In-Depth Review: Ryobi P515 ONE Plus 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw w/ Anti-Vibe Handle

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A reciprocating saw is one of the basic tools you should have as a self-respecting power tool user. It doesn’t even matter if you’re a contractor or a basement DIY-er. A reciprocating saw has tons of applications in just about any field.

However, there must be hundreds of models and makes of reciprocating saws out there and it can be hard to pick the one that will do exactly what you need. That is why we came up with this brief guide. Read on and learn how to shop for the right saw for your needs.

Performance

Price

Ease of Use

We Like

  • Cordless saw allows for convenience, ease of use, and flexibility.
  • Anti-vibe handle helps prevent fatigue.
  • Reduced vibration results in more precise cuts.

We Don't Like

  • A dial for the speed control would be better than a trigger.

Introduction

We are not professional remodelers but we tried to do as much of the handy work as we could when we added a new room to our home a few months back. This meant getting rid of a worn out deck where the new room was going to be.

At a glance, the wooden deck seemed like just a few composite boards thrown in and nailed together. We had no idea there would be beams, blocks, and just about everything else we were unprepared for.

Eventually, we were able to demolish the deck but not in a way I can proudly tell you about. Apparently, a reciprocating saw like the Ryobi P515 ONE Plus 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw w/ Anti-Vibe Handle could have done it in minutes. Sure, there were alternative tools, but a reciprocating saw was the tool for the job.

Who Is It For?

The P515 ONE Plus is your reciprocating saw if you’re looking for more action and more accuracy. Since it is cordless, you may use it in an area with no power source without having to lug around a hulking generator or a pesky extension cord.

The absence of a cord also gives you the maneuverability and the flexibility to saw in any position and angle. You can get into those hard-to-reach places that a corded saw may keep you from getting to.

Meanwhile, the anti-vibe handle will help a lot if you will be sawing often and/or for a long period of time. The reduced vibration lessens, if not completely eliminates fatigue.

Also, since the saw does not move that much, you are able to make more precise cuts. We know that a reciprocating saw is primarily used to make rough cuts for demolition, but every now and then you have to use it for projects that will need a bit more accuracy.

Buyer's Guide

What to Look for in a Reciprocating Saw?

A reciprocating saw is not just about the blade. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a reciprocating saw:

  • Amperage

The higher its amperage, the more powerful the saw is. Most of the reciprocating saws in the market today have anything between 5 to 15 amps of power. 15 amps is ideal if you use a reciprocating saw more or less every day. On the other hand, if you only need such a tool for a big, one-time project, 10 to 11 amps should be enough.

  • Blade Movement

Reciprocating saws can be either straight or orbital. A straight reciprocating saw’s blade just moves back and forth out of the saw while an orbital saw’s blade moves in an elliptical or circular motion.

Straight saws do a good job of cutting into hard materials like wood and steel while orbital saws are preferred for softer materials that need a fast cut.

  • Variable Speed Control

If you will be using the reciprocating saw a lot, you may want to find something that lets you adjust the cutting speed (strokes per minute). This may come in handy when working with certain materials or cutting at certain angles.

  • Weight

Weight may seem insignificant for quick cutting jobs, but if you will be working for hours and at odd angles, you will definitely want a relatively light reciprocating saw. This will minimize and delay the onset of fatigue.

  • Stroke Length

The longer the stroke, the faster the cut. However, you may not always want your saw penetrating your material too deeply. Many reciprocating saws have fixed stroke lengths between 0.75 in and 1.25 in while some can be adjusted.

Product Details

Description

The P515 ONE Plus is a cordless reciprocating saw that you can use even without a power source and will cut well even in hard-to-reach corners. It has an anti-vibe handle that reduces the likelihood of fatigue even during long hours of use.

Meanwhile, its GripZone overmold technology with micro texture ensures comfort and excellent grip. Blade changes can be done quickly, easily, and safely with the P515 ONE Plus’ toolless blade clamp.

Finally, since it has a no-load speed of 3,100 SPM, you can start cutting immediately and smoothly.

Product Information

  • Weight: 6 x 15 x 6 in
  • Speed: 3,100 SPM
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Power Source: Battery-powered

Features & Benefits

  • Cordless

Because the P515 ONE Plus is cordless, it is versatile and maneuverable enough to cut into areas that corded reciprocating saws have a hard time working with. It is also convenient to use in that you can use it even in sites that have no power outlet.

  • Anti-Vibe Handle

The anti-vibe handle lets you work for long periods with little to no muscle fatigue. The minimal vibration also allows you to cut more accurately.

