Best Power Reciprocating Saws in 2020



Milwaukee 2719-20 M18 FUEL Hackzall (Bare Tool), Red, Black, Review:


Just started switching my 15 years of electric tools collecting over to the Milwaukee 18V. I studied Quality in Manufacturing and have experience in many different construction fields of work that have required lots of different tooling. These tools, so far, for the price, have excelled in the many aspects of quality, upon first use. I have had a couple of defective's sent (different tools, and from eBay), but every single one that has worked out-of-the-box has been great. I am reviewing several Milwaukee items, as I am switching over from the rare 20V Craftsman Professional Red/Black/Silver series that, I believe, was nearly unbeatable (I think it was unbeatable when introduced, for it's price point, but was only manufactured for a few years). See below for
this tool's review.

Out-of-the-box, this tool has a decent balance point when the battery is attached. The power feels good for one hand. I immediately went through some nails so I didn't have to knock them out of a board and then cut the boards. It cut like butter with both materials.

Recommended as of 10/6/18. I'll update if I run into perks/issues/flaws.



WORX WX550L 20V AXIS 2-in-1 Reciprocating Saw and Jigsaw with Orbital Mode, Variable Speed and Tool-Free Blade Change Review:


Very pleased with this tool. Seems well designed and made. Feels about the same weight as a medium-sized cordless jigsaw. One pre-buy concern was whether the pivot point wiggled, which could cause slight movement with jigsaw cuts. In both jigsaw and reciprocating mode there is zero play in the head. Pivots evenly and locks in solid. Motor and battery are strong. Variable speed (based on trigger pull %) is very smooth and precise. The only use so far has been jigsaw cutting parts from 1/8" 6061 aluminum (jigsaw mode). Bought a set of blades from another mfr, but used the Worx aluminum blade supplied with the tool and it worked like a charm. Both jigsaw and reciprocating blades lock in tight. Light is bright and shines on the cutt with no shadowing. I haven't used it enough to comment on battery life.
Two gripes, but they're small. Small, closed-in head. There's not a lot of open space to watch your cut, and the blade lock gets in the way a little as well (I'm right handed). The other is the placement of the safety switch. It doesn;'t fall in line with your hand/finger during normal operation, so I have to reach a little with my right knuckle to actuate it, which moves my finger away from the trigger slightly. Once depressed and the trigger pulled it stays locked (not like you have to hold it down the whole time.



Milwaukee M12 12-Volt Hackzall Recip Saw (2420-20) (Tool Only - No Battery) Review:


I already had the m12 batteries for my Milwaukee fuel drill & impact wrench which are head and shoulders above my other cordless drills. Anyway this tool is also excellent. I used it the the first time to cut a padlock that I lost the key to, and it took much less than a minute to cut it open. I was able to steady the lock with one hand and operate the saw with the other. If I had used my full size reciprocating saw it would have required two hands just for the saw. It is also great with a pruning blade to prune my trees. Glad that I bought it.



BLACK+DECKER BDCR20C 20V MAX Reciprocating Saw with Battery and Charger Review:


This is my first-ever reciprocating saw. I purchased it in an attempt to simplify my pruning jobs around my half-acre property. Prior to using this I've used hand loppers and hedge trimmers, but needed something more substantial to effectively prune larger limbs off fruit trees and shrubs. I also wanted something to use when building simple planters for my garden out of pallet wood.

I noticed there was a saw without a charger and battery. Buying the necessary 20V battery and charger plus the saw separately would have cost more than this kit, which includes all three plus a starter blade. Thus I bought this kit, plus some 12" pruning blades by DeWalt for my pruning jobs.

The unit came well package and all the parts were there. Good - not great- instructions are included. If you've used these sorts of hand tools before there should be no confusion, but others may look at the diagrams (particularly for inserting the blade and locking it into place) and be a little confused. There aren't that many parts, so as long as you read and take it slow, you'll get it together in minutes. I would suggest NOT putting the battery on the saw when installing the blade for safety reasons, however.

I have a BD 20V drill, and that battery works with this tool too. I was a little concerned that the battery would run down quickly when sawing, but I am happy to report that the battery lasted longer than I did using the tool! Very pleased with the tool and battery's performance.

The easiest cutting will be straight with the piece of wood you are going to cut up against the plate. The included blade gives you about 4-5" of saw blade which will easily go through up to 2.5" limbs. The blade attaches securely in the saw with a flip lock on the left side near the blade.

The overall weight with the battery installed is about 12 pounds. I'm a fairly fit 50-year-old woman who noticed I'd been using it after about 40 minutes of use, but it didn't kill me to use it. I think it would be comfortable for most users as it relates to the tool's size and weight. I also think it's simple to use, and as long as you are careful to keep in mind its limitations and basic safety precautions (eyewear, sawing away from you and not towards your body or feet....) you should get a lot of great use out of it.

NOTE: This tool is covered by a 2-year warranty through Black & Decker. The saw can also accommodate up to 12" saw blades.



Milwaukee 2720-20 M18 SAWZALL Reciprocating (Bare) Review:


Aug 31 2017 Update: Still going strong, and I've become a great advocate for cordless tools. The technology has improved so quickly -- better batteries, better tools -- that it's hard to not say no to extension cords. The only caveat is security, and making sure these tools don't 'walk away'. Have fun!

