New cordless saws deliver power, convenience

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Ask any professional remodeler, and they'll tell you that the reciprocating saw is the single most useful tool in their arsenal. Using interchangeable blades that cut in a straight, back-and-forth motion like a handsaw, reciprocating saws equipped with the proper blade will cut through wood, metal, drywall, wire, pipe, rebar, nails, plaster and a host of other materials, making it the ideal tool for quickly getting rid of the old to make way for the new. Because of their fast cutting speeds and the tough demands put on their blades, reciprocating saws used to be available in corded versions only. When cordless models were finally introduced, they lacked the power to be truly effective in all but light-duty applications.  But advancements in tool design and battery power have finally allowed manufacturers to offer professional-grade cordless models that rival their corded cousins. Here's a head-to-head comparison of two of those saw kits – the DeWalt DC385K and the Ridgid R...