Best Reciprocating Saw For Pruning

by Sam Wood | Last Updated: 21/10/2020

A reciprocating saw or sabre saw is a multi-purpose tool that can tackle lots of different tasks. One such task often handed to the reciprocating saw is pruning. In this guide, we will jump into what makes a good sabre saw for pruning, and also our thoughts on the best reciprocating saw for pruning.

Best Reciprocating Saw For Pruning

Our Best Reciprocating Saw For Pruning

Battery & Charger Included
Einhell Cordless Reciprocating Saw

he versatile and compact cordless universal saw for the workshop, garden and building site with cordless freedom thanks to the 18 V lithium ion battery power

Smallest universal saw in its class with an ergonomically formed handle with slide-impeding soft grip and additional rubber supports for the optimum protection of the housing

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Einhell is a reputable german brand of power tools and garden equipment. This reciprocating saw is a bargain when you factor in the included battery and charger. With the wide range of cordless tools and garden equipment Einhell produce this could be a great place to start a tool collection from.

The smallest universal saw of its class allows you to use this tool for extended periods of time. This is perfect for when you are up some ladders trying to prune a tree. You want a nice, light tool. Also its small size will again be an advantage when you are trying to get into small, tight spaces. You will encounter this problem often while pruning a tree as other branches will often get in your way. 

The Einhell also features blade changing without tools. This is often a feature reserved for more expensive tools, but here you get it too. Bladeless tool changing really helps speed up the process of swapping blades in and out.

One battery for all power x tools and gardening equipment. Einhell has a huge range of tools that use the same battery as this reciprocating saw. With the universal Power X-Change battery system from Einhell you can use the same battery for more than 100 power tools and Garden devices. The battery cells don’t just deliver maximum power, thanks to the automatic ABS-battery monitoring they are also durable and sturdy.

The included 2.5Ah battery will cut approximately 240 pcs of 35mm round timber per full charge. This gives you more pruning than you could ever need out of one charge, making it the ideal reciprocating saw for pruning.

Specs

Runner Up

Runner Up
Makita DJR185Z Mini Reciprocating Saw

The Makita DJR185 is an 18V cordless reciprocating saw with jigsaw blade compatible blade clamp and adjustable shoe. Two switch levers with variable speed control; trigger switch on tool handle & Paddle switch on tool body to make operation easier at any grip position for versatile applications by using either trigger.

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Again this is a small form reciprocating saw, making it ideal for pruning hard to reach branches. Its lightweight also makes it possible to hold above head height for extended periods, a great feature when reaching up for pruning branches.

The DJR185Z has a variable speed of 0 to up to 3,000 Strokes Per Minute combined with a 13mm stroke length for faster and more efficient cutting. Dual-position on/off switch – two switch levers with variable speed control. Trigger switch on the tool handle and paddle switch on the tool body to make operation easier at any grip position for versatile applications by using either of the triggers.

Please note that this does not come with a battery included. This is standard practise now among many tool companies as it allows them to sell the tools at a lower price to people who already own a matching battery and charger.

Third Choice

Great Value
Ryobi RRS1801M ONE+ Reciprocating Saw

The Ryobi RRS1801M 18V Reciprocating Saw is ideal for cutting worktops, boards, or plastic pipes, branches and tough materials.

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The RRS1801M delivers powerful 18V performance with the convenience of cordless. The 3,100spm cutting speed with a 22mm stroke length enables fast and efficient cutting of up to 180mm in wood. The anti-vibration handle provides greater user comfort, with a tool-less blade clamp for quick and easy accessory changes.

Tool-less blade clamp for quick and easy blade changes. Variable Speed and Brake

For total control, no matter what project you are completing. Anti-vibration technology for greater user comfort. Adjustable Front Shoe allows you to use the entire blade, increasing blade life.

The RRS1801M is part of the Ryobi One Plus range. One Plus is the world’s largest interchangeable cordless power tool system. This tool is powered by lightweight Lithium-Ion batteries, meaning it is always ready to use with no self-discharge and no memory effect – with long run time and improved durability this saw can be relied on. 

Battery-powered technology gives you the freedom and convenience to carry out projects whenever and wherever you like, without the hassle and restraint of cables and power sources. This tool is compatible with all Ryobi One Plus batteries and comes with a wide range of blades, and sanding accessories saving allowing for use with a variety of applications. This tool is compatible with all Ryobi One Plus batteries.

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Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!