Sawzalls are supposed to do anything — cut through pipe, wood, and sheet metal; rip chunks from interior walls without regard for nails that hide in the way; and even to some extent do the fine work of a jig saw. But to do any of that well, you need a rugged machine. Look no further than the Milwaukee 650922 Reciprocating Sawzall with the best power-to-weight ratio of any machine in its class.
The powerful eleven-amp motor is fully controllable for working speeds from 0 to 2800 strokes per minute — if you need to work carefully, that speed control makes precision as easy as ripping holes. The stroke length of 3/4 of an inch glides through most jobs but could also be rough on the operator. A double-bearing wobble plate cuts down the vibration users feel, and the shoe is fully adjustable to fit any tricky situation. Pick from a wide variety of blades built to match the job — the quick-release blade mount locks the blade with teeth forward or reversed, depending on how you need to approach the work.
No matter what your project entails, you’ll be able to find a Milwaukee Sawzall blade built with that in mind, from straight cuts in wood to trimming trees or ceramic tile. Expect to buy lots of blades and change them frequently, because the high power jobs you tackle with this seven-pound tool will wreck them quickly. Whether you get good results or not will partly depend on skill. Freehand results vary widely. Efficiency of cutting — and what seems like a lack of power — has more to do with choosing the right blade and not trying to force a blade that’s dulled. The Milwaukee 650922 doesn’t have all the power of a heavy contractor’s version, but it packs considerable power into a size that’s easier to use.