Hitachi Power Tools recently released their first reciprocating saw to employ User Vibration Protection (UVP) technology — a counterweight mechanism engineered to reduce motor vibration and significantly decrease user fatigue. Hitachi claims UVP will reduce vibration by over 65%.
This lightweight (9.7 lbs) and ergonomic tool includes a 12A 1370W motor, and is triple sealed to protect it from dust and debris — as well as from any water left in pipes. It’s also equipped with a variable speed dial and trigger, which lets you adjust the cutting speed for the working conditions and material.
Another unique feature is the 2-mode cutting mechanism. You can select either a standard “straight cut” mode or a “swing cut” mode which Hitachi claims offers a more efficient cut in wood but with less rebound effect when compared to traditional orbital action. A lever-actuated mechanism offers tool-less blade swaps, and blades mount in either direction.
If the vibration is reduced as much as promised — and with a street price starting at around $175 — this could be a solid choice for someone who frequently uses a reciprocating saw for hours at a time. I’d love to have the chance to do a side-by-side comparison between this and a “regular” recip saw, to see how that vibration dampering really feels as you’re sawing through a wall full of studs.
Of course, we’d love to hear from anyone who has already tried this, to find out if you got “good vibes” from it.