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.