March 26, 2008

Rockwell ProGrade 18V Cordless Reciprocating Saw

rockwell_recip_saw.jpgLately, we've been spending a lot of time using the new Ryobi Cordless Reciprocating Saw. And the more we use it, the more we dislike it. When we wrote our review of the tool, we were suspicious of the strange body design, and our fears have come true. In situation after situation, the bulky battery placement simply gets in the way, there's just too much tool sticking out of the bottom of the handle. These frustrations have caused us to investigate other recip saw designs. We really like Milwaukee's Hatchet and just the other day we stumbled onto Rockwell's sleek looking 18 Volt Cordless Recip Saw.

Where the Ryobi tool is a full-on D-handle, the Rockwell has more of a chainsaw grip, making it easier to cut down on something. On the other hand, working above your head will likely be a little more complicated seeing as you won't be able to get up over the tool. But still, it looks like a cool design, and at this point we're convinced that anything is better than the Ryobi.

Other than the interesting body design, the Rockwell has a few other features. It has a four position switch that controls the orbital action, some sort of counter-balance mechanism to cut down on vibration, and the quick blade change system that new seems to be standard on cordless recip saws. It comes with a case, two NiCad batteries, a blade and a charger

The Rockwell sells for about $130. This price splits the middle between the hard core contractor recip saws and the inexpensive DIYer variety. Our guess is that this is just where the saw lands; quality enough to get most jobs done, but buying one won't send you to the poor house.


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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 26, 2008 5:07 AM
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