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buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 08, 2022 05:14PM
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Should I buy or rent a reciprocating saw?
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25 votes were received.
Buy. You always need more tools 22
 
88%
Rent! 525600 minutes... 3
 
12%



I need a reciprocating saw to install a new door and door jamb at my sister in laws place. Reciprocating saws seem like important tools to have for the few minutes you need them. Borrowing would be preferable but I'm not sure its possible.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: btfc
Date: August 08, 2022 05:20PM
I find my battery powered reciprocating saw to be quite useful.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: JoeH
Date: August 08, 2022 05:20PM
You asked at a place like this? Expect a lot of buy recommendations, and maybe some tips on deals available out there.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 08, 2022 05:27PM
Very useful tool when any remodeling is forecast. Highly recommend to buy for handy homeowners.

With that and a Wonder Bar, you can rule the demolition universe.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 08, 2022 05:35PM
Time to get on the reciprocating bandwagon! Throw a 12" blade on there and you can start taking down small trees too!
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: lost in space
Date: August 08, 2022 05:42PM
Handy tool, but I had one push me off a ladder a while back when it (correction, I ) hit a knot.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: August 08, 2022 05:45PM
I've had a recip saw for over 30 years. Having a good one is indispensable as there's so much one can use it for. Especially with all the blade choices these days. Diablo makes an incredible blade for cutting cast iron. Nice smooth cut.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 08, 2022 05:46PM
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mikebw
Time to get on the reciprocating bandwagon! Throw a 12" blade on there and you can start taking down small trees too!

Yeah, mine is used mostly for trimming trees, roots and shrubs.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 08, 2022 05:53PM
A great tool to have. If you don't want to invest in the battery/charger there are plug in ones for much less. If it is truly a one-time need, check for used ones or Harbor Freight



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 08, 2022 06:09PM
Maybe you could get someone to loan you the saw and then when that person needs something, you could....
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Z
Date: August 08, 2022 06:21PM
Tool lending library around your parts?

That said, they're pretty great for all sorts of cutting jobs.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 08, 2022 06:43PM
If I were to buy one and not worry about the price (which, frankly, isn't that big of a deal) then I'd get this one - [www.amazon.com]

DEWALT 20V MAX* XR Reciprocating Saw, Compact



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 08, 2022 06:52PM
Not everybody enjoys collecting tools. Likely able to buy one from Hazard Fraught for about what it would cost to rent.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: August 08, 2022 07:22PM
While you're at it consider an oscillating tool, which can cut a lot of stuff with a small high speed serrated blade. I am just starting to learn how useful these are now that I discovered my son owns one.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 08, 2022 07:38PM
An appropriate hand saw would get the job done (albeit slowly) and, cost MUCH less that any power saw. As already mentioned, a recip saw can be a VERY handy tool to have in one's arsenal but, if you're pretty sure you won't need it in the future, the go with your gut and don't buy one.



Or, you could buy the tool, do the job and then decide it's not exactly the tool you need and return it. eye rolling smiley
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 08, 2022 07:38PM
I love my old Ryobi saw. Cuts up all the things. Once you buy one type of battery operated tool, you tend to keep buying the same maker so the batteries all fit.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: August 08, 2022 07:41PM
I would get a battery operated one from whatever brand all your other battery tools are. Milwaukee here.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Bernie
Date: August 08, 2022 07:44PM
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Markintosh
While you're at it consider an oscillating tool, which can cut a lot of stuff with a small high speed serrated blade. I am just starting to learn how useful these are now that I discovered my son owns one.

Oscillating tool rocks!

A battery powered reciprocating saw is a great yard tool. For construction you will need a lot of batteries or really, a corded reciprocating saw. Check a pawn shop.

I voted RENT.




Staunton, Virginia
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 08, 2022 07:49PM
I have the oscillating tool already. It has proven valuable for adding ethernet jacks to walls.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 08, 2022 08:19PM
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Bernie
I voted RENT.

