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01-13-2013 02:42 AM

Good evening fellow lumberjocks,

I am about to start a bathroom remodel and have a great need for a reciprocating saw. Can anyone shed any light on options that I cannot live without, etc. or even suggest a saw that you have been happy with? I would prefer to have a corded saw, and I want quality. I am tired of buying crap and being disgusted with it.

Thanks for the input.

Rob Hix

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 02:51 AM

I bought a cheap Ryobi 5 or 6 years ago for a remodel job and still have it. Can’t seem to kill it. I think I paid $60.00 for it at H/D. Go figure!!

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 02:56 AM

i have had 2 $350 saws stolen over the years
both had allen wrench blade change

got the same ryobi ross has
(same price and about the same time)
variable speed
quick change blade
and reversible (the blade)

still works fine

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 02:59 AM

I work for a renovation company and the boss swears by a milwaukee reciprocating saw. We’ve had the same two for at least 10 years without really needing to do much in terms of servicing. We use them for all of our demo work and they are tough saws. We use the corded version and I, personally, like the bigger one. It’s got plenty of power and it’s not too heavy. The light one is also fine.

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 03:00 AM

Milwaukee Saws All. I have the quick change blade (no tools needed). Get the longest stroke and the highest amps draw you can find. This thing is tough as nails. I recently used a Skil and the gear housing got so hot that gloves were not enough to protect your hand. I also prefer Lennox blades. Others are okay but those seem to last the lognest for me. I don’t work for or represent either of these companies. This is way I have and I like it.

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 03:02 AM

I too was remodeling a bathroom a few years ago and needed a recip saw to cut out some subflooring. I went with a Ridgid “Fuego” Compact saw.
Honestly, its very reminiscent of an electric turkey carver (albeit on steroids). When I removed it from the box, the small size gave me second thoughts. I wasn’t sure it was up to the task. However, I was wrong. It cut through the subflooring without flinching. Made short work of some 4×4 on another project too.
The small size was also a blessing when I needed to cut out some holes in my kitchen cabinets for some electrical wiring. In some cases, I could only reach the work area with one hand, making a larger saw impractical.
It might not be what you’re looking for, but I’ve thorougly enjoyed mine.

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 03:51 AM

Milwaukee invented the reciprical saw, I think. They call it a Sawsall, or a Super Sawsall for the big one.
I bought one about 4 years ago when I found that it was the only recip saw in Hone Depot that was still made in USA.
It has been a real workhorse.

The quick change blade is a definite plus, and good blades are important as well.

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#7 posted 01-13-2013 04:05 AM

High power, long stroke and orbital action. A saw with orbital will save you a LOT of time and effort in demo. I like Milwaukee, but any good brand with those features would serve you well.

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 04:10 AM

You can’t go wrong with Milwaukee for 120 volt tools.

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#9 posted 01-13-2013 04:37 AM

10+ Milwaukee Ive had 2 in 30 years

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#10 posted 01-13-2013 04:43 AM

I have a small ridgid like the photo above Dewalt corded and cordless,portercable articulating style, and a Milwaukee. they all work but I think Milwaukee is still the tool that will last the longest,I also like the Milwaukee heavy duty saw zaw blades.


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#11 posted 01-13-2013 08:04 AM

I found a Milwaukee with quick blade change (and you don’t want anything else), at the pawn shop and it has served me well. But I would add that I used a “reciprocating multi tool” a lot in both my bath and kitchen remodel. They are the only tool that makes difficult cuts such as plunge cuts and flush cuts doable. I cut a 2’X3” hole for a skylight using a diamond coated blade through an inch of plaster and wire lath. No sweat. You can spend big buckson a Fein, or less than $20 for a HF. I have the HF, have heavily used and abused it, it never gets too hot to hold, and it doesn’t leave my hand numb. I’ve used it nonstop for 3 or more hours at a stretch (well, with a couple of 5 minute breaks). There are intermediate priced ones from Bosch, Rockwell, Dremel, and now Grizzly—and maybe others.

By the way, has anybody noticed that Grizzly how has multi tool blades for less than half the cost of other brands? Don’t know how good they are, but I intend to try them if they’ll fit my HF multitool.

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#12 posted 01-13-2013 04:12 PM

I vote: Milwakee for sawsall/corded
Dewalt: cordless sawsall
Bosch: for jig
Rockwell: for oscillating. (used to be fein, but the rockwell is the best knockoff)

I wont say how many I have of each.

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#13 posted 01-13-2013 04:20 PM

Another option would be a Fein as it’s more versatile
than a sawzall.

Milwaukee”s the best for a reciprocating saw.

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#14 posted 01-13-2013 07:17 PM

I had a need for recip saw for a one off job and opted for a cheapie by Einhell. It performed more than adequately and paid for itself on that one job. Haven’t touched it since so I’m glad I didn’t shell out big bucks for a Dewalt or Makita.

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#15 posted 01-13-2013 07:20 PM

Milwaukee makes a nice design with a handle that
turns. It’s called a Hatchet. I have the 18v one
and quite like the handle design.

I think Porter Cable has a similar model.

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