Best Corded Reciprocating Saw

A reciprocating saw is also commonly known as a sawzall which is branded name of the Milwaukee reciprocating saw.  The reciprocating saw gets its name from the reciprocating/push-pull motion that the blade makes. This motion is similar to the one that a jigsaw makes. However, reciprocating saws typically have larger blades and a more powerful motor than a jigsaw will. Reciprocating saws are best used in the demolition process and aren’t necessarily designed for making precise or straight cuts. Reciprocating saw blades can be found for most applications including wood, metal, drywall, PVC and much more.

When comparing reciprocating saws there are some features that are important to compare. One of the most important features is going to be power source saws be corded or cordless. Cordless saws have the benefit of not having to have a receptacle and extension cord available. The downside to cordless saws is that they could leave you stranded with no juice right in the middle of your demo project which can be irritating.  The other large benefit of corded saws is that they are typically cheaper and lighter than their cordless cousins.

The next most important feature is the motor. The motor will be an important factor in determining whether the saw will fit your needs. Motor sizes range from 7.5 amps to 15 amps. The higher amps the more powerful the saw. Also, when looking at motor design you will want to know whether or not it is has an adjustable cutting speed. Speeds are measured in strokes per min or SPM Higher speeds work well with blades that have less teeth per inch (TPI). These are designed for softer materials like PVC, wood, sheetrock. Slower speeds will need to be used when using blades with higher TPI. Higher TPI blades are made for cutting harder materials like metal. Slower speed will need to be used with harder materials so that the blade doesn’t get to hot. 

Stroke length is another important factor when combined with the motor of your saw. Longer stroke length will give you give you are more aggressive cutting saw allowing you to cut more material quicker. Shorter stroke saws will be less likely to bend a saw blade if it gets bound, also if you are working in tight spaces shorter strokes will be advantageous. A couple of other nice to have features include adjustable shoe and tooless blade changes..

Depending on how often you will be using this tool and your budget you may have to make compromises on which reciprocating saw will work best for you. The best reciprocating saw for the weekend warrior is not going to be the best saw for the professional. No matter what your application is below you are going to be the best corded reciprocating saws on the market.

Milwaukee 6538-21 15.0 Amp Super Sawzall Reciprocating Saw

Length of stroke1-1/4″
Strokes per minute0 – 2,800
AMPS15.0
Length18-3/4″
Net Weight (lbs.)9.8
Case IncludedYes

The Good 

The super sawzall is packed with plenty of power for any job. Combine this with the large stroke length and orbital cutting action and this saw will be able to help you tackle any job you may come across.

The Bad 

This saw is a large and holding close to a 10 lbs saw for a full days work will probably be extremely fatiguing. Occasionally, having loose shoe pins would not be something I would expect for quality out of a contractor level tool

The Bottom Line

We would be remiss if we didn’t include the company that created the sawzall. The Milwaukee Super Sawzall lives up to its name. The super sawzall is equipped with Milwaukee’s 15 amp motor capable of 2,800 SPM. It includes a variable speed trigger as well a dial for variable speed settings. The stroke of the Super Sawzall is 1 ¼” combined with orbital cutting action this saw is perfect for jobs where you need to cut a lot of material. Milwaukee has patented gear protecting clutches to prevent destroying gears due to a bound blade. The saw includes a counter balance mechanism. Milwaukee claims that due to the counterbalance mechanism they have “The smoothest, lowest vibrating saw in the industry.” The blade can be changed without tools using Quik-Lok system.MIlwaukee stands behind their product with a 5 year warranty on the super sawzall. The downsides to the super sawzall is price coming in at close to $200 it is one of the most expensive saws on the market. Also, coming in at close to 10 lbs if you need to be prepared to manage this large saw. After completing some market research we have noticed some consumer complaints about early motor failures, and shoe pins coming loose. It seems most of these defects were found under warranty and Milwaukee stood behind the product to correct the errors. Bottom Line Milwaukee is well known for their quality products and especially their sawzalls if you need a sawzall to handle big projects the super sawzall should be on your short list of potential saws.

