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  • #16
    Originally posted by MediumRare View Post
    We finally decided on the dewalt 36v with lithium ion batteries. From what I can tell from the info available online the LiIon batteries are exactly what we needed.

    -No self discharge
    -No "memory"
    -100% power until the battery is completly drained.
    -Greatly increased runtime and power vs. 18v and NiCad batteries.

    I'll post back after we get the first saw in for testing.

    Thanks all for the help.
    WHILE YOU'RE AT IT,GET YOUR HANDS ON A 13+ AMP corded AND PUT THE TWO SAWS HEAD TO HEAD. Borrow one if you have to. MAKE SURE it's 13 or more amps. Then tell me how they compare. If you're going to depend on CORDLESS,you've made a good choice. But do yourself a favor and try BOTH. You LIKELY will opt to add another tool to your arsenal. We're taking one AWAY,and yes,it's cordless. T.C.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Bkfm View Post
      We are currently developing a gas powered recip saw. 2 stroke. Very lightweight. In the testing phase right now. Should be on the market late September.
      Who is we?
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      http://rescue2training.com/journal.html

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      • #18
        Sawzall/recip saw

        My marketing company is testing a gas powered model for a local company. Testing durability and working on pricing. So far it it works as well as any other recip saw we have tried. May be a tad slower in cutting speed because gas engine RPM is slower than an electric motor. Cuts wood, sheetmetal, heavier gage steel w/o any issues. I could send you a pix. Works great. 2 stroke. Lightweight. No battery constraints. PM me for more info
        Last edited by Bkfm; 09-05-2010, 01:32 PM.

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        • #19
          Does anyone have any experience with Hilti Cordless sawzalls? How would they match up with the various DeWalt models?

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          • #20
            Good question. Got access to both so you can test and report? T.C.

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            • #21
              On our Rescue Squad we have a 13 amp corded Milwaukee and a 24v Dewalt (with 3 batteries and a corded adaptor).

              On the Rescue Engine we just have a 13 amp corded Milwaukee. We have had good luck with both saws. Having cars in ditches, down embankments, or far out into a field is fairly common for us so having the option of a reliable cordless saw to get things started is an asset to us.

              Also, as was stated above, the blade is just as important as the saw. Before we really sat down and evaluated our heavy rescue equipment cache we had a hodgepodge of assorted blades that were really inadequate for what we wanted them to do. Since investing in better blades we have had much better luck.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by THTMAN View Post
                Does anyone have any experience with Hilti Cordless sawzalls? How would they match up with the various DeWalt models?
                We use the Hilti WSR-650A 24 volt and have had no problems with it. With the Robo Pak you get a great extended period of use. As for the Dewalt, I own an 18 volt sawzall for basic household use and the only major difference I can see is the fully charged battery life. The 24 volt last much longer on a full charge, but that could be the age or chemistry of the battery.
                FTM-PTB-EGH-RFB-KTF

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                • #23
                  My 2 cents
                  If I only had one recip on the rig it would be corded with a good generator for mobility. I have been on scenes where all the batteries from all the cordless saws where used up, luckily we had our corded saw. We stayed corded because the ambulance here actually carries cordless saws, so we get the best of both.

                  corded saws I like this one great being so adjustable.
                  http://www.amazon.com/Porter-Cable-9.../dp/B0000ASDMK

                  cordless I like this one had good luck so far.
                  http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DC305K-...9198637&sr=1-3

                  for both corded and cordless saws the one feature that gives me trouble is the blade changing mechanism. the spring loaded turn type can kinda get gunked up and slow you down.

                  Good luck and yes the blade is just as if not more important, than what type of cordless saw you get.

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                  • #24
                    Cordless Sawsall

                    We have 2 saws on the rescue both are corded. No batteries, we have discussed and I think that a cordless is good for quick down and dirty but if doing cutting of the posts I would feel better using one with a cord. Also use the best blade you can it makes all the differance in the world. Another thing when you get your sawsall pratice,pratice, pratice. Know how to cut because you can have some delay if you have to keep changing blades because they are bending and breaking.
                    Good Luck and stay safe.

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                    • #25
                      Get both corded and battery.. you'll get about one windshield cut out on one battery.. haha but seriously think about getting both..
                      "....train as if your life depends on it, because one day it could.."
                      .....Leather Head N6A
                      Tillerman..... The best job in the FD!!!

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