Cordless Reciprocating Saw

For Tough Demolition Work Without A Cord

Why Bring Out the Cordless Reciprocating Saw?

Dewalt Cordless Reciprocating SawHaven't you ever had to make that one quick demo cut and you didn't want to drag out the big guns...your corded reciprocating saw?

I know I have...and it makes me glad I have the cordless saw laying around.

These kind of rigs are designed specifically for this kind of and tough demo cuts of all kinds.

And boy is it ever surprising the work they are capable of.

Who Carries Cordless Reciprocating Saws?

Most of the major players in the power tool industry carry this type of cordless saw.

Some of these manufacturers are:

  • Dewalt
  • Craftsman
  • Bosch
  • Milwaukee
  • Makita
  • Hitachi
  • Ridgid
  • Ryobi
  • Plus a handful more not listed...

If your in the market for one of these cordless should be able to find one in the color that you favor the most.

Each manufacturer above carries several different types, sizes and voltages.

Most, if not all of the above listed name brands build solid reciprocating saws that are cordless.

Factors To Consider When Choosing a Sawzall


These types of reciprocating saws are made with several different battery sizes.

The battery size will determine the power and duration of use that your cordless sawzall has.Craftsman Cordless Tool 14.4v Battery

Typical battery ranges can start as low as 9.6v and go all the way up to 36v.

Each of these battery sizes are associated with a comparably sized cordless recip saw.

Of course how you expect to use this saw will determine which size you finally go with.

There are also different types of battery cells such as Ni-Cad or a Lithium-Ion

Each type has it's own strengths and weaknesses.


Now, in my mind, there really are only two types of cordless reciprocating saws.

Your standard configuration that we are all used to and what I call the "micro sized" sawzall.Cordless Reciprocating Saw Types

I think we all understand what the standard configuration saw is all about, how it's used and for what applications.

But the new "mirco sized" sawzalls are kind of the newcomers and are used in a different way.

They are smaller and have less power but they can also get into places that the standard reciprocating saws can't.

Some examples are:

  • Making cuts in PVC or copper under and behind sinks
  • A precise cut on some of your installed casework or finished trim

You may even find that it is almost a necessity to have both types of these sawzalls on hand to cover any application you run across.


Now it doesn't matter whether you have a corded or a cordless type of reciprocating saw...if you have a good blade then it is going to cut better, faster and easier.

This all equates to making your batteries last longer.

Why?...because of the shorter time it takes to cut and the amount of power required to make the cut.Assorted Reciprocating Saw Blades

Also make sure you have the correct type of blade.

Obviuosly using a wood blade for metal cutting is a bit foolish...but I've seen it done before.

So choose wisely based on the demo work and material you are cutting.

SPM(strokes per minute)

This part of your buying decision is kind of self-explanatory.

Obviously the faster the blade moves the quicker you will get through what you are cutting.

Nowadays most recip saws have a variable speed feature that gives the user some more control when making different cuts.

It also helps for controlling your saw in tight and unpredictable spaces.

Our Conclusion?

Cordless reciprocating saws in our opinion are an almost must have power tool for the jobsite.

At the very least this is a handy tool to have around the workshop and home.

As long as you take your time to decide on the right one for your needs I think you will be satisfied owning this type of power tool.

I wouldn't give mine up for anything...especially when I need it in a pinch.

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