DEWALT Reciprocating Saw, Compact, 12-Amp (DWE357)

Length of stroke1-1/8″
Strokes per minute0 – 3,000
AMPS12.0
Length14-1/2″
Net Weight (lbs.)6.8
Case IncludedYes

The Good 

This compact saw comes equipped with a 12 amp motor and a long 1 ⅛” stroke to go along with it. This saw is great for cuts in tight places

The Bad 

The saw’s size and orientation can be uncomfortable and makes users feel unsafe. Stating that they feel their hand is to close to the cutting action of the saw one slip away from injuring themselves. Also, there were multiple consumers complaining about brade shafts breaking rendering the saw unusable until warranty work was completed.

The Bottom Line

After almost 100 years of designing and manufacturing tools we all know Dewalt would probably make its way onto any list comparing the best tools, and with their innovations potentially multiple contenders. The Dewalt DWE357 makes the list for being a powerful and compact tool. The DWE357 doesn’t quite have the most powerful motor on this list but pound for pound it is one of the most powerful saws on the list.Combined with a variable speed trigger this saw can put out up to 3,000 SPM. The DWE357 sports a 1 ⅛” stroke length. The blade has a quick change 4 position blade clamp. This allows multiple applications  including a flush cut setting. One of the benefits of the DWE357 is the size. Its smaller size will make it easier to access places that a standard reciprocating saw. An interesting feature that Dewalt included is an LED light that can light dark cutting areas. The downsides to this saw are a lack of vibration reduction technology that some of the other saws on this list have. Customer feedback leads to two critiques of this saw. The first, being that the shaft can be faulty leaving the consumers to send the saw back for warranty work. The second, is the compact design of the saw can be challenging to become accustomed to. Bottom Line unless you have a need for this compact design I would stay with one of the more traditional reciprocating saws on this list.

Makita JR3070CT AVT Recipro Saw – 15 AMP 

Length of stroke1-1/4″
Strokes per minute0 – 2,800
AMPS15.0
Length19-1/8″
Net Weight (lbs.)9.7
Case IncludedYes

The Good 

This large saw has all the bells and whistles expected out of a contractor level saw. It comes with a large motor and 6 preset speed settings. Combine that with one of the largest strokes in the industry and orbital cutting motion and your demo project will be done in no time.

The Bad 

This saw is not designed for precision work. Also, the blade lock can be loose causing two different problems. The first is that the blade can potentially come out of the blade lock. The other is it may allow longer blades to droop and impact the shoe actually cutting the shoe.

The Bottom Line

Coming in second on the list is the Makita JR3070CT. This saw is equipped with a 15 Amp motor capable of 2,800 SPM. It has 6 preset speed settings to match whatever application you may have for it. With a 1 ¼ “ stroke length is one of the longest stroke lengths in the industry. Combine that with the orbital cutting motion, and you will be ready for some serious cutting. This all combines to a package that will make aggressive cuts helping you clear material for those big demo and remodel projects. The JR3070CT includes a tool free blade change as well as an adjustable shoe. Durability was definitely a consideration when Makita was designing this saw they incorporated a clutch system to prevent damage to the gears should the blade be bound. As a testament to the durability Makita includes a 1 year warranty with this saw.   One of the finer things Makita included what they call AVT or Anti Vibration Technology. The reduced vibrations will help prevent fatigue from extended use. The downsides to the Makita JR3070CT are the weight and the price. Coming in at almost 10 lbs this is a heavy saw, and you have to spend a lot of time working with this saw overhead or holding it in awkward positions you may become uncomfortable or fatigued. In terms of price this saw is one of the most expensive saws on our list. After doing some consumer research customers seem to have run across faulty blade lock mechanisms. Bottom line if you are looking for a saw capable taking care of whatever you throw at it this saw will do it for you.

SKILSAW SPT44-10 Heavy Duty Reciprocating Saw

Length of stroke1-1/4″
Strokes per minute0 – 2,900
AMPS15.0
Length27.7″
Net Weight (lbs.)11.3
Case IncludedYes

The Good 

This saw is a large powerful saw with a 15 amp motor capable of 2,900 SPM. This is also sporting a long 1 ¼” stroke. On top of that Skilsaw incorporated some very nice features including soft start feature that helps you make more accurate cuts.

The Bad 

Other than the extremely large size of this saw there are not really any downsides to it. In saying that if you may want to consider whether you are willing to work a saw that is over 11 lbs and over 2 feet long.

