Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw

I My Rating for the Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw is 4.5 Stars

Hitachi CR18DLReview Summary: The Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw has a lifetime warranty and is built to last.


Detailed Review of the Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw

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Strokes per Minute (SPM) Grade: Below Average

The Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw has a top SPM of 2100. The average top strokes per minute (SPM) of 18 volt cordless reciprocating saws is 2860. The higher the SPM of a cordless reciprocating saw the faster it will cut through material. If you are looking for a model with more strokes per minute, check out my review of the Makita BJR181 18 Volt Reciprocating Saw. It is rated at 2900 SPM.

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Stroke Length Grade: Good

The Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw has a maximum stroke length of 1.13 inches. The max stroke length, or max depth, is how far the blade moves in each direction. Usually, the longer the stroke, the less strokes are needed to cut through the material. The average stroke length for 18 volt cordless reciprocating saws is 1.12 inches.

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Battery Run Time: Good

The battery run time for the Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw is 3.0 amp hours. A longer battery run time is important for large demolition jobs. The average for 18 volt cordless reciprocating saws is 2.84 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. For example, a 3Ah will usually last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Excellent

The Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw comes with 2 lithium-ion batteries. The better cordless reciprocating saws have 2 Lithium (also written as li-ion or lithium-ion) batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries.

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Charger: Average

The Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw comes with a 60 minute charger. The better chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery. The ideal setup is to have a charger that can charge 1 of your batteries before the battery in your tool runs too low.

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Price Range: $200-$300

I don't list prices because they will probably change by the time I have finished this tool review. What I do is always check the most recent and best price for the Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Lighter

The Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw weighs 7.5 pounds. The average 18 volt cordless reciprocating saw weighs about 7.6 pounds. Many times during demolition work, tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward overhead positions.

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Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw Strengths

  1. Good stroke depth
  2. 2 long-running batteries
  3. Lighter weight tool
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Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw Weaknesses

  1. Lower strokes per minute
  2. Average battery charger

Some other features of the Hitachi CR18DL 18V Reciprocating Saw include:

  • Quick keyless blade change
  • Triple sealed dust less design
  • Lifetime warranty
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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 02/13/13.

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