Best Sawzalls Of May 2017

Is a sawzall and a reciprocating saw the same thing? A sawzall is actually the sawzall in actionbrand name of a reciprocating saw made by Milwaukee Tool Company first made in 1951. Most people use the terms interchangeably, so if the hardware folk refer to your reciprocating saw as a sawzall, now you will know what they’re talking about. It’s an essential tool for remodeling, workshops, and every one who like to just do it themselves.

So what’s the big deal about these saws? Well, they’re a type of saw that cuts using a push and pull motion of the blade. Think of a regular hand saw that you push and pull back and forth for cutting a log, like a lumberjack. A sawzall performs this action thousands of times faster than we mere mortals could ever do. They have small blades that can be put into small spaces for those tough cutting jobs.

They are useful in many applications in the construction and demolition worlds, and around the house as well. If you need to make any overhead cuts, this is the saw to use. This tool also has a low body, making it comfortable for holding.

You can cut through wood, sheetrock, nails, screws, pipe, small trees, and even trim those unruly hedges with these saws. A large, comfortable handle allows this power tool to be used on vertical and horizontal services. Any position you need to be in for that hard to reach cut is no problem with a sawzall. That’s the major appeal of these saws. It allows you to make cuts you wouldn’t normally be able to make with any other tool due to access issues or the position of the material needing the cut. These tools don’t make a pretty cut, but they get the job done. Think of them as the grunt workers of construction and demolition.

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The reciprocating action may be produced several ways. A crank or Scotch yoke type drive may be used, a swash plate type drive, a captive cam or eccentric, barrel cam, or other rotary to linear drive.

Corded and cordless are the options available; along with variations of speed, power, and many different features. If you only use it occasionally, a cordless saw will do a fine job for a wide range of homeowner chores. If you plan to use your reciprocating saw extensively or for tough, profesional grade projects, you might want to invest a little extra money in a saw with more power and that is better built.

Hang tight for a few seconds while we get a little technical. Modern reciprocating saws utilize an eccentric technique. The shaft is attached to an offset to the side of a circular disc whose axle is the motor shaft. When the axle disc rotates, a reciprocation motion follows. This motion is intense and on the better built models vibration dampeners are built in for your added comfort.

Top 5 Reciprocating Saws of 2017

DeWalt Bare-Tool DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw

1. Let’s first take on the DeWalt Bare-Tool DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw. The specs are impressive on this cordless; actually the only cordless to make it on this list.
-5.8 pounds without the battery
-1-1/8″ stroke length
-Keyless lever-action blade clamp
-Open top pivoting, adjustable shoe
-Ergonomic anti-slip grip
-18 volts
-3,000 RPM

A few drawbacks come along with this saw, but not many.
-Battery not included
-Blades not included
-No orbital mode
-No variable stroke length

This entry level cordless saw performs well and is good for having around your home for the occasional cutting of pipework, ductwork, wall openings, trim or even doing some light kitchen demolition.

SKIL 9216-01 9 Amp Reciprocating Saw

2. We will review the SKIL 9216-01 9 Amp Reciprocating Saw next. Take a look at the specifications of this corded saw that has a bit more power.
-7.2 pounds
-1-1/8″ stroke length
-Easy, tool-less blade changing
-Pivoting foot
-Variable cutting speed dial beginning at 0
-Soft grip design for control and comfort
-1 year warranty
-9 Amp motor
-2,700 RPM
-8 foot cord
-Vibration reduction utilizing a counter balance
-Light indicating when it’s plugged in
-Heavy duty metal gear housing

As in all products, there are a couple of negatives to mention.
-Retention ring and spring not replaceable and not covered under warranty
-Blade not included

This reciprocating saw is quite rugged and capable of handling the vibration and recoil associated with a reciprocal saw running on a 9 Amp motor.

DeWalt DWE304 10 AMP Reciprocating Saw

3. The 2017 best reciprocating saw list allows yet another DeWalt into this elite group. The DeWalt DWE304 10 AMP Reciprocating Saw offers many positive attributes mentioned below.(This post originally called to review the DW304PK, unfortunately this product is no longer in production).
-7 pounds
-1-1/8″ stroke length
-Keyless, 4 position blade clamp allowing for flush cutting
-Variable speed trigger
-Variable cutting speed dial starting at 0
-Warranty is a 3 year limited, 1 year free service, and a 90 day money back guarantee
-10 Amp motor
-2,800 RPM
-6.9 foot cord

A few flaws found in reciprocating saws reviews regarding this model are as follows.
-Fixed foot
-Jamming of locking pin
-No orbital mode
-Locking system is not convenient
-Shorter cord
-4 way change system does not often work

Typical applications for this versatile saw include the following: cutting wood, cutting nail embedded wood, light to heavy gauge metals, drywall, plaster, plastics, rubber, fiberglass and most composites.

