Cordless Sawzall: 7 Top Rated Cordless Reciprocating Saws 2018

A cordless sawzall is the indispensable cutting tool that nobody who does any sort of construction or maintenance work can do without.  Running purely on battery power, a cordless sawzall can operate far from the nearest outlet or power generator to cut wood, metal, fiberglass, stucco, masonry, plaster, and many other materials.

Cordless Sawzall Makita BJR182Z 18V LXT Reciprocating Saw Cutting Wood View

A cordless sawzall is also known as a reciprocating saw and it uses the back-and-forth motion of the saw blade to achieve its rough cutting action.  Originally for construction and demolition, the reciprocating saw has evolved to be more useful to almost all of the trades.  You only need to change the blade to cut different materials with the same saw.  Most reciprocating saw power tools have a foot next to the blade that you rest on the material to make cutting easier.

 

What should you be looking for in a quality sawzall cordless tool?

Power

For heavy-duty jobs, most professionals have chosen corded sawzalls to give them plenty of power for as long as they need it.  For many jobs, a convenient outlet or power generator may not be available and so a cordless sawzall may be your only option.

Newer reciprocating saw models come with lithium-ion batteries up to 36 volts and more, as of this writing, that have more power than ever while allowing manufacturers to shrink the size of the saw until some are even one-handed operation.  Lithium-ion batteries also provide full power to the saw longer so you don’t have to go through a period where the saw has reduced power and basically becomes useless too soon.

 

 

 

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Weight and Size

With their compact, cordless design, these newer sawzall models can also fit into tighter spots and are easier to carry around the job site.  They also weigh less so whether you’re using one hand or two, fatigue is reduced allowing you to cut longer, particularly on overhead jobs.  Their lighter weight and compact size also combine to allow you to cut at more difficult angles either vertically or horizontally.

Cordless Sawzall Dewalt DCS380B 20V Reciprocating Saw Cutting Pipe ViewOrbital Action

Many cordless sawzalls have two choices for blade action.  You can choose standard reciprocating action or orbital action.  Orbital action changes the motion of the blade from a pure, smooth reciprocating action to a more aggressive elliptical motion.  Orbital action cuts faster in softer materials by removing more material as it cuts and reduces the chance of the blade being trapped in the cut.

Variable Speeds

With cordless models, you get the option of variable speeds.  Choosing a cordless sawzall with variable speeds gives you more control over cutting action allowing you to tailor the speed to the material you are cutting.

Stroke Depth

A cordless sawzall supports both long and short strokes.  You have the option of using the longer strokes (1.25 inches) for faster primary cutting and the shorter strokes (0.75 inches) for plunge cuts.

Cordless Sawzall Bosch PS60BN 12V Pocket Reciprocating Saw Cutting Pipe ViewVibration

A reciprocating saw can generate a lot of vibration due to its motion.  Vibration makes cuts less accurate and produces fatigue.  Some models have reduced vibration features that increase user comfort, improve cut accuracy, and allow longer cutting period with reduced fatigue.

Blade Changes

More and more reciprocating saws come with a tool-less blade changing feature.  If you change blades frequently either due to hard use or material changes, being able to change the blade without using a tool increases efficiency.

Adjustable Shoe

The shoe near the blade on a reciprocating saw perform an important function by counteracting the back-and-forth motion of the blade.  It gives the user much more control and stabilizes the saw for more Cordless Sawzall Dewalt DCS387P1 20V Reciprocating Saw Bolt Cutting Viewaccurate cuts and reduced fatigue.  The adjustable shoes, available on some saws, give you control over the position of the shoe with respect to the material.  It allows you to stabilize the saw better at a variety of angles and provides more blade visibility for more accurate cuts.

Safety

Cordless reciprocating saws have the additional feature of eliminating the risk of accidentally cutting through the power cord.  When you’re trying to cut at odd angles, in low light environments, or overhead, positioning the cord so that you don’t damage it with the saw is always a concern.  You can eliminate the concern with a cordless sawzall.

