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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-18-2005, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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thinking of buying rigid or dewalt reciprocating saw, anyone have advice?
thinking more toward the rigid...

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They are not considered by anyone really to be a precision or feature rich tool. Just about any of the name brand models should be good. Which one offers the easiest blade changing capabilities? If the prices were close, that would be my deciding factor.
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I would suggest you look at the Porter Cable Tiger Saw and Tiger Claw. Both are good quality tools. The Rigid power tools are made in China by people paid a tiny fraction of what US workers are paid. This is why HD can afford to sell them for so much less... OH! Wait! They don't sell them for less! They charge more! Hmm, something to think on. Between your two choices I would go with the DeWalt.

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Do not go Rigid. Also, I have learned a couple things about Ryobi stuff too. Bought a tool-just 'cause it was cheap and I needed it for an outdoor job. It was not right. Took it back. Second one had problems too. Called RYobi and was referred to nearest service center. Ha Ha they said...."we have been waiting for parts for four more just like yours for the past three months." Up until that moment I had been impressed with what I got for my money. Now, I guess I gotta take them off my "approved" list. Who needs a cheap tool, or any tool, that creates a problem that takes several months to resolve. Go Milwaukee, Dewalt, P-Cable etc and quit foolin' around. So there! Ha!
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does ridgid make ryobi?
why u say stuff about ryobi?
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Go with dewalt, I have one and I really like it ,It never gives me any trouble.In fact I cut up a whole 24' round swiming pool with a full all a round deck and railing. In one day and that was in small pices. Good luck and buy the best .Learning Herb
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Milwaukee. I got mine a number of years ago now but if the new ones are anything like the old ones they just keep working and will really saw it all. I did some remodeling and cut in a new door way, a friend borrowed it to cut a hole in this van roof, I have cut large landscape spikes (you know those about about 10" or 12" long and 1/4" in dia) to remove timbers, not to mention trees and roots. I even managed to "drop" it one time.... maybe 7 feet or so, no damage.

To be honest I have not even looked at the newer saws so maybe they have some advantages but I've got every Milwaukee tool I've ever aquired and love all of them.

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Point taken. I do not know whether Ryobi makes Rigid tools. I was trying to suggest that there are a lot of tools out there of sometimes questionable quality. Its okay to buy something at the low end, if you know in advance not to expect much. Its another thing to buy inexpensive stuff and simply buy a problem. In fact I was pleased with the little Ryobi tool I bought, understanding up front that it was a "cheap" tool....until I discovered the difficulty of getting parts for it.
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Milwaukee, has my vote, I have mine for about 30 years and it still works like new. They were the first to come out with the bayonet type saws. The new ones have an adjustable shoe so you can get more wear out of the blades. The stroke has been increased to one inch or more over the model I have, and the blades change easier. Look for those features in the Dewalt and PC, then judge the price. Ryobi and Rigid are strictly cheap tools. Woodnut65
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Rigid does not make Ryobi. Milwaukee builds different levels of "Sawzall's", from a home owners version to "Heavy Duty" to "Super Sawzall". The price goes up along with the power and durability. Makita, DeWalt and Porter Cable make high quality saws of this type. Porter Cable has the unique "Tiger Claw" which has a knuckle adjustable to many different angles between the motor and the saw chuck. This tool is very useful since it allows close quarters access by making a simple change in body position. Craftsman, Ryobi, and Black & Decker all build home owner models. I have recently used a B&D 24 volt cordless version and was surprized at it's power. Harbor Freight offers a China built saw for under $20. They also import under the Chicago name. Having had the opportunity to view the Chicago tool line in person, my advice to anyone considering buying anything they make is simple: "Hit yourself in the head with a hammer and wake up!" The dollar store mentality is fine for candle holders. Power tools are an investment in your future productivity, and... you get what you pay for.

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