Best Cordless Reciprocating Saws 2018 – Reviews & Buying Guide

a cordless reciprocating sawIf you are short on space or need complete freedom of movement, a cordless saw will allow you to get your project done without having to worry about getting tangled up in the cord or sawing through it.

We won’t be mentioning names, but we know someone who was immensely irritated that the saw they were reviewing just stopped working suddenly. And then really embarrassed when they realized why.

We, therefore, decided to make this a cord-free zone and focus on Cordless Reciprocating Saw reviews instead. Cordless is easier to handle and more convenient, but you do have to find the right option.

This is one area where the range of choices available can be staggering. As usual, we are trying to take the guesswork out of the equation. Read on to see which model come up as the best cordless reciprocating saw.

Our Top 5 Picks of 2018:

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
DEWALT DCS387B
DEWALT DCS387B
(Top Pick)

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6 lbs4.9/5
Milwaukee 2620-20
Milwaukee 2620-20

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8 lbs4.7/5
Black & Decker BDCR20C
Black & Decker BDCR20C
(Best for the Money)

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5 lbs4.6/5
PORTER CABLE PCC670B
PORTER CABLE PCC670B

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4 lbs4.3/5
PowerSmith MLRS12C
PowerSmith MLRS12C

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2 lbs4.0/5

5 Best Cordless Reciprocating Saws – Reviews:

1. DEWALT DCS387B Cordless Reciprocating Saw – Top Pick

DEWALT DCS387B

Top of our list, this model from DeWalt is an excellent option for the hobbyist and professional alike. We don’t want to sound like we are gushing, but WOW.

Part of its appeal is that it weighs around five pounds, making it one of the lightest options. At 14 and a ½ inches, it also comes in as one of the most compact models so is great if you are short on space.

The handle was ergonomically designed to allow you to get a tight grip and still be comfortable. This allows you to use the saw more easily and for longer stretches at a time.

The clamp can be set to four different positions, allowing you to optimize your cutting options. This also makes it easier when you need to perform flush cutting.

The trigger allows for variable speeds to be used – depress fully if you want the fastest cut or ease off a bit for slower ones. Just keep your trigger finger in good condition, and you are all set.

Pros

  • Light-weight
  • Variable speed sawing
  • Easy to control trigger
  • Four clamp positions
  • Ergonomically designed handle
  • Compact

Cons

  • Some users had their product break after a couple of months


2. Milwaukee 2620-20 Cordless Recip Saw – The Runner-up

Milwaukee 2620-20

This is our runner-up simply because of the weight of it. It comes at just over three pounds heavier than our top pick. It is not much of a difference, perhaps, but it is something if we are picking fault with it.

It also features a variable speed trigger, and so changing speeds is quick and simple. The handle is not quite as comfortable as with our top choice, but it is still pretty good.

This model does have an anti-vibration feature that makes cutting a more pleasant experience if you are cutting rough surfaces. It reduces jarring really well.

The construction is robust, and the design has been well thought out. It is simple enough to change blades because of the patented clamping system that is used for this saw.

Another huge plus is that the battery delivers power more effectively than most other models on the market, making it possible to get more power in a smaller package.

Pros

  • Well-made
  • Has anti-vibration feature
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Comfortable handle
  • Easy to change blades

Cons

  • This is in the higher price range
  • It is a bit heavier than our top option


3. Black & Decker BDCR20C Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw Kit – Best for the Money

Black & Decker BDCR20C

This model comes in as our best value for money option. The blade supplied is 5 inches in length, but you can fit other compatible blades into it as well, thereby increasing the length by up to 12 inches.

This makes it a really nice, compact model. It does have a variable speed trigger as well, and you can change the blades quickly and easily without tools.

What makes this model unique is that the shoe can pivot so that you have better control over it.

Variable speed trigger for increased control.

Expect to pay a good deal less for this model than for our top models. However, there is a reason that this did not feature higher on our list. The battery life could be a lot better, and it does shake a bit when used.

It is not such a bad thing if you are working on smaller projects like pruning and the like, but it does make this option less suitable for more complex projects.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Easy to change blades
  • Compact
  • Light-weight
  • Variable speed trigger

Cons

  • Battery life is pretty short
  • Has no dampers for vibrations
  • Works better for smaller projects


4. PORTER-CABLE PCC670B Cordless Recip-Saw

PORTER CABLE PCC670B

In terms of versatility, this is one of the best options on the market. It came in fourth on our list because the stroke length does not quite measure up to the other models, but this is not a big deal.

Changing blades is as easy as with the other options reviewed, and you can do so without the use of tools.

This model also has a variable trigger speed and performs very well.

What makes this model pretty unique is that the battery discharges itself at a lower rate than others of its type. This makes it easy to get a more consistent supply of power. The battery has been made to be durable and to hold a decent charge enabling you to get more use out of it.

