A good reciprocating saw can be an invaluable tool for a number of different tasks. They are often used in construction, demolition and remodelling. Selecting the best tool can be a daunting task with so many different models available.
We will take a look at six of the best saws on the market. We will also cover what to look for when buying a saw and some of the frequently-asked questions pertaining to reciprocating saws. Last of all, we will cover some of the best brands in the business.
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The Best Cordless Reciprocating Saws
Reciprocating Saw Buyers Guide
Reciprocating saws are very versatile tools. They can cut through a variety of materials from metal, drywall and stucco to wood and plastics. Their small size makes them ideal for construction or demolition work anywhere you would need to take them. They are excellent for pruning trees, cutting pipes and for remodelling projects. There are some differences between saw types and an endless number of brands and models for one to choose from. With so many options, it can be difficult to make the right choice.
Before buying a saw, ask yourself what materials you will be cutting most often. Think about the places you will use the saw. Will you have outlets available? How long will you be using the saw while on the job? The type of materials you cut dictates how powerful the saw needs to be. Where you use it will dictate whether you should purchase a powered or cordless model. How long you will typically use the saw should tell you what kind of battery life to look for when comparing models. All of these factors and more can help you to decide which model is the right one for you. They can also help you to think about what type of blades and accessories you may need.
Choosing a corded or cordless model will usually be your first decision. Corded models can be more powerful and be used with no time constraints. They also tend to be lighter without the extra weight of a battery. Cordless models may be less powerful, but can be used anywhere. This is handy for use on sites where there is no access to power outlets. Or just for spaces and work where a cord may get in your way.
Next, you need to decide if you really need a straight-cut saw or an orbital saw. Straight cut saws move back and forth and are good for dense materials like metal and for slower cuts. Orbital saws are ideal for fast cutting of material where you don’t have to be too exact with your cuts. You should also think about the type of blades you will need. Many saws come with one blade, while others come with a variety. Blades with smaller teeth are best for smooth cuts and detailed work, while bigger teeth may be best for fast rough cuts through the material.
Some things to look for on saw models are size, weight, variable speed, blade-change method and stroke length. The size and weight will dictate how portable and easy to use the model is. Variable speed functions will allow you more versatility. How the blades are changed can mean the difference between quickly swapping blades and spending tons of time using various tools to do the swap. This can eat into your work time and productivity. The stroke length is an indication of how fast your saw cuts. Longer lengths mean faster cutting while short lengths mean the opposite.
A few more things to look for are the handle ergonomics, features that reduce vibrations and an adjustable show. A soft grip that fits your hand will go a long way towards making your work easier. It can also reduce the vibrations felt while working. Other features and methods to reduce vibrations are often provided on higher-end models. The shoe is a part of the saw. Having an adjustable show allows for more versatility.
Last, of all, you must consider your budget. While saving money is important, it often pays, in the long run, to stick with reliable brands and quality tools. A good tool will last longer and help you to complete work quicker and more efficiently. For a good idea of what brands to check out, take a look at our top brands list at the end of this article.
Here are some frequently asked questions when it comes to reciprocating saws.
Question: Should I get a cordless or a corded saw?
This depends on your intended use. Corded saws are more powerful while cordless saws are more manoeuvrable.
Question: What types of material can be cut with my saw?
This depends on your specific model. Reciprocating saws, in general, can be used to cut plastics, wood, drywall, tree branches, metal, pipes and more. Consult your owner’s manual or the company website if you’re not sure about a specific material.
Question: Why do I need a reciprocating saw when I have so many other tools?
This type of saw is perfect for rough cuts and for quickly removing materials. If you need to trim some branches, cut pipes or take out an entire wall, this type of tool will make the job quick and easy.
Question: Can I make cuts with the saw upside down?
With most models this is possible. As usual, consult your manual or ask the manufacturer to be safe. Most models allow you to insert the blade upside down so that you can maintain a normal and solid grip on the handle. This would be the safest way to make that type of a cut.
Question: How long will a cordless saw run before it needs to be recharged?
This depends on the model, the type of batteries, the speed you use it at and the material you are cutting. All of the models on our list will last for several hours of work, even on the toughest jobs.
The following list will cover the top brands in the business. If you are shopping for a new reciprocating saw, then you can’t go wrong by choosing a model from one of these companies. Each company has been in the business of building tools for a long while. They each have good reputations for quality and customer service. They stand behind their products with good warranties and customer-oriented policies. The list is in no particular order when it comes to who is best. These are just five of the top brands in general when it comes to reciprocating saws.