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Often cordless tools serve as the “little brothers” of their more powerful corded siblings. But recent advances in battery technology have enabled tools that break that mold — like Ridgid’s MaxSelect reciprocating saw. Though it accepts the older Ridgid 18V NiCd batteries (use ‘em if you got ‘em), slapping in the latest 24V lithium-ion pack makes it really shine. Read on past the jump to see if the Ridgid can stand up to some major demolition testing.

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Unboxing

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Looking at the box the recip saw comes in, you might think that Ridgid likes to cut corners. They do, but not the way you’re thinking. Some of the corners look like they’re dented in, but really they’re just folded funny. The result: a stylish box with nice, compact dimensions that does a really good job of keeping everything inside nice and snug with nothing rattling around.

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As part of the MaxSelect “system,” the recip saw doesn’t ship with batteries or a charger. You’ll have to buy them separately. If that sounds strange, consider that virtually no one is going to buy a pro-line tool like this without owning a drill (and possibly other tools) as well. Ridgid’s MaxSelect drills do ship with multiple batteries and a charger, so this starts to make sense.

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You do get two bi-metal blades with the saw — an 18 TPI (teeth per inch) metal cutting blade for cutting metal and a 6 TPI blade for wood with nails for general demo work — plus a user manual and warranty information. We do wish the saw came with a sweet canvas toolbag like the Ridgid Fuego.

If you spring for the 24V battery and charger kit, you do receive a Fuego-style bag. We put the saw in it as the charger stayed plugged in back at the shop.

Read on to page two for our in use experiences.

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4 Responses to Hands-On: Ridgid’s MaxSelect Reciprocating Saw

  1. eschoendorff says:

    I have this saw and I use it more than my corded Milwaukee sawzall….

  2. Crusty Justy says:

    What i’m about to tell you folks just may make you cry! I know I ALMOST did!

    I went to homedepot to check out the tools as usual. And at the maxselect display there were some 79.99 price tags for all the max select tools. I though maybe it was an error so i asked about it. Well, turns out they were on sale on the weekend but they’d give it to me for the price that was up there. So right on i snagged the planer and the caulking gun. When i went to go pay the guy ran up to me and took the tools from me and wrapped them together with tape and handed me a TWO FOR ONE coupon. Talk about heaven! I went back and got two more impact guns and ordered the circular saw AND jigsaw. (the sawzall is in the 24v combo pack) So at the end of the day i had 6 new cordless tools that i can use with my current 18v combo kit and i only paid 270 dollars tax included.

    I was so happy i called my mom!

  3. Working Contractor says:

    This is a bit of a puff review, isn’t it? Three points that are glossed over: Price, weight, battery life.
    The article claims it will “last all day”, but it’s at half charge after cutting through, what, 20″ of aluminum?
    The ‘few more pounds’ is fine for a few cuts, but if you ever have to use a tool for more than ten minutes, or overhead, or cutting upwards rather than down, you will curse the sonofabitch that added a pound and a half of stylish grey rubber.
    Finally, tool companies commonly reduce their tool prices on cordless models to get buy-in for their battery “systems.” The cost is already 30$ more than the (already expensive) corded Rigid model, add battery cost to that and could afford two corded units of a similar quality.
    If you only have two batteries for your drill, saw, radio, flashlight, impact gun, etc, you will ALWAYS be waiting on a charge. Add to that the fact that high strain leads to heat and prematurely wrecks the batteries, and that this is one of the more high strain power tools, and it’s pretty obvious that this is a Tonka toy.

  4. eric says:

    Hey working contractor, did I jiust read that right, “Price, weight, battery life. I own one of these saws, although it is only the 18v version. If you think the price you pay for a tool should detemine if you buy it or not , you’re wrong! It is all in the quality, I have dropped my saw from over 10′ multiple times on varying surfaces, including one drop that killed a DeWalt 18v. (they were on the same scafold that someone knocked over. Weight,, If it’s too heavy for you don’t use it, they sell plenty of smaller less powerfull toy….er um tools that sound just right for you. And finally battery life, your right the batteis suck, but it’s better than literally a mile of tripping hazards on a jobsite, and try rolling up over 400′ of extention cord, that will make you think the saw is “light as a father”.

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