The 11 Best Reciprocating Saws of 2022

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A reciprocating saw is a handheld electric saw with a blade that moves in a backward/forward cutting motion. This useful tool makes demolition work easier thanks to its ability to slice through wood, metal, drywall, piping, or nails. 

We evaluated reciprocating saws based on power, features, and reliability. Our top choice, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel SAWZALL, has the high performance you’d expect from a tool whose very name is synonymous with reciprocating saws.

Below, our picks of the best reciprocating saws.


Final Verdict

If you want a reciprocating saw with plenty of power and a motor that just won’t quit, then you’ll appreciate the versatile and reliable Milwaukee M18 Fuel SAWZALL Kit, which even includes the battery and charger. But if budget is your main concern, you’ll find that the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Reciprocating Saw gets the job done, and is very reasonably priced.

Cord or Cordless

Reciprocating saws come in corded and cordless versions. Cordless versions don’t have power cords to trip over or require access to electrical outlets. But they are generally heavier and more expensive than their corded counterparts and require batteries to keep them running. You’ll have to pay attention to the remaining battery life while you work so you don’t run out of power before you are finished.

Corded reciprocating saws mean no worries about running out of juice, but you are tethered to an outlet, so they aren’t as versatile for working away from the workshop.

There are also pneumatic, or air-powered reciprocating saws. These are mostly used in professional shops, but do have a lot of power for cutting through metal and other difficult materials.

Speed and Stroke Length

When choosing a reciprocating saw, there are two numbers to know: strokes-per-minute and stroke length.

Strokes-per-minute (spm) is the speed at which the blade slices back and forth. Most reciprocating saws have a maximum spm of around 2,500 to 3,000. The fastest speed isn’t necessarily the best, however. The right speed depends to a certain extent on the material being cut and the accuracy you need. Still, a faster saw obviously gets through cuts faster.

Stroke length is the maximum distance the saw’s blade can cut. This can be as little as half an inch, or as much as 1-1/2 inches, although the majority of reciprocating saws fall in between these distances. If you expect to do a lot of cutting on thick materials, a longer stroke length will get the job done faster, but for many users, this number isn’t a deal-breaker one way or another. Still, it’s important to pay attention to stroke length, as it’s one measurement of the tool’s versatility.

Size

Reciprocating saws come in various sizes, from one-handed and compact models to large, heavy-duty versions. Smaller versions are easier to use and work best on softer materials. Larger saws are more cumbersome to handle but are necessary for cutting through more heavy-duty materials. Choose the reciprocating saw that is tailored to the work you need to get done.

Orbital Action

Not all reciprocating saws come with orbital action. Designed for cutting through wood layers or hard materials, this feature adds an elliptical motion on top of the standard back and forth movement of the reciprocating saw blade. Choose a reciprocating saw with orbital action if you want to cut through wood more quickly. 

FAQ

  • A reciprocating saw is a handheld electric saw with a blade that moves in a backward/forward motion. This common tool makes it easier to cut and rip out wall materials and plumbing, as well as maneuver around windows and doors during demolition work. You’ll want to choose the right blade for your task; there are many different types of reciprocating saw blades made for cutting through different materials. And as with any power saw, always take safety precautions and remain alert while using the tool.

  • Generally speaking, yes. The majority of blades for reciprocating saws are universal. They use a universal shank size that fits most tools. Keep in mind that certain brands work best with corresponding blades, but you can pretty much get the job done using any blade.

  • Yes. When working with a reciprocating saw, it’s important to use the correct type of blade depending on what material you are cutting through. A reciprocating saw fitted with a fine-tooth blade is best for cutting through metal. 

Michelle Ullman is the home improvement/tool expert for The Spruce. She has extensive experience not only in writing about all things related to the home, but also in carrying out various DIY projects, including landscaping, painting, flooring, wallpapering, furniture makeovers, and simple repairs around the house and yard.

For this roundup, she considered dozens of reciprocating saws, evaluating each for power and battery life, stroke length and strokes-per-minute, reliability, and overall value. She also considered feedback from customers, both positive and negative.

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