I'm looking to get a Sawzall type saw. My immediate use will be lots of
tree trimming and cutting branches into small pieces to go to the curb.
After that it will be diy around the house stuff. I'm not a
professional contractor but I do like to get decent tools that will last
and peform well.
So far I'm looking at:
1. Milwaukee 6509-22 http://tinyurl.com/akz3t which is the lowest
Milwaukee model. Locally I can get it for $119. This has a 3/4 inch stroke
2. Hitachi CR13V http://tinyurl.com/82lrm which is Hitachi's lower end.
Local price is $89. this has a 1 1/8 inch stroke.
I've looked at a Bosch but didn't see the need for the rotating collar
(although the saw was comfortable to hold) The collar seems a gimmick
that is more likely to break than be useful.
I've also looked at the 6 amp Makita JR3000 which I think costs about
the same as the Milwaukee and thus didn't seem to be a good deal (I
could be wrong).
Any opinions on what I should get? Are there others I should consider?
Is the Milwaukee that much better than the Hitachi? Thanks in advance.
Don't get me wrong, I love my Milwaukee Sawsall, but I never consider it for
trimming trees and/or branches. It is just too heavy.
Last year I purchased a Homelite cordless combo kit that included a branch
trimmer (reciprocating saw on a pole), a small chain saw, and a hedge trimmer.
They have all worked well. I was even able to cut off a 7" cherry log with the
chain saw. The kit came with two batteries, one for the tool, and one for the
As far as owning a reciprocating saw for construction, I would not have
anything but my Milwaukee. It is just not a good tool in the garden. :-)
New Eagle, PA
My first "sawzall" is the PC Tigersaw with the switchable orbital
action. I still have it, it still works and does a good job. It was
My second "sawzall" is a rebuilt Milwaukee Super Sawzall with the
counterweight. Both saws have the keyless blade chucks and have had few
problems. Sometimes pliers are needed to loosen the chuck if it gets
I would say that a reciprocating saw is an excellent tool for the
garden even on a ladder; safer than an equivalent chain saw. The tool
weight is less of an issue when the blade can rest on the limb to be
cut. It will get heavy in use overhead or when holding onto the saw
while pulling cut limbs out of the way.
One benefit to the recip saw is that if a blade gets pinched into a
cut, you can disconnect from that blade, put in another blade and cut
the first one free from another angle. Most chain saws do not come with
a spare bar.
The other tools mentioned may be better at outdoor tasks but have
little use inside or with lumber containing nails.
I'm on my 2nd Milwaukee sawzall in 14 years, and would buy another. They've
seen some heavy usage.
Can't compare a Hitachi sawzall, but do have a Hitachi sheathing stapler,
brad nailer, and a finish nailer. I really like these guns. Had a Senco
finish nailer and a brad nailer, and the Hitachi is more balanced IMO. I
may buy a Hitachi sawzall next time around, unless I see some negative
remarks about them.
To clarify - you are looking for a recipricating saw. "Sawzall" is a
trademark of Milwaukee. Sort of like Kleenex, a lot of people call
recipricating saws a Sawzall.
The choice of the pros, and genrally considered the best, is the Milwaukee.
I believe Hitachi is getting out of the power tool market. Check out
their web site. As for Milwaukee, they are great. When I purchased
mine, they had a lifetime warranty. I see they have changed it to 5
years. 5 years is still fantastic for a power tool and I can attest
that my Super Sawzall is running great after 9 years now. I have cut
the occasion limb with it, but they do feel a little awkward doing
it. Milwaukee does sell pruning blades for them though.
I've been a plumbing contractor for almost 30 years, and I've neve
ever been treated so badly by anyone as by Milwaukee when I took
sawzall in for repairs. Without going into details, that one inciden
will forever keep me from buying anything that says Milwaukee on it.
don't know what caused this, I wasn't rude or pushy, just wanted to ge
a sawzall repaired. I wrote to the company headquarters about it, an
got a less-than-worthless reply.
I have had very good luck with Hitachi tools and am sorry to hear tha
they may be leaving the business
Porter cable is a fair prod for the money. Milwaukee has a bad habit of not
standing behind prods and just ripping people off.
Remove the obvious to reply. Experienced and reliable
Concrete Finishing and Synthetic Stucco application in the GTA.
On Thu, 16 Jun 2005 00:28:45 -0400, "ConcreteFinishing&StuccoGuy"
I have a Milwaulkee Sawzall and Milwaulkee corded drill. Both
excellent high-quality well-built products. Personally I did not feel
ripped off. I bought these 10 years ago. But, sometimes companies
can and do cheapen their products to increase profit. Probably I stay
clear of Taiwanese, Korea or China-made power tools. Japan, USA, and
Canada, Germany-made tools are generally better.
If it is a toss-up, why don't you buy from an American company?
Call me crazy, but this is always a consideration for me (and I drive a
Nissan). Recent refrigerator purchase came down to an LG and an Amana
manufactured in Iowa. LG was slightly cheaper but we went with the Amana
for that very reason.
On Thu, 05 May 2005 14:50:05 -0400, Eric wrote:
Thanks everyone for all the advice. I went ahead and picked up the
Milwaukee. The Hitachi seemed fairly solid too but the Milwaukee was
more comfortable to hold (Hitachi was rather bulbous where one holds it
near the blade end) and the Milwaukee had the added bonus of being the
consensus pick for best.
A chainsaw may be in my future as well but I decided the Sawzall was the
most versitile tool (and I thought of 3-4 immediate uses beyond the
I have a Milwaukee sawzall and like it. But for what you're doing, I
would probably use a bow saw. (The kind with a sort of curved L-shaped
metal handle and the blade strung across, cost about $10.) Not as sexy
but you can operate it with one hand, and you get some exercise too.
It will go through the branches almost as fast. Even if you get the
sawzall, you might want to get one of these too. Lets you just pick up
and do small trim jobs without fetching an extension cord, etc.
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