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Craftsman Multi-Angle Reciprocating Saw - Neat Stuff

Posted in Product Reviews on May 1, 2005
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Reading the specs for this Craftsman Professional reciprocating saw shows that it's a capable tool. There's an 11.5-amp motor with electronically variable speed, from zero to 2,900 strokes per minute. Changing the blade doesn't require any tools, max cutting stroke is 1.25 inch, and it comes with a 10-foot cord and a suitcase-style carrying case. That's all fine and dandy, but it doesn't even begin to tell what this saw is actually capable of.

We all know how useful a reciprocating saw is, but then there are those times when they just won't work because of space restrictions. Well, Craftsman's Multi-Angle saw (Model 928640) solves that problem in at least 95 percent of the cases. This is one cutting tool you could darn near cut yourself in the back of the head with, if you take advantage of all the ways it can be tweaked and twisted.

At first, this recip' may look like most any other-until you notice the three extra pushbuttons on it. There are three pivot points on this saw that allow you to actually cut around corners, each one adjustable individually from the others. The handle can be adjusted relative to the main body by 270 degrees, but is probably the least usable feature-except for comfort. Then the snout can be turned 180 degrees from the body, so you can hold the saw horizontally while making a vertical cut. Lastly, but certainly not the least, the very end, where the blade attaches, can be rotated a full 360 degrees in relation to the rest of the saw. What all this means in real life is that you'll be hard pressed to find a situation where this Craftsman saw does not work.

Definitely not the least-expensive reciprocating saw we ever came across, at $199.99 it still seemed like a bargain when we tried cutting a larger hole in the floor for transfer-case shifters without removing both seats to get access. Our regular recip' could do part of the job, but we couldn't finish it without using the Craftsman. Spoiled by the Craftsman's adjustability, we didn't even bother to try the old saw when having to cut a bumper for tire clearance, although a regular R.S. would've worked.

Any drawbacks? Well, it's not exactly dirt-cheap, and at 14 pounds, not especially light. Still, since getting this Multi-Angle recip', we probably won't ever go for the regular one again. It's just too darn convenient to be able to adjust the tool to perfection, even if it's only for comfort.

Compare this contorted setup to a regular recip', and you'll notice a huge difference. The handle can be rotated 270 degrees (it locks in four positions, 90 degrees apart) and the joint ahead of the motor can be turned 180 degrees and is lockable in 13 positions. As if that wasn't enough, the very front of this Craftsman can also be turned 180 degrees and be locked in 12 positions. If this seems a bit confusing, don't worry-you almost need to do a hands-on yourself to fully appreciate the capabilities of this recip' saw.

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