one hand or two hands for operation. A one-handed saw is useful for extremely tight quarters that a two-handed saw won’t allow you to reach. In addition, a one-handed saw frees your other hand to hold the material or another item. A two-handed model generally provides more speed and power for tough jobs. Speaking of speed and power, those two elements are important considerations in selecting the best reciprocating saw. Depending on the material you will be cutting, you may need a more powerful saw that reaches high speeds. However, with that power and speed, weight often increases, which could play a factor in usability and user fatigue. * Make sure you use a stud finder before cutting into a wall*
Let’s Take a Look at Some of The Best Reciprocating Saws With Reviews on The Market Today
Black & Decker LPS7000 Lithium-Ion Compact Saw
The Black & Decker LPS7000 is a cordless reciprocating saw that is very lightweight, weighing just over two pounds, but has the ability to cut through wood up to one inch thick. The powerful lithium battery charges quickly (some reciprocating saw reviews state only 20 minutes) and remains charged and ready to go for up to 18 months and has the ability to cut through metal, plastic, PVC, tree branches, and other wood.
The ability to use it one-handed is a bonus, but this model only has one speed which limits its performance and only reaches a speed of 2050 strokes per minute (SPM) and a .5” stroke. The light weight and ease of use comes at a cost in the power of the Black and Decker. It does offer an LED work light to illuminate those tough to see areas and has a rubber soft grip. As a safety feature, this cordless reciprocating saw has a trigger lock on both sides, which makes it convenient to lock or unlock from either side.
Bosch CRS180BL Bare-Tool 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw
The Bosch CRS180BL is one of the best cordless saws that weighs in at a whopping 7.6 pounds which makes it one of the heavier reciprocating saws on the market. With those 7.6 pounds you get a 2 position switch that allows you to switch between variable speeds of 2400 SPM to 2700 SPM and a powerful 18-volt battery. This saw allows for two-handed operation which gives increased stability. The stroke length is 1.125” which gives the user the ability to cut through thick items quickly and easily. Reciprocating saw reviews state that this saw can cut wood, plasterboard, and even iron!
As a safety feature, the Bosch is constructed according to Class II which means it is double insulated to minimize the risk of electric shock. The Lock-Jaw trademarked feature means the blade can be replaced without any extra tools, using only one hand!
DEWALT DWE304 10-Amp Reciprocating Saw
The DEWALT DWE304 is one of the best corded sawzalls with a powerful 10-amp motor capable of achieving 2,800 SPM. Weighing 7 pounds, this saw has a versatile 4-position blade adjustment that allows the user to make a variety of cuts accurately and in difficult or hard-to-reach areas. The blade can be arranged horizontally or vertically. The variable speed feature is controlled by the trigger to give the user instant control and adjustment. The 1.125” stroke length increases the speed of the cutting, allowing this saw to cut through nail embedded wood, light to heavy gauge metals, plastics, fiberglass, rubber, drywall and plaster, and composites.
The Dewalt comes with an impressive three year manufacturer’s warranty. Built for two-handed performance, this model was designed for professional carpenters, plumbers, and builders. Rubber covers the left-hand grip in order to help the user hold the saw securely and to reduce vibration. This model also features Class II construction to cut down on electronic shock hazard and to make the tool safe to use even in an ungrounded power outlet.
Milwaukee 2625-20 M18 18-Volt Hackzall Cordless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw
The Milwaukee 2625-20 M18 weighs only 4.1 pounds yet can easily hold its own when compared to the cordless Sawzall also built by Milwaukee. The Hackzall can reach 3,000 SPM with its 18-volt battery and the cordless feature allows maximum maneuverability and mobility. This Milwaukee Hackzall’s one-handed design allows more flexibility the two-handed requirement of the Sawzall. The light weight makes overhead work safer and easier.
The Milwaukee 2625-20 Hackzall also features a built-in LED light to assist with illumination while working. The .75” stroke length is somewhat shorter than other models, but still can cut wood, plaster, plastics, and medium-sized pieces of metal. Blades are easily removed and changed through the trademarked Quick-Lok system and the handle is covered with rubber to prevent slipping and insulate vibration. As an added feature, this saw has a dual-gear anti-vibration system built in to reduce strain and increase control and accuracy. A trigger lock provides added security and prevents accidental starts.
Makita JR3050T 11 Amp Reciprocating Saw
The Makita JR3050T is a corded reciprocating saw, but because that cord is an amazing 13 feet in length, it still has a fantastic amount of mobility! This two-handed saw boasts an 11-amp motor that reaches speeds of 2,800 SPM and has a long stroke length of 1.125”. The two-handed design of this model also allows the weight of the tool to be evenly distributed to the two hands. That large amount of power, however, comes with the price of heavier weight. The Makita weighs 7.3 pounds, but does have a rubberized handle and left hand grip.
The manufacturer states that this tool is perfect for cutting metal, wood, drywall, plaster, and plastics and is ideal for remodeling and demolition projects. A unique feature of this reciprocating saw is the internal dust blower system that clears the debris from the cutting area to provide for improved visibility. In addition, the brushes are easily accessible for simplified maintenance. Blade change is quick and easy with a tool-less change system. A protective rubber boot seals the motor and bearings from dust and debris which will extend the life of this saw.
Like two other models in this article, the Makita JR305T reciprocating saw features Class II construction to ensure safety with ungrounded outlets and in humid conditions. This saw also has a lock button that keeps the trigger pressed continuously when needed for a long time. This reduces strain and fatigue for the user. Blades up to 12 inches can be installed and installation is “tool-less” for convenience and ease.
It is a versatile tool that is ideal for cutting in any number of situations or materials – from cutting a pipe to creating a hole to mounting a door or window. A reciprocating saw gives the user mobility and flexibility of movement that can’t be achieved with a jigsaw or circulating saw and is more powerful than a traditional hacksaw. Whether your job requires cordless or corded design, a reciprocating saw model exists that will meet your needs. Also don’t forgot to wear a pair of safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris.