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10 Best Cordless Reciprocating Saw In 2019 - Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

A reciprocating saw is a saw where the blades uses a push and pull motion to easily cut through most things you want to throw at it. Whether you need to cut through plaster board for a home renovation job or want to dismantle old furniture, the reciprocating saw is a tool to have in your arsenal.

This is the one to go for when your other attempts at demolish have failed, it may be that you need to remove a window frame and the crow bar wont do it. They are an extremely versatile tool to have as you can get an array of blades to fit them to do different jobs.

These aren’t one job tools and have a variety of applications across your home and on site. With their versatility in mind, here are a plethora of saws on the market, so how do you know which cordless saw to choose? Follow my helpful guide for a full insight into which best cordless reciprocating saw is the one for you!

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Product Name

Speed (spm)

Power Source

Weight (lbs)

Price

BLACK+DECKER BDCR20B Lithium Bare Reciprocating Saw

3000

Corded-electric

3.9

DEWALT DCS387B 20-volt MAX Compact Reciprocating Saw

2900

Battery-Powered

5.4

Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2625-20 M18 Cordless Reciprocating Saw

3000

Battery-powered

1.81

PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Reciprocating Saw

3000

Battery-powered

4

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Milwaukee M12 12-Volt Hackzall Recip Saw

3000

Battery-powered

1

WORX WX550L 20V AXIS 2-in-1 Reciprocating Saw

3000

Battery-powered

4.2

Ryobi P515 One+ 18V Cordless Reciprocating Saw

3100

Battery-powered

4.5

Makita JR3050T 11 Amp Reciprocating Saw

2800

Corded-electric

10

TACKLIFE Advanced 12-Volt Max Reciprocating Saw

2500

Battery-powered

3.8

Hitachi CR18DGLP4 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw

3300

Battery-powered

5.7


The 10 Best Cordless Reciprocating Saw On the Market

 1. BLACK+DECKER BDCR20B Lithium Bare Reciprocating Saw

The black and decker is an exceptionally light weight reciprocating saw. The unit itself has a good stroke length and will make sure that you can use it for most things in your home that requires a saw of this nature. Unlike other models, it isn’t as compact with the traditional placement of the motor in front of the handle rather than angled away. This doesn’t impact the solid performance of the tool though; it will consistently give you 18 volt output throughout the use.

The handle isn’t as ergonomically designed as others and you will feel it if you have to use the tool for extended periods of time. However, this isn’t the type of tool that you will be using all day every day. It is the ideal tool for people who want a sturdy, reliable saw that they will use to undertake smaller projects at home or in their shed. It will quite happily cut through most wood that you throw at it, along with steel bolts (within reason).

Unlike other models in the same category, it doesn’t come with a LED light that can help you cut in darker areas. That being said, it is not a compact so you may find that you won’t be using it in smaller, tighter and darker spaces. It is a good reciprocating saw and one you should consider if you are undertaking projects in and around the home.

Things We Liked

  • Solid cutting capability
  • Light and easy to use, especially one handed.
  • Good for at home DIY projects
  • Easy blade change
  • Good even power delivery

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Handle can become uncomfortable after extended use
  • No vibration control unlike other products in similar class

 2. DEWALT DCS387B 20-volt MAX Compact Reciprocating Saw

This saw is designed to use in tight and awkward spaces, it is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre in even the most difficult of spaces. Unlike other reciprocating saws, Dewalt have moved the motor to a different position to give the entire tool are more compact and ergonomic design. This innovation shortens the tool and makes it easier to control in especially small and confined spaces.  It also makes the tool more balanced, which is something I wouldn’t have considered as a plus until I had used it!

This particular tool has an exceptional power output of 20 volts, the delivery of power is smooth and at no point does it have any flat spots. It makes the Dewalt easy to use and this coupled with the ergonomic design of the tool makes it really nice to use, especially for extended periods of time. The 20v delivery is exceptional given the fact that it is cordless, I really liked using this tool and it didn’t let me down.

The cordless nature and the redesign of the unit do mean that the tool is very light. This is something that I was initially concerned about as it could result in kick back, especially when cutting through bigger and studier items such as window frames. As it is lighter than other alternatives on the market, you do need to keep hold of it when using for such jobs. The vibrations can be difficult to handle, but all in all it is a good tool to have in your house.

Things We Liked

  • Lightweight and balanced
  • Good capacity of maneuvering to reach tight places
  • 20 volt power with smooth delivery and no dead spots
  • Ergonomic design makes for easy handling for extended periods
  • Multi tilt head making it easy to cut through most items

Things We Didn't Liked

  • There is no adjustment for the tilt to ensure it sits flush
  • The vibration can make the tool unruly if you are cutting through larger items

 3. Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2625-20 M18 Cordless Reciprocating Saw

This Milwaukee reciprocating saw has been designed for the type of person that needs to use the tool in small areas and has to be able to work quickly and effectively. The superior ergonomic design takes into the fact that you may have to operate the tool one handed in particular environments and circumstances. This type of work environment has even been taken into account for when you have to change the blade. The quick release and lock mechanism mean that you can change blades exceptionally quickly without having to take the entire tool apart.

The way the Milwaukee has been made is not only ideal for home project use, it is also excellent for on site use. It is a light and well balanced tool but don’t let that put you off or make you think that it isn’t rugged or durable. This tool is ready to live a harsh life in the back of your works van or in your tool box. This unit also features a non-vibration handle, other companies producing similar tools could learn a lot from this feature.

The power delivery is exceptionally smooth with no dead spots or lags. Another feature of the Milwaukee that makes it ideal for site work is the LED light that is near the blade. If you are working in low light conditions and need to cut in a straight line, the position of the light makes this possible. It doesn’t cast a shadow and helps you make that clean straight cut one handed. It really is an exceptional tool that I loved using.

Things We Liked

  • Ergonomically designed, especially for use with one hand.
  • LED light to help you get that straight cut in low lighting spaces
  • Ideal for life in the back of a van or tool shed
  • Light but quality construction
  • Strong power delivery throughout RPM rage

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Some people may find the unit too light
  • It is not as powerful as other models on the market

 4. PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Reciprocating Saw

This reciprocating saw is a rugged tool that looks the part. It boasts a 20 volt power output, which for a cordless is pretty impressive. The tool doesn’t have dead spots or lag with the power delivery. It is a compact model, so you don’t get the same level of vibration control you would with a full size model. I did find the vibrations to become pretty unwieldy, especially when cutting through denser materials. This isn’t an issue as long as you are able to handle the porter with two hands (if the space allows) or are strong enough to keep a firm grip.

The porter is ergonomically designed, but it feels like it has been designed for two hand operation, rather than single hand operation. This isn’t a positive or negative, but it a factor worth considering before you make a purchase, as this requirement is dependant on use. The design of the unit is comfortable in your hands and you can use it for longer periods without feeling fatigue in your wrists. I really liked the power button on the unit; it made choosing your output really easy and smooth. The only real downside to this I can see is if users are brand new to this type of tool, they may become trigger happy.

Unlike other tools in this particular class, the porter doesn’t feature an LED light that can help with working in darker situations or places with low light. If you are looking to work in small, slightly darker spaces, this might not be the tool for you. But if you want as tool that will chew through almost anything and that you can control easily and comfortably, the porter is definitely worth your consideration.

Things We Liked

  • Heavy duty and rugged
  • Ideal for life in a tool box and van, moving from site to site
  • Compact nature makes it easy to use in tight spaces
  • Smooth power delivery with no dead spots
  • Blade release mechanism means you don’t have to take part the tool, making the change quick and easy.

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Lack of vibration control especially at higher RPM with dense materials
  • No LED light on the tool making straight cuts in low light situations difficult

 5. Milwaukee M12 12-Volt Hackzall Recip Saw

The Milwaukee reciprocal saw is one of the most compact reciprocal saws on the market. It has been designed for the purpose of the tightest and most awkward small spaces that you may find yourself working in. One of the best things about this saw is the anti-vibration design that the Milkwaukee boasts, it makes it a dream to use one handed in spaces where you can’t get both your hands in.

The only real design flaw in this tool is that due to its small compact nature the placement of the blade release has been changed. Unfortunately, this has been put in a difficult place where it becomes bogged down with general offcuts and dust from what you are cutting. You need to make sure that you keep this area clean and free from debris so that you are able to change the blade quickly and effectively.

The power of this little tool is 12 volts, whilst this is a lot smaller than the other tools I have reviewed. The power to weight ratio is ideal for smaller more awkward jobs.

Things We Liked

  • Exceptionally compact
  • Ergonomic design, awesome for one handed use in tight spaces
  • Light weight, can easily operate one handed
  • The unit is very durable considering its size but is suited more to a life in a shed or house.
  • Smooth and efficient power delivery, surprising given the low voltage power.

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Due to the compact nature of the unit, the release button has had to be moved. This can be problematic when you are trying to release the blade if the unit is dirty.
  • It is a compact unit so can only be used for the smallest of jobs; it won’t be a replacement for your bigger tools.

 6. WORX WX550L 20V AXIS 2-in-1 Reciprocating Saw

The Worx is one the few reciprocating saws that can turn from this into a jigsaw in a matter of seconds. Its dual purpose nature means that you can get more done without having to purchase a second tool. Usually I am not a fan of tools that serve two purposes as it can very quickly become a jack of all trade’s situation. My main concern was the pivot point and if there was any movement in this. Thankfully, there wasn’t which means that if you switch from the reciprocation mode to the jigsaw mode. There is no movement in the hand and you will be able to happily cut straight lines.

The 20 volt power delivery is smooth and effective, but it the RPM is set a little too low to get through bigger items quickly and effectively. This doesn’t stop it being a good tool, but if you are making cuts through larger, thicker materials you may want to consider a tool with a higher RPM range.

The built in blower is an excellent addition, it keeps the blade and blade release area clean and free from debris. It helps you release the blade quickly without becoming bogged down in debris and grim. This unit isn’t designed for use in small tight spaces, the dual nature of the Worx means that it won’t replace your compact reciprocal saw.

It is well designed and takes ergonomics into account but it isn’t as comfortable as a tool that does one, It is ideal for people who need to have access to both tools in quick succession and will replace a medium size reciprocal saw and a jigsaw, which is ideal. It performs both tasks well if you can deal with the lower RPM range as it will take slightly longer cutting.

Things We Liked

  • Get a straight cut when you use both settings.
  • Good power delivery even though the RPM range is lower than alternatives
  • Portable and smoother operation
  • No dead or lag spots
  • Ergonomic design, even though you can use it for both

Things We Didn't Liked

  • No light on the tool making cutting in dark spaces difficult
  • As it is a tool that can fulfil both reciprocal and jigsaw, it is larger than alternatives making working in smaller spaces more difficult.

 7. Ryobi P515 One+ 18V Cordless Reciprocating Saw

This is a super light non compact reciprocating saw. Even though it is full sized, it remains ergonomic and easy to operate with one hand, which some full sized models don’t manage to achieve. Even with extended use over the course of a day, my hands and arms didn’t feel fatigued and the saw stood up to the tasks at hand.

I really liked how easy it was to change the blades; you require no tools to do this. It makes life so much easier if you have to change it mid job. There are no issues with the release catch becoming bogged down in grim or debris. Apart from that, you really can switch the blades in a matter of seconds and get back to the job you were doing.

Unlike other models, there is no LED light on this tool which can make it difficult to cut in a straight line in lower lit areas. It is a powerful full sized unit with no dead spots or power lags. The trigger isn’t overly sensitive, making it super easy to use, even for beginners who may suffer from an over zealous trigger finger. I really liked the balance of this particular saw, but if you haven’t got a good amount of strength you may struggle to operate it one handed, but don’t let that put you off. The anti-vibration design really sets this tool apart from others in the same category. It makes the entire unit smooth and easy to use and doesn’t make a terrible noise when in use.

Things We Liked

  • Ergonomic design, ideal for long uses.
  • A well balanced unit
  • Easy blade change, takes a matter of seconds
  • Good power delivery, no lags or dead spots
  • Good vibration control

Things We Didn't Liked

  • No LED light, so working in dark spaces becomes difficult
  • Not good for working in smaller, tighter spaces

 8. Makita JR3050T 11 Amp Reciprocating Saw

The Makita JR3050T 11 Amp reciprocating saw has an exceptional power output that will pretty much chew through anything you want it so. The Makita is built to last, it is heavy, rigid and durable tool that is designed and built for life moving from site to site. The cutting power of the tool really is something, but as it is full sized, you won’t be able to operate it in smaller spaces like the compact versions.

This seemingly small addition makes it so that the blade, releases and safety buttons don’t get bogged down in silt and debris. The unit isn’t as well balanced as others, but this is due to the size of it. This isn’t really designed to be operated single handily and does require you to have full control of the unit at all times due to its extremely high power output.

