Updated August 10, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 9 Best Cordless Band Saws

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in February of 2017. If your profession or hobby calls for the cutting of pipes, bolts, or small sections of lumber in awkward places, save yourself the time and effort associated with a mains-powered or bench-mounted tool and instead get a cordless band saw. Whether you need a model that can stand up to heavy daily use in an industrial setting, or simply want something for periodic home use, you'll find it here. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best cordless band saw on Amazon.

9. Stout Tool STX-250C

8. Bosch BSH180B

7. Hilti SB 4-A22

6. Metabo MBS 18 LTX

5. DeWalt DCS370B

4. Milwaukee 2629-20 M18

3. Makita XBP02Z

2. Milwaukee 2429-20

1. DeWalt Max DCS374B

Special Honors

Masterforce 2410440 This 20-volt model is not something we would recommend for heavy-duty use, but for the home DIYer or even a commercial professional who only needs to make the periodic cut, the low price makes it a good value buy. It has a 2-1/2-inch cutting capacity, an LED battery status indicator, and a quick-release blade change lever. However, it is worth noting that finding the replacement blades can be a bit of a hassle. menards.com

Editor's Notes

August 07, 2019:

Cordless band saws are a bit of a specialty tool, so there aren't too many manufacturers that produce them. That being said, when you get a chance to use one for their intended application, you'll be amazed at how much more precision they allow for on a job that you may have otherwise used a Sawzall.

If you need to be able to cut large-diameter tubing, you'll need to go with a model that has at least a four-inch cutting capacity, such as the DeWalt Max DCS374B and Makita XBP02Z. Both of these machines offer high torque, multiple speeds, and have an integrated hanging hook. As you might expect from such tools, they are rather large and heavy, and require two hands to operate.

If having the ability to cut large-diameter piping isn't that important to you, and instead your priorities lean more towards easy maneuverability in tight areas, we recommend the Milwaukee 2429-20, DeWalt DCS370B, Metabo MBS 18 LTX, and Bosch BSH180B. All of these weigh 10 pounds or less, and are easier to work with in small spaces. Of these, the Milwaukee 2429-20 is the smallest of the bunch and designed for one-handed use. The trade off is that its maximum cutting capacity is just 1-5/8 inches.

The Milwaukee 2629-20 straddles the middle ground between these two categories. It has a middling weight and cutting capacity, which makes it a good compromise for those who don't know their exact needs yet and want a versatile tool.

Except for the Bosch BSH180B and Stout Tool STX-250C, every other model on our list would be suitable for commercial use and can stand up to daily high-volume needs. These two tools, however, would be best for the home DIYer who only expects to use their band saw periodically. The reason for this is that the Bosch BSH180B has a tendency to stress the blades a lot, which results in them breaking too quickly, and the Stout Tool STX-250C has poor battery life.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on August 10, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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