Kobalt 24V Max Brushless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw Review
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a 24 volt brushless motor is its power consumption. A single battery pack will consume some energy while running, but it’s not like you’re going to run out of juice anytime soon. However, if you have multiple batteries, then you’ll need to consider how much power each battery needs to provide.
If you’ve ever had a refrigerator or freezer, then you probably remember the constant hum from those things. When they are working properly (and they always work), they don’t make any noise at all! That’s because there is enough power left in them to keep everything running smoothly without making too many noises.
When it comes to electric motors, the same principle applies. If you have a small generator hooked up to your house, then it won’t produce much electricity, but if you hook up several generators together with a large amount of batteries, then they can generate quite a bit of power. However, if you start using too much power for something that isn’t needed (like powering lights) then you could potentially cause damage to the generator itself.
The same is true of a brushless motor. By having multiple smaller batteries, you can make sure that you are only using just enough power to get the job done, without having to worry about discharging too much power. Each battery can be assigned a specific task like powering the trigger or moving the saw blade.
So, even if you’re cutting through metal or other thick objects, you won’t have to worry about your battery dying out in the middle of the job. All of the batteries will be able to work together to provide constant power.
If you’ve ever had a corded saw, then you’re going to be used to the idea of dealing with cords. While they can be a bit of a hassle while you’re working, they are usually less of a hassle than dealing with gas and oil. With this saw, you’ll never have to worry about filling up a tank with fuel, no matter how long the job takes.
Since there is no fuel in the tank, there’s also no chance of a fire breaking out if you happen to cut through the cord while you’re working.
These tools can be a bit heavy for smaller people and might take some getting used to if you’ve never used one before. However, the power that is provided by the brushless motor is more than enough to cut through most materials, even if you’re only using one battery.
You’ll also be able to use multiple batteries without having to wait for them to charge. Since the batteries are hooked up together in a parallel style of configuration, all you need to do is hook up the next one and you’ll be ready to go.
How long do the batteries usually last?
It really depends on what type of saw you have and how much power it needs to get the job done. Most of them are going to be able to provide at least an hour of constant use, some of them can even last for up to two hours before they need to be recharged again. The more batteries you hook up together, the longer your usage time is going to be.
Do I need to use all of the batteries to get the full amount of power?
While it is possible to hook up all of the batteries together, you don’t have to do it. You can hook up only two or three of them in order to save some space and weight. If you’re just using it for lighter tasks around the house, then this might be a good idea because using all of the batteries might be overkill.
Are there any types of batteries that I should stay away from?
There are many different types of batteries that you can choose from and some of them might even be cheaper than what we have listed on our site. However, when it comes to using them with these tools, you’ll find that some of them just aren’t powerful enough to meet your needs. For the best results, we highly recommend sticking with the brands that we have listed on our site.
Is it dangerous to mix and match battery types?
No, you don’t have to worry about any explosion or anything like that. As long as you are using batteries that are the same voltage, you should be fine. Using different brands together is a bit riskier, but you might be able to get away with it if you’re careful.
Other Cordless Saw Options
There are other cordless saw options that you can choose from, but the main drawback of most of them is that they only have a single stroke. This makes them less versatile and they have to be taken apart just to change the blade. However, if you’re looking for something simple to do a few cuts with and you don’t want to be bothered with having to find an outlet, then one of these tools might be just what you need.
You can easily find one of these tools for under $100, which is a lot less than most of the other cordless saws that we have on our site. It’s not as powerful and it doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of reach, but sometimes all you really need is something that is going to get the job done quickly.
The best thing about these tools is that you can pick one up at your local hardware store when you need to use it. Since they’re so common, you won’t have to wait long before you can pick one up again.
P.S. These also make a great gift for the D.I.Y.er in your life!
This is just one of the many cordless saw options that are available for purchase. If you don’t like this one, you can always choose from the many others that we have available on our site. We have a wide selection of GreenWorks, Makita, and many other popular brands.
Remember, when you’re looking for the right option for you, it’s always a good idea to go with what you know and trust. With so many different cordless saws on the market, it might get confusing as to which one is right for you and your needs. If you already own a few GreenWorks tools and you’re happy with the quality, then it might be a good idea to stick with the brand.
