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Top 10 Reciprocating Saws in 2020

Top 10 Reciprocating Saws in 2020

Reciprocating saws are easily one of the most fun power tools to use, and if you’re looking for a tool that gives you the ability to demolition wood and other types of material with ease than this is it. This type of power saw replaces what many of us used to use old fashioned crow bars and hacksaws for which has taken out the manual process while making repurposing much more efficient.

Making quick work out of repairs and other DIY projects which work with swift back and forth cutting motions that gets the job done. If you’re looking for a power tool for fine, precise results, then this isn’t it. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a true power tool that will soon become a workhorse and one of your favorite tools to use, then a reciprocating saw is definitely what you need.

The following review on the Top 10 Reciprocating Saws in 2020 is an in-depth look at the best of the best and all the reasons why.

1.      DeWalt DCS387B 20-volt MAX Compact Reciprocating Saw – 9.6

DeWalt heads up this review with an amazing compact reciprocating saw that defies everything a DIY professional and enthusiast looks for in a power tool. This affordable saw is a best-seller on Amazon and comes in under $100 for those looking for an inexpensive option. The DCS387B gets impressive ratings across all areas including performance, weight, portability and excels in performance.

The DeWalt DCS387B is a cordless reciprocating saw that operates off a 20-volt battery which is not included. This bare tool model features a variable speed setting which ranges from 0-2,900 strokes per minute. With this type of speed and power, you can cut through all types of material with a faster cutter speed than most with its 1-1/8-inch stroke length.

Specs and Features

  • 4-Position Blade Clamp
  • Anti-Slip comfort grip
  • Cordless tool
  • 0-2900 SPM Speed
  • Pivoting Shoe
  • Keyless blade clamp
  • 1-1/8-inch stroke length
  • Variable speed trigger
  • 5.0 lbs. weight

2.      Ryobi ONE+ 18-Volt Reciprocating Saw – 9.6

The Ryobi P516 is another cordless reciprocating saw which comes in under $100 and is powered by an 18-volt battery. This bare tool model gives you easy and simple access for blade changes without the need of a tool. This tool-less operation is highlighted by an open lock blade clamp which means less time changing blades and more time on task.

The RYOBI ONE+ 18-volt model has a 40% faster cutting time than the previous model. Precise cutting is highlighted by a pivoting shoe that’s adjustable which allows the user to effectively control the depth of the cut. Smooth, fast cutting is seen with 0-2900 strokes per minute and users get even more control with a variable speed trigger.

Specs and Features

  • 18V system
  • 1-1/8-in stroke length
  • 0-2900 no load speed
  • 5 lb weight
  • Tool-less blade clamp
  • Anti-Vibe handle
  • Pivoting shoe
  • Depth adjustments
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Die-Cast aluminum housing

3.      Milwaukee 2625-21 M18 18-Volt Hackzall Cordless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw Kit – 9.5

When Milwaukee launched the 2625-21 we knew it would be good, but no one knew it would be this good. This one-handed cordless reciprocating saw is the complete package that includes an 18-volt battery, LED light, and a protective carrying case. This Hackzall features a nifty one-handed operation and is extremely lightweight coming in around 9-pounds.

The M18Hackzall features a compact size which makes it the perfect power cutter for confined, tight spaces. The lightweight design makes it simple for over-head cutting which puts less strain on users and outfitted with an LED light your entire work-area will be illuminated. For fast and efficient blade changes, this Hackzall features a QUIK-LOK Blade Clamp which can be outfitted with both Hackzall and Sawzall blades.

Specs and features

  • Product dimensions: 7 x 10.8 x 4.7 inches
  • Weight: 9.8-pounds
  • Origin: USA
  • Color: Red
  • Voltage: 18-volt
  • Source of power: battery-powered
  • Built-in LED light

4.      DeWalt DW938 18-Volt Reciprocating Sawzall Variable Speed Cordless – 9.4

For another affordable option that meets user’s expectations with performance, DeWalt introduced this variable speed reciprocating saw which operates off battery power. This 18-volt bare-tool model does not include the battery, but you can pick one up and still be close to $100. Weighing in at only 6.5-pounds, users will feel less fatigued, even when using for over-head operation.

This DeWalt Sawzall features an electric brake, keyless blade clamp, and a 1-inch stroke length. The longer stroke length gives you speeds of 0-2,800 strokes per minute which is more than other models in the same price range. This power tool is highly recommended for a wide array of DIY projects including repurposing countertops, cabinets, walls, hardwood floors, metal duct work, cutting pipes, and much more.

Specs and features

  • Size full size
  • Color Yellow and Black
  • Style Reciprocating Saw
  • Power Source battery-powered
  • Voltage 18 volts
  • Usage Fast Wood Cutting
  • Included Components bare-tool
  • Batteries Included? No
  • Batteries Required? No

5.      PORTER-CABLE 9748 Variable-Speed Quik-Change TigerSaw – 9.3

For those looking for more power, this Porter-Cable corded reciprocating saw will deliver just that. With speeds of 2,600 strokes per minute through the heavy-duty 11.5-amp motor, both professionals and enthusiasts will find it’s more than enough power for any task while over-delivering max power consistently.

The Porter-Cable 9748 is highlighted by a variable speed option which gives users precise control under load. If it’s efficiency you’re looking for, this model cuts more material in less time with a full 1-1/8-inch cutting stroke. Other features include a quick blade clamp, quick-change shoe, and weighs just over 10-pounds.