It’s a very well designed and manufactured tool, the ergonomics of the unit means that you can keep working with it throughout the day and not feel any real fatigue or muscle soreness. It doesn’t have an LED light fitment, but this isn’t the kind of saw you want to be operating in small, tight and dark spaces due to the sheer size and power of it. This is the tool you want to have if you’re going to need it on a regular basis and require superior cutting capability.

Things We Liked

  • Superior power capacity
  • Easy to change blades without any tools
  • Ergonomic but needs two handed operation
  • Quality construction
  • Durable and rugged, designed and built for a life moving from site to site

Things We Didn't Liked

  • No LED light, meaning cutting in dark spaces isn’t possible if you want a good finish
  • Very large unit which reduces its versatility and environments that it can be used in

 9. TACKLIFE Advanced 12-Volt Max Recip Saw

The Tacklife is an exceptionally well built heavy tool ideal for the day to day knocks of site life. What make this tool stand out from the others are the gripping saws that it has towards the back of the blade. This gives you an exceptionally stable cutting position, to save from slips or the blade tracking off course. This small feature makes a world of difference when you’re aiming for precision in a quick work environment.

This tool is heavy, don’t be under any illusion. Due to its robust and durable nature, the offset of that is that you get a heavy tool. Trades men that use this kind of thing on a day to day basis will be used to the weight of tools such as this. However DIY-ers may well struggle moving it from job to job.

You need to operate with two hands if you aren’t strong enough to use one to ensure you get the cut that you need, as not only is it heavy. You also get exceptional power delivery from it. There are no lags or dead spots and the saw will just keep on going cutting through pretty much anything that you throw at it.

The way the handle is designed is beautifully ergonomic and well balanced. You won’t feel fatigued or strained after use and you can use it all day long. The trigger design is also easy to use and won’t allow the saw to run away with you. I loved using this product and recommend it for tools men looking for a durable and rugged unit that can be taken from site to site without fear of damaging it.

Things We Liked

  • Exceptionally powerful
  • Durable and rugged design, it can live from site to site
  • Good even power distribution
  • Quality design with reasonable budget
  • Easy blade change that can be done in a matter of seconds

Things We Didn't Liked

  • It is very heavy in comparison to other models, but this is expected due to the size of the unit.
  • If you are inexperienced or not strong enough, you won’t be able to operate it with one hand.

 10. Hitachi CR18DGLP4 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw

The Hitachi reciprocating saw features an adjustable front shoe so that you are able to change the depth of the cut. I liked this feature, but it can sometimes be a little bit fiddley, especially if the tool has been in use and is bogged down in dust, debris and grim from working.

The Hitachi comes with a small LED light on the unit, which helps when you are using it in low light situations. The light is placed so that it doesn’t cast a shadow and will help cutting in a straight line. It also has an exceptionally comfortable foam handle, this doesn’t impact the rigidity of the tool but makes it easier to handle for extended periods of time. The handle is also ergonomically designed to help lessen any muscle fatigue you may have from extended use.

This reciprocating saw is light and really good for use in small and tight spaces. The addition of the LED light makes it a really good tool to have in your home. It isn’t durable enough to be taken from site to site but it is ideal for someone who wants to have one on hand for DIY projects. The 18 volt power output is really strong for a cordless and there aren’t any dips in power or lag when the battery is charged.

Things We Liked

  • 18 Volt power output for strong operation
  • Really good for smaller tighter spaces
  • Will cut through reasonable sized items in line with manufactures specifications
  • Comfortable ergonomic grip
  • LED light makes working in dark environments far easier

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Not as durable or rugged as other models on the market
  • Whilst the power is average, other tools have higher voltage

Why Do You Need a Reciprocating Saw?​

Reciprocating saws are an excellent tool to have in your tool shed or tool box regardless of if you are at home DIY’er or a trade’s man. They offer you versatility and the option to get the job done far quicker than that of a traditional hand saw.

The application for these types of saws is usually for demolition purposes, such as window frames or piping. You’ll find that once you have one you’ll be asking yourself how you ever actually lived without one.

Their versatility in what they can cut really is the selling point of these tools. If you go for a compact model, you are able to access places that you would really struggle to get to with hand saws, such as pipework that is hidden away under your kitchen cabinets.

