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DeWalt reciprocating saw vs Felco 600 pruning saw

DeWalt reciprocating saw review 18 volt

The DeWalt hammer drill came with an 18 volt reciprocating saw. It works good on small pieces of lumber, but disappointed me as a pruning saw.

It's heavy, and it doesn't take long to deplete the battery when the cutting gets tough.

I would dare say myself armed with the Felco 600 pruning saw could outperform someone using the DeWalt 18 volt reciprocating saw with 10 fresh batteries standing by.

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Haha I have used a saws-all to trim trees on a jobsite, my experience was the same as yours
Comment by Phil Mon Dec 31 18:15:55 2012
I cut down a stubborn Oleander tree in our back yard with one of those. It worked out great. It was also much safer than the chainsaw my neighbor lent us, since his chain kept coming off.
Comment by Ashaldaron Mon Dec 31 20:04:30 2012

I would agree that the very notion of a cordless reciprocating saw is something of a joke to me. The power it takes to overcome that much friction is just impractical. I have heard of it being done, but most miss the mark(hence giving the flops away at the bottom of your cracker jack box).

That said, are you using newish blades? are they made for wood? (not the small teeth close together, but the ripping looking teeth) I seem to remember going through a few blades a day cutting wood with those things.

Maybe it might do better on a pipe where less friction is required.

Comment by Dirk Mon Dec 31 20:12:41 2012
Did you use a pruning blade? If not then that is the problem.
Comment by Marco Mon Dec 31 21:46:58 2012

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