Bauer 20v Cordless Reciprocating Saw is Finally Here!

After more than 2 years of anticipation, the long awaited Bauer 20v cordless reciprocating saw is finally available for purchase on the Harbor Freight website and if not already will be in stores shortly. Even though Harbor Freight took their time with releasing this saw, it looks like they did it right as this saw has some features and specs that I’m impressed to see at the price point.

My thoughts: Better late than never right? Luckily this saw has the features and specs to justify being patient. Most reciprocating saws in higher price ranges have a 1 ⅛” or 1 ¼” stroke, and this Bauer saw has 1 ⅛” putting it on par with smaller pro grade saws. This means it matches the Ryobi 18v brushless reciprocating saw in this category, which is very impressive for the price. It also sits right in the middle for higher priced saws with 3,000 strokes per minute, which combined with the long stroke length should make for very fast cuts through a variety of materials. Features on this saw include a tool less lever blade change, a tool less adjustable pivoting shoe, and a variable speed trigger. The most noticeable thing missing is an LED work light, which I’m surprised they didn’t include on this saw since it’s so common on modern tools and such an inexpensive feature. Another feature that’s missing but more expensive to include is an orbital mode, which increases the speed of aggressive cuts through wood by changing the blade action. Orbital mode is nice but adds cost and is only beneficial when doing heavy demo where every second counts. Overall at $69.99 this looks like a very nice saw and I suspect this will be flying off the shelves since many people have been waiting to add this to their Bauer tool line since it was announced over 2 years ago.

Features and Specifications:

  • High power motor handles the toughest jobs
  • Durable housing and all-metal gears for improved tool life and durability
  • Variable speed trigger for easy cut control
  • Keyless blade change for efficiency
  • Adjustable pivoting shoe for control and efficient blade usage
  • Textured overmold for secure grip and comfort
  • Universal battery platform uses the same 20 volt battery as other Bauer cordless tools
  • Voltage: 20v DC
  • Length: 18 ⅞”
  • Width: 3 ½”
  • Height: 6 ⅛”
  • Weight: 5.99 lbs.
  • Price at the time of writing: $69.99
  • Warranty: 90 days from purchase date, with 1 or 2 year replacement plans available for an extra cost

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1 Comment

  • dave says:

    Meh, it’s not brushless, no orbital mode and the $70 price is for a bare tool. This makes it look comparable to the last-gen Ryobi P516 which you can get for $50-60 fairly easily or even at the full Home Depot $79 retail price you still get a 3 year warranty instead of 90 days.

    If that Ryobi didn’t exist, I’d sooner consider this a [potentially] good value for an entry level recip saw, but since it does, and since you can get Ryobi tool pieces parted out from larger sets cheaper, and since Ryobi has so very many more tools, and since Ryobi does have the P517 saw with orbital, brushless motor, and the LED light (which I consider of low usefulness, you really shouldn’t be sawing anything if it’s not light enough in the area to see, but at least it’s not a chainsaw lol!!).

    Anyway, there is a certain cost to make a quality tool so HF can’t undercut the existing competition enough to get my money. They seem waited too late to get into the game.

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