1. Makita XRJ01Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Compact Reciprocating Saw
Makita’s XRJ01Z has a half-inch stroke length, which is slightly shorter than that of the 2625-20 M18 Hackzall, and a variable no-load speed range of 0-3,000 spm. With a tool-free blade change mechanism, downtime is greatly reduced and you get to change blades more easily.
Like the 2625-20 M18, the XRJ01Z has a built-in LED bulb for improved visibility. It has a soft-grip rubber handle that is ergonomically designed to delay the onset of fatigue during extended work periods and gives you better cutting control.
Lastly, there is a dual-position power trigger that lets you switch operation modes more easily.
2. PORTER CABLE PCC670B 20-volt MAX Lithium Bare Reciprocating Tigersaw
The PCC670B recip saw from Porter Cable cuts at a variable speed of 0-3,000 spm with 1-in strokes, making it an ideal tool for making fast and rugged cuts on a large selection of materials.
It has a contoured, overmolded handle that improves grip and helps lessen the vibration that gets to your hand, which in turn improves cutting accuracy.
The speed trigger is also located on the handle, where you can control it more easily. There is a tool-free blade release system to make blade switching easier, and a pivoting shoe that lets the recip be in contact with the material while cutting.
3. BLACK+DECKER BDCR20B 20V MAX Lithium Reciprocating Saw
The BDCR20B also has basic features but performs excellently. This compact recip saw comes with a tool-free blade change mechanism that adds convenience, a variable speed trigger that can cut any material efficiently, and a pivoting shoe that helps steady the recip against the material.
It has variable speed control, ranging from 0 to 3,000 spm and cutting with ⅞-in strokes.
4. DEWALT DCS387B 20-volt MAX Compact Reciprocating Saw
The unique feature of the DCS387B is the multi-position blade clamp that enables you to make flush cuts, especially when you have to cut a pipe against a flat surface. Its no-load cutting speed is just slightly lower than that of the 2625-20 M18 Hackzall at 0-2,900 spm.
Finally, like the 2625-20 M18 Hackzall, the DCS387B has an LED bulb and is designed to be slim, sleek, compact, and portable.
5. Ryobi P514 18V Cordless One+ Variable Speed Reciprocating Saw
The P514 has an electric brake that stops the blade, letting you cut safely. The speed range is 0-3,100 spm, which is the highest speed for recip saws. It has a specialized tool clamp that enables tool-free blade changing and an overmolded front grip and handle that improves grip, control, and comfort. It also has a pivoting shoe that lets you cut with more stability.