Bosch RS7 Reciprocating Saw

4. Bosch steps up to the big leagues with a powerful RS7 Reciprocating Saw.
-11.1 pounds
-1-1/8″ stroke length
-Tool-less blade changing system
-Variable speed trigger
-Ergonomic handle grip found only on Bosch products
-1 year limited warranty
-11 Amp motor
-2,700 RPM
-Dual LED lights for illuminated cutting
-Built in hook for convenient storage

Even Bosch has a few kinks to work out like every company, afterall, we are all only human. Some complaints were found to be the following.
-Thicker blades will not work well
-The blade clamp and hex screw loosen easily
-Saw blade release difficult at times
-Floating foot assembly can be tricky
-Gets hot quickly

the Bosch RS7 is the only sawzall on this list with illuminatiom, providing total control over your sawing projects with prefect hand-eye coordination thanks to the dual LED’s.

Milwaukee 6519-31 12 Amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw

5. Last, but certainly not least, to make the grade is the Milwaukee 6519-31 12 Amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw. Milwaukee coined the name, let’s find out if theirs is the best out there. The 6519-31 can boast the following:
-7.1 pounds
-1-1/8″ stroke length
-Tool free blade changing
-12 Amp motor
-3,000 RPM
-A clutch with gear protection capabilities, exclusive to Milwaukee’s Sawzall models
-Counter weight to reduce vibrations
-High speed cutting mechanism
-Quik-Lok blade clamp

Could the original reciprocating saw, the famous Sawzall, have any flaws, let’s find out.
-Non-adjustable shoe
-No variable speed option
-Warranty information is based on place of purchase

The Milwaukee 6519-31 uses a heavy duty motor operating at a speed of 3,000 RPM. This speed creates seamless and accurate cuts through all types of material with less effort.

Dad’s Note: This is actually the true ‘Sawzall”, so if you’re after that rather than just looking at reciprocating saws as a whole, then look here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cut conduit it?

Answer is yes, no problem! Sawzall’s can cut through allof the common forms of metal: steel, aluminum, copper, and cast iron. It can also be used to cut nterior holes, make designs in plywood, cutouts in drywall for outlets and light fixtures, tree pruning, and and much more can be quickly accomplished using a sawzall.

Are the sawzall blades interchangeable?

Answer is yes, all reciprocating saw blades are compatible with each other. The trouble will be choosing the correct blade for the job. There are variety of blades to handle any type of job you might have. Whether you need to cut wood, metal, or even a combination of materials, you can find the best sawzall blade to get the job done. The length of blades vary as well. Longer blades are highly flexible and will vibrate, whereas shorter blades offer more stablity while cutting hard material.

What To Look For When Purchasing

All sawzall reviews suggest shopping around for a saw that fits your individual needs. There are a few standards to look for, a well balanced design for better control while cutting is very important. Choose one that isn’t bulky in your hands and has been made to fit ergonomically with cushion grips. Built in anti-vibration features will help tremendously in the long run when your using the saw.

Decide on the weight you’re comfortable using and don’t forget about how long you will need it to last for a particular job. An electric saw will obviously last longer than any type of battery out there. On the other hand, a cordless can make a smaller, remote task a breeze without having to worry about power outlets and extension cords. After you have decided on those few issues, it’s really just a matter of power tool taste.

Do you want all the bells and whistles or are you more of a basics type. When you know what you want, then there are even more options not even mentioned above. Most brands offer their product in a kit form. Sometimes it will include a carrying bag or hard shell case. Others may include blades or the battery for a cordless. Knowing how often, what jobs, and your personal limitations can save you a lot of time, money, and frustration.

As with any power tool, especially any type of saw, safety is of utmost importance. Always use an appropriate pair of gloves with a good grip and good fit. A firm grip on your new sawzall along with a bracing stance will ensure better control and therefore cleaner cuts. This will enable you to add resistance to your movements and increase the efficiency of the device. Shatter proof goggles and ear plugs are also a must when using a saw and will help protect your eyes and ears.

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