I have a chance to get some home repair and carpentry done
in exchange for my buying the materials, and a new "sawsall"
for the person who will do the work. That is a tool I had
never heard of until recently, but I want to buy one of the
very best to give in exchange for the labor involved. He
had no suggestions, other than to be sure it was pretty
powerful. What brands, models, styles, etc. do those of you
who have used these tools recommend? Which brands, models,
styles should I avoid? Price is not a significant
consideration, but local (Los Angeles area) availability of
spare parts and repair services is.
"I appreciate those who walk out from the edges with
I absolutely 100% agree with Mr. Hensley. And that is scary.
I have had several Milwaukee Sawzalls. I never had one minute of problems
with them. All were either stolen or sold at the end of the project, or
upon sellout of the business.
Also, I had a Milwaukee SDS rotohammer, that was their smaller model. It
was without a doubt, the best rotohammer of that size I have ever used, and
I have drilled a lot of holes.
Buy a Milwaukee. Fergeddabout it. Just use it.
Don't abuse it. Toss it down. Let it get full of dirt. Get loose screws.
It will probably be one of the things left in your estate that goes to your
Good work, Mr. Hensley.
Ditto the Milwaukee. I think mine is the 6521-21 model:
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and it's been nothing but great.
Check on amazon, for one.
Milwaukee, Porter-Cable, and Hitachi (certainly among others) make some
very powerful and durable saber-saws (sawzalls.) In one recent
comparison test, the Milwaukee model distinguished itself by being the
best balanced (smoothest-running.)
I own lots of Milwaukee tools: Sawzall, worm drive saw, rigth angle
drill kit.......they've all given me great service.
If I were to replace my Sawzall I'd get the Milwaukee Super Sawzall OR
the Porter Cable TigerClaw because of it's ab iltiy to be twisted into
all sorts of configurations.
At first I thougt it was kinda gimicky but having used a friend's it
does have it's uses.
Both teh Super Sawzall & the PC TIgerclaw have much more powerful
motors than the Sawzall of old and can power through cuts very quickly
I think they have a different name for them, but SawZall has become a
generic term for ....... what is the proper name .......... reciprocating
blade saw ........ ?
I have seen many copies made by different companies.
The OP is not looking for price, but quality. So Milwaukee is an
For me, I got a craftsman on sale for around $70. It's actually a
decent tool, durable and well designed. Not as powerful as the nicer
tools, but fine for my uses -- a few dozen times a year. In fact, I
have never been on a construction project where a sawzall (ahem --
recip. saw) is more than an occational use item. Much more useful
demolition work, and occational remodelling, course...
====================I Do own a Milwaulkee....and also a cordless Roybi...my son owns a
The Dewalt is holding up well for my son and he is not the type to
take care of anything...so I honestly can not say it is a bad
tool....but my RED one is to me a much better saw....
No comment on the Riybi as it is a joke...good for 1-2 cuts out on the
back 40 1000's of feet away from an outlet ..for that it "seems" to
get the job done...
I've had one (Milwaukee) for years, with so many uses I've lost count.
One of my favorites: cutting freight pallets into firewood, too
dangerous for a circular or chainsaw because of embedded nails. Also
great for pruning trees. I loaned it to a friend, and to my horror, he
used it for a wicked purpose: he cut the steel "boot" off his car
placed there by a metermaid.-Jitney ;-)
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