The 18V market is now embracing one-handed reciprocating saws. Milwaukee has long offered the M18 Hackzall model, while Bosch recently introduced a compact version. Now it’s Metabo HPT’s turn to expand its line of cordless construction tools. In this article, we will delve into the features and performance of the Metabo HPT 18V Compact Reciprocating Saw.
Advantages and Shortcomings
- Compact design
- Low vibration
- Compatible with T-handle jig saw blades
- Lifetime Tool Warranty
- Slow cutting speed
When examining the specifications of a reciprocating saw, the stroke length and speed provide valuable insights into the cutting capabilities. A longer and faster stroke allows the blade to cover more linear inches per minute. Comparing several popular models in the compact segment, the Metabo HPT stands out with a high 3200 strokes per minute (SPM) and a 1/2 inch stroke length.
In theory, this saw should excel at cutting thin-walled metal and PVC, but perform slower when cutting wood. However, real-life scenarios can differ. We tested the Metabo HPT One-Handed Reciprocating Saw on materials like 2x4s, PVC, and EMT, commonly encountered in plumbing and electrical work. It effortlessly handled these materials, outperforming a hand saw in terms of speed and offering greater accessibility compared to a full-size reciprocating saw.
That being said, the cutting speed of the Metabo HPT is lower compared to top-tier models like Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel, especially when it comes to cutting 2x4s. While it competently performs the same tasks, there is a noticeable difference in speed for certain cuts.
Vibration and Design
Vibration is an important factor to consider with reciprocating saws, as aggressive cutting can strain your arms. Compact models, including the Metabo HPT, are generally less powerful and exhibit reduced vibration compared to full-size cordless reciprocating saws. While some vibration is still present, the Metabo HPT falls on the lower end when compared to other models we have tested.
The design of the Metabo HPT closely resembles other one-handed saws on the market. It boasts a compact profile, slightly shorter and narrower than most competitors.
The smaller profile contributes to its lightweight design. Our measurements indicate that the bare tool weighs 3.0 pounds, a full pound less than Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Hackzall. Even with the compact battery, it remains under 4 pounds, weighing 3.6 pounds. Metabo HPT clearly prioritized a lighter build compared to other 18V one-handed saws from various brands.
The rubber overmold on the front handle, top, and main handle adds comfort and provides extra protection against accidental drops. The main handle is particularly ergonomic, fitting comfortably in medium-sized hands.
However, one notable omission is the inability to rotate the shoe. During our tests, we found that the ability to rotate the shoe greatly facilitated cutting round materials. Despite this oversight, the Metabo HPT performs admirably without this feature.
- Twist Blade Lock: Utilizes a standard compact twist lock mechanism for blades.
- LED Lights: The upward-facing blades are complemented by effective top-guide lights.
Speaking of price, the Metabo HPT is competitively priced at $129 for the bare tool, placing it in the middle range among 18V battery pack options. It falls on the higher end for brushed models but remains below the price range of brushless ones. Currently, no kit options are available.
Metabo HPT stands behind the CR18DAQ4 with a lifetime warranty.
The Bottom Line
What sets the Metabo HPT 18V One-Handed Reciprocating Saw apart is its exceptionally low weight compared to other 18V models. This is highly advantageous for professionals such as plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, and others working in tight spaces or overhead, where compact designs are essential. Sacrificing a bit of cutting speed is a fair trade-off for a lighter tool that reduces fatigue caused by vibration.
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Metabo HPT One Hand Reciprocating Saw Specifications
- Model: Metabo HPT CR18DAQ4
- No-load SPM: 3200
- Stroke Length: 1/2 inch
- Weight: 2.75 lbs (bare), 3.56 lbs (with 1.5Ah battery)
- Length: 13.75 inches
- Price: $129.00 (bare tool)
- Warranty: Lifetime