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► DEWALT DCS389 FLEXVOLT 60V Reciprocating Saw: https://amzn.to/2K5JNH3
Testing Recip Saws
We have watched many tests of saws by Manufacturers and Tool Reviewers. Every test has flaws. Obviously, the best material to use to test these saws would be a man-made substance that is consistent in its structure and hardness. Then we have to look at the pressure applied to the saw, so some use weights. Don’t rock back and forth and let the saw do the work; or is the blade doing the work? Are we testing the saw or blades? Are all blades, even new ones made equal? What about tools that come off a production line, could one have a better-built motor and have more power? We have visited plants that manufacture tools and we have seen the testing they do at the end of the line. Each tool must meet a minimum power, but all the tools differ in performance in power by a fairly large degree.
We bring this up because some testing can go a bit overboard and real-world use is nothing like that testing. Are you buying the saw that wins the race or might you buy the saw that simply performs well based on some of the tests compared to other saws you respect? We believe people like to stay in a battery platform and choose the new tools they buy based on comparisons of power, not exact scientific testing, but accurate real-world testing.
Here we have some wood that is not consistent but it gives us a great idea of what performance you should see int he real-world with the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Super Sawzall, Metabo HPT MultiVolt 36-Volt Recip Saw & Dewalt FlexVolt 60-Volt Recip Saw.
Reciprocating Saw Testing Results
If you look at the number from our test, they are fairly surprising. we started out with a light-weight 4×6 and moved up to a very heavy 6×6. The DEWALT FlexVolt is the only saw without Orbital Action so we drop that saw out of testing when we move up to the 6×6. Here are the results.
→ 4×6 Without Orbital
► Milwaukee Super Sawzall: 10.27
► Metabo HPT MultiVolt Reciprocating Saw: 9.63
► DEWALT DCS389 FLEXVOLT Reciprocating Saw: 11.58
→ 4×6 With Orbital Except DEWALT
► Milwaukee Super Sawzall: 10.46
► Metabo HPT MultiVolt Reciprocating Saw: 8.28
► DEWALT DCS389 FLEXVOLT Reciprocating Saw: 11.27
In this test, the Metabo HPT is clearly the winner and the orbital action stands out in that model. Surprisingly there is little difference in straight or orbital in the Milwaukee FUEL Super Sawzall. That might change as we move to larger wood.
→ 6×6 With Orbital
► Metabo HPT MultiVolt Reciprocating Saw: 32.12
► Metabo HPT MultiVolt Reciprocating Saw: 27.82
► Milwaukee Super Sawzall: 23.44
► Milwaukee Super Sawzall: 21.50
This test felt like the wood was inconsistent, but after watching the video all the wood was pretty close tot he same and it clearly shows the Milwaukee FUEL Super Sawzall coming into form and going to work. We flipped the log over to make sure the test was consistent. The other end of the 6×6 also had a fairly hard area.
→ 6×6 With Orbital
► Metabo HPT MultiVolt Reciprocating Saw: 33.74
► Milwaukee Super Sawzall: 30.60
The Milwaukee FUEL Super Sawzall still pulled off the win over the Metabo HPT MultiVolt Reciprocating Saw. The results are pretty clear the Metabo HPT MultiVolt Reciprocating Saw is faster in smaller lumber but seems to slow very slightly when pushed to the max.
Could the difference in results be due to the battery capacity between the two saws? The Metabo HPT Recp Saw uses an 8.0 Ah battery that is 4.0 Ah in the 36-volt configuration. The Milwaukee Super Sawzall used a 12.0 Ah battery as it was designed to use at 18-volts. Might the larger amp-hour battery be able to hold a higher voltage for the tool to perform at a better rate as it was pushed further?
However you want to argue it, these saws are some of the best saws on the market and clearly will do an awesome job on the jobsite or in any project they are tasked with.