Reciprocating saws are some of the most useful and important tools you can have within your craftsmanship arsenal.
Whether you’re a plumber, woodworker, electrician or a hobbyist, reciprocating saws are able to enhance the quality of your work with their cutting power and array of innovative features.
Strapped for time? No problem at all.
I’ve made a list of the reciprocating saws reviewed today for your convenience.
- DeWalt DWE304 Reciprocating Saw
- Milwaukee 6519-31 Reciprocating Saw
- SKIL 9206-02 Reciprocating Saw
- DeWalt DWE357 Reciprocating Saw
- Makita JR3050T Reciprocating Saw
- Tacklife RPRS01A Reciprocating Saw
- VonHaus Reciprocating Saw Kit
- Galax Pro 766E Mini Reciprocating Saw
- Makita JR3070CT Reciprocating Saw
- Teccpo TARS24P Reciprocating Saw Kit
- Milwaukee 6538-21 Reciprocating Saw
It can be difficult job in choosing what reciprocating saw you’ll need, so I’ve done a lot of the hard work for you.
I’ve compiled a list of the 11 best corded reciprocating saws that you can currently find on the market, across eight different manufacturers.
To kick it off, we’ll start with the DeWalt DWE304.
Often stated by consumers and critics as one of the biggest brands in the power tools market, DeWalt have an impressive number of tools available across a wide range.
The DWE304 corded model is one of the highest quality reciprocating saws available, in both output and design.
Here’s a more detailed overview of the DWE304.
- Weight of 8.19 lbs
- 10 Amp motor with 0-2,800 strokes per minute
- 1-⅛” stroke length for faster cuts
- Variable speed trigger for optimal speed control
- Keyless blade clamp for swift blade changes
- 1 x DeWalt DWE304 Reciprocating Saw
My Favorite Feature: Four Position Blade Clamp
- Versatile four-position blade clamp for multi-positional blades
The four-position blade clamp will change the way you approach your work, with the ability to change blades within four separate directions.
This increases the versatility, and also allows you to make flush cuts – something you’re not able to do with other corded reciprocating saw models.
I think the four-position blade clamp can increase the quality of your work, what do you think?
Another well-known brand across the industry, I couldn’t have a review without a Milwaukee product, could I?
They have been introducing some very innovative features within their tools of late, with one in particular I’ll go into detail about later in this reciprocating saw, which is perfect for demolition jobs.
Firstly, a quick run-down of the 6519-31 corded model:
- Weight of 10.65 lbs
- 12 Amp motor with 0-3,000 SPM
- 1-⅛” stroke length for efficient cuts through materials
- Quik-lok technology for keyless blade changes
- Variable speed trigger allows for constant speed control
- 1 x Milwaukee 6519-31 Reciprocating Saw
My Favorite Feature: Gear Protecting Clutch
- Absorbs high impact forces to increase the longevity of your motor and tool
A well thought-out design, the gear protecting clutch aims to absorb high impact forces that occur on the job in order to protect the motor and the surrounding gears.
What this does is increase the lifespan of the 6519-31, and also maintains the power that the 10 Amp motor produces, without losing energy and power over time.
This is well and truly a feature that will save you money in the long term, and also sustains the quality that you’d expect from Milwaukee in your work.
SKIL introduces their 9206-02 corded model, which is lighter than your standard reciprocating saws, yet this doesn’t compromise power.
Ideal for a number of projects, SKIL state that this model has unmatched power for its’ class.
Let’s see if there’s truth behind that with a look into the nitty gritty of the 9206-02.
- Weight of 8.46 lbs
- 7.5 Amp motor with 0-2,700 SPM
- Keyless blade clamp for effortless blade changes
- Counter balance technology reduced vibration, increasing cut quality
- Pivoting shoe gives additional stability when pressed against materials
- 1 x SKIL 9206-02 Reciprocating Saw
My Favorite Feature: Variable Speed Dial
- Variable speed dial gives you constant control when cutting through materials by controlling speed
I couldn’t go past the variable speed trigger when looking at this model. With a 7.5 Amp motor that can reach 2,700 SPM in a no-load speed, there’s many times where you won’t want full power when cutting.
This is where the variable speed dial comes into play. Located above the handle, you can monitor and control speed at the rate you want, in order to get the best out of your saw.
Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Another DeWalt inclusion in the list, the DWE357 model is one of the most powerful in regards to its’ output, as well as also being quite compact in design.
