I'm in the market for a reciprocating saw. How important is "Orbital Cut", and can anyone guide me as to what SPM and stroke length is ideal? I'll be using this for the "occasional" demo.
HD has the PC tigersaw 9747 for $99.00?
Your thoughts and input greatly appriciated.
Milwaukee is still the king of reciprocating saws as far as I'm concerned but for your usage may be overkill. As you said you only plan to use this saw for occasional use, I wouldn't be concerned at all about "Orbital Cut" or SPM. That PC you referenced will serve you well and won't break the bank either.
Thanks BD I figured for my limited use the price was ok. Rigid's was 89.00 but the PC had a few more b and w.
You might want to take a quick look here. http://www.powertoolservices.com/sawzalls.htm
These are factory reconditioned and many are simply display models or where one got returned with very little use. Having bought a few power tools from this site, they were direct shipped from Milwaukee to me. All are branded as recond tools and have special markings as to which tech checked them out. This is just an idea, but it's a way to get a true Sawzall for a little less than a new one. The web site is for a tool repair shop so you might want to give them a call for suggestions and such. Good luck and I agree with B D that for home use they are overkill, but then why not have a great tool? This is where it's good to try to find, see and hold the models you're thinking about.
Ooooooooohh. I like that price on the reconditioned Milwaukee 6509-22 that Waussko provided the link too. If the freight charge isn't obnoxiously high definitely consider getting that one.
Shipping by FedEx ground or UPS ground (depends on where it comes from) is $10 for most of the Sawzalls. Please take a look at their home page for other deals on Reconditioned Milwaukee tools. If you call them, they have lots of Milwaukee accessories, but I have yet to check prices on them. Now here is something else to think about. NO SALES TAX unless you're in the same state which I doubt you are.
FYI: The 6509 comes with a small 'sample pack" of blades. I think it may include a plastic case, but they don't say it does. If it doesn't rather than spend big $$$ on a custom made steel case, home users can just find a long tool box to keep it in. Sometimes service centers or pawn shops have used cases cheap.
I grabbed up this deal some time back http://www.powertoolservices.com/Tools/3107-6.htm (If anyone wants a nice D handle drill with right angle head, this is a nice deal.) This one has the nice goodies like the Quik-Lok removable cord, variable speed and such.
Be sure to read what's here too. http://www.powertoolservices.com/reconfaq.htm
The Junior Sawzall
While I doubt the price of one of these will get everyone wanting to buy one, this is a very handy junior version of a Milwaukee Sawzall. It will go places the full size ones can't. A friend has one and really likes it, but both of us feel it's not near as heavy duty a tool as it's big brothers are. For home use it should serve you for a good long time. I haven't priced them so I'm not sure about how much to sell for.
Update: The Hatchet Sawzall is not cheap, but some people may not mind that considdering the size and weight of one.
http://www.powertoolservices.com/Tools/6524-21.htm Shipping is $10 for 48 main states of USA
Check other tool dealers too as one just may have some special deals. Also check your local pawn shops and auctions. Every now and then they get in brand new or very close to new tools for sale. It's all about being in the right place at the right time. Good luck finding some super buys.
I bought a 1 3/4 inch rotary hammer from this site a couple of years ago. It came in like new condition--no scuffs or signs of use. It has only seen moderate action (mostly as a chipping hammer), but I've never had a problem with it. I would buy from them again.
One thing to consider is if you want to use the saw just to rip through stuff or you might be using it for more controled demo sometimes too. The longer stroke length can make it hard to start careful plunge cuts or for when you have to get in close to something you don't want ruint. I had a tiger and a bosch and a dewalt. The bosch was junk. I used the tiger the most and liked it, though like the others said, the sawzall is king for certain.
Re: reciprocating saws
My bad, it wasn't a bosch it was a makita. (I remembered the color right I guess)