Reciprocating Saws

Reciprocating saws have a wide variety of uses in construction, plumbing, electrical and HVAC

Reciprocating Saws - Buying Guide

Unlike most saws, which are used primarily to make precise cuts, reciprocating saws are often used for rough cuts or demolition. They deliver a lot of power to the blade, quickly slicing through materials such as metal, masonry, wood, plaster, fiberglass, stucco, composites and drywall. This buying guide highlights the power, maneuverability and convenience of reciprocating saws.

Corded vs. Cordless

Reciprocating saws are available in corded and cordless models for added convenience, power and run times.

Corded models offer more power for heavy-duty cutting and unlimited run times.

  • They don’t have a battery and usually weigh less than cordless models.
  • The power cord may hinder maneuverability and can possibly be cut during operation.
  • A flexible rubber cord is more convenient than a plastic cord.
  • If working overhead, use a lightweight saw to reduce fatigue.


Cordless models offer freedom of movement

  • Weigh more than corded models.
  • Require charging between uses.
  • Models with lithium-ion batteries have extended battery life and run times than standard batteries.

Tips & Features

Choose from options such as orbital option, lighted plugs or anti-vibration technology to customize your saw to meet your exact needs.

  • An adjustable shoe enhances stability and depth-of-cut control for easy, tool-less adjustment. It allows for clear visibility of the blade and cut line in any position.
  • A bag or case protects the saw and accessories during travel and storage. Hard cases provide maximum protection. Choose one that accommodates the maximum length blade you will use.
  • Orbital action enables blade to move up and down in addition to back and forth, creating a more aggressive cutting action for faster cuts. Cutting speed does not slow drastically when the saw is upside down in orbital action mode.
  • Tool-less blade change allows fast blade changes, increases efficiency and enables you to easily switch between tasks.
  • Variable speed control allows you to adjust cutting speed to match the application and material. A dial offers greater accuracy and consistency than a trigger control.
  • A lighted plug shows if a tool is powered at a glance.
  • Cushion grips improve comfort and control, especially through hot, sweaty jobs.
  • Anti-vibration technology helps reduce user fatigue.