DeWalt DW304PK 10 Amp Reciprocating Saw Review

Quick Reference
DEWALT DW304PK 10 AMP RECIPROCATING SAW
The DW304PK’s is not the strongest tool on the reciprocating saw shelves, but its 10 amp motor is sufficient for most tasks in the workshop or on the work site. Taken together, its variable-speed trigger, orbital motion and 1-1/8″ stroke at 2800 SPM provide plenty of cutting power with maximum control. It stands up well against bigger saws and slices through all the material types its bigger brothers handle.
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Features

feature The DW304PK’s 4-position blade clamp permits blade teeth to face north, south, east and west so you can position flush cuts in the tightest spaces with full control. Many, more expensive, reciprocating saws cannot boast about this feature.
feature Blade changes are accomplished with a single hand with an easy-to-use clamp lever. The adjustable shoe is made of stainless steel that endures the roughest usage. Orbital blade action can be switched on to speed up cuts in lumber or tree branches.
feature DeWalt backs up this saw with an impressive warranty package that includes a 3-year limited warranty, a one-year service contract and a 90-day full refund return policy.
feature It comes with a sturdy contractor’s bag and one metal cutting blade.

Specifications

Spec Type Spec Notes
Saw Type Corded
Tool Weight 7 lbs.
Tool Length 17.5 inches
Power/Volts 10 amps/120VAC
Strokes per minute 0-2800
Stroke Length 1-1/8 inches
Blade Depth Adjustment No Adjustable shoe
Variable Speed Trigger Yes
Speed Limit Control No
Tool-less blade clamp Yes Lever
Adjustable Shoe Yes
2-Way Blade Positioning Yes
4-Way Blade Positioning Yes
Anti-Slip Comfort Grip Yes
Carrying Case No Contractor’s bag
Advanced Features
Anti-Vibration System No
Open Toe Shoe No
Cut Zone Lighting No
Orbital Motion Yes
Electronic Load Compensation No
Blade Clutch No
Metal Housing No

DEWALT DW304PK 10 Amp

 

Review

If you rarely need fast cuts through heavy steel or cast iron pipe, masonry, roofing shingles or wood beams, then why pay extra for that unused power and weight? The DeWalt DW304PK may be exactly what you are looking for amongst reciprocating saw heavyweights. Weighing in at just 7 pounds, it is one of the easiest-to-maneuver saws on the market. It is especially useful for overhead work, attics or crawl spaces without inducing undue arm fatigue.

Its 10 amp motor may seem skimpy next to a 15 amp, heavier saw, but for the majority of work you are not going to notice the difference. The switchable orbital motion when cutting wood completely makes up for a little less power. Cuts are fast and clean.

Though this saw does have a variable speed trigger, it lacks a maximum speed control. That means you have to rely on your trigger fingers to finesse plunge cuts and adjust speed for various materials such as sheet metal. The comfort grip provides minimal anti-vibration support.

One feature that makes this saw shine compared to more powerful reciprocating saws at higher prices is the 4-position blade clamp. The clamp and shoe are designed such that you can mount the blade teeth up, teeth down or to either side. This makes a difference when attempting flush cuts in awkward positions or when the material is partially obstructed. It is also useful for regular cuts as it provides options for achieving optimal saw control.

Along with a one-handed lever-operated clamp, this a versatile saw in spite of a few shortcomings.

pros

Pros

  • Remarkably lightweight
  • Vertical and horizontal blade positions
  • Switchable orbital motion

cons

Cons

  • Lacks speed limit control
  • Kit includes only one blade

verdict

Our Verdict

For the average handyperson who only needs a reciprocating saw occasionally, but a capable one, this saw is a good match. It has most essential features and the 4-position blade and shoe is a big plus. For construction or demo work, this is a perfect backup saw or the one that gets used for the most awkward cuts.

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