Installing Pex Plumbing

If you have to do some plumbing at your place, than I would suggest looking into pex plumbing for easy repairs. It will save you time and money compared to copper, galvanized pipe, or CPVC  plastic.

Galvanized Pipe

In many homes the plumbing pipes were made from galvanized steel, but the problem with these pipes is that over time rust would build up, and thus give a lower volume of water. Have had quite a few complaints from people wondering why there water pressure was so low at there sinks.

Many of the galvanized pipes were replaced in the 60s and beyond, by putting in the plastic CPVC which has to be glued at the joints, or the copper pipes which are soldered together.

In the plumbing business copper pipes take so much longer to install than any of the plastic water systems.

Then in the 60s Pex tubing was often used in radiant heating systems, for moving hot water from a heating system to radiators in your home.

As time went on Pex became more popular with being used for plumbing in homes, and in the year 2000 and up it was replacing the copper and CPVC pipes as well.


One of the advantages with Pex is being able to bend it, as long as it is not a 90 degree turn, so it can be run often directly to sinks, toilets, or showers without any loss of water pressure from fitting 90 degree elbows.

As far as price goes Pex is cheaper than copper, as a 100-foot roll of 1/2 inch will run about $25 to $30 dollars, and the fittings are very reasonably priced as well.

Valves for Pex are from 6 to 10 dollars each, and are a push fit onto the Pex than crimped tight, making for a very quick connection and saving time, were copper fittings need to be soldered together which is something you need to be good at, plus the price of copper has gone up.

Pex tubing comes in red, blue and white, so if your doing your own plumbing you can use the red for hot water, and blue for cold, so there will be no mix up when connecting up to your showers, sinks, toilets, and laundry machine.

The fittings for Pex are attached using a compression tool on metal bands were ever a connection is needed, and there is a special cutter to cut the Pex tubing that gives a very clean cut.

The cutting tool is usually priced at about 30 dollars here in Canada, and the compression tool goes from 70 to 100 dollars, with most hardware stores selling the tools for the Pex fittings.

Copper and the CPVC pipes will bust open from freezing before Pex does, but all plumbing pipes will burst if frozen hard enough, so it is better to drain them if left in an unheated house, which can avoid costly repairs. The foam wrap can also be used to keep the hot water hot on pex as well.

Installing Pex Plumbing

Disadvantages of Pex

Pex does not like sunlight, and will become brittle if exposed for to long a time, so best to go with some other type of plumbing for running water outside.

It also requires special tools for its connections, which can be bought at almost any hardware store that sells Pex.

Pex Through Walls

If you’re running Pex through 2×4 studs in your walls, drill the holes in the center of the 2x4s, so the drywall screws will not put a hole in the tubing, and as an extra precaution you can add a steel plate over were the Pex is installed.

For any home-owner or do it yourself er Pex is an easy product to hook up, and very adaptable to all other plumbing types.

One thing that’s important to remember, is when crimping the Pex tubing to any fittings is to have the ring within 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the end of your Pex pipe on the fittings, and be sure the jaws of your crimping tool close security on the rings.


A manifold for Pex is considered to be a distribution point for the water lines that will run to your shower, sinks, toilet, etc.

It is a copper or plastic tube that has 1/2 inch fittings coming off it, and you can crimp your 3/4 inch line from the water pump to one end of it.

These manifolds come with different amounts of outlets on them, you just need to figure out how many lines your running off it, and buy the appropriate one.

Some also come with valves on the outlets, which are helpful if you just wanted to shut one line off for repairs to taps, or showers, but than I recommend valves close to the sink taps, and toilet to be able to shut them for repairs, instead of running down to the basement, or were ever your main water pump valve is located.

The plastic manifolds are made with a high performance thermoplastic, and will not be affected by heat, moisture, or high chlorine levels, and they also resist corrosion and scaling, so are as good as the copper manifolds.

Connecting to a Hot Water Tank

Connecting Pex to your hot water tank is also very easy, but the recommendations for this is that you have at least 18 inches of copper pipe coming out of your water tank before connecting with the Pex.

Also, if you happen to crimp the O rings the O rings in the wrong place they can be cut of with a rotary tool, or recently i have seen a special tool for this, and than cut the Pex back for a fresh fit on your connection, apply a new ring, and crimp it in the right place.

Bathtub Fittings

When you are connecting Pex for a bathtub, there is a copper stub out that is secured to a 2×4 for this. It will be positioned over the center of your tub, and can be cut later at the right length for your faucet spout after the wallboard or cement board and tiles are installed.

The Pex tubing will be crimped onto the stub out making for a very easy and quick installation.


