In this guide we’ll take a look at the best reciprocating saws for the UK market.
We’ve compared build quality, features, safety, and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Reciprocating Saw?
More Detailed Reciprocating Saw Reviews
DeWalt 18V XR Reciprocating Saw (Body Only) Review
The DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion Body Only Reciprocating Saw works with Lithium Ion batteries but the battery and charger are not supplied. It is part of the intelligent XR Lithium Ion Series that are designed for efficiency and making applications faster. This is handy if you already have tools that use these chargers as it saves you splashing out on additional batteries that you don’t need.
This recip saw is of excellent quality and provides more than enough power for the toughest jobs. It can provide a cutting action of up to 3,000 strokes per minute allowing you to power through cutting jobs in record time. It also has a 38.6 mm stroke length, fan-cooled motor and replaceable brushes meaning this is one of the best reciprocating saws for the UK market.
Makita DJR187Z 18V Reciprocating Saw (Body Only) Review
The Makita DJR187Z 18V Body Only Reciprocating Saw is one of the best cordless reciprocating saws on the market. It’s main selling point is its brushless motor which enables more efficient running with less wear and tear on the motor’s components, and therefore resulting in a longer life, often many years. The recip saw has a stroke length of 32 mm and a cutting speed of 3,000 strokes per minute. It also features a handy work light.
This well-built, powerful battery reciprocating saw is well-balanced and comfortable to use. It is one of the best reciprocating saws for logs and pruning and it will also cut through metal, plastic and plasterboard with ease. This would be a great addition to anyone’s workshop as a general purpose cutting tool.
Hitachi CR18DSL/L4 18V Reciprocating Saw (Body Only) Review
The Hitachi CR18DSL/L4 18V Body Only Reciprocating Saw is another body only option and makes a good value tool if you already have suitable batteries and charger. This saw has a maximum stroke rate of 2,100 strokes per minute with a stroke length of 28 mm. Blades are easy to change.
This is a solid, good value reciprocating saw, perfect for cutting through logs, pipes and sheet steel.
Stanley FMC675D2 18V Reciprocating Saw Review
The Stanley FMC675D2 18V Reciprocating Saw is the only one of our selections that comes with 2 batteries and a charger.
The batteries charge quickly and provide good runtime whilst the additional battery is handy as you can always have a fresh one ready to go. This saber saw runs at up to 3,000 strokes per minute with a stroke length of 25 mm.
This battery reciprocating saw is perfect for cutting logs up to 3 inches across as well as 2 x 4 fence posts.
WORX WX508.9 18V Reciprocating Saw (Body Only) Review
The WORX WX508.9 18V Body Only Reciprocating Saw is a relatively cheap electric reciprocating saw, yet it has many of the features of the previous items reviewed including variable speed control up to 2,900 strokes per minute, an adjustable foot plate and tool-less blade changing.
It does not come with a battery or charger but works with the Worx Powershare 20V battery, so it is ideal for sharing a battery if you already have other Worx tools.
Reciprocating Saw Buyer’s Guide
The reciprocating saw (also known as a recip saw or a saber saw) is a brilliant tool for quickly cutting through a range of materials. It can easily cut through materials such as metal, coarse timber, plasterboard and plastic and so it makes an ideal tool to have handy on a building site or large DIY project.
The powerful push and pull (reciprocation) action of these saws is the key to cutting quickly and efficiently through tough materials. The reciprocating saw does not necessarily provide the neatest of cuts, so if finish matters more consider a circular saw. However for conveniently cutting through materials where the finish is not a priority, such as plasterboard or plastic pipes, they are the ideal no fuss electric cutting saw.
Furthermore this tool is designed for heavy duty cutting and this makes it great for demolition work such as cutting up old fences, decking or removing stud partitioning.
Reciprocating saws can also be very useful around the garden for tasks such as pruning or cutting up branches for the stove or bonfire. They are also handy for cutting up rubbish such as pallets or old furniture for easy removal from the house.
Battery powered reciprocating saws add even more convenience as there is no need to run power cables to the work site or garden. With such a variety of uses, reciprocating saws make a very handy tool that takes the hard work out of practically any household cutting job.
The best reciprocating saw will come with variable speed control and tool-free blade changing but it is worth double checking these features as these may not be present on some budget models. Variable speed is particularly important if you are cutting a range of different materials as some, such as wood, are best cut at a faster speed and others, such as metal, at a slower speed.
The battery used with your tool is also an important factor. Look for those powered by lithium ion batteries and choose a battery rated at least 2 Ah. If you already have tools with batteries and chargers then you can buy a body only (bare) tool to save money.
How do I choose the right blades for my reciprocating saw?
The blade you choose will depend on the material you wish to cut. You can buy wood, metal and bi metal/ hybrid blades for your saw and these will cover most uses. There are also dedicated blades available for tree trimming and other specialist uses. You can also buy heavy duty blades with diamond or carbide chips. While these are more expensive than bi metal blades they will last longer and work out more cost effective if you use your saw a lot.
Basically, if you are cutting clean wood, choose a wood blade and for metal, choose a metal blade. However, for multi-purpose uses, or wood that may contain nails, choose a bi metal or carbide blade.
It is worth choosing blades from a quality manufacturer. Quality blades make for faster and easier jobs and the blades will last longer too.
What safety precautions should I take when using a reciprocating saw?
A reciprocating saw is often a tool picked up in a hurry when we need to quickly cut something to size or rip out something we no longer want. Furthermore we often use these saws in awkward positions such as in tight spaces or overhead. So before you turn on the saw, remember to follow some basic safety precautions.
Ensure you are working in a clear work environment and remove obstacles and tripping hazards. Check the area you are going to cut, especially if it is a concealed surface that may hide pipework or electric cables. Steady yourself in a stable position before beginning work. Make sure you have enough light to see clearly what you are doing.