As a remodeler, I rely on reciprocating saws nearly every day, so when JLC contacted me about testing these versatile tools, I jumped at the chance. Rather than try to compare every professional-duty saw on the market, I narrowed the field to the most powerful corded models from eight major manufacturers: Bosch's RS20, DeWalt's DW311K, Hilti's WSR 1400-PE, Hitachi's CR13VBY, Makita's JR3070CT, Milwaukee's 6523-21, Porter-Cable's 9748, and Ridgid's R3020.

All of these saws have orbital cutting action, and all but the Milwaukee, Ridgid, and Hilti models have a conventional D-shaped handle. The Milwaukee and Ridgid saws have rotating rear handles, which make the tool more comfortable when you're working in contorted positions; while useful, I didn't see this feature as a must-have. The Hilti has an...

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