Some projects for the summer calls for a reciprocating saw to make
things easier. I have a Dewalt 18V cordless drill with two batteries. So
I was wondering whether I buy a cordless saw or electric one like
Milwaukee Sawzall? Opinions from experienced users please? Will cordless
be upto the various chores?
Fencing, decking, retaining wall work kinda thing, some pruning maybe
out at cabin. I have AC power available out there. I just feel cordless
might not be powerful enough but then I never used this type of saw before.
A reciprocating saw is hardly ideal for pruning. I use a hand saw or (drum
roll please) my Ryobi cordless chain saw. I once used it to make 10 cuts on
some 4" trees on one battery. If I had had my gas saw out at the cottage it
would have been a better choice, but the Ryobi worked. I don't think a
cordless reciprocating would have. Worst thing about the Ryobi is that the
oil leaks and make a mess between uses.
It will work on your other projects, but will make a couple cuts on 4x4s per
battery. Corded is a better choice for serious cutting.
Well, I use a cheapo cordless recip with an 8"
wet-wood pruning blade and
it's great .... not for 4" trunks, but it works
real good for cleaning up those
branches that are too big for clippers (> 1/2").
I have one and love it. It comes in very handy. However if I have a
serious job with a lot of cutting to do, I would not rely on it, even with
three or four batteries as even my 24V job eats batteries.
Corded is more powerful, never runs out of juice (assuming the juice is
Cordless does not need long cords to use outdoors. Has limited life as
batteries must be charged. Good for light and intermittent work.
Decision has to be based on your particular needs and uses. They cordless
are very handy though. On a small job you can be done cutting in less time
that getting out an extension cord and then re-winding it.
I've got a set of DeWalt 18v tools... They are quite handy but the batteries
At this point, if I wanted cordless tools, I'd just go cheap.
You're in Calgary? Go to XSCargo and pick up the 18v tools they have there
and grab a spare batter or two.
Harbor Freight has a chinese made Sawzall (corded) that goes on sale for
$19.99 now and again. Might want to go with that, and decide about upgrades,
I got my 14.4 Miluakee, cause it was the lowest voltage that would do
sawzall. but I never decided to go th e extra 200 and get the sawzall -- the
couple times a year I just get out the corded on.
When I got some cordless drills from HF, I got the 12.0 volt ones, so I
could run them off a lighter socket cord when the batteries finally died.
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