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.