I had to purchase this saw when I ran into trouble removing my old exhaust system from my pickup. I ran to the local Sears store and decided upon this C3 Reciprocating saw because I already owned a couple C3 products that have performed well. Well let me tell you this saw doesn't run short nor disappoint. It cut the steel tubing on my exhaust like butter and saved me a couple hours of hard labor. I was very satisfied and expect this product to last many years. I would recommend purchasing the additional warranty, simple because to add on an additional 2 years was only a add-on of $7 dollars. Winning!
This saw was used very little and was never abused. About 60 days after the warranty ran out the saw setup and no longer would function. I called Craftsmen and explained my situation and that fell on deft ears. I ask the rep. about getting the saw repaired and I was in formed that it would cost me more for the repair then to buy a new one. I don't use this saw a lot but when I need it I need it. I did buy another one, but only because I already have five 19.2 volt tools and a substantial amount of money invested in the batteries. If I had it to do over or I could get someone to buy the stuff I have I would buy a better brand.The Craftsmen tools of today sure are not the Craftsman tools my dad had. Craftsman used stand for unconditional quality and they would stand behind there products. Like so many other companies today the Sears Craftsmen brand has lost there way.
This is a versatile tool that will make easy work of medium size to small jobs. Battery lasted quite a while, but better to have two.
It was a great Christmas gift for my husband. He loves it.
Ten years ago, I had a cordless reciprocating saw powered by NiCad batteries. That thing was horrible; the batteries would die in the middle of a cut, and to me it was more of a gimmick. Up until recently, I have been using a corded reciprocating saw because of my past experience. I bought this unit because it was on sale. Using lithium batteries, i can actually get work done.
I don't frequently write updates to my reviews, but this tool is worth a confirming review. Of all the Craftsman C3 tools I have (and it's quite a few) this is still of my favorites. What makes it so good is its size (small, light weight, totally portable) and power (strong and reliable). It is pro-quality: I have worn out scores of blades with it but the saw keeps working as good as new. I use mine with either a 1.3 Amp or 4 amp battery depending on the job size. Using two 4 amp XCH batteries in rotation (one charging while you use the other one) you can cut all day long.
My wife has recently discovered this tool is helpful for her landscaping and gardening. She limbs trees and bushes using a pruning blade. Again, the light weight and relatively small size are what make it work so well for her.
This saw rocks. It cuts through rusted suspension bolts like a hot knife through butter. It also works great trimming tree branches. Be sure to use a lithium battery and not an older NiCAD. The NiCAD ones don't last long enough.