 

We searched social media sites, consumer sites, manufacturer sites, forums, retail sites, and customer review sites to find the most popular, best-rated cordless reciprocating saws available.

 

Take a look at our list and see if one of these cordless sawzalls is the best reciprocating saw for your needs!

 

#7 – Milwaukee 2720-20 M18 SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw

Cordless Sawzall Milwaukee 2720-20 M18 18V Reciprocating Saw Full ViewMilwaukee moved the tool industry forward in 1951 when it invented the ground-breaking first portable electric hacksaw known as the SAWZALL Recip Saw.  It used a reciprocating mechanism with only three moving parts and was durable enough to withstand the heavy workloads of demolition and construction workers.  Their Milwaukee 2720-20 M18 SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw carries on the tradition of cutting faster than its corded counterparts and offering 5X longer tool life than competitors.  It uses the powerful, popular M18 REDLITHIUM XC4.0 Extended Capacity Battery Pack that delivers up to 2X more runtime, more work per charge and more work over the life of the pack than competitive battery packs.  It features the REDLINK PLUS Intelligent onboard electronic system that optimizes performance and decreases overheating of motor and batteries.

 

Cordless Sawzall: Features

  • Powerful 18V lithium-ion cordless sawzall capable of 0-3,000 SPM
  • The exclusive REDLINK PLUS onboard electronic system provides full-cycle communication between the battery, charger, and motor optimizing performance while decreasing overheating of motor and batteries
  • Uses REDLITHIUM XC 4.0 18V Battery Packs that feature superior construction, more work per charge, and more work of the life of the pack
  • POWERSTATE Brushless Motor produces constant power for faster cuts, reduced heat, and extended life
  • Keyless adjustable shoe and QUIK-LOCK Universal keyless blade clamp
  • Integrated LED light lets you see the cut in low light conditions
  • Hanging hook makes it easy to store on the job
  • Stroke length is 1-1/8-inches
  • Tool measures 17.75 inches long and weighs 7.4 lbs.
  • Long 5-Year limited warranty

 

Also available are the Milwaukee 48-11-1852 M18 REDLITHIUM XC 5.0 Ah Extended Capacity Battery (2 pack) and the Milwaukee 48-59-1812 M12/M18 Multi Voltage Charger.

 

 

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#6 – Makita XRJ02Z LXT 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Reciprocating Saw

Cordless Sawzall Makita XRJ02Z LXT Reciprocating Saw Main ViewThe unmatched quality, power, and durability of Makita products is driven by the company’s strong R&D capabilities that have earned the trust of professional users on job sites worldwide. Their Makita RJ02Z LXT 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Reciprocating Saw brings faster cutting and demolition performance to a range of cutting and demolition tasks using its high-torque motor and a faster cutting 1-1/8-inch stroke.  It uses LXT Lithium-Ion Battery Packs that provide long duration cutting sessions.  Its powerful 18V variable speed motor delivers 0-2,900 SPM.  Its Star Protection Computer Controls™ promote long motor life by protecting against motor overloading, over-discharging, and over-heating.  Ergonomic features include a large 2-finger variable speed trigger and rubberized soft grip handle that fits like a glove.   Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Powerful 18V cordless, variable speed reciprocating saw delivers 0-2,900 SPM and has a faster cutting 1-1/8-inch stroke length
  • Its Star Protection Computer Controls™ protect against motor overloading, over-discharging and over-heating prolonging motor life
  • Fast, tool-less blade change and shoe adjustment means faster blade changes, better efficiency, and increased productivity
  • Large 2-finger variable speed trigger for added convenience
  • Compact and ergonomic shaped design with rubberized soft grip handle fits your hand tightly for balanced, even pressure and precision control
  • Only 19-5/8 inches long and 8.2 lbs. without the battery pack
  • Two built-in LED lights illuminate the work area
  • Retractable tool hook secures the tool when not in use
  • 3-Year limited warranty

 

Also available are the Makita BL1850B-2 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 5.0Ah Battery Twin Pack  and the Makita DC18RD 18V Lithium-Ion Dual Port Rapid Optimum Charger.