However, if you don’t have any experience with cordless saws, then you should take some time and do your research on each of the different types before you make your final decision. Whichever one you pick, you’re going to end up with a quality tool that’s going to last for years and provide excellent service.
Whichever option you choose, you’re going to end up with a quality tool that’s going to last for years and provide excellent service.
Cordless Saws Buying Guide
Battery Or Corded Power
When it comes to cordless saws, you’re going to have the choice between a cordless battery powered model, or a model that is hooked up to a hose and uses compressed air to operate. Of course, there are pros and cons when it comes to both types.
When you choose a cordless battery model, you have the benefit of portability. You can take it pretty much anywhere you want without the hassle of having to drag around an extension cord or deal with a bunch of heavy and cumbersome air hoses. You’re also not limited in terms of length when it comes to the power cord.
Cordless saws that run on batteries are also lighter in general, which means that they’re easier to handle and maneuver.
When it comes to cons, the main thing to worry about is having to constantly monitor the charge of the battery and making sure that you have an extra one on hand. Another thing to consider is that this type of saw will not produce quite as much power as a corded or compressed air model.
Cordless models are also a little more expensive than their air-powered counterparts.
Corded or Compressed Air
The main advantage that corded or compressed air saws have over their cordless battery powered cousins is that you don’t have to worry about constantly monitoring the charge of the battery and having to worry about having enough battery life to finish your job. With a corded or compressed air model, as long as you’re near an outlet or a compressor, you’ll never have to worry about the power dying midway through a project.
Corded and compressed air saws are more powerful than cordless battery models.
The main disadvantage to these types of saws is that you are tethered to a power source (cord) or a large air tank that you have to drag around with you. They are also not as compact or as light weight as their cordless battery powered cousins.
Of course, what you pay for is going to depend on the type of cordless saw that you choose. As we mentioned previously, battery powered models do tend to be a little more expensive than their air-powered counterparts. This is mainly due to the cost of the lithium-ion battery that is needed to power the tool.
In most cases, the power of the blade and the price of the saw and battery are directly related. This means that you’re going to have to make a decision based on what is most important to you, power or cost.
If you’re going to be using the saw on a daily basis, you’re definitely going to want to go with a unit that is durable and not going to need to be replaced anytime soon. Less expensive blades and batteries are going to wear out faster and will need replaced more often.
When it comes to power, as we mentioned before you’re going to have to balance cost against quality and keep in mind that a more powerful saw is also going to be more expensive.
Ease Of Use
This is one of those areas that you really need to pay attention to, especially if you’re a beginner. You don’t want to spend a bunch of money on an expensive model that has a lot of features that you’re never going to use or need.
This is why it’s a very good idea to take some time to read up on different models and see what features they have, what they’re capable of, and most importantly for beginners, what’s going to be simple to use without a lot of hassle.
Finding the saw that is right for you is going to require a little bit of research on your part. Don’t just look at the features, pay attention to what you’ll actually be using on a regular basis. Try to stay away from buying a model that has a lot of extra features that you’ll never use.
Your choice of power source is also are going to play a major role in how long your saw lasts. Air and battery powered saws have an advantage here since they are not directly connected to your power source.
If you’re using a corded model, then you’re going to have to be very careful when using it to make sure that you don’t accidentally cut the cord. If you do happen to cut through the cord, repairs are going to be expensive and you could be looking at an entire replacement, especially if the cut is bad enough.
Always be aware of where your power cord is when you’re working.
This particular feature isn’t as important when it comes to your final decision, however if you’re going to be using the saw a lot, then this could play a role in your final choice. Keep in mind that some lightweight models such as cordless battery powered models are going to cost more than their heavier counterparts.
While most models are going to share certain common features such as variable speed control, easy blade storage, and a quick release for the guard, some are going to have special features that make them easier to use or allow you to do things that you couldn’t do with a basic model.
This feature is designed to eliminate as much vibration as possible from being transferred from the tool to your hands while you work. This not only makes the job a little more comfortable, but it also allows you to work for longer periods of time without getting fatigued.
A model that has this feature is definitely going to be a better choice than a cheaper model that doesn’t even though they may both have the same amperage.
Variable Speed Control:
This particular feature is something that you’re going to find on most models, but not all of them. Basically you have the ability to adjust how fast the blades are spinning which will give you more control over what you’re cutting.
