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Reciprocating Saw (Sawsall) advice needed

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Flatbedford, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    My personal experience, Milwaukee saws packaged in metal carry case are tanks,

    Those packaged in plastic carry cases are junk..

    No scientific documentation

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  2. Bret Chase

    Bret Chase Minister of Fire

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    In my experience (been in construction since '89) the "regular" Milwaukee sawzalls are not worth what they charge... The stroke is too short at 3/4", and I've had 3 of them where the wobble plate broke... in half. The Super sawzall, is better with an 1 1/8" stroke, but it's expensive and heavy... The Dewalt I have now had for 4 years.... 1 1/8" stroke, lighter, and about half the price of the milwaukee... Ever since I bought the DeWalt.... the miwaukees stay in their boxes, in the tool crib... unused.
  3. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    Another thing Sawzalls can't be beat for is processing scrap metal. Nothing cuts up an old gas grill, solder joints off of copper pipe, or any other junk faster than a sawzall ;)
  4. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    My first one was a cheap porter-cable. I figured as a homeowner I didn't need anything special. It works fine for me but is definitely no Milwaukee.

    Now I've got a dewalt lithium cordless. That's the only one gets used anymore.


    My Dad, when he worked the trades for a living had (still has) either a Milwaukee or makita, can't remember.
  5. Bret Chase

    Bret Chase Minister of Fire

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    it was probably a milwaukee.... for the longest time they *were* the cat's arse... but they've not been able to keep up... and the milwaukee's with the plastic gear case are just... garbage..

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