There are a lot of different types on the market, so it can be difficult to work out which one it is you need. If you think you are going to be working in small tighter and dark spaces, look for a compact model that comes with an LED light. These lights are positioned so that they don’t cast a shadow and they are small enough to be operated with one hand. The compacts will make light work of most things you put in front of it as they often have the same power output as standard size units.

If you think the majority of work you will be in light, open and exposed areas. The full sized saw is an ideal choice for you! They will cut through almost anything and they have a larger power and output capacity. The bigger models are often more rugged and durable, therefore ideal for tradesman and people who have tough jobs for the full sized units. That being said, some of the compact units are exceptionally durable and rugged and are designed for extended and constant use. Look for units with anti-vibration handles and ergonomic grip to help you achieve the ideal cut.

Reciprocating saws aren’t just for cutting through pipes and wood, they can be used for all manner of things as they are an exceptionally versatile saw. One application I love for the compact and full sized saw (as long as it is light and can be operated with one hand) is tree pruning. They are excellent for pruning trees and bushes; they can reach into spaces your hand might not necessarily be able to reach, especially with a saw hand attached at the other end. They will cut through all reasonable sized branches and wood and are really good to have in the dead fall season! I wouldn’t be without a reciprocating saw at this time of the year as it makes clean-up operations so much faster!

Corded Vs Cordless?

Corded and cordless saws both have their own benefit. If you find yourself moving around your home or the site a lot, you don’t want to be held back by the cord and constantly having to find places to plug it in and start again. Likewise you don’t want to have to be constantly moving the items you want to cut to you, so corded in these instances are the way forward. It is also worth considering what type of environment you work in. If it is smaller, tighter areas you may not want to throw a power cord into the mix, make your life easier and go for a cordless unit!

If you require a lot of power and you don’t move so much around your home or site or your work space is a small, a corded saw may be the one for you. They are rated to approximately 240v and will provide you with consistent power without lag or dropping when the battery runs down, because it doesn’t have one. The corded units tend to be a lot heavier and bulkier and require more control than cordless units. It is entirely dependent on your use of the unit. If you like moving around your home or site and require a lighter more versatile unit, the cordless option is the one for you.

Key Things To Judge Before Buying Cordless Reciprocating Saw

The Spot Of Using

The primary thing you need to consider before you purchase a reciprocal saw is how you are going to use it. Is it going to be used in the house or on site? If it is on site, look for a rugged and durable unit that can handle being mistreated to a certain extent as well as high work load. Thinking about this will make sure you get the right tool for the job.

Frequency Of Usage

Consider how often you will be using the tool. If it is daily or frequently, look for ones that are ergonomically designed and can be used on a regular basis without you becoming fatigued. There is nothing worse than using a tool for a long period of time, only to find out that it hurts your hand or your arm.

Take Care Of Longevity

If you are using the tool for longer periods I cannot recommend enough that you look for units that have anti-vibration methods. This is an absolute live saver and makes the unit far more bearable in the long term. It will allow you to use the unit all day without becoming fatigued. If you only use the tool here and there, look for one with a comfortable grip. You will forever be grateful that it is comfortable in your hand, even if you only use it once every six months.

The Atmosphere

Most considerations you need to make before purchase are you thinking about how you are going to use the tool. If you can see yourself using it in low light, it is worth every penny to get one with an LED light attached. They don’t cast shadows and will keep you cutting long into the night if you so need to!

Safety Considerations​

With any power tool, whether it is the first time you’ve used or the hundredth time you’ve used one. Always read the manufactures safety guidelines. These will tell you what the maximum cut depth is along with any other features. You may need to be aware of such as the safety stop button and how to release blades in the correct and safe manner.

When using tools such as the reciprocating saw, you should always wear protective clothing. Wood and metal can splinter especially when it is cut at speed. Make sure that you have protective goggles on to stop it getting in your eyes. Wear appropriate clothing and don’t put your fingers in any moving parts once it has been turned on. In the event that you are using it and begin to smell burning, turn the tool off and leave it to cool, don’t continue to use it.

Final Thoughts

There is a plethora of cordless reciprocating saws on the market, each claiming to be the best available. Your choice depends wholly on how you are going to use the saw and what environment you are doing to use it in.

Before you make your purchase consider how you want to use the saw, if you are strong enough to use the larger models one handed and how often you are going to use it. Thinking about items such as those will help you narrow down your choices and make sure that you get the best saw for the job at hand.

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