Best Sawzall (RECIPROCATING SAW)? Milwaukee vs DeWalt, Makita, Ryobi, Bauer

Best Sawzall (RECIPROCATING SAW)? Milwaukee vs DeWalt, Makita, Ryobi, Bauer

BRANDS TESTED:18V Milwaukee Brushless, 20V DeWalt Brushless, 18V Makita (both brushless DC motor and brushed), 18V Ryobi Brushless, 18V Heimerdinger (brushed), 18V Hart , and 18V Bauer. All saws tested using 4 amp hour battery, except the Bauer which was tested using a 3 amp hour battery. Saws tested for cutting speed through metal pipe, ½ by 3 inch mild steel, and a nail embedded 4×4. I always purchase all products and supplies. So, than you for helping make these videos possible through your support! Also, thank you very much for all the terrific video ideas, including this one!

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Makita Brushless:
Makita Brushed:

Sawzall blades used for testing:
Diablo Carbide Thick Metal:
Lenox Bimetal:
Milwaukee Axe:
Laser Tachometer:
Sound Meter:

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  1. David C on September 2, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    How about doing a review of cordless jigsaws?

  2. Grn Blh on September 2, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    Is it possible that weight played a factor in this? I know you used the weight attached them but it looked like you used the same weight and with some of them adding on 3-4 lbs I’d imagine you might want to add weight to the lighter ones so that you eliminate that variable in testing.

  3. Heemanchal Maharaj on September 2, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    How does a reciprocating work

  4. Kyle Harrison on September 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    “Limited 3 year warranty, we’re gonna test that!”

  5. Randy Geyer on September 2, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    I had my Porter Cable tiger saw for over 20 years. Still works great. It’s not cordless but so what. Why not include that brand?

  6. Rusty Soul on September 2, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    Please do the m12 fuel hackzall and competition

  7. Randy Havard on September 2, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    In my experience the cordless sawzalls are too fast when compared to the corded saws

  8. Sergio Andrade on September 2, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    I am realizing thtesting is somewhat flawed. (?) 2what extent that is i dunno. But,
    The weight of each saw is i think major? bug in th testing? Each blade should have been rested on a scale till weights added so as 2adhere 2a set given specific identical cutting paradigm pressure.

  9. Erik Larsen on September 2, 2023 at 7:06 pm


  10. Mathew Munro on September 2, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    You ought to hang a 10kg weight off of the front handle, otherwise you’re giving the heavier saws a huge advantage in these tests which would not be reflective of real world cutting where you would apply some pressure with your front hand. Specifically, the lightweight Ryobi may have done better.

  11. 1MEAN1 on September 2, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    I’ve had 3 corded Milwaukees and this last one was only 2 years old with very little use and the gears stripped again. NEVER AGAIN Milwaukee!!!!

  12. Greasy Nutwax on September 2, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    Great video but I feel bad for the US consumer. Nothing is made here anymore. I want American made quality

  13. Greg D on September 2, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    Do you have a jigsaw video?

  14. fuckititsthisguy on September 2, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    There should be a straight cut test my bosses dewalt might just be wore out but I can barely make a straight cut through pvc to save my life with his its like the blade isn’t held tight enough and can get cocked left or right vs straight cuts all day with ease with my milwaukee Sawzall m18 and a coworkers m12 and rigid Sawzall all make cutting straight easy but every dewalt I’ve used you gotta really try hard to get it straight

  15. Spartacus on September 2, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    I have the 15 amp Milwaukee corded and that thing eats through any material you put in front of it. I use Lenox blades for steel/iron because I watched your comparison video on the blades and the Lenox was by far the best option. I use Diablo for wood/nails.

  16. Big Willie Stylen on September 2, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you so much for your tool reviews/comparisons its nice to be able to send your videos to brand snobs to get them to shut up about my choices… Obviously im using basing my choices on your results, so after seeing your unbiased video they stop brand-shaming plus i usually see that the ones who were being snobs suddenly got one of your tested tools in their set after watching…

  17. joshuah christenbury on September 2, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    So um im blown away. If everything is made in china why is china making lowkey gun tools seeming like American helping Americans in the event of a gun ban. Ie the .22 caliber powder nailgun. In lue of events that are going on.

  18. Jo Ro on September 2, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    Great info! Thanks!

  19. awsomenessin1998 on September 2, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    Kobalt smashes all of those

  20. CDgonePotatoes on September 2, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    It really shows on video, why brushed motors are such a big hazard in places where there may be a risk of explosion, you don’t really see it in person.

  21. rs2klee on September 2, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    yes I call for a part 2 test because the down force of each tool would be different due to different weights of the tool, Any way to rig up a weight so they all have equal down force to cut the wood and metals 🙂 ? if you were to use one of these tools what would the normal "human" downforce would you apply ? put that into the down force test.

  22. Joe Hemenway on September 2, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    1/2 inch Impact battery would be great.

