Summary: This is the first reciprocating saw that I've owned or used, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. However, I bought a Hitachi blower over a year ago and it has been very reliable, so I thought that this saw would at least be well made. I used it a good bit to cut curved pieces of 3/4" plywood and to cut ends off of 2x4s. It worked great for both. So, again, nothing to compare to but it seems like a great tool for the price.
I have 3 Hitachi products. They are excellent. The only thing I dont like are the cases for the tools. I especially don't like the latches.
Craigy13, Hitachi Power Tools
27 May 2014
Summary: I own all Hitachi power tools. I have a reciprocating saw, a circular saw and a cordless drill. I have nothing but great things to say about all 3. I just purchased a house and I use my cordless drill every day. I finished my attic using my circular saw and was impressed with the product. I removed 3 deep rooted bushes and a maple tree stump with my reciprocating saw. I chopped the stump out like I was using a chainsaw. The reciprocating saw worked beautifully.
Summary: Bought the reciprocating saw to take down a rusty old chain link fence in a house we bought last year. I had never used one and the instructions were good and after the first section came down, it went very smoothly and quickly. The clerk at Lowe's recommended it after seeing me look at a more pricey name brand one. He said, "This is one is good, you're just paying for the name on the other one.
Summary: I brought this recently after watching another carpenter use this all day whilst cutting out and moving a staircase. It really is very useful and powerful and it has saved me a shed load of time, especially useful in hard to reach places. Now my plumber and electrician have brought them too! The blades are a doddle to change and I use the Makitia blades, which work very well.