The newest corded saws cut more aggressively than their predecessors, and they're easier to adjust and handle.
Synopsis: Reciprocating saws (the Sawzall is a popular model) are well known for their ability to cut through just about anything and still beg for more work. Whether you need a reciprocating saw with lots of power or a model that’s light enough to lug onto a roof, contributing editors Rick Arnold and Mike Guertin help you pick the best saw for any job. The new-generation ”cip saws feature some innovative improvements. Our experts rate each saw’s cutting performance, handling, speed control, trigger action, blade changing, shoe adjustments, blade sightlines, and maneuverability. There’s also a sidebar on cordless reciprocating saws.
Not many tools take as much abuse as a reciprocating saw. Right out of the box, your saw is likely to get dirty and stay that way.
Carpenters, remodelers, plumbers, and electricians all rely on this saw to perform tasks that other tools can’t. Whether you have to hog through studs during demolition, perform surgery on a hardwood floor, or do anything in between, you’ll be reaching for the tool that Milwaukee named Sawzall over 50 years ago.
Not your old reciprocating saw
For this review, we tested 14 different 9-amp to 13-amp saws priced from $90 to $270 on job sites and in the shop. This new group of reciprocating saws offers features you wouldn’t have found on premium-priced models 15 years ago: tool-less blade change and nosepiece adjustment, improved vibration control, and faster cutting speed, just for starters. Even the lowest-priced saws in this test are a major step up from the best 15-year-old saw in our collection. Because these tools have a broad price range and a wide range of performance priorities, we set out to take a closer look at the best new reciprocating saws.
Orbital action gives a cut above the rest