Three Reasons to Own a Reciprocating Saw

Paired with a sharp blade, you can tackle dozens of chores with a cordless electric saw before it needs recharging.

Man using a Dewalt reciprocating saw
A reciprocating saw can take the place of several specialized saws used to cut wood and metal.Dewalt

Of all the tools we consider essential to the sporting experience, a cordless reciprocating saw probably isn’t one of them. But the same versatility that makes the “sawzall” ubiquitous in construction trades makes it just as useful to the outdoorsman. Here are a few reasons to keep this do-all tool handy around camp or in the field.


Game Processing

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Reciprocating Saw
A reciprocating saw can help you save time and energy if you’re processing a lot of meat.Dewalt

Breaking down big game from deer to elk is easier with a meat saw, and it’s even simpler with a cordless reciprocating saw. Remove shanks, separate halves, and even cross-cut bone for fast and efficient processing. Blades are generally cheap, so keep a few different styles (metal, wood, multi-purpose) on hand and experiment to determine what works best for your processing needs.

Pruning

Milwaukee 2719-20 M18 FUEL Hackzall (Bare Tool)
A cordless, electric saw is a huge asset if you’re clearing limbs or brush.Milwaukee

When hand sawing thick limbs and branches takes too long and a chainsaw is overkill or too noisy, a cordless reciprocating saw may offer just the right blend of power and quiet efficiency to get stands raised, brush in blinds, or complete any number of other pruning tasks that are necessary before the hunt.

Maintenance and Construction

WORX 20V AXIS 2-in-1 Reciprocating Saw and Jigsaw with Orbital Mode
With the appropriate blade, a reciprocating saw can cut through just about anything.Worx

Lastly, of course, a sawzall is just plain handy for any kind of light construction involving wood or metal. From sawing through nails and plumbing to demolishing wall studs or cutting into floorboards, there is no tool more versatile than a reciprocating saw.