Metabo Compact Cordless Reciprocating Saw Hand Tool Reviews

Metabo Compact Cordless Reciprocating Saw – 18V SSE LTX

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Using the one-handed Metabo compact cordless reciprocating saw makes easy work of cutting irrigation lines, especially when in a hole or trench. The one-handed operation is much easier than the typical full-size recip saw.

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Tools play a very important role in the Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) and landscaping world. From grinders to impacts, screwdrivers, and even saws, rarely does a day go by without one of these in hand. If you do any type of irrigation work, then you realize the need for a good cordless cutting solution. We review the Metabo compact cordless reciprocating saw while repairing some irrigations lines.

When cutting new PVC, Pex, or various types of irrigation pipe, you may choose a manual ratcheting PVC cutter. This is fine for new pipe, but using one of these tools on older pipe can sometimes cause more damage. Because of this, I like to use a one-handed recip saw (Sawzall). In fact, I rarely use a PVC cutter anymore, the one-handed Metabo compact cordless reciprocating saw handles any of the irrigation work that I do.

Pro Tip: When cutting old pipe (especially Charlotte pipe), use an old blade. I like to use a well-worn metal (or bi-metal) blade. The older blade will help to keep the teeth from grabbing the pipe, jerking and breaking it. Yes, it may take a few seconds longer to cut, but it doesn’t cause damage.


Metabo Compact Cordless Reciprocating Saw Features

Trying to use a full-size recip saw while trying to hold a pipe is just too cumbersome, and many times causes more damage from uncontrolled movement. Additionally, using a two-handed recip saw with one hand is just dangerous. The Metabo one-handed 18V LTX recip is light and agile. Even though it’s an 18V tool, the balance and ergonomics allow for precise, one-handed control.

Using a one-handed recip saw (sawzall) for cutting irrigation (PVC) pipe can be a big help. Reaching down in a hole or trench to work on pipe is a pain in itself. Add to it, trying to muscle a full-size reciprocating saw, and it's almost impossible. A one-handed recip, like the @metabo_north_america SSE 18 LTX compact will make life much easier. Many times, when working on existing irrigation lines, the pipe can be brittle and PVC cutters just don't work well. In this scenario, the lines were run with thin-walled charlotte pipe (I don't recommend), and they were old and brittle. I opted to use a used bi-metal blade with fine teeth (fine and worn). This worn blade will keep the teeth from grabbing the pipe and making more of a mess. A new blade will cut much faster, but with more chance of disaster. The Metabo compact recip works really well for this. It's light and nimble, so it's easy to maneuver, even in small areas. The LED light on the front helps with cutting in recessed and dim areas. We have a full review of the Metabo on the website. Link is in the bio. . . . . #turf #irrigation #turfcare #tools #toolsofthetrade #shop #shoplife #landscaping #ope #metabo #lawncare #lawnpro

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Quick Change and Adjustable Shoe

Quick Change and Adjustable Shoe

The Metabo compact cordless reciprocating saw delivers plenty of power to do any of the irrigation pipe cutting we do. Additionally, the battery life of even the 2Ah should get you through a full days work. Changing blades is pretty simple using the toolless Metabo Quick retainer blade release. The knurled ring just needs to be turned about 60-degrees to unlock the blade, once the knurled ring is released, it returns to the locked position.

The depth of cut can be easily adapted using the adjustable depth guide. This shoe (guide) can be moved without tools, allowing the user to customize to their application, such as performing plunge cuts. I typically like to use it with the shoe all the way in, exposing the most of the blade. Then, as the blade wears, I can move the shoe, so the cutting stroke is on a better section of the blade. The Ultra-M technology in the Metabo compact cordless reciprocating saw ensures efficient charging and optimum performance, efficiency and service life. If only you could get the battery and charger, with the tool, in a kit.

What’s Included in the Metabo 18V LTX Compact Recip?

Integrated into the business-end of the Metabo compact recip is an LED light that shines on the cutting subject. One bummer on this one is that it doesn’t seem to be sold in a “kit” form, meaning the battery and charger is not included. This comes as a bare tool only. On the good side, the going price is only $129 for the bare tool. This is a pretty good price for such a great tool that may make your life easier.

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Final Thoughts

Metabo - Comfortable HandleFor doing irrigation work, the Metabo compact cordless reciprocating saw is a great choice. Power is not astounding, but this is not exactly the tool I turn to when looking for pure raw power. Ergonomics are one of the highlights of the Metabo, with the rubber overmolded handle being quite comfortable. In addition, the balance is spot-on, while being light and nimble, allowing it to fit into tight spaces, with ease. I won’t hesitate to recommend the Metabo 18v compact recip to anyone using it for irrigation installation and repair.

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Metabo SSE 18 LTX Compact Recip Saw Specifications

  • Tool Voltage: 18 V
  • Strokes – No Load: 0 – 3100 RPM
  • Saw Blade Stroke: 1/2 “
  • Weight (including battery pack): 3.7 lbs
  • Vibration Sawing particle board: 10 m/s²
  • Sound: 91 dB(A)
  • Work Light: Integrated LED
  • Blade Release: Toolless Quick Change (knurled ring)
  • Depth Guide: Adjustable
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Kenneth Roberson

Hack saw works too