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Old 05-07-2014, 06:58 PM   #16
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blade wise i pretty much only use milwaukee AXE blades, in the past ive used hilti ones which are very comparible to milwaukee. The newer style bosch blades are good as well, the older style were very thin and bent extremely easy

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Lot of DeWalt bashers on this site, but I have a lot of yellow tools and really haven't had one disappoint me, unlike some of the Milwaukee and Ryobi stuff I've had.
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theres good reason to bash the bumblebee brand, they focus on marketing more than research and development.. their r& d department is extremely bare bones compared to the other tool companies. generally what they do is design the look of the tool then send it to the engineers which tyipcally reverse engineer the technology other companies have developed to be innovative. then dewalt markets claiming they redsigned the wheel and are coming out with hte next big thing.

this info is directly from a rep for one of the major tool companies that left dewalt because he was tired of their bs
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+1 on the milwaukee corded model. Not the cheapest but one of the best. Over time a reciprocating saw might be the most abused tool in the box. My milwaukee is one of the better tool investments I have ever made.
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Well, I was REALLY close to getting a Milwaukee, but the Craftsman Professional 12 amp was quite a bit cheaper, and had the orbital feature (whereas the equivalent Milwaukee did not), so I just placed my order. I'll give a review once it gets here, and in the mean time, all the Craftsman haters can go pound sand.
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Let us know what you get----My first recriprating saw was a Craftsman--made by DeWalt---I got a lot of good years out of that machine---
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Well, I can say that Sears' shipping department gets 5 stars, since it came two days earlier than they said it would. I ordered it Sunday night and it got here this morning.

A few first impressions:

- It comes with a bag, not a hard case. More flexible on what you can carry with it, but not as much protection.

- Lots of features for a little money. For $79 you get a 12 amp saw, orbital feature, tool free blade changes, adjustable shoe, and a pivoting head for scrolling. I don't know if I'll need this feature, but it's there. It also has a live tool light, in case you can't see whether it's plugged in or not.

- It seems kinda loud, but I'm comparing that to the cordless Makita I use at work, so that's probably not very fair.

- Seems well balanced and not too heavy compared with other similar tools I've handled in the store. Probably due to all the plastic in the construction. Plastic switches for the blade changes and shoe adjuster don't look all that durable, but only time will tell.

I'll give a better review once I've broke down a few pallets.
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They can be loud depending on what you're cutting. I've got the DeWalt that I've been happy with for years of occasional typical homeowner use.

Anyway... only writing to suggest using hearing protection if it seems loud.
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They can be loud depending on what you're cutting. I've got the DeWalt that I've been happy with for years of occasional typical homeowner use.

Anyway... only writing to suggest using hearing protection if it seems loud.
Everything in my shop is loud (except, oddly enough, my table saw). The earmuffs aren't far away, very good advice.

Anyway, I should clarify, the only newer models of reciprocating saws I've used recently were a Makita and DeWalt, both cordless. They were both much quieter than the Craftsman Professional model I got, but this may be an apples/oranges thing. And it isn't obnoxiously loud, just louder than the other two.
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So another question I have, how big of an inverter would I need to install in my truck to run this thing? The saw is rated in amps and all the inverters seem to be rated in watts. Would be nice to have for limbing trees in the woods, among other uses.
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Watts / Ams Converter:
http://www.supercircuits.com/resourc...amps-converter
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I had to buy a rec saw today, bought a Ryobi electric for $65.

https://www.ryobitools.com/power-too...ts/details/576

great tool for the low cost. Beats anything b and d hands down.
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And a Ridged sawsalls
Oh, you came close there. At least you didn't spell it Rigid. I think that company made a mistake, because people always spell it Rigid, and then the search engines fail to find the right thing.

BTW, calling it a Ridgid sawsall is like saying Canon Xerox machine. Or in your case, a Canon zeroks machine.

Not to be the language police, but since we are actually trying to recommend specific brands, Sawzall is Milwaukee. I know people tend to call any recipro saw a Sawzall, but it's Milwaukee.

This one offers tremendous value by the way. I own 2 - 1 to use, and the other for backup when the first one breaks. I've had the first one 2 years now and it hasn't broken, although the black rubber hood has started to tear and slip around, and that can be occasionally annoying.

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-amp-r...dle-65570.html

Any tool in your box can break down, and it's always a good idea to have backup. Compare the price of this backup strategy with Milwaukee. This is a good choice if you're not going to be using it a great deal. For a contractor using it every day, then he might be better off with 2 Milwaukees. Or, have the Harbor Freight be your cheap backup until you can buy a new Milwaukee.

Not saying that is powerful enough for the OP, but they also offer this

http://www.harborfreight.com/9-amp-h...9066-8664.html

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I guess I didn't realize woodcutting would require more oomph than metal.
The teeth on a metal blade are so small and metal so hard, that you can't really dig in much. It's going to be a lot of blade cycles no matter how powerful your saw is. The teeth on a wood blade are so big and wood so soft, that if you are cutting something very wide, you can have a lot of resistance with the teeth dug in so deep, relatively.

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