When it comes to power tools, you can’t do much better than a DeWalt. This past Christmas, I asked my wife to get me a reciprocating saw (aka sawzall) to use around the yard and on our property where I go deer hunting. I needed a cordless model because we don’t have electricity at the deer camp. She splurged a little and got me this DeWalt 18V Reciprocating Saw Kit and I’ve really enjoyed using it.
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This thing works sort of like a giant electric knife. It has a 1 and 1/8” stroke length, meaning that’s how far out the blade moves before it comes back. The idea is to give you very fast back and forth motion, just like if you were using a hand saw. Different length blades can be used depending on the thickness of whatever you are cutting. The gun-like shape of the device lets you depress the trigger to apply intensity, so you can manage on the fly. I like that much better than having to manually adjust speeds like on a power drill.
Several different kinds of blades and attachments are available for these type saws, and it uses a keyless chuck meaning you just lift a lever on the side and pull the blade out. It’s very simple to use. The blades can mount both vertically and horizontally, depending on how you need to make a cut. You can cut wood, plastic, metal, or whatever else you need with the right kind of blade. It will replace your hand saw and hacksaw. Other attachments include scrapers, wire brushes, scouring pads, and more.
I have mainly used my saw to cut firewood. We had a downed tree on our property and so I used it to saw up a bunch of 1-3” diameter limbs into pieces small enough to fit into my outdoor fire pit. It does a great job up to that size, but the bigger stuff really takes a lot of continued use and drains the battery quicker. Anything bigger around than your fist would be best suited for a chainsaw, so don’t think of this as a portable chainsaw replacement. Another reason I got this saw was to carry it on my ATV and use it to remove limbs from riding trails. It’s faster and easier than using shears, and much better than having to start and stop a gasoline motor.
This may sound kind of nasty and crazy, but this saw does wonders on bone. Specifically, deer bone. I used to cut through the legs and neck of a deer that a buddy of mine got right after Christmas, and it sure was a lot easier than using a handsaw. It made a little bit of a mess, but cutting into a piece of wood helped clean the blade right off.
Although I haven’t specifically timed the battery life on this saw, I estimate that it provides about 25-30 minutes of non-stop use. That make not seem like a lot, but you can get a lot done in that time frame. Luckily, the battery only takes an hour to recharge so if you bought an extra battery you could use this thing as much as you need.
Included with this kit is the saw itself, a battery, and a recharger. It did not come with any blades, so you’ll have to buy those extra. You don’t have to buy DeWalt brand blades, either. When shopping online for one of these saws, be careful not to order one of the “bare” saws because they don’t include the battery and charger. Buying those separately will cost you over $100 so the kit is the way to go unless you already have a bunch of other 18V DeWalt stuff.
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