November 20, 2008

Ridgid One-Handed Fuego Reciprocating Saw


Ridgid has recently released a corded one-handed reciprocating saw that appears as if it could be handy in any number of situations. Looking like it lands somewhere between Milwaukee's new Hackzall and a full-sized recip saw, the Fuego would be good in a joist bay or a crawl space and for you light DIYers out there, it might be powerful enough to be the only recip saw that you'll ever need.

The new tool is 4 amps, which isn't much when compared to the 15 amp monsters that Makita, Bosch, and Milwaukee have out, but it should be enough to take care of most small to mid-sized tasks. The tool also has an LED, a variable speed trigger, and what looks like a nice ergonomic handle (UPDATE: We just saw this at the local Home Depot and played around with it for a bit and the handle is pretty small. We've got good-sized hands and our pinky couldn't even fit on the grip area, with gloves on this is only going to get worse). It comes with a duffel-style carrying case and Ridgid's lifetime warranty.

We're not sure why the Fuego name is on the tool, other than the fact that, like the Fuego saw, it's compact. Regardless of the name, it looks like a cool item.

The Ridgid costs about $100, which for all its usefulness, strikes us as a more than fair price.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 20, 2008 4:28 AM
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I'm confused on your description...

"the handle is pretty small. We've got good-sized hands and our pinky couldn't even fit on the grip area"

The handle is too small to get large hands around...?

Anyway...It would be nice for the lights to have a seperate on/off switch. And it would be nice if the shoe/guard was adjustable. Noticed that the quick change blade holder is the exact one from Milwaukee Tool Co. It sells for 99.00 at the Home Depot in San Angelo and they also have a cordless 18v version.

Gonna try it out on cutting 4" PVC pipe and, cast iron see if it doen't get too hot to hold onto...will post again soon.

Posted by: lostc0z at February 27, 2009 5:48 PM

Looks great! I'll have to consider that for my Christmas list. Looks like the result of some unholy union between a sawzall, a jigsaw, and a sword, but I bet it'd be handy!

Posted by: Andy at December 4, 2008 12:32 PM

Felt very good in my size XL hands. Two fingers on trigger, two on the grip. Very solid. Might have to buy one of these :)

Posted by: DavidR at November 29, 2008 9:13 PM
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