In a surprise move, Metabo is bringing a new 18V compact cordless reciprocating saw to the US market, SSE 18 LTX Compact (602266890).
It’s said to be a light and handy saw designed for one or two-handed operation. Metabo says that its blade holder design allows for extended reach.
They also say that it can be used with reciprocating saw blades or jigsaw blades. A compact reciprocating saw that can also be used with jigsaw blades?! Has this ever been done before in a power tool? I’ve seen saw handles with dual blade compatibility, but not anything like this.
Blade changes and depth guide adjustments are both done tool-free.
- 1/2″ stroke length
- 0-3100 RPM no-load speeds
- Weighs 3.7 lbs including battery (presumably a compact battery pack)
- 80 dB(A) sound pressure level
- 91 dB(A) sound power level (LwA)
- 10 m/s^2 vibration when sawing particle board ± 1.5 m/s^2 uncertainty
The first interesting part of this tool is that Metabo is increasing their USA selection of construction-focused tools.
But the more interesting part, if you ask me, is the dual-blade chuck that can fit reciprocating saw blades or jigsaw blades. I feel a little silly asking this, but have you seen any other reciprocating saws that offer this dual blade compatibility?
Hmm, would you want to use a jigsaw blade in a reciprocating saw? I’m thinking that it offers increased blade choices, which is always good, and that it allows you to use certain specialty blades, and shorter blades. Short reciprocating saw blades can be hard to find, and when you do find them your options are limited.
$129 for the bare tool seems fairly competitive.
I’ve had good experiences with Metabo, and am glad to see them further broadening their 18V cordless tool platform here.
Now, how about we see some new brushless tools or corded-replacement tools next, such as a cordless 10″ table saw, miter saw, or full-size dust extractor.
If Metabo wants increased cordless power tool market share in North America, they’re going to have to do more to rip it from competitors.