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When shopping online for a battery-powered reciprocating saw, it can be overwhelming when looking at all the options available. Both Dewalt and Milwaukee are popular, consumer-grade tool makers that offer quality and affordable products.
In an ever-globalized world, both companies have factories overseas. In an increasingly competitive market, both companies source materials from foreign suppliers. Milwaukee is owned by Techtronic Industries, a Hong Kong based-power tool conglomerate. Dewalt is owned by Stanley Black and Decker, a U.S. based conglomerate.
When deciding on what brand to spend your hard-earned cash on, it’s important to understand how Milwaukee and Dewalt are marketed. Both Dewalt and Milwaukee are marketed as pro-like, yet consumer-grade power-tools. Dewalt is the up-market version of Black and Decker tools, and Milwaukee is the up-market brand to Ryobi.
Battery-powered reciprocating saws have the advantage over their corded cousins of being able to operate away from main electricity. This is useful for when you need to work outside, or in a new development where power might not be available.
Specs and features
Here, we’ll talk about two specific battery-powered reciprocating saws; the Milwaukee M18 Sawzall (2720-20) and the Dewalt DCS367B. We’ll talk about what’s similar about each saw, their specifications and features, and what’s different about each. By the end, you should have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
Both reciprocating saws have an adjustable shoe that pivots. This helps stabilize the saw while you cut. In additon, both the Milwaukee Sawzall and the Dewalt have a keyless blade clamp. This is a handy feature which makes changing out saw blades on the work-site easy, simple and fast.
Both tools can be purchased online as the bare tool only, or in various kit combinations of batteries and saw blades. The Milwaukee product does come out a little cheaper, which is important to consider, especially if this is your first reciprocating saw. If you are a first time buyer, consider the costs of additional safety gear and protection. We always recommend working safely, so factor in the cost of ear, eye, face and hand protection. The lower price of the Milwaukee Sawzall makes it a budget friendlier option. On the topic of safety, it’s worth mentioning that both saws have built in LED lights to illuminate your work space.
At the core of any power tool is the engine (powerplant, powerhead, etc). The Dewalt DCS367B advertises itself to be used with the Dewalt 20v MAX battery system. In comparison, the Milwaukee Sawzall is to be used with the M18 battery system. It’s worth mentioning that the Dewalt 20v MAX means maximum voltage. It’s nominal voltage is 18volts, identical to the Milwaukee Sawzall. Perhaps a bit of deceptive advertising on Dewalt’s part.
These saws differ again in their maximum speed. Reciprocating saws are measured in strokes per minute or SPM. The Milwaukee Sawzall edges out the Dewalt in performance here. The Sawzall has a maximum speed of 3000 SPM, to the Dewalt’s 2900 SPM.
When looking at the dimensions of the two reciprocating saws, the Milwaukee Sawzall is longer, at 18.5 inches and heaver, at 7.35 pounds. The Dewalt is lighter, weighing 5 pounds and shorter at 14.5 inches. The Milwaukee Sawzall front grip is longer and wider, which can give extra stability when cutting through rougher material. The Dewalt is shorter, with a smaller front grip. The smaller size can be an advantage in certain working conditions. When comparing the Dewalt vs Milwaukee Sawzall, we prefer the stout Sawzall in terms of ergonomics and design.
Another factor to consider when buying power tools is the warranty offered. You’ll want to get your money’s worth when making a power tool purchase. Dewalt offers a 3-year warranty, while Milwaukee offers a 5-year warranty. It shows which manufacturer stands behind their product more. Purchasing the Milwaukee is the smarter investment. Having those extra two years of warranty is important when you’re shopping for a tool that you can depend on. Another plus for the Sawzall.
Both the Dewalt and the Milwaukee Sawzall are affordable pro-like saws that are tougher and higher quality than their value and budget-oriented brands (Black and Decker/Ryobi) That being said, both saws are affordable and comparable in price. However, the Sawzall edges out the Dewalt and is decently cheaper. Even if you factor in the cost of the extras, like blades and batteries, the Milwaukee Sawzall has a cost advantage.
We recommend the Milwaukee Sawzall over the Dewalt. Both are made overseas, so the argument of North American quality is moot. However the Milwaukee cuts faster, and has a 5 year warranty. They have comparable and similar features. Unless you have pre-existing 20v batteries for the Dewalt, or are a devout fan of the brand, we recommend the Milwaukee Sawzall.