The 10-amp motor is powerful enough to let you cut through most materials with ease. It maxes out at 2800 strokes per minute so you get all the performance you need in a compact unit. It weighs around 9 pounds so you won’t be burdened down in exchange for such power.
The range of materials you can work with is, in fact, one of the key selling points of this awesome reciprocating saw. Whether it’s wood studded with nails, metal, drywall, fiberglass, plastic or composite materials, the DeWalt churns through just about anything you put in its way.
This is a corded saw so think carefully about whether this style suits you. To salt the wound, the cable is a scant 7 feet long which doesn’t afford much room for maneuver. The reward you get for needing to be close to a power source, though, is superb cutting power whether through wood, plastic or even harder materials.
DeWalt offer a very wide selection of blades for just about any application you could imagine. These are very inexpensive so think about what kind of cutting you’ll be doing and buy accordingly. There’s no need to go and buy large quantities in one go but you can build up a collection over time so you’ve got all main bases covered.
Changing these blades presents no problem with a blade clamp meaning you won’t need to reach for your toolbox. The 4-position clamp lets the teeth of the blade sit in all directions letting you flush cut in even the tightest spot with complete control and accuracy. This is a great feature on a tool at this price point.
The stainless steel shoe will hold up to even rough treatment. This shoe is easily adjustable.
You’ll get a stroke length of 1 1/8 inches so you can get through mountains of work in next to no time. You’ll also enjoy precise cuts so it’s not just speed you get but precision too.
The variable speed trigger makes tweaking things is incredibly easy. You’ll be able to run your saw at anything up to 2800 strokes per minute which is more than enough for even heavier-duty applications.
There’s nothing in place to combat vibration but you do enjoy orbital action with the DeWalt. Make sure to wear gloves and you’ll mitigate this vibration to some extent.
You don’t require much by the way of extras with a reciprocating saw. The tool itself is what you are paying for. That said, DeWalt throws in a bag and 1 metal cutting blade which is a nice bonus. Be aware in advance that the bag is the soft variety that doesn’t offer much at all by the way of protection. If you plan to take your saw out on site, you might want to sort out a hard case instead.
The trademark bright DeWalt yellow means that you won’t risk misplacing your saw on site and you’ll be able to spot it with ease even from a distance. There’s little worse than dull power tools that blend into the background.
The DeWalt comes with an impressive warranty. You’re covered for 3 years, there’s a 1-year service contract and a 90-day refund so you can buy in complete confidence. You can’t ask for much more than that.
We’ll take a glimpse now at the principal advantages and drawbacks of the DeWalt before we deliver our verdict and move on to our next reciprocating saw review…