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Summary/Conclusion

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We were pleasantly surprised by the MaxSelect. It isn’t a battery operated “little brother” to a regular corded recip saw. It’s a legitimate alternative to a corded saw, and it’s way more portable. The 24V li-ion battery lasted me all day on a few projects — and even if it hadn’t, the fact that I could recharge it quickly over lunch means that I’d be back to work in no time.

While the included blades are fine to get you started, for some jobs you’ll need longer ones — I did — or different blade designs to perfectly patch your project. But the included blades performed quite reasonably in our testing.

Overall, the MaxSelect was relatively comfortable to use, didn’t completely tire us out, and delivered plenty of power to cut through whatever we threw at it — even something as crazy as an alloy wheel. For the average homeowner, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this as your only reciprocating saw.

And at $120 (at the ‘Depot), it’s about $30 more than Ridgid’s corded version. Considering the flexibility and portability you get with cordless, I’d say that’s money well spend. Let’s put it this way: you’re not compromising a whole lot on it. The only downside is that you need to buy the battery and charger if you don’t already have them — which can be an expensive proposition if you don’t have any other Ridgid tools.

Of course, you could always pick up a Ridgid drill kit as well.

R884 Dual Voltage Cordless Reciprocating Saw [Ridgid]
R884 Dual Voltage Cordless Reciprocating Saw [Home Depot]

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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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