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Old 06-06-2013, 09:29 PM   #16
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I had a cordless reciprocating saw (blue) from Harbor Freight, and it was absolute trash. Underpowered, and the charge lasted all of 3 minutes.

I have a corded version (maroon) from them which is great - easy blade change, rotating body - and it's been going strong for me for over 2 years.

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-amp-r...dle-65570.html
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I have owned several reciprocating saws. None of them were cordless. I bought an 18 Volt Milwaukee cordless circular saw which now has a dead battery after a very short life. The saw is now a door stop, because I will not pay 60 or 70 dollars for a new battery.

The best reciprocating saw I have owned, by far, was my Corded Rockwell Tiger saw., but that was about 30 years ago. The dual action lever which allows you to select straight in and out action, or elliptical action makes all the difference in the world when you are doing demolition work, and this thing would not stop, even when cutting through asphalt shingles.

In my opinion, if you are usually in a setting where AC is available, it is a foolish waste of money to buy a cordless reciprocating saw. Even if you are not, I would pick up a small generator and plug in my saw.

Batteries are OK for drills. For everything else they are BS. I see guys using battery drills to drive screws on roofs and I shudder. Give me a 2300 RPM corded screwgun with a versa-clutch, and I will outdrive them 5 screws to 1.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:38 AM   #18
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I just kicked over to another forum and found that even Milwaukee is now made in China.

Fast forward about 20 years and we will be seiing the guys on American pickers going "Holy Crap, A Sawsall Made in the USA" I can get 600 bucks for this, even if it dosent run! Wait, let me wipe the bird dung off it, and dry it out cause it was sitting in water for two years...............

HOLY CRAP, IT STILL RUNS!............................................. ...........
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guys are already doing that with worm drive circ saws on contractor talk.. they find them on ebay
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Remember when "Made in Japan" meant junk.....now, some of the best electronics comes from Japan?

Then it was "Made in Korea"....

Now we are saying "Made in China" means junk....give it a few more years....then we will be saying "Made in India" or "Made in Brazil"
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:22 PM   #21
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I really don't think I need a sawzall now.
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I've got a DeWalt 18v cordless (similar) and it's very handy. I made quite a lot of use of it when I bought it for helping demolish a bathroom for renovation. It has enough power for the places you'd expect to be using it. Just be sure to purchase more than one battery pack. I've got two chargers (other DeWalt 18v gear) and always end up keeping batteries in rotation through them.
Get the XRP batteries. They last twice as long. I have the same saw.
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the xrp batteries have longer run time but a shorter overall life
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I really don't think I need a sawzall now.
Lets get something straight. Everyone who does any kind of construction work must have a sawsall, its not optional, its just a matter of which one you get.
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Remember when "Made in Japan" meant junk.....now, some of the best electronics comes from Japan?

Then it was "Made in Korea"....

Now we are saying "Made in China" means junk....give it a few more years....then we will be saying "Made in India" or "Made in Brazil"
Well your point is well taken, but its not just where it is assembled, its what went into the assembly that matters, and also, when it was made by Mike, or Bob, or Carl, these were guys that worked in this country, that lived in the houses that were built by guys that used the saws they made. Full circle. Now the circle has a big hole in the bottom, Kapisch?
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Remember when "Made in Japan" meant junk.....now, some of the best electronics comes from Japan?

Then it was "Made in Korea"....

Now we are saying "Made in China" means junk....give it a few more years....then we will be saying "Made in India" or "Made in Brazil"
Yeah and now guess what the Rich Japanese audiophiles buy?

McIntosh, Made in the USA
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I had a cordless reciprocating saw (blue) from Harbor Freight, and it was absolute trash. Underpowered, and the charge lasted all of 3 minutes.

I have a corded version (maroon) from them which is great - easy blade change, rotating body - and it's been going strong for me for over 2 years.

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-amp-r...dle-65570.html
I just looked at your link. That damn thing is on sale for 20 bucks. How in heck do they do it?
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simple, its mass produced crap that gets rebranded 20x sold in countless different stores.. such as kobalt tools also being known as mastercraft maximum
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I just looked at your link. That damn thing is on sale for 20 bucks. How in heck do they do it?
Loss leaders. Gets you into the store, to buy other junk with much higher margins. Sell enough crap with really high mark-ups and you can afford to lose a bit here and there. This still works because even if you get into the store and find the $20 to be unacceptable (which it is) then you're still going to buy something else because you won't want to have 'wasted the trip'. Cha-ching goes the register...
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I prefer not to by good produced in China because you are feeding the economy of a country that does not like us and would like to see our country fail.
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