Another thing is that if you’re running Pex for a long distance, you might wont to leave a loop in the run for expansion and contraction, but for shorter runs the Pex can be left loose between connections, and not stretched tight.

There are plastic straps that allow the Pex to move, and are used were ever needed to hold the lines in place, and they come in 1/2 and 3/4 inch size.


You will find that there are three different grades of Pex A, B, C, with A being slightly more flexible than the other two, but the difference is so little that any of the three grades work well in the home.

So in conclusion if your looking to do some home plumbing repairs, and are looking for a money saving way to do it, than give Pex a try.

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Best Table Saws of 2019

Best Table Saws of 2019

If your into fixing things around your home, then a tool that’s a must is a table saw, and I will give you a review of some of the best table saws of 2019.

After installing new windows then you will find that with most of them you will need to finish them off on the inside, and a table saw is perfect to cut some pine, cedar or what ever type of wood you wish to go with down to the widths you will need.

There are many other projects you can use it for around the home, or even on a construction site.

Most portable table saws today are made of aluminum, or other lightweight materials, so are very easy to move around, and you can also buy the table saw stands with wheels to make life even easier.

One of the first table saws that I owned was from about twenty years ago, and was made of cast iron and steel with a large motor on it, and would weigh about 300 pounds or more, so was not easy to move around, unlike todays modern table saws.

Below is a review of some of the better table saws on the market today, so if you are interested in buying one, then have a read.

The Bosch 4100-09

This is a 15 amp 10 inch table saw that will give you 4 HP maximum, and 3600 RPM will give you a very clean cut for your wood projects.

The motor has a slow start, but will maintain a constant speed when cutting, and features a 5/8 inch arbour for compatible blades, also for keeping the saw at a lightweight it is made of aluminum giving it a tough durability and a long life.

The table is 29 by 21.5 inches, so you can easily cut anything up to 25 inches wide, or even wider if you want to add some stands to the side of the saw.

The Squarelock rip fence is one of the best that is engineered for maximum accuracy with every cut, and it locks in place for a very precise measurement to the blade. 

A Smart Guard System on this saw gives good visibility when cutting, and protects the user. It has a built in riving knife, blade guard, and anti kickback pawls, and will require no tools to install on the saw.

Bosch also makes a Gravity-Rise table saw stand, the TS 3000 with pneumatic wheels for this saw, and with both saw and stand it will weigh about a 100 pounds. This stand can also be adapted for other brands of saws to fit it.

Best Table Saws of 2019

The Dewalt DWE7480 Table Saw

This is another excellent lightweight table saw, and weighing only 45 pounds will be very easy to move around.

It has a 15 amp motor, and cuts at 4500 RPM, so will even cut through hardwoods, and has a dust collection port at 21/4 inches so that a shop vac can be connected to it to keep the dust down.

This 10 inch compact saw features a rack and pinion telescoping fence rail to let you make fast adjustments for your cuts.

The table will let you cut up to 241/2 inches, and for bevel cuts it will adjust from 0 to 45 degrees.

It has two small feet at the back of the saw that are adjustable for keeping your saw at a level, and it also has places so you can keep your push stick and parts for the Site Pro Guard system attached to the saw.

The 10-inch blade on this saw is carbide tipped, and will cut to a depth of 31/8 inches at 90 degrees while the 45 degree cut will go to a depth of 21/4 inches.

Dewalt also has a mobile stand for this table saw which is easy to set up and take down providing excellent stability when cutting.

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The Makita Model 2705×1 and 2705

Makitas table saws are some of the best you can buy, and the only difference between the model 2705×1 and 2705 is that the x1 comes with a stand.

This model was made for professional contractors, but that only means that it would work great also around the home, and being quality built you know it will last.

The table is 24×22 inches, and with the rails extended you can cut up to 25 inches, and with a weight of 82 pounds this saw is easy to move around.

With a 15 amp motor, and turning at 4800 RPM it is one of the best in its class for power, and has an electric brake for a safety feature which can stop the motor in less then a second, plus the off on switch on this saw is large enough to work if your wearing gloves, or you can even hit it with your knee.

It also has the three-piece modular safety system with the riving knife, anti kickback pawls, and the blade guard which is very easy to move ans set up.

The saw will cut 3 5/8 inches deep at 90 degrees, and 2 1/2 inches at 45 degrees with its 10-inch carbide tipped blade.

As table saws go this is one of the best, and of an excellent quality to make it a high performance tool to have for your tool collection.

