Power Tools: Sawzall reciprocating saw

Reviewed by:
Scott Gibson, Contributing Editor
Reciprocating saws make cuts where other power tools are useless cutting out sheathing in stud and joist bays, for example, or reaching nails behind stubborn shingles.

Milwaukees Model 6519-22 Sawzall has a 10-amp motor, a lot more powerful than earlier models, and a Quik-Lok system for replacing blades or power cords in no time flat. The reciprocating saw gets its name from the back-and-forth motion of the blade, which has a travel of 1-1/8" and a variable speed from 0 to 2,800 strokes per minute.

A variety of blade types and lengths fit, making the saw useful for cutting everything from old beams with embedded nails to angle iron. This model cost about $150 in September 2004.

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