Reciprocating saws, or what has come to be commonly known as sawzalls, have become a must-have tool in the modern woodworker’s and DIYer’s tool-belt. Not known as a fine crafting tool, the reciprocating saw is often used for demolition purposes, and will cut through wood, nails, rebar, and metal pipe quicker than most other tools out there.
When looking for the best reciprocating saw, keep in mind there are two main categories: one-handed and two-handed cordless reciprocating saws. One-handed reciprocating saws trade power and cutting speed for lower overall weight and better vibration dampening.
Two-handed designs commonly angle the secondary handle down in order to shorten the tool and allow for guidance of the tool in tight spaces. One-handed models tend to angle the motor up, which shortens the length and keeps the overall height about the same.
One-handed models work well for HVAC technicians, plumbers, irrigation specialists, electricians, and landscapers. An overall easy and comfortable cut is expected from the one-handed models, while higher performance is expected from the two-handed models.
One-handed models are customarily not used in professional woodworking applications, but for the average DIYer, the one-handed versions can accomplish most tasks, just not as easy as the two-handed variety.