In his review of the DeWalt DWE357 reciprocating saw in our April Toolbox, Greg Burnet wrote: “… it doesn’t have orbital blade action, a mode that allows a saw to make faster cuts in wood. Personally, I miss this feature.”

I like that feature, too, but have often wondered what the actual difference is between orbital and nonorbital cutting action. So I ran that question by David Lincoln, Milwaukee’s product manager for AC and DC saws. Here’s his answer, which was verified by Milwaukee’s engineering team: “When cutting in wood, orbital action can increase the speed...

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