I was recently given the opportunity to try out Panasonic's new cordless recip saw/drill combination kit. Panasonic has been making cordless tools for years, but this was their first attempt at 18 volts and the first time they've ever offered a recip saw. I was already familiar with their 15.6-volt drill drivers, so I was interested to see what the new 18-volt tools had to offer. The kit consists of an EY6450 1/2-inch drill, an EY3544 reciprocating saw, a charger, two batteries, and a plastic case.

The EY3544 saw is well balanced and weighs 8 1/2 pounds with the battery in. That's heavy for a corded model, but it's about what you would expect for an 18-volt cordless saw.

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