Our Next Table Saw is Mastercraft Model 055-6737-2

This saw I have used for the past 4 or 5 years with almost zero problems. After quite a bit of use the crank handle would not raise the blade, but it would go down very easy. In order to cure this problem give it a good cleaning, and an air compressor works well for this, then spray some graphite on the screw rods and thrust washers, and it should be cured. It is not recommended using a wet lubricant on this as the sawdust will stick to it.

This saw has a table size of 26×19 11/16 inches with extensions on the sides for wider cuts.

It has a 15 amp motor and spins at 4500 RPM with no load, and come with a 10-inch carbide tipped blade, some tools for blade changing, and a sturdy plastic push stick that can be stored on the side of the saw.

This saw was very easy to set up with the blade running perfectly true to the table, as I have heard that one of the newer models has a defect for adjusting the blade, so be careful when buying-check the blade.

It will cut 3 9/16 inches at 90 degrees and 2 5/32 at 45 degrees, and with this saw weighing 65 pounds it is easy to move around, and comes with a stand also but no wheels on it.

This is a very good saw for around the home, and even some construction work.

The Rockwell Rk7241S Table Saw with Laser Guide

This saw comes with a 15 amp motor, and a no load speed of 4800 RPM, and has a Maximum cut at 90 degrees of 3 9/16 inches, ad 2 9/16 inches at 45 degrees.

It has a sliding extension for the table on the left side to allow for a 36-inch cut, and comes with a laser guide, rip fence, miter gauge, push stick, riving knife, dust bag, and two blade wrenches.

There is a stand included that has wheels, and is able to be folded for moving around.

The saw weighs about 88 pounds so should be good for those home jobs or construction work.

It claims to have the most cutting depth of any saw, but then my older Mastercraft has the same depth of cut, so always do your homework before buying.

The laser guide on this saw will adjust for when the blade is tilted for angle cuts, but from my own experience I find a laser guide on a table saw- unless often cleaned- will get coated in dust, and then becomes hard to see as I took the one on my saw off.

One other thing when buying a table saw always check to see if the blade is running true to the table, or if there is an easy adjustment for setting it up correct.

Skillsaw Model SPT70WT-01

This is a 10-inch portable table saw with worm drive, and the table is able to give you cuts up to 25 inches in width.

It has a 15 amp dual field 5HP motor, which won’t heat up with any heavy cutting, and has a worm drive gearing for extra torque and power spinning up to 5300 RPM, so will not quit when cutting thick or dense material.

The saw will cut 3 1/2 inch material at 90 degrees, and the bevel cuts can be made from 1 degree to 45 degrees.

It comes with a 10 inch 24 tooth carbide tipped blade, miter gauge, self aligning fence, guard system, anti kick back, push stick, and wrenches for the blade changes.

This saw does not come with a folding stand, so it will have to be bought separately, but with the saw only weighing 49 pounds is very easy to move around.

The Hitachi Table Saw is Model C10RJ

This saw is powered by a 15 AMP motor with a soft start function, and an electric brake for safety, plus it will turn at 4500 RPM.

The table is 28 3/4 inches by 22 inches, and can be extended to 35 inches on the right of the saw for wider cuts, and comes with the riving knife, and anti kick back pawls to make things a little safer.

On this saw the miter gauge has convenient marks of 0, 15, 30, 45, and 60 degrees on both sides of the blade, and for bevel cuts it is 0 to 45 degrees, with a cutting depth of 3 1/8 inches at 90 degrees, and 2 1/4 inches at 45 degrees.

It also comes with a folding saw stand that has 8 inch rubber threaded wheels, and you will notice that the legs of the stand have a wider spread for more stability when cutting, and with a total weight of 96 pounds it can be loaded into your truck by yourself.

The fence is of a rack and pinion design, so is adjusted with a knob on the side, and also comes with a 40 tooth carbide tipped blade, and a dust port for attaching a vacuum for the sawdust.

Also, on this saw you might first have to adjust the blade so it runs perfectly parallel with the miter slots on the table, and you will have to remove a pair of bolts under the table to do this, which was not mentioned in the Manuel for this saw.

The Ridgid Table Saw Model 4510

This saw has a 15 AMP motor to spin the blade up to 4400 RPM.

It will cut 3 1/2 inches at 90 degrees and 2 1/4 inches at 45 degrees, and the table can give you a cut of 25 inches.

This is more of a heavy-duty saw for construction work or around the home, and weighs about 95 pounds but comes with a folding stand with wheels for moving it around.

The fence on this saw is of very sturdy quality, and works smoothly on the table with a lever that locks it in place. It comes with a tape measure for figuring the fence distance from the blade, which does not look like it would last too long, but if your like most people using a table saw, then just measuring from the fence to the blade usually works the best.

The saw has a place to store the tools, and replacement blades on the side of it, and the miter gauge with this one works very well.

