This saw takes two batteries and it uses the very common and inexpensive 7 1/4 inch blades. Those little saws that take 5 or 6 inch blades are of no use to me due to shallow depth of cut and expensive, hard to find blades.
This is a very high quality machine. I have used it for a number of tasks, mostly in demolition and house moving.
It is often used in conjunction with my cordless Makita reciprocating saw.
I have 5 Makita batteries and 2 chargers, so it is possible for me to get quite a bit done , on sites that have no electricity.
It is used mostly for cutting through walls, floors and roofs. This includes cutting through drywall, floor coverings, shingles and what have you.
On house moves, where there is no electricity, time is saved in not dragging a cord around and not wasting all of the hours that go into pissing with generators.
The saw has plenty of power. It works best when allowed to cut at its own pace. Pushing on it and trying to force production , causes it to heat up and to go through batteries quickly.
The saw is well worth the price. As with all tool purchases, my plan is to get paying customers to supply me with them. I have made many regrettable purchases in my life, but I have never regretted buying good quality tools.
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
posted 3 years ago
I'm cutting a house in half today, which has provided a great opportunity to demonstrate battery life. Using two 3 amp hour batteries, I was able to cut through 55 feet of light cedar roofing and the boards beneath. Later, I cut about 18 feet of flooring which was made of three-quarter inch plywood plus a layer of hard laminate flooring. At this point, the batteries died. If I were cutting through only these floors, the batteries would go for about 50 feet. On the light plywood that is found on most walls, the batteries are good for more than 100 feet of cut.
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