Reciprocating Saw Head to Head

Compact Reciprocating Saw Head to Head

Everyone loves a good power tool head to head. So this week we’re comparing Compact and Sub-Compact Reciprocating Saws in a fight to the death! Losers get cut in half by the winner! Okay, maybe not a fight to the death, but still a tool comparison to watch!

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The Tool Contenders

RIDGID 18v Octane One-Handed

RIDGID’s newest reciprocating saw comes with the power of the Octane battery. You get improved battery performance tailored to the task at hand. Speaking of hands… this is a one handed tool designed to be used in tight spaces. The Orbital Cutting function is perfect addition for cutting wood while switching to non-orbital will help you effectively cut metal.

Available at Home Depot for $130

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hacksaw

The Milwaukee Hacksaw line is an industry favorite whether it’s the M18, M18 Fuel or M12 edition. It’s a one handed reciprocating saw model also that is great for tight spaces and perfect for a contractor’s job site environment.

Available at Home Depot for $160

Makita 18v LXT Sub-Compact

Makita’s Sub-Compact 18v LXT is a perfect companion to the rest of the Makita Sub-compact line. With a pistol style grip, this reciprocating saw has a shorter blade stroke that’s perfect for cuts in tight spaces.

Available at Home Depot for $150

and for fun…

Makita 36v X2 LXT

The Makita 36v X2 LXT Reciprocating Saw is a beast of a model that uses two 18v batteries for a ton of power. There are few things this saw can’t cut through given the right blade.

Available at Home Depot for $230

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Gill O'Shea
Gill O'Shea
3 years ago

You say there are few things the Makita can’t cut through — can you tell me what they are? Was going to weld rebar to my catalytic converter, but the thieves can cut thru that easily. Any ideas or suggestions would me *most* appreciated!

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