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Old 05-04-2014, 12:51 AM   #1
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So my old B&D saw kinda caught fire today, so it's time to shop for a new one. Looking on Hombre Depot's website, there's a Dewalt 10amp for $89, and a couple other 10 amp saws, but then there are 13-15 amp units for $50-60 more.

Basically, my question is what will a 15 amp saw do that a 10 amp one won't? I don't do a lot of metal sawing, but I'd want it to be capable of that if I suddenly feel the urge to make some sparks.

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Actually, wood cutting puts greater strain on a Saws All than steel cutting--

I've used and worn out several DeWalt reciprocating saws---they work fine and you will get more than your moneys worth before they wear out--

Saws Alls are seldom used for serious steel cutting--that is the job for a Porta Band---

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I know I have had a Milwaukee Sawzall for about 15 years and I have put that saw through every imaginable cutting situation and it's still kicking. I remember it being the MOST expensive of all the Sawzalls that I researched but it has paid for itself over and over.
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Classic case of you get what you pay for.
I'd pass on A Dewalt, I own Ryobi, Milwaukee, B&D that's about 10 years old, And a Ridged sawsalls and used to have a Dewalt. Only one that had to be fixed twice was the Dewalt.
Once for the switch and once for the brushes.
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I have found that using a variable speed reciprocating saw is the only way to go. As for amperage, it depends on what you are using it for. Wood uses more amperage especially when cutting through thick pieces.
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I guess I didn't realize woodcutting would require more oomph than metal.

So after my B&D went up in smoke (in fairness, it was old enough to be made out of metal and not sold at a big box store), I borrowed my FIL's Milwaukee, and I just went and checked and it's only an 8amp. It took a bit of doing to blast through a couple of studs, but I chalk that up to a dull blade, the tool didn't big down at all. I think a 10amp will do just fine, since my personal tools I'd say are "heavy homeowner" grade.

So I know I'm going to open a can of worms here, but does anybody have experience with the Craftsman 10amp? It says it has tool less blade swaps (odd that it comes with an Allen wrench), you can allegedly turn off the orbital feature, and it gets decent reviews on the website.
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Also, the $72 price is enticing.
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more expensive recips will have an orbital action which is better for cutting wood as it makes it more aggresvie however you dont want to use that action when cutting metal


brand wise, the makita avt line and milwaukee are the two top dogs, bosch makes a very good one as well.. ive used countless dewalt recips and none of them lasted more than a year as their motors burnt out very easily when under load
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I've owned two recip saws. A $50 Ryobi that was a disappointment, and a Milwaukee that is a treat to use every time I take it out of the case. Not sure of the model #, but it was the $99 one at Home Depot. Runs and cuts good, doesn't shake. The blade clamp works great, unlike the Ryobi. The cord lays out straight and the case isn't stupid. Also, unlike.....

Lots of Craftsman tools nowadays are made by Ryobi. Don't know about the recip.
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Blades are not all good--I stick to Milwaukee--Lenox and Staret---
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The generic Do-It Center blades "appear" to be repackaged Lenix blades, but I was wrong once before.

Boy, a lot of hating on DeWalt on this thread. Glad I didn't jump on that first one I saw.

I guess it'll come down to which one is best balanced, feels right when I hold it, and specs-per-dollar. Sounds like the DeWalt is really the only one to avoid.

Thanks gentlemen, I appreciate the advice.
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I like the DeWalt---I just use them a lot and they wear out----
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I have this Hitachi one.

http://www.menards.com/main/tools-ha...332-c-9082.htm

I had a crap cheap one before this and besides the power I noticed this one vibrates way less than the crap one. I got Hitachi because I have some other tools from them and they have been really good.
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I still have my Milwaukee I bought in 1978, still works fine. Picked up another one at a garage sale on my street last year for $25. Supersawzall with 15 new blades and the metal case.
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No doubt that the blade makes a recip saw. My crappy saw wasn't worth taking out of the case, with the blade that came with it. DeWalt blades weren't much better. A Lenox blade made it work like it was supposed to. The blade clamp, switch, cord and case still were terrible. But the saw cut.

Wanna make it simple? In my VERY limited experience, buy a Milwaukee saw and Milwaukee or Lenox blades. (I'm told Bosch blades are good, too. IDK)

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