The gravity stand for this saw is very convenient to fold and unfold, just by pushing the locking lever, and the handle of this stand is at the right height to support larger cutting materials, so will be a good table saw for around the home or for what ever else you won’t to use it for, plus it has a place to hook up the vacuum for sawdust collection.

The Genesis GTS10SB

This 10 inch 15 amp table saw is not very expensive for anyone on a budget that needs work done around the home, and it can do a variety of cuts with ease.

The 15 amp motor will run the blade up to 4800 RPM for smooth cuts, and the table is 24 inches by 20 inches made from aluminum.

Its miter gauge is larger then most for accurate cuts from 0 to 5 degrees, and the fence is self aligning, and locks up from the front and rear on the table.

The saw weighs about 56 pounds, and comes with a stand but no wheels on it for moving around, and it also has a 2-year warranty.

There is a place on the saw for storing the push stick, miter gauge, and a blade holder. The 10-inch blade is 40 tooth carbided tipped for sawing just about anything, and has the tools for changing it.

For the price you pay, this is actually an excellent table saw for around the home.

Our Next Table Saw is the King Model 5100C

This saw has a 15 AMP heavy-duty motor that will turn up to 4400 RPM, with a table that is 30 x 21 inches aluminum cast, and comes with a folding stand with 8 inch wheels for easy moving.

There is a storage on the saw to secure the rip fence, miter gauge, extra blade, push stick, and wrenches when moving it from one place to another.

The saw weighs about 75 pounds and comes with a 40 tooth general purpose blade, which can be adjusted for height and angle from the front of the saw, and will cut 3 1/8 inches at 90 degrees, and 2 inches at 45 degrees

This is not too expensive a table saw to try out for cutting around the home.Best Table Saws of 2019

The Kobalt Table Saw Model KT1015

This saw has a 15 Amp motor, and a no load speed of 5000 RPM.

With a 10-inch blade that is 28 tooth carbide tipped it has a maximum cutting depth at 90 degrees of 3 1/2 inches, and 2 1/2 inches at 45 degrees.

The table is 26 inches by 19 1/2 inches, and you have a 30-inch cutting capacity on the saws right side of the blade.

It weighs about 68 pounds and comes with a folding stand on wheels for easy moving from place to place.

Like many of the new saws it has a storage for the rip fence, miter gauge, and blade guard assembly, push stick, and extra blade on the side of this saw.

The dust chute is 2 1/2 inches so you will need an adapter down to 1 1/2 inches for some of the shop vacuums.

When setting up the fence, you will notice that it locks on both sides of the table, and might need a little adjusting.

For the price this is a good saw to use around the home for the DIY.


When your out looking for a table saw, try to find one that meets what you want to use it for, and within your budget. Table saws come priced from $150 to a thousand plus for the higher quality saws.

Another thing that should be mentioned is to always keep the safety factors on these saws working well, because 5 fingers is way better then just 4, so be careful using a table saw.

Some of these saws have a lock mechanism on the switch to prevent any accidental start-ups if you have children around, or even some adults, so always cut with safety on your mind.

There are other brands of table saws that I have not mentioned here, but have reviewed most of the better known brands, so always do your homework before buying one.

I hope this gives you a few ideas on your next purchase of a table saw to meet your needs.

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Best Reciprocating Saws of 2019

Reciprocating saws are a necessary tool for making rough cuts in construction or for just taking difficult things apart, and here you will find some of the best reciprocating saws of 2019.

They are great for cutting out old door frames that have been nailed to the studs just by using a metal blade in them- a big time saver when you are in a hurry.

Also, they will cut just about anything from stucco, plaster, metal, all types of wood, and are used often for plumbing jobs and electrical work.

The corded reciprocating saws are great when you have power nearby, but the battery type make work where their is no power, a very convenient tool to have. Would recommend having a corded and a battery type saw.

Any of these corded saws that run on 10 Amps or more, have enough power for cutting just about anything.

The battery type work best if they are 18 Volts or 24 Volts, and is recommended to carry around a second battery with you.

The saws with the Lithium Ion batteries will last longer, so are an excellent investment.

Most reciprocating saws have a 11/8 inch cutting stroke, and some might be a little less, with the longer stroke meaning a faster cut.

The variable speed will give you better control on what you are cutting.

Another great feature to look for when buying your reciprocating saw is to be able to change the blade without having to look for an extra tool to do it. Some of these saws you just pull a lever or push a button to change the blade, which is very convenient, and a big time saver.

The Dewalt Model DW310K

This is one of the better reciprocating saws, and comes with a 12 amp motor for power, which is enough to use on any job.

