Remember how we pointed out some of the benefits of Bosch entering the micro-recip market? Here’s another benefit: more blade selection. Not surprisingly, Bosch recently announced a line of blades to go along with their new saw. Bosch calls ’em “pocket blades,” by the way, which seems like a cool idea to us. Since they share the same mounting system as standard recip blades, we’re totally guilty of slapping Milwaukee’s Hackzall blades in our standard recip for cutting jobs that don’t require the standard 6″ to 12″ reach. (And once or twice we’ve mounted full-sized blades on a micro-recip when it happened to be close at hand.) Of course, Bosch’s new blades will work with any standard recip mount, including full-size saws and both their (and Milwaukee’s) micro-recips.
We’re most excited, however, to see the beginnings of the same kind of competition we’ve enjoyed for years in full-sized blades arrive for the smaller set. Hobbyists will likely buy whatever’s closest at the shop when they burn through the freebie blades packaged with their saw, and daily users will seek out the blade with the best price/performance balance for their application. Now they have the choice.
We haven’t seen any pricing on these yet, but it’s a fair bet they’ll end up about the same as similar larger blades. Big question, though: Who’s next? We’d love to see a micro recip in the DeWalt 12V MAX line. And how ’bout some “pocket” blades in the meantime? The more the merrier, at least as far as we consumers are concerned.