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Old 07-26-2005, 02:02 PM
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another sawzall question

ok, i did a search and wasn't satisfied. i need a recip. saw to cut the frame on my truck for the clip job. is there really much of a difference in these three models? i would like the milwakee, but is it worth that much more? i am on a pretty tight budget. i was considering using cut-off wheels on my 4.5" grinder as an economical option because i have a lot more time than money right now.

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Old 07-26-2005, 02:32 PM
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I have a Milwaukee and it works perfect. The Dewalt or Craftsman should be a very good tool also. I would say that the Dewalt is better than the Craftsman. Buy the best you can afford.

If you do use your cut off angle grinder I would suggest that you use a metal plate as a guide to make sure you cut straight.

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Old 07-26-2005, 02:39 PM
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yeah i was lening towards the dewalt. i have a dewalt angle grinder i have been very pleased with so far. i just can't justify spending 50% more for a mrginally better tool.
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Go with the Milwaukee-If you plan on doing more fabricating,or even carpentry,it'll become a tool you use quite often.You wouldn't believe the abuse I've seen these saws take and never miss a beat.The weakest part of any recip. saw is the gearbox and I've seen just about every other brand of saw either break the housing or strip the teeth off the drive gears.even the base Milwaukees have a stronger gearbox than the others you are looking at.
The extra $50 is worth it-you'll probably never have to buy another sawzall.
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Old 07-26-2005, 02:59 PM
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i did notice that the milwalkee is a hell of a lot bigger down on the "business end" is that due to the bigger/stronger gearbox.
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I cut the front and back end off of two cars with my milwakee grinder. There is a gator tool supply store just down the road and cut off wheels are like 9 cents for the thinest and 24 cents for the thicker wheels. Grinding wheels are 34 cents. I didnt keep track of how many I used but it was fast.
I found I had better control and you dont have to worry about what is behind the frame.
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Old 07-26-2005, 10:09 PM
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My dad has had a milwaukee sawzall for over 20 years and it still works as good as when it was new, never even have put a new switch or anything in it.
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Old 07-26-2005, 11:46 PM
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I say if youve got to save money use your angle grinder and keep putting away the savings,get the milwaukee they ARE the sh**.
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Sawzall...

There is a reason they are all referred to by the name of the Milwaukee product. It is that much better. Mine was dropped more than once from past the second story, and has never failed me. I watched a friends Dewalt fall off the work bench and get destroyed. By the time he had them fix it he could have bought a Milwaukee.
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