Impression of sawzall (reciprocating saw)

I am doing a research for sawzall (Reciprocating saw) and I wonder that what is the impression you have for using different brands of reciprocating saws.
What do you think about sawzall (reciprocating saw)?
How many brands of reciprocating saw you have used before?
What are the impressions of them?
What are the good aspects and bad aspects of different reciprocating saws you think?
Do you have any ideas that how to improve the existing reciprocating saw products?

I will deeply appreciate your help!!! Thanks!

No tools to change the blade is the best idea in the last few years.

Porter Cable has the best angling head for getting in tight places. I think they call it Tiger Claw.

My old PC is not dead yet so I have no rason to get the new one.

Side note: I think ID is stuck on the “trigger button” concept. Why not design more tools wither different start/stop/variable speed controls.

Think about it. The shelf at Home Depot has a stash of 25 - 30 Sawzall brands and imitators made in maybe one of two factories. At the store, nobody plugs in the unit and checks how slow the Variable speed functions.

When starting a new project, It si a delight to have a tool work better than expected.

The tool should be better than the marketing.

I really appreciated for your comments!

I think you may have found your own research/target market

Perhaps users who have never used a saw before?

Get out there and stand in the aisles of the hardware stores, start asking away, theres no better time than when you’re a student

in addition to going to a hardware store and checking out the competition,
get a saw in your hands and cut some stuff. check out the details on the Hilti recip saw - i.e. the trigger, it allows you to cut overhead without bending your wrist.I think it’s little things like that set a product apart.

  • your main target group is plumbers and electricians (unless you find a new group)- they’re the most frequent users of reciop-saws as a trade group.

i agree, you already identified your target…yourself.

you should gear towards first time users. Power tools can be a very intimidating thing to some people. The fear most often will keep people from ever picking up a tool. How can you change that. Are there features that can remove a persons fears? What is it that makes people nervous? Losing fingers, noise, aesthetics, who knows…?

A lot of the time when I need some user research or human factors info I search the blogs and forums to get info from actual users.

Here’s a great example:

I framed houses for a few years in college and the Milwaukee Sawzall was king for us.

Milwaukee makes a solid product. Drills, reciprocating, circular, etc…

So I guess perceived quality and brand loyalty is what did it for me. I noticed they now make a head that rotates. That would have been nice a few years ago. Something with a little more flexibility would also help. The one complaint I had was when I knew I was going to use the Sawzall and it couldn’t get in the place I needed it too. Too big, bad angle etc…

also, as a side note…

it’s always going to be beneficial to hear what other ID’ers think in regards to a product or project…

but your real research should not be based off of thoughts/quotes/ideas from a group primarily based of Industrial Designers who have used or occasionally use these saws.

sure, there are some good ideas- but the real users and experts will be the ones to question and observe (both Q and O are equally valuable)

check out online forums for power tool users, the aisles of hardware stores, walk right into a home being restored, etc. that’s where you’re going to get the really good stuff, not here.

sounds fun, good luck

From a DESIGNERS perspective, they’re dated, cheap looking and are not up to speed with modern tool ergonomics (forms, materials.)

Take a look at the handle grip: a little industrial-designer trickery gives the “effect” rather than the reality of a soft-grip insert.