You will need to consider power, size, weight, manoeuvrability and comfort when viewing cordless reciprocating saws. Prices range from $50 to $400 depending on the features you want. For demolition style work, you need one with enough power to tackle a wide range of materials, at least 18 volts. Using Lithium Ion batteries will increase run-time significantly.
Choose a lightweight saw for prolonged use or for doing overhead cuts. Selecting cordless reciprocating saws with adjustable blades and handles also allows for easy manoeuvring in tight areas. Look for saws that allow you to change the setting from straight to orbital, which cuts through material faster and easier. It is important to find cordless reciprocating saws that have tool-less blade changing ability for quick replacements and reduced downtime. An adjustable shoe increases control over the depth of the cut and improves stability. Variable speed control allows you to adjust the cutting speed based on the type of material. For increased comfort, find saws with cushioned grips and anti-vibration features.
The Dewalt cordless reciprocating saw DC385K 18V Ni-Cad kit ($195.18) is ranked number one based on home improvement tools reviews, and includes woodcutting blade, battery, charger and box. It is compact and lightweight (8 lbs) with a variable speed trigger and lever-action keyless blade clamp for easy blade changes. The downside is the use of Ni-Cad as opposed to Lithium Ion batteries.
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The ($350) Lithium Ion Dewalt cordless reciprocating saw DC305K uses 36 volts and is ultra-powerful, cutting through a wide range of materials quickly and smoothly. It does an average of 64 2”x10” boards per charge at a rate of 0-3000 spm. Weighing 15.6 lbs it has a good power to weight ratio. It has a three position adjustable shoe, and a four position keyless blade clamp lets you work vertically or horizontally. The saw also features an anti-slip comfort grip and electric brake.
Most experts still agree that Milwaukee makes the best cordless reciprocating saws. The 28V cordless Sawzall Lithium Ion reciprocating saw 0719-22 comes as part of a kit including two batteries, charger, 2 blades and a case for $369. It has a variable speed trigger of 0-2000 spm for cutting metal and 0-3000 spm for woodcutting. Each battery is equipped with an illuminated gauge to signal when recharging is necessary. The keyless shoe adjustment allows for better cutting control and the Quik-Lok blade clamp permits blades to be changed with ease. A comfortable non-slip soft grip handle reduces vibration and operator fatigue, and the gear protecting clutch increases durability.
The cordless Makita reciprocating saw BJR182Z 18V LXT uses Lithium Ion batteries and is an excellent buy at $79.99 for the bare tool. True to Makita design, this saw is very compact weighing only 7.7 lbs and measuring 17 3/4” long, and delivers 0-2900 spm. Other features include a well engineered tool-less blade change, shoe adjustments, Led headlight, folding rafter hook, exterior brush access, and well-insulated front rubber grip.
The 18V cordless Hitachi reciprocating saw CR18DLP4 costs $72.25. Its lightweight (7.4 lbs), ergonomic shape and slip/heat resistant grip provides for comfortable operation. It also includes tool-less blade changing system and foot adjustment. A fan cooled motor allows for optimum speed and durability and it is constructed with a triple seal design to protect the motor from dust. These are just a few of the great brands of cordless reciprocating saws!