The 10 Best Compact Reciprocating Saws

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Reciprocating saws are among the most versatile tools. In fact, they are often called "Sawzalls" because of their ability to quickly cut through practically any type of material. If there is one drawback, it might be controlling and maneuvering them in tight spaces. But these compact models take care of that while still providing all the capabilities you need. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Milwaukee M12 Hackzall

2. Bosch GSA18V-083B

3. DeWalt 20V Max XR

Editor's Notes

January 30, 2019:

You never know what kind of material you will attempt to cut with a reciprocating saw. Because of that, power and stroke speed was of the utmost priority when selecting the best models for our list. We wanted to make sure that these compact units would be just as useful on a job site as their larger brethren.

4. Makita XRJ07R1B

5. Ridgid R3031 Fuego

6. Worx WX550L

7. DeWalt DWE357

8. Makita XRJ01Z

9. Porter-Cable PCC670B

10. VonHaus 15/182US

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