a Milwaukee Sawzall cordless reciprocating saw
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Milwaukee Sawzall 2620-21

About $350, 7.9 pounds; Milwaukee

From the company that invented the reciprocating saw and pioneered its use as a respectable cordless tool, the new 2620-21 is powered by Milwaukee's longer-lasting Red Lithium batteries. They provided consistent, fade-free power until the saw stopped halfway through its 11th slice. This was the most comfortable saw tested, with a roomy handle and a big, fat lip on the rubber forward grip to brace your hand. The side-mounted blade release and a battery gauge are convenient, but we wish it had an LED, like the Hackzall, and a shoe that can be adjusted in and out.

Fine print: Up to 3,200 spm, 1-inch stroke, 17¾ inches long, one 3-Ah battery
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