Having a slow speed for thicker, harder to cut material and higher speeds for thinner stuff is definitely a great feature to have.
Easy Blade Changes:
A lot of models are going to make blade changes simple and easy to do without the use of any tools at all. This can be a real time and energy saver especially if you need to make a lot of cuts in different materials.
Quick Release Guards:
This particular feature is definitely going to be one of those that you really want to pay attention to. This feature is mainly there so that you aren’t struggling to adjust or release the guard when you need to, it’s going to make the process easier.
Some models even have a Quick-Lock mechanism that allows you to lock and unlock the guard with just the push of a button.
Storing your blades is also made easier with a quick release system. You should be able to easily swap out blades without having to make any adjustments to the saw itself.
Last but not least, you’re going to have to take a good look at your budget. Having a set budget will prevent you from going over and will ensure that you get the perfect model for your needs. Keep in mind that sometimes it’s better to spend a little more if it’s going to provide you with what you really need, especially if you’re going to be using the tool on a regular basis.
If you’re going to be a serious woodworker then the cost shouldn’t be as much of a concern, however we all have budgets that we need to stick to. If your wallet allows it, always go with the better model, you’ll be glad you did later on.
Hopefully these features are going to make it easier for you when it comes time to choose the model that’s right for you.
Keep in mind that the features listed above are just some of the more common ones. There are probably other features out there that may be available, but these are going to be the ones that you’re most likely to find.
Other Types of Saws
Cigar Throat Saws
Throat Saws are designed to cut hard to reach areas such as between tiles or when your cutting a hole in something and need to make the cut from the inside.
These types of saws use special blades that are very thin and flexible. This allows them to be able to cut in those tight spots without damaging what’s surrounding the area that you’re trying to cut.
Because these blades are so thin, they tend to wear out faster than other types of blades. Make sure you have a few extra blades on hand.
When making your cut, you’re going to want to apply even steady pressure, so as not to bend the blade out of shape. If this happens the blade will become useless and you’ll have to replace it.
Cigar Throat Saws are also a little bit more lightweight than regular saws and the smaller models can be hung from your tool belt for ease of access.
These types of saws also come in a variety of different handle types and grip materials. So you’re able to choose the one that’s right for you. Blades on these types of saws are also readily available at most hardware stores.
If you need your cut to be really straight then this is the tool for you because it allows you to make very precise cuts down into hard to reach areas.
Repair Saws are designed to make commonly used repairs or cuts within the average household. These types of saws are very similar to the types of hacksaws that you would use in a traditional classroom.
The most common feature amongst these is the folding handle. The handle allows you to apply even pressure when cutting without having to apply to much pressure with your hands.
These types of saws are typically made of thin metal and are able to easily cut through soft metals, wood, and plastic.
The blades on these types of saws can either be factory installed or you can easily replace them with a new blade when they become dull.
Ladder Saws are designed to be used by those who work on ladders. These types of saws are typically smaller than the average saw and have a shorter blade.
The shorter blade allows you to easily cut large pieces of wood that would be difficult to reach if you were using a longer blade.
One thing to keep in mind is that ladder saws tend to be heavier than other types of saws and can quickly become tiresome if you’re using it for long periods of time.
These types of saws are typically lightweight and very easy to maneuver. The smaller size can be a disadvantage when cutting certain materials though.
This type of saw is best used for quick projects around the house or even out in your yard.
The small design allows you to easily access tight places and can get into corners and around edges with ease. Blades on these types of saws are fairly easy to find at most hardware stores.
These types of saws are designed to be used with one hand and typically in tight or hard to reach places. With that being said, most one handed saws don’t have the capability of cutting through large pieces of wood.
One advantage of using a one handed saw is that it typically has a very fine tooth count. This allows you to easily cut through smaller sections of wood with even pressure.
Reciprocating Saws are the only real “heavy duty” saws that are typically battery powered. Because of their high torque and heavy-duty construction, they’re able to cut through much tougher materials than other types of saws.
Most reciprocating saws require the use of a special blade in order to use. The blades are very thin and are available in various tooth counts.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Cal Poly Supermileage Electric Vehicle Drivetrain and Motor Control Design (CJ Howe, CJ McLaughlin, E Alvarado, E Liang – 2019 – digitalcommons.calpoly.edu)