Here are some key features in detail of this corded reciprocating saw:
- 12 Amp motor with 0-3,000 SPM
- 1-⅛” stroke length
- Pivoting shoe provides leverage for different applications
- Variable speed trigger gives you total control over quality and speed
- No tools needed to change blades, with keyless blade clamp design
- 1 x DeWalt DWE357 Reciprocating Saw
- 1 x Heavy duty kit bag
My Favorite Feature: Compact Design
- Compact and lightweight design, weighing only 6.8lbs and 14.5” in diameter
With a cast of features that could easily have been my favorite, I decided to choose upon the compact design.
The reason for this? Power.
It’s that simple.
Many lightweight and compact models can see power reduced, as the light casing simply cannot house the motor. This isn’t the case with the DWE357, as it’s compact enough to fit into awkward spaces, without the stress on your body.
And with a motor of 12 amps that can reach 3,000 SPM, it shows that good things can definitely come in small packages.
Don’t you think so, too?
Makita’s JR3050T reciprocating saw model provides you with all day use through its’ design and capability.
There’s a number of inclusive features that put this model above others in its’ class, so let’s have a look at them below.
- Weight of 7.1lbs
- 11 Amp motor with 0-2,800 strokes per minute
- 1-⅛” stroke length for faster cuts
- Keyless blade changes with hassle free blade clamp system
- External brushes which are accessible, promoting easy maintenance
- 1 x Makita JR3050T Reciprocating Saw
- 3 x Blades
- 1 x Carry Case
My Favorite Feature: Internal Dust Blower System
- Clears debris from cutting lines, increasing visibility during projects
Dust and other bits of debris can often find its’ way into our line of sight when working.
Not only is this annoying, it can also be hazardous to our health and damage internal components of your tool.
To combat this, Makita have included an internal dust-blower system on their JR3050T model. This clears any dust and other bits and pieces from the line of cut, giving you more visibility when working on materials.
And with the standard quality that we know Makita tools have, you won’t be doing anything wrong with this saw in your kit.
So we’ve had a look at the few ‘big-guns’ of the industry, but don’t let brand names get in the way of your choices.
An example is the Tacklife RPRS01A, in which there is a lot to be excited about.
- Weight of 8.19 lbs
- 7 Amp motor with 0-2,800 SPM
- 1-⅛” stroke length
- Maintain speed control with variable speed trigger and lock on button
- Adjustable shoe gives stability and adjustable length for added versatility
- 1 x Tacklife RPRS01A Reciprocating Saw
- 1 x 6T HCS Blade
- 1 x 14T BIM Blade
- 1 x Carrying Case
My Favorite Feature: Rotatable Handle
- With three positions, the adjustable handle gives you more directions to work with
A feature not often found in other models, the RPRS01A contains an adjustable rotatable handle that can be fixed into three positions.
This allows you to choose between these directions to cut from. Paired with the adjustable shoe, can really increase the efficiency and quality in the way you make your cuts.
Next, we look at the VonHaus reciprocating corded saw.
Not just a bare tool model, VonHaus includes a kit which contains 8 additional blades – which is definitely great when considering value for money.
Blades aside, let’s see what other inclusive feature VonHaus have added to their model:
- Weight of 5.81 lbs
- 5 Amp motor with 0-3,000 SPM
- Stroke length of ½”
- Change blades without tools, with the quick-change chuck for tool-less blade changes
- Two stage trigger switch dictates speed, which is pressure sensitive
- 1 x VonHaus Reciprocating Saw
- 6 x Wood blades
- 2 x Metal blades
My Favorite Feature: 16ft Cord
- 16 ft cord allows users to tackle projects without constant power source switches
Chances are, you know the feeling of being on a site with a corded power tool and the hassle of having to change power sources constantly, as you’re restricted by the cord itself.
With a long, 16ft cord – this won’t be necessary anymore, with the length allowing for additional movement on site without restrictions.
The compact and ergonomic design means you’re able to move more freely, almost as if you had a cordless model.
Anything which saves a little bit of time here and there is a plus for me, don’t you agree?
I said earlier that good things do come in small packages, and we have another example of that here.
A mini reciprocating saw, the 766E model from Galax Pro packs an extreme amount of strength within its’ tight design, which you can see for yourself in the outline below.
