a DeWalt cordless reciprocating saw
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DeWalt DCS380L1

About $250, 7.35 pounds; DeWalt

All saws hold the blade in two positions. This one's four-position chuck ensures a comfortable grip no matter which direction you're cutting. The tool includes an adjustable pivoting shoe, a side-mounted blade-release lever, and a long-running battery in one of the shortest tools tested, making this a solid, all-around performer. The handle is covered in textured rubber for a comfortable grip, which you'll need because the saw tries to twist out of your hand when you start it.

Fine print: 3,000 spm, 1-inch stroke, 16½ inches long, one 3-Ah battery
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