Me, too. That makes it 8-1 for buying.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: gadje
Date: August 08, 2022 08:23PM
how about a chain saw?
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: wurm
Date: August 08, 2022 08:27PM
Reading through this thread prompted me to check out HD to see what they have on sale. If you're in the Ryobi camp (as I am), this combo for $99 looks very tempting. Although frankly, I don't really need any more batteries. For that matter, I don't need a reciprocating saw (yet). wink smiley





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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: davec
Date: August 08, 2022 08:36PM
For occasional light to moderate use it is possible to pick up a very usable reciprocating saw from Harbor Freight (at times for $20). I've found mine, which gets light use, helpful. If you will be using it infrequently, the HF saw might be a viable option.

Dave



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: August 08, 2022 09:04PM
I took down a 25” hemlock with a 12v Bosch reciprocating saw.
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mikebw
Time to get on the reciprocating bandwagon! Throw a 12" blade on there and you can start taking down small trees too!
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 08, 2022 09:12PM
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anonymouse1
I took down a 25” hemlock with a 12v Bosch reciprocating saw.
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mikebw
Time to get on the reciprocating bandwagon! Throw a 12" blade on there and you can start taking down small trees too!

We’ve got day lilies taller than that.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: d4
Date: August 09, 2022 05:19AM
Make more friends and borrow.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: August 09, 2022 06:38AM
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mattkime
If I were to buy one and not worry about the price (which, frankly, isn't that big of a deal) then I'd get this one - [www.amazon.com]

DEWALT 20V MAX* XR Reciprocating Saw, Compact

I bought this one over 2 years ago. Awesome recip saw.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: August 09, 2022 06:40AM
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Bernie
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Markintosh
While you're at it consider an oscillating tool, which can cut a lot of stuff with a small high speed serrated blade. I am just starting to learn how useful these are now that I discovered my son owns one.

Oscillating tool rocks!

A battery powered reciprocating saw is a great yard tool. For construction you will need a lot of batteries or really, a corded reciprocating saw. Check a pawn shop.

I voted RENT.

The DeWalt recip saw that takes FlexVolt batteries lasts a pretty long time. More than enough for demo work.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 09, 2022 06:52AM
Buy. When you need one you need it NOW. Not in 3 hours or days. Don’t buy an expensive one. Ryobi will work just fine. You don’t need DeWalt.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 09, 2022 08:08AM
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mattkime
If I were to buy one and not worry about the price (which, frankly, isn't that big of a deal) then I'd get this one - [www.amazon.com]

DEWALT 20V MAX* XR Reciprocating Saw, Compact

DeWALT is overkill for the homeowner. Definitely check out Ryobi. They make a tool for darn near anything you can think of, and having a set of interchangeable batteries is super convenient.

If you don't want to but into a battery system then just get a cheap corded saw from anywhere, it will be fine.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 09, 2022 08:46AM
Take a look on Craigslist or Martketplace. If you find one of interest, take a footlong 2x4, cut through it at least twice, if there is an issue it will likely show itself.

A new corded is going to be around $50 at Harbor Freight, $80 at HD or Lowes, used will be half those prices (at least around me). Often you will get a collection of blades with the used ones as well.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: August 09, 2022 09:12AM
Funny, you don't look like you're from Texas.....

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Speedy
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anonymouse1
I took down a 25” hemlock with a 12v Bosch reciprocating saw.
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mikebw
Time to get on the reciprocating bandwagon! Throw a 12" blade on there and you can start taking down small trees too!

We’ve got day lilies taller than that.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: John B.
Date: August 09, 2022 09:38AM
You can usually get a corded version at Harbor Freight for $29.99. I have one of those at a commercial property I own for reducing trash items into smaller trash items and it works fine for that purpose.

At home I have a corded DeWalt and a cordless Ryobi. Both picked up on sale rather than emergency last minute purpose...the Ryobi was $15 at a Habitat for Humanity store (I already have Ryobi tools/batteries).

