Reciprocating saws are workhorse tools called upon for a wide variety of tasks. Pro Tool Reviews recently tested 8 top cordless models, and ranked the Makita 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless Recipro Saw as best in their "Cordless Recipro Saw Shootout."
Full Range of Job Site Testing
Pro Tool Reviews put all 8 models through a range of tests including metal and wood cutting, as well as blade speed and stroke length, vibration, ergonomics, and weight. The Makita XRJ06, powered by two 18V LXT batteries, received high marks across the board.
Watt Hours: Best Indicator of Work Performed
PTR also calculated the "watt hours" for each saw, which is reached by multiplying a battery's voltage by the amp-hours. This is widely considered a best indicator of work performed by the tool. A car analogy a useful way to understand this important performance metric:
The Makita XRJ06 Recipro Saw, powered by TWO 18V LXT batteries, topped the entire field with a full 216 watt hours:
The Power and Performance of a Corded Saw
The 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless Recipro Saw combines an efficient brushless motor with a refined vertical crank design for faster, more effiient cutting. For more on this new cordless cutting solution, go here.
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18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless Recipro Saw.
The XRJ06Z, powered by TWO 18V LXT batteries, has a refined vertical crank mechanism for more efficient cutting.