Most of these saws come with an 8-foot cord to plug into your power source, plus an extra extension cord is often needed.This model has the variable speed trigger, giving you a range of 0 to 2700 strokes per minute-SPM, and changing the blade does not require any key, so no extra tools to look for when changing blades, and with an 11/8 inch stroke length it will make for efficient cutting.

The shoe on this saw also adjust for the depth of your cut, and which also helps extend the life of the blade.

This saw weighs in at 8.6 pounds, and is 18 inches in length, so if your looking for a good Dewalt reciprocating saw, give this one a try.

The Dewalt Model DCS380B Cordless Reciprocating Saw

This is one of Dewalts better cordless models for when you don’t feel like running an extension cord, or happen to be working where their just is not any power.

It has a 20 volt battery to give you enough cutting power for most jobs, and with the variable speed trigger you can go from 0 to 3000 strokes per minute.

This saws cutting stroke is also 11/8 inch, which is usually the standard for most reciprocating saws, and it has a 4 position blade clamp for cutting where their is a limited clearance.

There is a key less blade changing on this saw, so you won’t have to spend extra time looking for a tool.

About the only negative to this reciprocating saw is that you have to buy the battery, charger, and blades as an extra.

This is an excellent reciprocating saw by Dewalt, and capable of cutting through just about anything, so you might won’t to check it out.

Porter Cable Model PC750RS Corded Reciprocating Saw

This saw uses an orbital motion as well as the straight cut for faster cutting through soft wood, and has the 11/8 inch stroke length for heavy-duty work.

It is well-balanced for comfortable cutting, and comes with a durable 7.5 amp motor for going through many different materials.

With its adjustable speed control, and a pivoting shoe make it easy work for rough cutting any materials around your place.

It also has the tool free blade change, making blade changes quick and easy, and with the molded hand grips you don’t notice the vibrations so much when cutting.

The Porter Cable Cordless Model PCC670B

This is Porter Cables reciprocating Tigersaw, which weighs 3.8 pounds, and is 14.5 inches long.

It has a 1-inch stroke on the blade, but has a speed from 0 to 3000 strokes per minute with the variable speed control.

The batteries are 20 volt Lithium-ion, and for your convenience is best to have two of these.

Being lightweight this reciprocating saw is easily portable, and won’t put an ache in your arms if you cut with it for a long length of time.

This saw also has the tool free blade release which is a real convenience, so you don’t have to spend extra time looking for a tool for this.

This is an excellent saw for lighter work around your place, and about the only negative is that you have to buy the battery and charger separate, so you might won’t to give it a try.

The Milwaukee Corded Model is 6519-31

This reciprocating saw has a 12 amp motor, with sufficient power to cut through just about anything you have, and will reach 3000 strokes per minute.

The speed is adjusted by adding pressure on the trigger, until full speed is reached.

To change the blade their is a latch located on the side of the saw for this, so another time saver where you will not be looking for more tools.

It is also engineered to bring down the vibration level, making it more comfortable to use.

The case that comes with this saw makes for storing and carrying it very easy, so if your looking for an excellent reciprocating saw give this one a go.

The Milwaukee Cordless Model is 2720-21

This saw makes cutting in tight places very easy, as it measures about 181/2 inches in length and weights 13 pounds.

The motor is brush less and gives a steady power for fast cuts, and reducing heat buildup in the motor for an extended life span for this saw, and is able to cut at 3000 strokes per minute.

The 18 volt battery is Lithium-Ion, and it and the charger that comes with this saw, plus having the tool free blade changer is always nice to have.

It also comes with a gear protecting clutch, giving it a longer life span than many other reciprocating saws, and has a built in LED light so you can see what you are cutting.

About the only negative with this saw is it is a little pricey, but if your looking for some of the best quality in reciprocating saws, and a tool that will last, than a few extra dollars will be well spent on this model.

The Makita Model JR3070CT Corded

As with most Makita products, this is an excellent orbital 15 amp reciprocating saw.

Its 15 amp motor has electronic speed control, so it will stay at a consistent speed when cutting, and has a 11/4 inch stroke on the blade with a speed of 0 to 2800 strokes per minute, and has anti vibration built into it as well.

The clutch system in this saw will extend the life of the gears for when ever the blade gets stuck or binds up when cutting, and with a tool less blade changer, and a weight of 10 pounds, this makes for a very easy saw to use, and a good buy.

This saw is strong enough for cutting just about every thing, and is a good choice for general contractors, as well as using it around the home, and with its many positive reviews is one of the best on the market today.

As I still own and use a Makita reciprocating saw I can recommend its lasting abilities, as mine has been with me for over 10 years and through some hard use, and it just never quits.

