Cut The Cord: The Best Cordless Reciprocating Saws

Still using that sawzall that you need to plug in? In a world full of cordless everything, why on Earth is anyone still fumbling around with a power cord attached to a cutting tool? When you make the switch to cordless reciprocating saws, your life will be changed forever (well, maybe not but it’s gonna feel great!).


The best part? Most of the good ones cost just around $100 so buying one isn’t going to break the bank and you’re going to end up with a cordless sawzall that you’re going to love using.

If you just can’t handle not having a cord, we also wrote a post about the best regular reciprocating saws as well.

In this post, we go over our favorite cordless reciprocating saws that you should consider if you’re in the market for one. Let’s jump right into the reviews of the best reciprocating saws below.

Makita XRJ04Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Reciprocating Saw

The Makita XRJ04Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion cordless reciprocating saw has a variable speed motor that delivers 0-2,800 strokes per minute and a 1-1/4” stroke length so you can cut faster. The “tool-less” blade change system lets you have faster blade installation and removes for increased productivity. You also have a variable speed trigger for added convenience. The tool is only 19-1/8” long for a compact and ergonomic design. It also only weighs 8.3 pounds with the battery so it doesn’t wear you out.

This tool allows you to combine cutting speed with convenience so you can have faster, more efficient cutting. It is powered by the industry’s fastest charging 18V lithium-ion batteries which allows you to have one battery platform as they do their other cordless tools. You will also enjoy the efficiency features that are built in. It definitely has all of the bells and whistles but none of the annoyance of a heavy and cumbersome tool.

BLACK+DECKER BDCR20B 20V MAX Lithium Reciprocating Saw

This BLACK+DECKER BDCR20B 20V MAX lithium reciprocating saw will not disappoint. It offers tool-free blade changing and has variable speed trigger and a pivoting shoe for ease of use. Measured without a workload, the max initial battery voltage is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18 volts. It offers 0-3,000 strokes/minute and a stroke length of 7/8”. This is a bare-tool item.

Users have reported that they have used this tool on anything from trimming trees, cutting on stumps to sawing off bolts that have been nothing more than stubborn. If you are looking for a sturdy tool that wants to do the job every time then this is a good option for you. There is no reason to shy away from jobs because this is a very strong tool that is ready to do the work.

Makita XRJ01Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Compact Reciprocating Saw

This Makita XRJ01Z 18-volt LXT lithium-ion cordless compact reciprocating saw has a compact design so you can do close quarter cutting. It has variable speed from 0 – 3,000 strokes per minute that is combined with a ½” stroke length for faster and more efficient cutting. The dual-position on/off switch allows for either paddle or trigger switch operation that is exclusive to Makita. The “tool-less” blade change system allows you to remove and install the blade faster.

This tool has a compact design at 15-5/8” long and only weighs 3.9 lbs when the battery is in so it won’t break your arm with its weight. It is a versatile cutting solution so you can get a faster and more efficient cutting. You also will be able to interchange the battery with the other like tools.

DEWALT Bare-Tool DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw

The DEWALT Bare-Tool DC385B 18-Volt cordless reciprocating saw is made of plastic and metal. It has a 1-1/8 inch stroke length and 0-3,000 rpm for faster cutting speed. It also has a 4-position blade clamp that allows for flush cutting and the ability to be versatile. The lever-action keyless blade clamp gives you quick and easy blade changes. You will also enjoy the anti-slip comfort grip that provides increased comfort and control. You have a pivoting adjustable shoe that has an open top for max visibility as well.

If you were wondering about the warranty, it is backed by a three-year limited warranty covering any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship. It is also covered by DEWALT’s one-year free service contract, where DEWALT will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use, all at no cost to you.