Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 50
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by zerg Excellent Saw
I originally purchased this saw because when trimming fronds off of date palms and mexican fan palms I wanted to use a power saw to speed things up, but I could not disinfect a chainsaw to my satisfaction. With the reciprocating saw, I could simply change the blade between trees with a clean blade. The blades could also be cleaned as good or better than a hand saw. This saw console was also cheaper than buying a long extension cord for a 15 amp sawzall and since I already had the batteries from a Ridgid drill I figured I would give it a try. I equipped it with a pruning blade and it trims all of the trees with ease. The battery life is plenty long enough for doing normal trimming jobs of branches, fronds, etc. The main drawback to this saw is it is a little back heavy with the motor and battery both at the end. This is not a serious drawback since the saw has plenty of utility.
For the heck of it I even cut an entire hardwood tree that had a foot thick trunk down into logs. With such thick wood the batteries ran out kindof fast and the saw was of course not as fast as a chainsaw but it's not like this saw was designed for that job anyway. Just the fact that this little saw was able to tackle that job was amazing in itself.
December 15, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ibleedorange Best tool ever
The fact that this tool is discontinued is a disgrace. Unbeleivable
August 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul Paid for itself the first time out !!
Bought a Ridgid tool kit and this saw was part of the kit. The first time I used it, I was shortening conduit runs to install a new A/C units on seventeen Portable Classrooms. Working in the ceiling with all the existing A/C duct work, electrical and insulation, it was pretty tight. This saw was perfect for this job, I could get right up in the ceiling undo the conduit straps after pulling the wire back and cut the conduit to it's new length without removing it first. It saved me at least 8 - 10 hours on the job. On that job alone this saw paid for the whole tool kit. That was five years ago and the saw, as well, as the rest of the tools are still going strong.
October 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RedZebra Hot knife through butter!
I didn't know what to expect from a one-handed recip saw. I was impressed with the quality feel and heft. It came with a all purpose blade but I loaded it up with a 6" metal demolition blade and sawed my bike in half. The one-hand design allowed me to steady the bike with one hand and cut with the other. Try that with a bigger saw--it can't be done! It cut through that thing like hot knife through butter...what-what! Now I don't have to repeat that miserable 1 week biking vacation (it'll be fun!) ride with my wife next year. Thank you Rigid for making a quality saw and ending the pain of future bike rides.
November 6, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by st8of10ec Plenty of power!
I was hesitant to buy the one handed model over the full size saw fearing it would lack the power I needed in a saw.after reading the reviews I decided to try it out & see for myself.While waiting for it to be shipped I borrowed my brothers full size (yellow competitor) to demo an old shed,& take down some bushes.Didn't get halfway through & had already killed two batteries,while recharging the Rigid Fuego arrived UPS so I put it to the test.It ran through that shed & the bushes like Sherman through Atlanta & still had a charge on the first battery!I love this thing!
January 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Studio1172 One of the best tools I have
This thing is a powerhouse! Small, great control, and powerful. Bought it, maybe, two years ago. I have owned several recip saws, this beats all hands down. Works great in small spaces and has a light at the end so you can see where you are cutting in shadow/dark areas.
I have used in several room remodels, cut out plaster wall (cuts like butter), and roof repair. One of the best things is that you can hold it with one hand and it not get out of control.
Comes with a durable soft case.
If something happened to this I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
August 3, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cswatx goodbye Craftsman, hello Ridgid!
This recip saw works great. It is compact, lightweight, powerful, has a long run-time, innovative "keyless-chuck", and a LIFETIME WARRANTY! Great for tree pruning! I picked up three separate Ridgid cordless tools: Compact 1/2 drill/driver, one hand recip saw and the x4 circular saw and sold my craftsman C3 cordless tools on craigslist last week. The ridged lithium ion batteries provide amazing power and run times on all three cordless products I bought. A++
October 16, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Hammer1 A capable alternative to a full size recip saw
I like to travel light and most jobs do not require the power of a full size unit. This unit takes up minimal space in my bag and is great for a variety of jobs. The speed control is accurate and I share my batteries from my other Ridgid tools. Nice for plumbing - removing old pipe and drain lines and cutting the toilet hold down bolts off too. It has become one of my favorite tools in a very short time. How well it will hold up is uncertain but with the lifetime service agreement how bad can it be?
March 27, 2012