 

 

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#5 – DEWALT DCS387P1 20-volt MAX Lithium Ion Compact Reciprocating Saw Kit

Cordless Sawzall Dewalt DCS387P1 20V Reciprocating Saw Kit ViewDEWALT was one of the early pioneers of interchangeable, powerful battery packs that made the cordless tool revolution possible and makes an amazing variety of high-quality cordless tools for home and business.  Its DEWALT DCS387P1 20V MAX Lithium Ion Compact Reciprocating Saw is very lightweight and measures only 14.5 inches in total length making it perfect for fitting between studs and other confined spaces on the job site.  The variable speed trigger provides 0-2,900 SPM for increased blade control and precision cuts.  Its lever-action, keyless 4-position blade clamp delivers flush-cutting capability, increased positional versatility, and tool-free blade changes.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Powerful and compact 20V lithium-ion variable speed reciprocating saw with 1-1/8-inch stroke for faster cutting and 0-2900 SPM
  • Compact 14.5-inch length combined with a weight of only 6.4 lbs. makes it easy to use this tool in tight spaces on the job site
  • Lever-action, keyless 4-position blade clamp allows flush cutting and tool-free blade changes in four directions
  • Variable speed trigger delivers increased blade control for more precise cuts
  • Pivoting shoe increases cutting versatility
    Bright LED light provides better vision in low light conditions
  • Ergonomic anti-slip comfort grip
  • 3-Year limited warranty

Accessories

  • 1 – DCB205 XR Li-Ion battery (5.0Ah)
  • 1 – DCB101 fast charger
  • 1 – Contractor kit bag

 

 

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#4 – Bosch CRS180BL 18V Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw with L-BOXX-3 and Exact-Fit Tool Insert Tray

Cordless Sawzall Bosch RS180B 18V Reciprocating Saw Main ViewThe Bosch CRS180BL 18V Reciprocating Saw is both compact and has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class.  It’s designed to handle the top cutting jobs in tight spaces where other saws can’t and it has a long cutting stroke for faster cuts.  Its variable-speed trigger allows you to start slow as you plunge into a cut without kickback and then ramp up the speed to one of two speed ranges.  Its Lock-Jaw blade holder is the easiest system in its class supporting one-handed blade changes.  Perfect for electricians or plumbers with continuous cutting applications, this kit comes with an L-BOXX-3 carrying case that’s part of the Bosch Click & Go System, an Exact-Fit insert tray, and two reciprocating saw blades.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Compact and powerful 18V lithium-ion reciprocating saw with a long 1-1/8-inch stroke and two speed ranges from 0-2,400 SPM and 0-2,700 SPM
  • Compact and lightweight, its only 17.4-inches long and is a lightweight 7.6 lbs. for easy maneuverability in tight spaces and more comfort when working above your head
  • Its variable-speed trigger allows operators to ease into the material without kickback and then ramp up the speed in two-speed ranges
  • An ergonomically shaped handle and soft-grip zone reduce fatigue and provide a sure grip
  • A Lock-Jaw blade holder is the easiest blade-change system in its class allowing for one-handed blade changes
  • Set comes with an L-BOXX-3 carrying case that’s part of the Bosch Click & Go System and a customized Exact-Fit insert tray that holds saw in place with room for other items
  • Adjustable shoe

Accessories

  • 1 – L-BOXX-3 carrying case
  • 1 – Exact-Fit insert tray
  • 1 – 6-inch 8+10TPI bi-metal blade
  • 1 – 6-inch 6TPI bi-metal blade

 

Also available is the Bosch SKC181-101 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Starter Kit with (1) 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger.