- Weight of 5.05 lbs
- Electronic speed trigger is pressure sensitive, so you can adjust the speed of your cuts
- ½” stroke length
- Lock switch allows you to set a speed with the electronic speed trigger
- Compact design improves handling and cuts in overhead positions without fatigue
- 1 x Galax Pro 766E Reciprocating Saw
- 1 x Wood blade
My Favorite Feature: Pure Copper Motor
- 5 Amp pure copper motor can reach a 3,000 SPM speed for multi-use applications
It’s a mini reciprocating saw, but don’t let that fool you.
This model is powerful.
With a pure copper motor and a speed of 3,000 SPM – you’re able to cut through many different materials, whether it’s for starting demolition jobs, or cutting through heavy pieces of wood.
With the electronic speed trigger, you can adjust the output of the 766E for materials that require a slower setting.
The second and last Makita reciprocating saw that we’ll be looking into today, there are a number of patented features that the JR3070CT that has over alternative models in its’ class.
- Weight of 10 lbs
- 1-¼” stroke length with a 0-2,800 SPM 15 Amp motor
- Variable speed trigger with six settings
- Built-in clutch minimises damage to gears by disengaging gears if blade binds
- Four-position blade positions for different cuts, including orbital cutting
- 1 x Makita JR3070CT Reciprocating Saw
- 2 x Blades
- 1 x Metal tool case
My Favorite Feature: Anti-Vibration Technology
- Ergonomic design and patented counterbalance system reduces vibration by up to 2x
You know a model is serious when it’s design is centered around seismic research.
Makita have designed their anti-vibration technology on the science of earthquake engineerings, to create a design that that provides less vibration and less noise.
Due to the reduction in vibration, power is the winner, and is efficiently increased.
A patented design, so you definitely won’t find this feature in other models.
Within their range of tools, Teccpo aim to combine technology and power to make notable differences in the way you go about your work.
In their TASRS24P model, it’s easy to see those features combined, as we can see below.
- Weight of 7.41 lbs
- 9 Amp motor with 0-2,500 SPM and stroke length of 1-1/10”
- Adjustable speed reacts to pressure of your finger, also includes locked-on feature
- Metal locking knob clamp allows for tool-free blade changes within seconds
- 40% reduced vibration from the soft over-mold rear grip
- 1 x Teccpo TARS24P Reciprocating Saw
- 2 x 6” Saw blades
- 1 x 4” Saw blade
My Favorite Feature: Adjustable & Pivoting Shoe
- Adjustable ¾” length and 10° angle of pivoting shoe for added control
Many models of reciprocating saws contain an adjustable shoe for leverage against materials, however the TARS24P is different to those you may be familiar with.
The shoe is able to extend by ¾”, and can also adjust to an angle of 10.° Not only does this add more control over the saw, but it also produces more comfort as you adjust the angle in regards to the material and depth you’re cutting from.
To round up the last of the reciprocating saws in our review, we’ll be taking a look at the Milwaukee 6538-21 model.
Another tool with patented designs, Milwaukee include a mix of power technology and counterbalance mechanism to provide an unmatched cutting performance.
- Weight of 13.65 lbs
- 15 Amp motor with 0-2,800 SPM with 1-¼” stroke length
- Adjustable shoe for sturdiness on cuts
- No hex or allen keys needed with QUIK-LOK blade clamp for quick blade changes
- Variable speed trigger and dial speed control for optimal control over cutting pace
- 1 x Milwaukee 6538-21 Reciprocating Saw
- 1 x Carrying Case
My Favorite Feature: Motor Overload Protection
- Highest overload protection in the industry to prevent motor failure and damage
If you’re looking for a model that promotes longevity and is incredibly durable – the 6538-21 model is for you.
The overload protection of the motor prevents any failures in the motor from occurring, meaning you won’t have any sudden expenses in the future.
With a 15 amp motor, it’s exactly what you’d be looking for in order to maintain high speeds under pressures, resulting in a cutting performance that is difficult to match.
So there it is – a detailed look into the best corded reciprocating saws you can find today.
Whatever your application and use for a reciprocating saw may be, you can definitely find your need matched by one of the models within our review.
I’ve had a lot of fun putting this information together for you – and I hope I’ve made it easier for you to decide upon what model to buy next.
What do you think, though?
Perhaps I forgot to mention a model, or you have some thoughts you’d like to share.
Leave your comments below, and I’d be more than happy to discuss them with you.