For large demo jobs I'll switch to my corded sawzalls, but for smaller jobs this tool is fantastic. No screwing around with extension cords is a real boon. Also, this saw uses elliptical motion only (the corded Super sawzall gives a choice between straight reciprocal or elliptical) which is more aggressive and cuts faster, but can also jerk you around a bit when cutting hard material like steel. All in all I am quite happy with it. I've added several other cordless Milwaukee, such as a circular saw and multitool.



Skil 9206-02 7.5-Amp Variable Speed Reciprocating Saw Review:


I bought this recently to replace my very old Craftsman reciprocating saw. My old saw had served me well since 1990, but it was getting tired, was hard to change blades, and did not have as much power as it once did.
After reading several reviews I settled on this saw. It had the power I needed, the blade change mechanism was much better, and most reviews were very favorable.
Aside from testing it when it arrived I had not used it until tonight. I needed to take out a kitchen sink faucet set prior to a complete kitchen remodel. Since all the cabinets were due to go tomorrow, I decided to put the new saw to work. WOW. It did the job in less time than my old saw took to set the blade. I cut through the counter front to free the drop in sink, and I was done in about 1 minute. The saw is very powerful, but also very controllable. I was very pleased.
Full disclosure - I am a fan of Skil and Bosch tools, but I do own other brands including Porter Cable, Hitachi, and Makita.



DEWALT Reciprocating Saw, Corded, 12-Amp (DWE305) Review:


This review is for the Dewalt DWE305 12 Amp Corded Reciprocating Saw.
We bought this to replace a battery operated model.
We've found that unless you need it to be usable in a place you simply could not ever manage to get an extension cord to, batteries are simply a bad idea for power tools. Rather than working at full power until the battery eventually dies on you like your phone does, tools work like flashlights. Super strong at first, but then it just gets dimmer and dimmer. Also, some people may not know this but rechargeable batteries do deteriorate after several charging cycles. From what I have experienced and read, after a couple hundred charges the battery only has half its original charge. So, for a tool, it operates as half dead at best. You don't even need to charge it that many times either, because over time the same thing happens no matter what.

On a cord, you've got your full strength you need all the time. That's a priority for a tool like this. A reciprocating saw isn't a flashlight, if you're cutting through tree limbs, metal, concrete..half dead literally isn't going to cut it, right? So go with corded.

The head on this turns, which is great. That's a safety thing. You can do a different angle without having to hold it weird and risk screwing up or hurting yourself somehow.

Of course it's a Dewalt so it's lightweight but solid. You can use it easily but it definitely isn't cumbersome to use.

Be aware, this saw does NOT come with any blades. You'll want to but a pack. I just wanted to make sure you know in case this is a gift. Nothing worse than giving a gift and the recipient has to go buy stuff for it before he can use it, right?

I have seen questions answered on here on Amazon that mention a case, or canvas bag? Guess I missed out because mine came in just the standard box. That's fine though. I hate how minor extras drive prices up or cause the main thing's quality to have corners cut to absorb the price of extras used as selling points. I'll buy my own extras, thanks, or even just not bother.

Long story short, this is the reciprocating saw you want to buy.



DEWALT 20V MAX Reciprocating Saw, Tool Only (DCS380B) Review:


Needed a reciprocating saw for a home improvement, and between always using an 18V DeWalt saw at work, and wanting to grow my personal DeWalt 20V collection, I knew this is what I needed. This saw is cosmetically similar to the 18V I have at work, with the biggest functional differences (aside from 18V to 20V) being the 4 position blade holder which allows for even closer flush cuts and a little more adjustability out of the shoe.

I've pruned trees, cut all sorts of dimensional lumber, cut bolts and angle iron, aluminum flat stock, even Telespar (the square sign post with all the holes in it). May just be my mind, but seems to have a smoother cut stroke than the 18V I've used. Originally only had the 1.5Ah 20V batteries which only would last for a few dozen cuts at most, but the 4.0Ah batteries I recently purchased are great for this saw and allow me to go up to a week been charges (at least with my use), the 4.0Ah batteries also balance out the weight of the saw nicely.

Just as a reminder, this is a bare tool. No batteries, no charger, no blades, just an awesome saw ready to accept your existing 20V batteries. I've used DeWalt, Milwaukee, and Bosch blades all with great success, your results may vary.



BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Reciprocating Saw, Tool Only (BDCR20B) Review:


I bought this saw specifically for some hardened bolts I needed to cut. These were bolts holding up steel targets. After a few hits from a high powered rifle, they weren't coming off any other way. The saw did a great job on the bolts, using a standard hacksaw blade. Those reviewers who said you can't use standard blades were mistaken.

Then Mother nature decided I wasn't getting enough exercise and dropped a tree in the yard. The saw came to the rescue. On one battery charge, I was able to cut off the limbs that were in the yard, and then cut them up into small enough pieces to haul off. One battery charge with power to spare.

This saw is the best purchase I've made this year. Last year I purchased a Black & Decker hedge trimmer. It uses the same batteries, and it was my best purchase last year. I have four tools that use the same batteries and they are all excellent products. Black & Decker can't be beat.