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Five years ago in tools of the trade a test of the first generation of lithium-ion–powered reciprocating saws determined that for getting the job done quickly, 36-volt tools were the ones to buy—most 18-volt models weren't up to jobsite challenges. But I'm happy to report that advancements in motor and battery technology make some of the newer 18-volt models capable of serious work. They're worth considering to add cordless convenience to your demolition and other recip-saw jobs.
I tested the tools in kit form with a battery, charger, and carrying case (where available). Keep in mind that these saws are also sold without batteries or chargers (referred to as "bare tools") for users who already have batteries and chargers from the same manufacturer.
Michael Springer became a tool user at an early age—rehabbing houses with his family in Milwaukee. He attended architecture school at the University of Colorado and then later operated a high-end remodeling company. Bit by the writing bug, he became a tool tester and technology writer, working as the Product Editor of JLC and Executive Editor of Tools of the Trade. Michael is currently self-employed, working from his office and shop in Boulder County, Colorado. He specializes in tool testing and industry coverage for professional construction, woodworking, and DIY publications. While not wielding a chain saw, axe, or drawknife for rustic woodworking projects, Michael seeks out and restores antique hand tools to add to his extensive “user tool” collection. Outside of the shop, Michael is a passionate rock drummer and pipe band drummer who enjoys both performing and teaching.