SWMBO asked for a xmas gift list and i am thinking about putting down
reciprocating saw.... looking to spend about $100-125.... i jotted down
dewalt, rigid, and porter cable.... any one have any expereince with any of
them ? i have used the dewalt before while helping working on my son's car....
OT... an '87 Monte Carlo SS 305 rebored to be a 350 with a super
charger....550 to 650 HP....goes like a bat out of hell......back on
topic....... used it to cut the exhaust system.... what would be the better
: SWMBO asked for a xmas gift list and i am thinking about putting down
: reciprocating saw.... looking to spend about $100-125.... i jotted down
: dewalt, rigid, and porter cable.... any one have any expereince with any of
: them ? i have used the dewalt before while helping working on my son's car....
: OT... an '87 Monte Carlo SS 305 rebored to be a 350 with a super
: charger....550 to 650 HP....goes like a bat out of hell......back on
: topic....... used it to cut the exhaust system.... what would be the better
: choice ??????
I have the Porter Cable tiger saw. Variable speed, quick change blade. Works
My choice would be either the Milwaukee Sawzall or the DeWalt DW309K. I have the
DeWalt, my neighbor has the Milwaukee. We used both during a rebuild of a porch.
The DeWalt cuts faster due to the 1.25" stroke verses the .75" stroke of the
Milwaukee. Sometimes the longer stroke works better, sometimes it's a
Buffalo, NY - USA
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It's *NO*JOKE*. Part of the introduction of their new line, is
lifetime warranty -- *including* things normally considered consumables
like _batteries_ -- for tools purchased *before* Dec 23.
If one is contemplating purchase of any cordless tools, it's a H*LL of a
good reason to by Ridgid, before Christmas.
Unfortunately, the warranty IS a joke.
Search the archives of the group...someone here has already researched
the warranty, talked to the dealers and it is for the "life of the tool".
Not the life of YOU.
This is _nothing_ like the lifetime warranty on Craftsman hand tools.
Who decides what the life of the tool is? Rigid does. IIRC, it also
excludes normal wear and tear...so when it wear out...then the life of
the tool is over. No repair or replacement - the warranty is over.
One thing to consider in a reciprocating saw is how it's built, not just how
powerful or easy to use it is.
I have a recent PC Tiger Saw (model 738, non-orbital) right now. The guides
that keep the ram from rotating are undersized and wore out. The mechanism that
supports the ram bearings takes the other orbiting models into account. It's
kind of weak and it now worn. The main ram bearings themselves also became
quite sloppy. The wobble plate/ram joint also is getting worn.
I also had a Makita JR3000V. Simple, good design in many regards, but the
anti-rotation guides were plain alumnium and wore out. Kinda underpowered and
I seem to recall that the newer DeWalt models have different designs to help
counteract some of these problems. The Bosch Panther saw also has an excellent
internal design, although I've heard some have gear trouble.
Anyway, I'm getting rid of the PC saw because I just bought a used Milwaukee
Super Sawzall. Milwaukee invented the modern reciprocating saw years ago, and I
think it's still the best overall. The standard Sawzall is a very simple,
reliable design. The Super Sawzall takes it one step futher and adds a
counterweight to balance out the action. Only saw to have that feature.
Rotational forces are absorbed in a different way from saws like the PC, too.
Any, I'd probably say get a Super Sawzall if you're looking for the best, then
maybe an original Sawzall or DeWalt. The PC is also a great big, powerful saw,
but I wouldn't recommend it for daily use.
By the way. You ever notice how most builders usually have mostly recent tools,
with a few old ones knocking around? Along with Skil wormdrives, Bosch jigsaws,
PC belt sanders, etc, one of the oldies is usually a Milwaukee Sawzall, still
getting hard use after years.
I have had a Milwaukee saw in the shop for well over 30 years and it keeps
And your son would be more then welcome in my garage
anytime... although starting with a 305 is a little hard to
anyhow... The Exhaust Tool Company (Gaithersburg Md) manufactures a tool
(great name here..."The Exhaust tool") which will makes seperating exhaust
pipes and mufflers ..even rusted to hell ones or spot welded ones
a simple and "clean" chore... Since I purchased one a few years ago I have
not fired up my compressor and pulled out the cut off tool a single time...
68 SS 396 Chevelle ( 2, 4 barrels..Brodex heads, reverse valve body
trans, line locks, fuel cell, roll cage, electric fuel pump and fans, no
wipers, no radio, ..you get the picture...
64 Corvette ..L 76 365 Hp Rag top 4 sp
72 Corvette (ZZ4 powered) Rag top 4 sp
76 Corvette L 48 Coupe 4 sp both sets of tops
79 Corvette L 82 Coupe (auto) glass top only
95 Corvette LT1 Coupe 6 sp both sets of tops
BUT I haul my lumber in a "little" Dodge Dakota ... lol
For that kind of power, something with a more sophisticated
chassis and suspension than the Monte would be a better choice.
Something with better brakes, too :-)
For cutting tubing to fabricate headers & collectors, I'd
probably go with an angle grinder in preference to a recip
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