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Thread: Sawzalls Reciprocating Saws what do you have and like/dislike?

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    Sawzalls Reciprocating Saws what do you have and like/dislike?

    OK, I'm in the market for a Reciprocating saw, or a a Sawzall kind of tool.

    I do not have the access to the wide variety of tools that you guys in the US have, but I do have a few to choose from.

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    One of the Hitachi units, one of the newest ones out, seems to be a bit heavier than most of the others, but has a good anti-vibration function...

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    Classic Makita unit

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    I even found a DeWalt unit for sale

    Those three seem to be the most common style, the basic shape that is.

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    I also found this Hilti unit, it is quite different than the others.

    I'm wondering which one to go for, I think I'll get a new unit, they are about twice the price over here than what I'm seeing on the net in the US, about $250 or so.

    So, if any of you have one of these kinds of units, and can chime in with good or bad points, please do.

    Cheers!
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    Hi Stu,

    I have two. The Ryobi 18v and the Milwaukee Super Sawsall. For the occasional quick cut, removing a window, small tree limb, etc., The Ryobi is the one I go to. Mostly because it's lighter and has no cord. However, if I'm doing more that this, like a room demo, the Sawsall is the tool of choice. It has plenty of muscle and can power through almost anything. I've used it for wood, nails, plumbing, even masonry.

    I don't see the Sawsall on your list of available tools - too bad. However, I know a couple of guys who own the PC or DeWalt versions and they are happy with them and they can do anything my Milwaukee can.

    Hope this helps.
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    I know that the Sawzall is the gold standard, I have not seen any Milwaukee tools here, and if they are here, I can imagine that they will be pricey...

    The Hitachi looks really good, has some newer neat functions, but I do not know if they will be worth it
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    steve ash"s son use's a panasonic cordless and it has held up well for him.. milwaukee fer me tho.
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    I've had a couple of the Milwaukee Super Sawsall, one variable and a two speed. Used them for several years in drywall/commercial construction and two house remodels, both have held up great.
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    I know a couple of rehab guys that use Makita for just about all their power tools. One of their recip. saws was dropped from the second story roof and nearly hit me. Stuck into the ground like an arrow after hitting 2 stories of planks and scaffling and hit about 3 ft from me.

    It was still plugged in so I tried it out and it fired right up after the fall, the blade didn't make out to well though.
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    I'm kind of jumping on this, I really do need this tool, I thought I could get away without one, but there are a few cuts that need doing that I really do need this saw, so I ordered one, this one.............

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    It is a Bosch GSA 900E

    To quote one of the UK sites I found it on.....

    Compact tool design for best handling

    • Compact design and 360° rotatable front housing for convenient working, even in hard-to-reach areas
    • Electronically controlled, infinitely variable stroke rate control for material-oriented working
    • Bosch SDS System for convenient and fast saw blade changing

    Other features
    • Rubber-coated housing for a secure grip
    • Swivel-mounted stop for safe support when sawing
    • Metal hook for conveniently hanging up the tool between work steps, e.g. on scaffolding
    • The blade can be turned 180° and inserted into the blade holder, making overhead work easier

    Specifications
    • Rated power input: 900 W
    • No-load stroke rate: 0 – 2.700 spm
    • Weight without cable: 3,4 kg
    • Cable length: 4 M
    • Saw, stroke length: 28 mm
    • Length: 432 mm
    • Cutting depth in wood: 250 mm
    • Cutting depth in metal profiles and metal pipes: 20 mm
    I do not think this saw is available in the US.....

    It is a BLUE Bosch, so I hope I have better luck with it than the GREEN Bosch I've been somewhat disappointed with.

    The 360 swivel head looks interesting, if I were going to be doing this full time and constantly demolishing stuff, I'd most likely have stayed away from such a feature (just something more to break) but as I'm not going to be doing this full time, I figure that 360 swivel might come in handy some time

    I will pay just over $200 for it........... well, the MIL will pay that much

    Cheers!
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    Looks like a good choice!
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    Stu,

    I have a weird view on this subject. Mostly I use mine for demolition, and the last thing I want then is to worry about messing up an expensive saw. So I've got an el cheapo ridgid. I don't have any qualms about misusing it, and over the last four years I've certainly gotten 70 bucks of work out of the thing. It's getting on time to buy a new one (parts of it have broken off, and the blade change mechanism now requires both a screwdriver and a bit of persuasion). But it's been dropped, kicked, thrust into places it didn't belong, smothered in wallboard dust, as they say in Texas: rode hard and put up wet. It's time to put it out to pasture, and get another one, but since they're cheap, I don't have many regrets...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Stu, I'd think the Bosch should be a good unit. You probably can't get what I use either, PC Tiger Saw. The older non pivoting head unit. Lots of power. With the right blade, it cuts through anything! Be sure to let us in on the project(s) you will be using it for. Jim.
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