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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 06-08-2010 03:01 AM 3839 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2010 03:01 AM

I am planning on replaceing my workshop door, and I am wondering is a reciprocating saw a good investment? I will be only using this tool once, then it goes in storage. I need a saw to cut out the bottom sill. I may can use a handsaw for that.

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 03:08 AM

A pretty good piece of change for one project Charles.
But I bet you find more uses for it as you go along.
Some carpentry cuts and metal working cuts in tighter spaces where you can’t get a full swing with a hand saw go a lot easier with a recip saw.
I’ve had a Dewalt 18 volt cordless for a long time and it’s still going strong.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 03:09 AM

Yes I know, thats why I am looking at the handsaw.

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 03:14 AM

They are well worth the money and can be used for so many things . I wouldn,t go without one !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 03:17 AM

You bet there worth the money Charles They can make cuts that other saws can’t I have 4 of them.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 03:18 AM

Is cordless a good choice?

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 03:26 AM

They are useless until you need one, then they are priceless. I may only use mine once a year, but I am glad I have it.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 03:27 AM

I’ve got 4 also 2 cordless and 2 power driven. They are also great for tree branches, But the best use is in demolition of walls. You just cut through the nails where the studs meet the rafters.

It sure beats the pounding and trying to pull nails.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 06-08-2010 03:31 AM

I’ve never had to make more cuts at one time then my battery can handle.
I’d say if you intend to use it all day on a job site you may want a corded model.
Mine was part of a large combo pack I bought.
I like mine because if you need to go up a ladder or somewhere a cord would be a pain in the neck, it makes the job a lot easier.
Just my opinion. I’m not a carpenter.
I have the Dewalt 938k, but the one that replaced it is this one I think.
Good luck with your door project.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#9 posted 06-08-2010 03:33 AM

for construction, they are great. but for woodworking not so much. cutting out a window sill or door jamb is the job for a flush cut pull saw, aka japan saw. I’ve got a stanley one that is real handy and was about $10. If I had to do this a lot I would get the multi master.

and cordless sawzalls are battery hogs btw. they are awesome to run across the deck during a concrete pour and hack off a piece of burning rebar, but not practical if you need extended use.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#10 posted 06-08-2010 03:38 AM

buy electric … I’ve had to replace too many batteries. Look Harbor Freight tools and amazon.
cut it with a handsaw if you can do it in under an hour.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 06-08-2010 03:52 AM

I have 6 of them, comes from being in construction.

I have never used one on any finished woodworking project though. They do not cut clean or precise….they are made to cut and cut fast. For metal they are indispensable….and for cutting boxes out of drywall, cutting conduit, pvc pipe, iron pipe, tree branches, triming/pruning fruit trees…Demolishing …etc etc…but I can’t think of one project that I have had a need for or even thought to use it for.

As for corded or uncorded….I have both…and each one has its place. The cordless is great for a quick fix in a place without power….the corded is great for a place with power or where you will be cutting alot.

My .02 cents

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#12 posted 06-08-2010 04:04 AM

If your replacing the door as a new unit, you wont need a recip saw to take it out. Take the trim off and the door should come out as a unit (maybe a nail or 2 in the side walls) Sills are not generaly attached to the floor, maybe some glue or caulk maybe a nail or 2 but you can use the door and frame as a folcum and prey it out. Sills in a door unit are the backbone that hold it all together and if you just plan on replacing the sill only your only asking for problems.

As far as getting a recipracting saw, invalubaly when you use them, my fav tool for demolition

-- Doug...

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#13 posted 06-08-2010 04:08 AM

Take a look at the Dremel multi-tool. I’ve seen them currently going for $59.99 reconditioned. You’ll probably find many more uses for it as well.


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#14 posted 06-08-2010 04:14 AM

I wouldn’t buy it for one project if there is a way around it. I don’t like my battery one that came in a toold set. Too heavy and awkward compared to electric corded.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 06-08-2010 04:25 AM

Thanks guys for the comments, I am planning on being a carpenter, cabinetmaker, and furniture maker.

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