  23. Joshua Kemble Bluegrass on September 2, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    I’d be very interested to see you do a comparison between the top rated saws in this video and the Flex and Rigid

  24. Teech, Toys & Tools on September 2, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    Technically theyre all Knockoffs, except the Milwaukee… haha

  25. Charlie Ward on September 2, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    if you actually put a flexvolt battery on the flexvolt dewalt it might be nice xD

  26. thorinbane on September 2, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    love these showdowns, but ergonmics are important. From my experience makita has low vib compared to yellow and red, the one comment about it smoothness near the end is a good indicator of that as well.

  27. David C on September 2, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Once again, needed a tool and checked just in case there was a review. Of course there was. Thanks.

  28. DAZ 431 on September 2, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for another great video!! Based on your video of battery operated hammer drills I bought a DeWalt 20vMax DCD796 because it was the lightest one in weight. It has proved its worth over the past 2 years. Mostly use it as a regular drill but I do have to set anchor bolts in block walls fairly often. I found I needed a cordless saw on the job I’m currently on, and since I already had the 20v batteries for the drill… I went ahead and bought a DeWalt 20v Max DCS380 recip saw. I did not watch this vid before I bought it, since I was buying to match what I had in batteries… Glad to see the DeWalt did so well!! I am very pleased with the saw and the drill. Got the drill used off ebay for $55 2 years ago and still going strong. Got the saw used for $40 off ebay a couple months ago and only used it twice so far.

    Am using an aftermarket brand of batteries called Vanon in a 3amp size and they have been doing very well. I did 29 holes thru 2×6 ceiling joists with a 3/4" Milwaukee spade bit the boss handed me one afternoon recently and only used 2 of 3 bars on the battery. I got a 2pack of them off ebay when I bought the drill. 2 years of fairly daily use later they are still charging fast and holding a charge very well. Just bought another 2pack from the same vendor since I got the saw, figured I should have a couple more.

    Your videos are very thorough and I greatly appreciate that you weigh the tools, I like DeWalt generally speaking because I am a small woman and have smaller hands, their tools fit my grip better. I also have one of their smaller corded 4" angle grinders with a three way removeable handle and a locking paddle switch that I have had for over 20 years doing metalwork… not sure which model it is but I love it!!

    Recently had an occasion to speak at length with a local tow truck driver as we dragged my vehicle back home, and got to talking tools, I mentioned the drill video and he excitedly asked me if it was a Project Farm vid!! So you have at least two big fans in our area!! Keep making these fabulous videos!!

  29. shortylickens69 on September 2, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    If you ever do another round please include a Bosch and a Matabo.

  30. JbTwo1 on September 2, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Much appreciated!

  31. Garry Mcgrath on September 2, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Makita is made in China as well 🇱🇷👍

  32. mark on September 2, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    like buying a car with no turn signals. who needs them

  33. Thang Tran on September 2, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    Can you test compact reciprocating saws?

  34. Dre on September 2, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Wish you would have added the Kobalt XTR

  35. PhOeNiXpIoLe on September 2, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    I wonder how much better the Milwaukee Gen 2 sawzall would do

  36. Jin Kuang on September 2, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Made in China, Made in China, Made in China …

    It is funny that one time I saw a big slogan sign "Made In the USA!" When I flipped it over, it showed Made in China. LOL 😁🤣

  37. DepthsDoes on September 2, 2023 at 7:39 pm


  38. Robbie Green on September 2, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Is there anything American made 😢

  39. Joe’s Adventures on September 2, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you!!!!!

  40. Joshua Kunkle on September 2, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    I’d like to see the brushless version of the hart

  41. KnievelFats on September 2, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    As a manager at Home Depot, I really wish he lived in my area!

  42. T.C. on September 2, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    I missed Bosch in this test.
    I have used a Bosch reciprocating sawzall for carving blocks of bamboo ridden earth out of the ground, professionally for years. If you aren’t sure, boss can take an absurd amount of punishment and keep on going.
    – You never know, but I’m guessing it would have finished up there with the DeWalt and it’s friends. 😉

  43. Jacob Row on September 2, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    1&1/2 x 3/8”?

  44. Chuck Green of Green Drywall Solutions on September 2, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    I’d be interested in seeing a sawzall blade test. From my personal experience Milwuakee blades are the best and Hiltis are crap. But I haven’t tried many other brands

  45. a on September 2, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Some day you should make a video explaining the milwaukee, dewalt, makita and ryobi numbering and naming schemes…!

  46. Jim Ivey on September 2, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve had my DeWalt Recip Saw for 2 years. I absolutely love it!

  47. Aldo Schmedack on September 2, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    You get funding from watchers and keep the tools, but man, you DESERVE to keep and profit for the knowledge you share! We ALL come out ahead! Thanks P.F.!

  48. Richard McKrell on September 2, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    Trigger control is the most important feature of a sawzall.

  49. kingdom music on September 2, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    ryobi is only impressive for a short time , as many will eventually break the cheap chinesium metal inner gear /shaft off if you use it in any kind of duty application that is not light. ~ stick with dewalt , and note-older ones seem to be better made stronger -2014 ish

  50. Noah Goldman on September 2, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    Bro the Dewalt is a heavy duty saw the Milwaukee is not they make a heavy duty one though so not apple to apple

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