Pros

  • Cordless saw allows for convenience, ease of use, and flexibility.
  • Anti-vibe handle helps prevent fatigue.
  • Reduced vibration results in more precise cuts.

Cons

  • A dial for the speed control would be better than a trigger.

Reviews & Testimonials

We were not too familiar with reciprocating saws until we needed one. Naturally, we read online reviews about them, particularly the P515 ONE Plus. Most of the feedback were positive and encouraged us even more to get us one of these.

The people who reviewed this product have cut trees, steel posts, and irrigation pipes with the P515 ONE Plus and the saw worked flawlessly each time for them.

There were not a lot of repeat complaints about the product. Most of the issues mentioned actually had to do with the packaging, the blades, the battery, and other things that did not directly affect the saw’s performance.

The majority of the buyers were satisfied, saying the reciprocating saw did just as well as it promised. One of the reviewers described the P515 ONE Plus as “a great workhorse,” which is the best compliment a power tool can get.

Overall, we highly recommend this product to any homeowner, DIY-er, and contractor.

Alternative Choices

If the P515 ONE Plus is not exactly the tool for your project, take a look at these other reciprocating saws:

1. Makita JR3050T 11 Amp Reciprocating Saw

This is a corded reciprocating saw that you may find useful if you need to make powerful and fast cuts on stronger materials.

Like the P515 ONE Plus, the Makita JR3050T also has a toolless adjustment feature that lets you switch blades and shoes easily and quickly. Furthermore, it has ball and needle bearings which help lengthen its life.

It is just a little heavier than the P515 ONE Plus. Weighing 7.1 lbs, this is not your saw if you do a lot of big cutting projects frequently.

2. Bosch Bare-Tool CRS180B 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw

This saw from Bosch, one of the leading brands in power tools, sports a stroke length of 1 ⅛ in. that is very useful when you have to cut a huge chunk of material as quickly as possible.

It also allows you to change blades with one hand using their trademarked Lock-Jaw blade holder. Moreover, it has two speed settings that should help you attack a wide range of materials.

It has a no-load speed of 2,700 SPM, which is a little less than the P515 ONE Plus’ 3,100 SPM.

3. DEWALT DCS387B 20-volt MAX Compact Reciprocating Saw

The DCS387B is designed to be slim enough to fit and make cuts in the narrowest spaces. Unlike the P515 ONE Plus, this one lets you make flush cuts using its multi-position blade clamp.

Its no-load cutting speed is 2,900 SPM, which is just a few hundred strokes shy of the P515 ONE Plus’. One unique thing about the DCS387B is the LED light, which is incredibly useful in dark work sites.

It is also quite light, weighing only 5.4 lbs.

4. PORTER-CABLE PC75TRS 7.5 Amp Reciprocating Saw

Like the P515 ONE Plus, the PC75TRS from Porter-Cable has an overmolded handle and clamshell boot which provides a comfortable grip and better control.

It cuts at a rate of 3,200 SPM, which is slightly faster than the P515 ONE Plus and delivers strokes measuring 1 ⅛ in. Changing blades is easy using its twist-lock blade clamp.

The PC75TRS is a little bit on the heavy side too, though, so you may want to skip it when working on big projects that require long periods of cutting at awkward angles.

5. BLACK+DECKER BDCR20B 20V MAX Lithium Reciprocating Saw

The BDCR20B may just be the tool for thin materials that need some fast cuts. It has a no-load cutting speed of 3,000 SPM and a stroke length of ⅞ in.

The other thing that makes it stand out from the rest of the list is its weight--an amazingly light 3.8 lbs! On the other hand, the tool-free blade-changing system, the variable speed trigger, and the pivoting shoe are some features it shares with some of the other saws on this list.

Comparison Table

Alternative Choices

Our Rating

Price

Makita JR3050T

Bosch Bare-Tool CRS180B

DEWALT DCS387B

PORTER-CABLE PC75TRS

BLACK+DECKER BDCR20B

The Final Cut

It does not matter if you are demolishing or building a structure. Your toolbox is not complete without a trusty reciprocating saw that will not fail you just when you’ve almost removed that chunk of stucco.

The Ryobi P515 ONE Plus 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw w/ Anti-Vibe Handle is a humble power tool that does exactly what it should. Use it for any material--thin metal sheets, wood, tree roots, steel, and more--and it will cut away smoothly and quickly at 0-3,100 SPM.

Its anti-vibe handle ensures that you feel as little vibration as possible so you can work longer and focus more on what you’re cutting instead of what you’re cutting with. You may do all of these even in remote areas with no electricity because the P515 ONE Plus is cordless.

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