Specs and features

  • Item model number 9748
  • Power Source corded-electric
  • Voltage 120 volts
  • Included Components: bare-tool
  • Warranty Description: 1 Year Limited Warranty

6.      DeWalt Bare-Tool DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw – 9.3

DeWalt boasts a few spots in this review including this model which is another cordless option which features all-positive consumer reviews. The DeWalt DC385B is a bare-tool model which is powered by an 18-volt battery and features a faster cutting speed and 1-1/8-inch stroke length. With speeds from 0-3,000 RPM you’ll get faster cuts with less number of strokes than competitors models.

The DeWalt DC385B cordless reciprocating saw features a blade clamp with a lever-less action for faster, more efficient blade changes. Outfitted with a 4-position blade clamp which makes this the perfect cutting tool for flush cutting giving user more versatility than other models. For improved grip and control, the DC3858 also boasts an anti-slip comfort grip and an adjustable shoe that pivots.

Specs and features

  • Item model number DC385B
  • Size full size
  • Color Yellow and Black
  • Power Source battery-powered
  • Voltage 18 volts
  • Included Components bare-tool
  • Batteries Included? No
  • Batteries Required? Yes
  • Battery Cell Type NiCAD
  • Warranty Description 90 Day Money Back and three years

7.      DeWalt DC385K 18-Volt Ni-Cad Cordless Reciprocating Saw Kit – 9.2

Another best-selling reciprocating saw with all-positive consumer reviews is the DeWalt DC385K. This cordless model is powered by an 18-volt Ni-Cad battery which is included and gives you the option of picking a kit with one or two batteries. Highlighted by DeWalt’s testament to performance which is seen with faster cutting action with more versatility than other cordless models.

The DeWalt DC385K features a stroke length of 1-1/8-inches and delivers a 0-3,000 strokes per minute. With more speed and added comfort with the pivoting shoe and the efficient XRP battery delivers up to 40% more battery power than other cordless models. Weighing around 8-pounds, users have come to appreciate this lightweight, but powerful option which includes batteries, charger, and a kit/case.

Specs and features

  • Item Weight: 12 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 10.8 x 4.9 inches
  • Origin: Mexico
  • Color: Yellow
  • Style: 1-Battery Kit
  • Power Source: battery-powered
  • Voltage: 18 volts
  • Included Components battery
  • Battery Cell Type: NiCad
  • Warranty Description: 90-day satisfaction, one year free service, three year limited

8.      PowerSmith MLRS12C Mag lithium 12-Volt Lithium Ion Compact Hand Saw with 2 Blades – 9.1

PowerSmith isn’t exactly one of the biggest names in power tools, but this model comes in highly recommended for those looking for the best budget friendly cordless reciprocating saw. The PowerSmith MLRS12C is a cordless model which runs off 12-volt Lithium Ion batteries which are not included, but does include 2 blades.

The PowerSmith MLRS12C Mag power saw gives users variable speeds with 0-2100 strokes per minute. For added control and user comfort, the handle can be outfitted on the left or right side and uses standard T-Shank Jig Saw Blades. Other features include a quick blade change system and great safety with a lock-off switch which prevents accidental start-ups and injuries.

Specs and features

  • Item model number MLRS12C
  • Power Source cordless-electric
  • Included Components stand
  • Batteries Required? Yes
  • Warranty Description 2 Years Limited Warranty

9.      DeWalt DWE357 12-Amp Compact Reciprocating Saw – 9.0

For more versatility, DeWalt introduced this model which comes in at only 14.5-inches in length which is the perfect option for smaller, tight areas. The flexibility of the DeWalt DWE357 is something you just won’t find in most reciprocating saws which is powered by a 12-amp corded, electric operation. Weighing in at under 9-pounds, the lightweight and compact design is complimented by plenty of power delivering 0-3,000 strokes per minute.

The DeWalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw comes outfitted with a keyless lever-action four-position blade clamp which allows you to place the blade in both a horizontal or vertical position. Giving you much more flexibility for all types of cutting tasks in those hard-to-reach places and outfitted with a pivoting shoe you can also complete flush cutting tasks. Some of the biggest pros that consumers have stated includes less vibration, more control and better balance than other compact reciprocating saws.

Specs and Features

  • Weight 1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions 8 x 4.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Motor: 12 amps
  • Power: 3000 SPM
  • Stroke length: 1-1/8 inches

10. Bosch CRS180BL Bare-Tool 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw – 9.0

Bosch rounds out this review with a bare-tool reciprocating saw which offers a cordless operation for more efficient and improved flexibility than corded models. Powered by an 18-volt battery which gives you more juice than other cordless models and includes an L-BOXX-3 tool kit which features an exact fit insert tray.

The Bosch CRS180BL features a compact design and has a 2-speed operation which allows the user to customize speed to task. Bosch integrated their intuitive blade change technology which is said to be the best in the business as the Lock-jaw blade holder saves time and is the easiest to use. Something to keep in mind though is this is a bare-tool model and doesn’t include the battery or charger.

Specs and Features

  • Weight 7 pounds
  • Dimensions 5 x 14 x 5.5 inches
  • Origin China
  • Speed: 0-2400/2700 spm
  • Battery: 18 volts required
  • Lock-jaw blade holder system


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