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Buying a reciprocating saw, opinion?

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by cdn_bacon, Feb 12, 2010.

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Which reciprocating saw should I buy?

Poll closed Mar 14, 2010.
  1. Dewalt

    91.9%
  2. RIDGID

    8.1%
  1. Feb 12, 2010 at 12:22 PM
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    cdn_bacon

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    So I've come across many situations where a reciprocating saw would be hand (aside from just the truck!). I was thinking of these two models, anyone got any info and/or feedback? The smaller RIDGID would be nice however I'm worried if it has the juice to cut through small metals (bolts, nails etc) whereas its small enough to get in alot of places the larger one can't. Opinions?

    http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hard...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_48681-70-DW...pl__0__s?newSearch=true$Ntt=reciprocating saw
     
  2. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    Incognito

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    Definitely the DeWalt.
     
  3. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    I use a Ryobi one for all the grilles I do and it works flawlessly, plus its waaayyy cheap. Just purchase a dewalt blade and you are set :thumbsup:
     
  4. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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    MurphMan

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    I own the complete suite of DeWalt - at least it sure looks that way. lol! One thing I can say, none of their tools ever let me down.
     
  5. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:34 PM
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    sportnobadges

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    how come you are only considering two brands? I would vote for Milwaukee Sawzall. Corded or Cordless. Great reputation, plenty of power, quick change blade option... and I think they are still American.
     
  6. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    JDMcQ

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  7. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:37 PM
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    I have a DeWalt and it works great. On the other hand Ridgid has a lifetime warranty on their tools.
     
  8. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:40 PM
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    a milwaukee will last the longest. dewalt feel cheap and burn out if you use it too long continously (burned out 2 now i have 2 milwaukee's - check out the "hatchet" awesome lil recip saw for tight spaces but still powerful)
     
  9. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:53 PM
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  10. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM
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    Ryobi FTW!
     
  11. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    Milwaukee corded reciprocating saws are the best, cut up a 8x12 doug fir beam with mine. The dewalt my buddy was using started to smoke and then the trigger failed, the milwaukee made many cuts with no problems.
     
  12. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    gotta love the dewalt smoke show :D
     
  13. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    dewalt forsure I bought one to do a house reno and it took a beating for 5 months cut through metal plaster plastic wood everything you can imagine when you gut a 55 yr old house and it never quit and I treat my power tools like shit too
     
  14. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:13 PM
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    Yup funny thing is that the dewalt was less than a year old and my milwaukee has got to be pushing 5 years old, never had a single problem with it after all of the abuse we've put it through.
     
  15. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:14 PM
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    i hear that alot from the guys i work with :)
     
  16. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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  17. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    I beat the crap out of my Milwaukee and it takes it like a champ.

    Quick change blade (Tiger Paw?) and i think its 12 amps.

    Haven't used it in a while.
     
  18. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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    misterquad

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    I bought a Dewalt 3 days ago. Tooless blade changing. Cuts 4 different directions. 3 year warranty. I like yellow.
     
  19. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:43 PM
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    Dewalt -always.
     
  20. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    I've gotta Milwaukee and its solid as hell...plenty strong to burn through whatever for the most part :)
     
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