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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.

CR13VBY Reciprocating Saw with UVP [Hitachi]
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5 Responses to Hitachi’s New Anti-Vibe Recip Saw

  1. Kelley Nelson says:

    I think they’ve outsourced their product styling to Fisher Price.

  2. Blind says:

    They’ve been doing the “Green flame” effect for years (so named because when they first came out with them at Home Depot I though that they were going for flames in green plastic on their drills).

    Eh. the style doesn’t look professional, but it stands out against the competing products. People will notice a green pattern fairly quickly when it’s up against yellow, orange, and/or black solid patterns. From a marketing standpoint it’s a good idea to get them to stand out on the shelves. The more people see them, the more likely they’ll buy them. And once you own it, who cares how it looks.

  3. l_bilyk says:

    Thats only true if you don’t avoid them as soon as you see them.

  4. Stuey says:

    Those of you who don’t care for Hitachi’s modern color scheme, do you prefer their older plain green and black look?

    The design of this tool isn’t that outrageous if you as me. Also, it’s not looking to win any beauty contests. A head to head comparisson would be pretty cool to see.

    This product is about 50% more expensive than competitor’s offerings for regular saws; is the anti-vibration mechanism really worth it or just a marketing gimmick?

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