The housing is metal and so well-protected from the dust and debris that is caused by use. This also makes this model a high-quality option and more durable.

This model comes in at a little over a pound lighter than our top pick.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Lightweight
  • Built to last
  • Variable trigger speed
  • Easy to change blades
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Shorter stroke
  • No anti-vibration feature


5. PowerSmith MLRS12C Reciprocating Saw (Cordless)

PowerSmith MLRS12C

We really could not find a better example of the adage, “You get what you pay for.” This has to be one of the worst options that we have ever reviewed. The price is unbelievably cheap, and it didn’t take long to figure out why.

You do get a blade to cut metal and a blade to cut wood with the set, which is good. However, the company saves money on costs by not including the most important parts – the battery and the charger.

So, this is really not an out of the box option and not quite as much of a good deal as it seems. The batteries, if you can find them, are pretty overpriced and don’t last very long. But, if you have already ordered the saw, you don’t have much choice but to get them.

It does offer variable speeds, but the top speed is only 2100 SPM so don’t expect to cut through anything too quickly. It shakes horribly and makes enough noise to wake the dead.

You can change the blades fairly easily, so that is one good mark in its favor. There really isn’t much going for it though.

Pros

  • Cheap, really cheap
  • Blades can change easily

Cons

  • Cheaply made
  • Does not come with a battery or charger
  • Makes a heck of a racket
  • Shakes what its mama gave it
  • Not going to last


Buying Guide

What are the most important qualities when it comes to one of these saws? No matter what bells and whistles the machine might have, you need to consider the following very well.

Power

If you are going to be using it to prune your roses or cut through drywall, you don’t need an extremely powerful motor. The denser the materials that you are cutting, however, the more power you will need. Give a little thought to what kind of projects you plan to use it for.

We recommend considering spending a bit more on a model that has more power because this will give you the best range of use.

Variable Power Settings

Variable power settings are extremely important. If you want a quick cut, choose the fastest setting, for more precise cutting. However, you will need to choose a lower setting. The key here is to look at a model that allows you adjust the speed using the trigger.

While you will need to practice a bit to get the hang of this, it is a lot more useful than having to remove the saw and selecting the setting manually. There are times when you won’t need this feature at all, but also a lot of times that you will.

Say, for example, that you are cutting a hole in the drywall. You can go pretty fast at the top edge of the cut, but you will want to slow down a bit when coming down the bottom of it.

Battery Power

Again, the number and type of projects that you do will determine how important this is to you. But think of it this way. How do you feel if you are halfway through a call and suddenly the phone’s battery dies? It is inconvenient and annoying.

Battery power here is extremely important. The battery must be powerful enough so that the saw operates at full capacity and should also carry a reasonable charge.

It also pays to check whether or not you can buy a spare battery, especially if you are going to be working with it a lot.

Changing the Blades

Something else that bears consideration is how easy it is to change out the blades. Most models today come with clamps that allow for easy release of the blades, but not all do. When considering this, you have to think about where you will be using the saw.

If you are out and about with it, and a blade goes blunt or breaks, do you want to have to haul out your toolbox to change it?

For our money, we prefer the convenience of simply being able to take them out and put the new one in easily without needing to find the right screwdriver.

While we are on the topic of blades, it also pays to check whether or not your model is compatible with the blades from other machines and how easy they will be to get if you need new ones.

Size and Weight

You do want something here that has a little heft to it because that could help with smoother cutting. You should not, however, feel like you have had an intense weight training session at the gym after you use your saw.

That is why the overall weight is extremely important. If you are just using it quickly and can rest it on something while doing so, you can afford to get a slightly heavier model. Choose your type carefully based on where you will be using the saw.

The other thing to consider is how big the machine itself is. A 12 and a half inch blade, for example, sounds good. You will be able to get a lot of cutting done with it. But what if you have a more limited space to work with?

A more compact machine, with a more compact blade, and the option to switch it out for a longer blade is going to be a lot more versatile than one with a more fixed one.

Comfort

This one is not as much of an issue, but you should be able to get a firm grip on the handle. Even those options with vibration dampeners are going to judder your arm to some degree, and you will need a firm grip to keep things stable.

Conclusion

While you cannot go wrong with any of our top models, the DeWalt DCS387B is the perfect bet for both the professional and the hobbyist. It works well, offers useful features and is built to last. It is a little pricier, but worth the extra expense.

If your budget is tighter, the Black and Decker BDCR20C offers the perfect blend of utility and value for money. Though not as powerful as our top choice, it will serve you well.

And so, we come to the end of our cordless reciprocating saw reviews. Hopefully, you have picked up some good information here and are more confident in your decision about what to buy.

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