The Makita XrJ05Z Model Cordless Reciprocating Saw

This reciprocating saw runs on 18 volts LXT Lithium-Ion batteries, with a brush less motor that is electronically controlled to match torque and RPM for what you are cutting.

It does not come with the battery or charger, but if you have other Makita 18 volt battery tools, they can be used for this saw as well.

It has a 11/4inch stroke for increased cutting efficiency, and is designed to reduce vibration.

There is an LED light, so you can see what you are cutting when in darker places, and with the tool less blade changer, and weighing only 7,8 pounds it makes this saw a pleasure to work with.

This saw also has a variable two speed delivering 0 to 2300 and 0 to 3000 strokes per minute, and with the lower speed working well for cutting metal.

It is hard to find any negatives about this saw, so if your looking for a battery reciprocating saw by Makita which will cut anything you like to use it for, than give this model a try.

The Bosch Model RS325 Corded Reciprocating Saw

This saw weighs in at only 7 pounds, and has a length of 17.8 inches, so cutting in any tight places will be easy.

With its 12 amp motor, it has the power to cut through all types of materials, and has a 1-inch stroke length.

It has a variable speed trigger and goes from 0 to 2800 strokes per minute, and a soft grip handle for more comfort while cutting.

This saw also comes with the quick blade change system, and with its fixed foot it provides a solid base for tough cutting.

This saw comes in a carrying bag, with an all-purpose blade, so if your looking for an excellent reciprocating saw give this one a try.

The Bosch CRS180-B14 Cordless Reciprocating Saw

This reciprocating saw uses an 18 volt Lithium battery, and weighs 6.35 pounds without the battery installed, also this battery can be changed with any other Bosch 18 volt tool.

This saw is also handy for cutting in tight places with a length of 17.7 inches, and an effective 11/8 inch stroke on the blade along with its 2700 strokes per minute.

It can be switched between two speeds 2400 and 2700 which are controlled by the variable speed trigger.

This saw comes in a carrying bag along with two blades which can be quickly changed without having to look for any tools.

This is an excellent saw for around the home, and for professionals also, so if your looking for a five star cordless reciprocating saw give this one a try.

The Black & Decker RS600K Corded Reciprocating Saw

This corded saw has an 8.5 amp motor with variable speed from 0 to 2400 strokes per minute, and features a six speed control to deliver a constant speed and performance.

The blades are changed by a quick clamp giving a fast blade change, along with the shoe being able to be adjusted to three positions for a longer blade life, and with the 11/8 inch stroke it will give good performance and speed.

There is a soft grip on the rear handle to lessen any vibrations you feel.

This saw comes with a carrying case, and a wood and metal blade, and with its weight of 10.5 pounds it will cut through most materials with ease, so is another saw for you to try.

Black & Deckers Cordless Model is BDCR20B

This reciprocating saw is lightweight at only 3.9 pounds, and is about 151/2 inches long, so would be good for sawing in tight places.

The 20 volt Max Lithium gives this saws motor the power to produce 3000 strokes per minute with a variable speed trigger, and a stroke length of 7/8 inches.

This saw also has the tool free blade exchange, and with an adjustable pivoting shoe, with one blade provided.

One negative is that you have to buy the battery and charger separately.

So if your looking for a saw to use around the home, than this lightweight will make cutting very easy, and can be used for pruning also, and being reasonably priced it is a good saw to try out.

The Hitachi CR13VBY Corded Reciprocating Saw

This saw has a 12 amp motor, with a 11/4 inch stroke length on the blade.

A variable speed dial and trigger allows for adjusting the cutting speed to give you more control when cutting.

This saw has some new technology for user vibration protection, which will reduce the vibrations for anyone using this tool for a good length of time.

The blade changing is quick and easy just by pressing a lever, so is no extra tools to look for, and a big time saver.

Weight of this saw is 9.7 pounds, and when you buy it you get an all-purpose blade along with the case to carry it in.

This saw also comes with a five-year warranty, and is triple sealed to protect against water and any dust, so if you want to try a saw that has less vibration than many, give this one a go.

Hitachi CR18DSL Cordless Reciprocating Saw

This saw runs on an 18 volt Lithium Ion battery which can be interchanged with any of Hitachi 18 volt batteries, but it does not come with the battery or charger.

It has an 11/8 stroke length, and a speed of 2100 strokes per minute on the blade.

This saw only weighs6.5 pounds, and with its compact size and handle that gives a soft grip, you will find that it is an easy saw to use for any length of time.

It also has the tool less blade changer, and a warning light to tell you when the battery is starting to run out of power.

