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.
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.
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.
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.