Buying Guide

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.