The front shoe is adjustable to control cutting depth, and give your blades a little longer life span.

Hitachi has been a leader in power tool research and development, and gives a good warranty on their tools, so you might won’t to give this one a try.

Ryobi Model RJ186V Corded Reciprocating Saw

This corded saw runs on a powerful 12 amp motor, and comes with the variable speed trigger that will go from 0 to 3000 strokes per minute.

It also has the adjustable shoe to give you a little longer blade life, and with a stroke of 11/8 inches for cutting.

You do have to use a 5mm Allen wrench for the shoe adjustment, which is a little inconvenient.

It does come with a quick release lever for changing the blades, and the blades can be inserted up or down.

This saw does vibrate a little, but won’t be a problem unless you are cutting all day with it, so if your looking for a saw which is very reasonable in price give this one a try.

Ryobis Cordless Model P516 Reciprocating Saw

This cordless model for Ryobi runs on the 18 volt Lithium Ion batteries, but is sold as a bare tool, so you will need to buy the charger and batteries separately.

It is a lightweight saw at only 5.95 pounds, and has an anti vibration handle, so you can cut with this saw for an extended length of time, and feel no pain in your arms.

It will go from 0 to 2900 strokes per minute, making for easy cutting in wood or metal, and would be great for any cutting job around the home, even pruning

It has a stroke of 11/8inches, and this saw will use any of Ryobis 18 volt batteries from their other products, and also the shoe is adjustable on this one for added blade life, but you have to use an Allen wrench that’s provided with the saw, and it will only adjust to about a half inch.

For around the home this will be a good saw to have.

The Ridgid Fuego Model R30022 Orbital Reciprocating Saw

This corded saw has a10 amp motor with a lifetime service agreement, register your saw within 90 days of purchasing, and get free parts and service for life.

It has the tool free blade changing that’s quick and easy to do, and also has a dial for the orbital selection.

With a variable speed two finger trigger it goes from 0 to 3500 strokes per minute, and has a stroke length of 3/4 inches.

This saw weighs 7 pounds, and comes with 5 reciprocating saw blades, contractor bag, and an operators Manuel.

Also, the shoe on this model has a tool free adjustment on it for more cutting stability, and longer blade life, and comes with a soft grip handle for more comfort making this a very good saw to try out.

Ridgids Model R8641BX4 Cordless Reciprocating Saw

This saw runs on an 18 volt Lithium Ion battery, and has a dial on top of the saw for orbital action giving you faster performance for cutting wood and softer materials.

It also has the tool free blade change to make your blade change quick and easy, and the shoe can pivot freely or be locked in 3 positions for a longer blade life.

It has a light that can be turned on without the use of the trigger, so you can follow the line of what ever you are cutting.

It has a 3/4 inch stroke, and with the variable speed it will give you 3600 strokes per minute.

This reciprocating saw come with one battery and charger in a carrying bag, along with 1 wood cutting blade, and it weighs about 9.7 pounds.

So for any home projects this would be a good saw to have with your tools.

Skillsaws Model SPT44A-00 Corded Reciprocating Saw

This saw has buzzkill technology which cuts down on the vibrations so your cuts are easy and controlled, and less chance of wearing out the tool or you.

It has a cutting stroke of 11/8 inches, and with the variable speed trigger to control the speed for cutting most materials will go from 0 to 2800 strokes per minute.

This saw weighs 9 pounds and is reasonably priced, and also has the key less blade changing, so no other tools required, and with its 13 amp motor is a very good saw to try out with plenty of power for cutting all materials.

The Skill 9350-01 Cordless Model

This 18 volt reciprocating saw can use the existing Skill Ni-cd, or Lithium batteries, and also has a switch on the side of the saw for turbo mode, which means you get the orbital cutting for going through wood of softer materials faster.

It also has the quick release blade changer, and comes with both a wood, and metal cutting blades, and another thing is that the battery and charger are sold separate.

For the do it yourselfer this saw weighs only 4.95 pounds, and is at a price that anyone can afford, so would be great for around the home projects.

The Next Corded Reciprocating Saw is the Genises GSR750

This one has a 7.5 amp motor, and weighs about 8 pounds, so will be good for cutting through wood, metal, or plastic.

It has the variable speed trigger, and will go from 0 to 2800 strokes per minute, and has a stroke length of 11/8 inches for the blade.

The handle on this saw has a soft grip feel to it, so you will get fewer vibrations from your cutting.

It also comes with the quick blade change system, and is sold with a wood and metal blade, but if the shoe needs to be adjusted you will have to have an Allen wrench for this.

For a cheaper priced saw that will be great around the home than give this one a try.

