hitachi mini reciprocating saw
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Hitachi CR10DL

Price: $180;

Highlight: The lightest saw tested.

My two cents: "A well-balanced tool, but the long handle puts your hand so far from the action that the saw tends to jump while cutting. Worked best on PVC pipe. The blade-change mechanism is awkward to use."

Specs: 12 volts (10.8 volts under load), 2.6 pounds, variable speed up to 2,700 strokes per minute, ½-inch stroke length, built-in LED, lifetime tool warranty.
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