As others have said, they're a handy item to have if you do your own home work/maintenance. A cordless saw with a pruning blade on it is a great landscaping tool.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: August 09, 2022 10:12AM
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mikebw
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mattkime
If I were to buy one and not worry about the price (which, frankly, isn't that big of a deal) then I'd get this one - [www.amazon.com]

DEWALT 20V MAX* XR Reciprocating Saw, Compact

DeWALT is overkill for the homeowner. Definitely check out Ryobi. They make a tool for darn near anything you can think of, and having a set of interchangeable batteries is super convenient.

If you don't want to but into a battery system then just get a cheap corded saw from anywhere, it will be fine.

I disagree for power tools, especially battery ones. I have a mix of Ryobi and Milwaukee(Similar quality to DeWalt) and for anything that I use more than a few times a year or gets abused/heavy use I get Milwaukee.

My Ryobi List: Light duty Drill x2, Cordless FInishing nailer(This thing is awesome), 18V small utility fan, Impact Driver for bits, Hyrdrostatic sprayer, clip on fan, LED Light

My Milwaukee List: 18V 1/2" 500ft/lbs Impact Gun, 12V 3/8" Ratchet, 18V Sawzall, 18V Angle Grinder, 18V Hammer Drill



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 09, 2022 10:55AM
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C(-)ris
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mikebw
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mattkime
If I were to buy one and not worry about the price (which, frankly, isn't that big of a deal) then I'd get this one - [www.amazon.com]

DEWALT 20V MAX* XR Reciprocating Saw, Compact

DeWALT is overkill for the homeowner. Definitely check out Ryobi. They make a tool for darn near anything you can think of, and having a set of interchangeable batteries is super convenient.

If you don't want to but into a battery system then just get a cheap corded saw from anywhere, it will be fine.

I disagree for power tools, especially battery ones. I have a mix of Ryobi and Milwaukee(Similar quality to DeWalt) and for anything that I use more than a few times a year or gets abused/heavy use I get Milwaukee.

My Ryobi List: Light duty Drill x2, Cordless FInishing nailer(This thing is awesome), 18V small utility fan, Impact Driver for bits, Hyrdrostatic sprayer, clip on fan, LED Light

My Milwaukee List: 18V 1/2" 500ft/lbs Impact Gun, 12V 3/8" Ratchet, 18V Sawzall, 18V Angle Grinder, 18V Hammer Drill

Indeed. Perhaps I should have said "average homeowner".
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 09, 2022 12:50PM
Check out this deal for 2 Ryboi batteries with your choice of tool, just $99 shipped!

[slickdeals.net]

This is, by the way, officially how they get you onto their brand.
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 09, 2022 02:17PM
I'm a fan of Ryobi tools so I say buy. You can buy pruning blades for it and use it to prune trees.

$99 with 4.0Ah batteries and charger, a great deal.
[www.homedepot.com]

Comes with this saw.
[www.ryobitools.com]



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: wurm
Date: August 09, 2022 04:03PM
Gee those deals look very familiar. smiling smiley
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 09, 2022 05:58PM
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wurm
Gee those deals look very familiar. smiling smiley


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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 09, 2022 06:26PM
I low balled an ebay seller who posted a pic of a clean looking
DEWALT 20V MAX* XR - snagged it for $100. Doesn't come with batteries but I already have two. I was a bit hesitant but I know ebay will have my back if there's a problem.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: btfc
Date: August 09, 2022 06:39PM
[www.theverge.com]
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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 09, 2022 08:53PM
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btfc
[www.theverge.com]

Thats super cool and I'll buy it when its on clearance for $20.



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Re: buy or rent a reciprocating saw
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 10, 2022 08:46AM
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mattkime
I low balled an ebay seller who posted a pic of a clean looking
DEWALT 20V MAX* XR - snagged it for $100. Doesn't come with batteries but I already have two. I was a bit hesitant but I know ebay will have my back if there's a problem.

Oh well you never said you already had DEWALT batteries! You're good to go.
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