These portable battery-powered reciprocating saws do not require an AC power source to operate. With no cord to get in the way or accidentally cut, they help reduce accidents in the work area. Battery chemistry, voltage (power), capacity (amp hours), and recharge time impact the run time and down time for the tool. Battery-operated tools can often share batteries with tools of the same brand and voltage.
Powerful enough for most intermittent cutting tasks, these general-use reciprocating saws have 18V batteries. They are generally lighter and more compact than models with higher-voltage batteries, making them well suited for use in tight spaces.
Milwaukee — 18V
Makita — 18V
The high-voltage batteries (more than 18V) on these cordless reciprocating saws provide more power for demanding applications compared to saws with lower-voltage batteries. Heavy duty reciprocating saws are typically larger and heavier than similar tools with lower-voltage batteries.
Featuring high-performance brushless motors, these cordless reciprocating saws are typically smaller and lighter than comparable tools with a standard motor, which helps reduce fatigue when using the tool for long periods of time. Because brushless motors do not lose energy through friction and heat, they are more efficient and durable than standard motors. These professional-grade tools are suitable for frequent, heavy use in construction and assembly operations.
Typically lighter and more compact than saws with higher-voltage batteries, these general-use jigsaws are a good choice when working in tight spaces. Their low-voltage batteries (12V) are powerful enough for most intermittent cutting tasks.