The Bottom Line

If Milwaukee is known for creating the sawzall . Skilsaw is known for creating the first portable circular saw back in 1924. Even though they aren’t known for creating the reciprocating saw they have definitely brought their experience together to make one of the best reciprocating saws in the industry. This saw is most definitely the biggest on the list. Skilsaw developed this saw for taking down the largest of projects. This is the kind of saw that you are looking for if you are cutting up large scrap metal or large wood cuts like 4×4 and 2×12. The 15 amp motor is capable of up to 2900 SPM. All this power is harnessed with a variable speed trigger. The saw comes equipped with an orbital mode to be able to cut more material. The stroke length of this saw is comparable to the other reciprocating saws on the list coming at 1 1/4 “. There are some interesting features that Skil incorporated into this saw. There is a soft start feature so that you can get accurate cuts. Also, there is a constant response electronic controller that supplies consistent power for the toughest cuts. Skilsaw incorporated their BUZZKILL technology to reduce vibrations from this large saw Skilsaw’s warranty on the saw is 180 day warranty. The downsides on this saw are definitely its size. This saw is the heftiest one on the list. When looking at the customer reviews they were mostly glowing reviews with no trends that seem to stick out. The bottom line is this is the best saw we have on the list. Skilsaw pulled out all the stops and made a high quality product

Milwaukee 6509-31 12 Amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw Kit

Length of stroke3/4″
Strokes per minute0 – 3,000
AMPS12.0
Length19″
Net Weight (lbs.)7.1
Case IncludedYes

The Good

The 12 amp motor combined with 3,000 strokes per minute will give you a powerful cutting platform. The shorter stroke length and lighter weight of this saw will make it much easier to handle than the larger saws on this list.

The Bad

This saw does not come with the optional orbital cutting option or any variable speed settings.

Bottom Line

The Milwaukee 6509-31 comes equipped with a 12 amp motor capable of 3,000 SPM will be powerful enough to take care of most projects. This saw is a good middle ground for different kind of projects. I would not take on extremely large demo projects. With a ¾” stroke the saw will still be able to cut material, maybe not as quick as the longer stroked saws on the list. Unlike some of the other saws on the list there is no orbital cutting mode. The loss of the orbital cutting will not be a huge loss. The lack of a variable cutting speed will make it harder to taylor the saw to your particular project, but it is definitely not a show stopper. This saw is also equipped with Milwaukee’s Quik-Lok system, and counterbalance technology to make the saw easier to use. The only consumer complaints we could find on this saw was the motor burning out early for a few customers. Typically, this was well within the warranty period. This saw may not come with all the bells and whistles of the bigger saws, and may not be appropriate for a contractor. Bottom line this saw may be the perfect fit for the weekend warrior.

Makita JR3050T Recipro Saw – 11 AMP

Length of stroke1 1/8″
Strokes per minute0 – 2,800
AMPS11.0
Length17 3/4″
Net Weight (lbs.)7.3
Case IncludedYes

The Good

Makita thought about the consumer when creating this saw. It comes with a variable speed trigger. Also, it has a great built in blower to clear debris from the cut line for greater accuracy. On top of that Makita added a tool-less blade change and shoe adjustment.

The Bad

This saw has no built in clutches or orbital saw settings so extremely heavy duty jobs may take longer and potentially cause more wear and tear on the saw.

Bottom Line

Makita made a great saw for weekend warriors. Packing their saw with an 11 amp motor capable of 2,800 SPM. Combined with a 1 ⅛” stroke length this saw will tackle most demolition projects you can throw at it. With a variable speed trigger you will be to get good clean starts on your cuts and taylor your saws speed for the material you are cutting. Makita made sure to add some nice features including an internal dust blower and two finger trigger. They combined all of this into a light weight well balanced saw. All of these nice features come in at a price point much lower than the biggest saws on this list. Doing consumer research on the Makita JR3050T there were no trends to note on the negative comments about the saw. Bottom line if you are looking for a reliable saw this may well be the saw for you.

Skil 9206-02 7.5-Amp Variable Speed Reciprocating Saw

Length of stroke1 1/8″
Strokes per minute800 – 2,7000
AMPS7.5
Length20.8″
Net Weight (lbs.)8
Case IncludedNo

The Good

The highlight of this saw is the price. At one of the lowest price points on the list this saw is perfect with someone who has their budget in mind. 

The Bad

With the Skil 9206-02 coming in so cheap relative to the other saws you are sacrificing many of the nicer features that the more expensive saws have, like orbital cutting modes etc.