The Cordless Model for Genesis is GLRS20A

This saw runs on 20 volt Lithium Ion batteries, and the batteries will hold their charge up to 18 months when kept in storage.

This saw also has the quick change blade system, and adjustable front shoe

A variable speed trigger on this reciprocating saw will give speeds of from 0 to 3000 strokes per minute, and has a stroke length of 11/16 of an inch.

It has a soft grip handle, and with a weight of 4.3 pounds will be easy on the arms when cutting just about anything, so would be a good addition to have for your tools.

The Maximum 11 Amp Corded Reciprocating Saw

This saw has the variable speed which will go from 0 to 2800 strokes per minute, so you will find that it is strong enough to handle demolition work or any of your construction projects.

It has a switch for orbital cutting in wood or to use for just straight cutting, and has the tool less blade changing system, and a release lever for the shoe adjustments to give your blade a little longer life.

It comes with a soft D-Handle and front grip to give good control and comfort when you are cutting, and with a built in LED light for more visibility when you are cutting, as the daylight starts to get dimmer.

This saw also has a hook on the top of it to be used to hang the tool up if you need free hands, when working on a roof or other difficult places.

The power cord is 10 feet long, and designed to be oil resistant, and cold weather rated- good for the Canadian climate.

This saw comes with a general purpose blade, and weighs only 8 pounds 3 ounces, so would not be hard to handle, so next time your at Canadian Tire give it a look at.

The Cordless Reciprocating saw for Maximum

This saw uses the 20 volt Li-Ion batteries, and has a variable speed trigger to do cuts from 0 to 3000 strokes per minute.

It will go through soft or hard materials with ease, and is perfect for construction or demolition work.

The blade on this model is also tool free changing, and the shoe is adjustable, and the saw gives a stroke length of 11/8 inches

A counter balance design reduces vibration, so your arms won’t get tired after a long period of use, and it also comes with the soft D-Handle for greater comfort.

It has an LED battery power indicator, so you know when its getting time to change the batteries.

This saw weighs only 5 pounds, but you will have to buy the batteries and charger separate, and it is compatible with any of the Maximum 20 volt Max x-Treme Li-Ion batteries.

So if your looking for a lightweight saw that will do it all, give it a try.

Mastercraft 8.5 Amp Corded Reciprocating Saw

This saw has the variable speed range of from 0 to 2800 strokes per minute, and its stroke is 11/8 inches for fast and clean cutting.

It comes with the tool free blade change which can be done with one hand, and the shoe is adjustable and pivots to give you a better blade life.

Also, has a built in LED light for better visibility while cutting, and has a rubber coated grip for more comfort, and control of the saw.

Mastercrafts Cordless Reciprocating Saw

This saw for Mastercraft runs on the 20 volt Max Lithium Ion batteries, so the batteries of Mastercrafts 20 volt tools can be used, such as any of  the 20 volt drills.

It has the quick change blade changer that can be done by one hand for very easy changes.

The variable speed goes from 0 to 2800 strokes per minute, and with a stroke length of 7/8 inches it can go through many materials with ease

Its pivoting shoe is adjustable providing good contact with what you are cutting, and it also has a button to lock it up from any accidental start-ups.

This saw also has the LED light for better visibility when cutting, and weighs only 4 pounds 2 ounces.

The battery and charger are sold separate, and it comes with two wood cutting blades and a hex wrench for shoe adjustments, so for a very light reciprocating saw that won’t wear you out, give it a go.

Important Features for a Reciprocating Saw


On the corded models you can get most jobs done around the home with a 10 or 11 amp motor, or even less, while contractors might won’t a saw from 12 to 15 amps for that extra power when needed.

Blade Lock

Always check the blade lock mechanism to see how quick and convenient you can change blades. On some reciprocating saws you still have to look for an extra tool for blade changing, which is not very convenient.

Cord or Cordless Reciprocating Saws

The corded saw is great when ever you are near an electrical hook up, while a cordless model lets you work anywhere, and can be handy for pruning a few trees around your place.

Blade Movement

The traditional reciprocating saw uses an in and out cutting motion, and now some of the newer models have an orbital action also which allows you to cut through softer materials much quicker.

Length of Stroke

This is the distance the blade travels in and out on its cutting motion, most are 11/8 inches, but can be a little above or below that.


One of the problems with some of the older saws was some vibration if using for a lengthy period of time, and today many have a softer grip handles for holding on to, and some with anti vibration technology built into the saw making cutting much easier on the arms.

So I hope this will give you a few ideas for the next time your out looking to purchase a reciprocating saw.

Any comments are always appreciated, just drop me a note and enjoy your wood working tools.