 

 

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#3 – Bosch PS60BN 12V Max Lithium-Ion Pocket Reciprocating Saw

Cordless Sawzall Bosch PS60BN 12V Pocket Reciprocating Saw Full ViewBosch is known for strong performance and lasting reliability and the Bosch PS60BN 12V Max Lithium-Ion Pocket Reciprocating Saw is a perfect example.  This is the shortest cordless sawzall in our list and easily qualifies as a pocket reciprocating saw.  This saw will do the best job of operating in tight spaces and overhead thanks to its compact size and light weight.  Capable of cutting a variety of materials including copper and conduit it has built-in safety features including overload, overcurrent, high/temperature, and under-voltage protection with an indicator Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Pocket-compact 12V cordless reciprocating saw is significantly faster than a hand saw with a variable-speed trigger that delivers 0-3,000 SPM and a stroke length of 0.569899 inches
  • Compact 11-inch length, small grip, and light weight delivers better balance, control, performance, and maneuverability in tight spaces and overhead
  • Includes Exact-Fit L-BOXX Tool insert tray that holds saw in place with room for other items
  • Front rubber wrap offers more protection for internal parts from dust, debris, and water
  • Bumper design reduces vibration
  • Fast motor brake delivers accurate cuts as well as safety
  • LED light effectively illuminates dark work spaces
  • Built-in overload, overcurrent, high/low temperature, and under voltage protection with indicator
  • Fuel gauge indicator for easier battery management
  • Optimized handle for a secure grip
  • ProVantage 3-Year protection plan with one-year tool replacement

Accessories

  • 1 – Exact-Fit insert tray

 

Also available is the Bosch SKC120-202L 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Starter Kit with (2) 2.0 Ah Batteries, Charger and L-BOXX-1.

 

 

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#2 – Milwaukee 2625-20 M18 18-Volt Hackzall Cordless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw

Cordless Sawzall Milwaukee 2625-20 M18 18V Full ViewThe Milwaukee 2625-20 M18 18V Hackzall Cordless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw is easy to use and durable.  Its compact and lightweight design delivers superior control and versatility and its powerful motor produces 0-3,000 SPM.  Enjoy faster cutting in a variety of materials such as wood, metal, and PVC with its 0.75-inch stroke length.  It features one-handed operation and a dual-gear anti-vibration system that reduces fatigue and increases control and accuracy.  Its compact size delivers performance in tight spaces and when working overhead.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Powerful and lightweight 18V cordless, one-handed reciprocating saw that delivers 0-3,000 SPM and has a ¾-inch stroke length
  • QUIK-LOK blade clamp provides fast and easy blade changes
  • Compact size allows for cutting in tight spaces, and light weight makes overhead work easier
  • Built-In LED light illuminates the work surface while cutting

 

Also available are the Milwaukee 48-11-1852 M18 REDLITHIUM XC 5.0 Ah Extended Capacity Battery (2 pack) and the Milwaukee 48-59-1812 M12/M18 Multi Voltage Charger.

 

 

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#1 – DEWALT DCS380B 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion Reciprocating Saw

Cordless Sawzall Dewalt DCS380B 20V Reciprocating Saw Full ViewWith a variable speed trigger that delivers 0-3,000 SPM and a long 1-1/8-inch stroke length, the DEWALT DCS380B 20V MAX Li-Ion Reciprocating Saw has the performance, blade control, and speed you need to tackle virtually any task and is our personal favorite tool.  It features a 4-position blade clamp that allows flush cutting and positional versatility while giving you tool-free blade changes.  Its dual oil-sealed shaft resists contamination, increases durability and ensures a long useful life.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Powerful 20V lithium-ion cordless reciprocating saw with variable speeds 0-3,000 SPM and a long 1-1/8-inch stroke length for faster cutting and increased control
  • 4-position blade clamp allows flush cutting and increased positional versatility and tool-free blade changes
  • Pivoting adjustable shoe extends blade life while delivering depth of cut control
  • A rubber over molded comfort grip is comfortable, provides better control, and reduces fatigue
  • A double oil sealed shaft resists contamination and increases durability

 

Also available are the DEWALT DCB205-2 20V MAX XR 5.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery, 2-Pack and the DEWALT DCB115 MAX Lithium Ion Battery Charger, 12V-20V.

 

 

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