Bottom Line

The Skil 9206-02 is a nice saw for the do it yourselfer out there. It comes with a 7.5 amp motor capable of turning out 2,700 SPM and a 1 ⅛” stroke. This saw is going to be perfect for the DIY’er or weekend warrior. If you are like me and your wife wants your cutting up pallets for her pinterest projects this is the saw I would go for. The variable speed dial will allow you to taylor you blade speed for various materials. The saw an adjustable shoe that can be moved with an included hex key. Consumer research indicates that the blade lock is not the most secure out there. They also indicated that the saw did vibrate a lot which is to be expected for a reciprocating saw. Bottom line if you are looking for a cheap reciprocating saw to tackle small or occasional projects around the house this saw may be the right fit. Just keep in mind you are getting a pretty bare bones saw without many bells and whistles.

SKILSAW SPT44A-00 13 Amp Reciprocating Saw with Buzzkill Tech, Red

Length of stroke1 1/8″
Strokes per minute0 – 2,800
AMPS13.0
Length19.7″
Net Weight (lbs.)9
Case IncludedNo

The Good

This saw comes with a good mix of power and price. This saw comes in at almost half the price of the bigger saws but still has great cutting power.

The Bad

This saw comes with a fixed shoe giving you less control over your cuts.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a saw that can handle most of your projects this is the saw for you. Skilsaw packed a lot into this saw at the price. The 13 amp motor churning out 2,800 SPM provides the cutting power you need for almost all projects. Along with the powerful motor Skilsaw added their Buzzkill technology reducing vibration 35%. Most consumers are stating this is one of the smoothest reciprocating saw they have used. Add in the oversized variable speed trigger and this tool is going to help you cut most materials in even strange angles. Consumer research is showing no trends of defects. Bottom line if you are looking for the best all around reciprocating saw look not further than this saw.

CRAFTSMAN Reciprocating Saw, 7.5-Amp (CMES300)

Length of stroke1 1/8″
Strokes per minute0 – 3,200
AMPS7.5
Length23.5″
Net Weight (lbs.)8.6
Case IncludedNo

The Good

At one of the cheapest prices on the market if your budget is constrained you can get a reciprocating saw for cheap. Along with that Craftsman is known for having decent warranties.

The Bad

If the blade becomes bound at all the blade will pop out of the blade chuck. Also, the vibration is noticeable on this saw even with it only being a 7.5 amp saw.

Bottom Line

Craftsman brought a budget reciprocating saw to the market. Packed with a 7.5 amp motor that can churn 3,200 SPM. Combined with a 1 ⅛” stroke this saw is capable of being a viable part of your workshop. Craftsman included a variable speed trigger too. However, the tool-less blade chuck is weak and this is even confirmed by our consumer research. If this blade gets bound the blade will stick in the material and come out of the saw. Bottom line if you are budget constrained and only need a reciprocating saw for occasional use then you can consider this saw. Otherwise I would look for another option on this list.

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

Length of stroke1 1/8″
Strokes per minute0 – 2,900
AMPS12.0
Length17.5″
Net Weight (lbs.)8.1
Case IncludedNo

The Good

This saw comes with a 4 position blade chuck. Making this saw capable of cutting materials in many different orientations.

The Bad

The biggest disappointment with this saw is that it does not come with Dewalt’s signature carrying case.

Bottom Line

Dewalt did not disappoint with their addition to the reciprocating saw market. It has a comparable motor size with the other saws on their list at 12 amps. At 2,900 SPM and a 1 ⅛” stroke this saw will have no problem cutting material. With a variable speed trigger this saw is going to be good for amateurs and professionals alike.I really like the 4 position blade chuck. It is a really nice addition to this saw and makes it much more versatile. The other nice thing about Dewalt tools is they have a nice warranty for their tools. Consumer research suggests that occasionally this saw is troubled by a stuck trigger. Bottom line this saw has one of the best reciprocating saw features with a 4 way blade chuck, and it also has all the features needed by a reciprocating saw to get the job done.

Okay so in closing we have covered the 10 best reciprocating saws on the market. These saws range the whole gamut of what is available on the market. From the barebones 7.5 amp reciprocating saw to the Milwaukee super sawzall. What is the best sawzall that is up for you to decide based on your budget and application. If you are working on large projects and your livelihood depends on the saw I would recommend one of the bigger saws on the list. If you are only going to use the saw occasionally then I would recommend one of the cheaper options.


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