Advantages and Disadvantages of a Cordless Reciprocating Saw

One tool that many do-it-yourselfers use is the cordless reciprocating saw. It is a cordless power saw carries some pros and cons as a standard tool. 


One of the major advantages that comes with using a cordless reciprocating saw is convenience. Being able to take your reciprocating saw with you anywhere you go is very handy. You never have to worry about whether or not there will be electricity at your job site. Being able to use this type of saw in any environment makes it very desirable for many contractors.

Another advantage of using a cordless reciprocating saw is that it is safer. By not having to worry about electrical cords on the floor, this will make the job site much cleaner and safer. When there are extension cords and other electrical cords all over the place, there is a chance that you could trip and fall. When you are working with a saw, this is not the most desirable work environment.


Although this type of saw can be very convenient, there are a few drawbacks to it as well. The biggest problem with this type of saw is that it is battery run. This type of battery requires you to recharge it frequently when you are working. Most people would ideally like to charge the battery overnight while they are not working. Then, it will be ready to use when they wake up in the morning. Many people,however, after working all day do not number to plug in the battery charger. When this happens, you could potentially lose a lot of productivity while waiting on the battery to charge.

Another disadvantage of this type of saw is that they are typically more bulky and heavy than other reciprocating saws. When you have to have a large battery attached to the bottom of the saw, it takes up a lot of space and adds a lot of weight. Therefore, when working with a battery-powered reciprocating saw, you will often get tired faster. Since it is going to be larger, in most cases, you will not be able to take it into tight spaces.

The cost of this type of saw could be considered another disadvantage. Battery powered saws are typically more expensive than those with electrical cords. In addition to that, many people buy backup batteries and chargers so that they can make sure they always have a charged battery. This adds to the cost of using this type of reciprocating saw.

When using a cordless reciprocating saw, you will often notice that it is not as powerful as a corded saw. This is especially true when the battery is not fully charged. When this happens, it could potentially take much longer to complete your jobs and you will be less efficient. Therefore, when the power of the saw is an issue, you may need a traditional reciprocating saw.