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Reciprocating Saw Review For The Bosch RS428

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Review by: vandjbiz

Reciprocating Saw Review For The RS428

Reciprocating Saw Review full view.I wrote this reciprocating saw review because I’ve had the RS428 for a bit now. It is one of the Bosch power tools, specifically a power saw complete with in-stroke vibration control.

I am a full time framer, so I use a reciprocating saw a lot! The strong motor of the RS428 reciprocating saw helps make my job more efficient. I wanted to write a reciprocating saw review because I found this tool has some great qualities.

What it comes with:

  • The saw (of course)
  • 1 six inch wood cutting reciprocating saw blade
  • A soft carry bag to put it in

Specifications:

  • 14 amp motor
  • 1-1\8 blade stroke
  • 0-2900 spm

Reciprocating Saw Review Of Features

Power: With its 14 amp motor and constant response circuitry, this reciprocating saw will keep running at a constant speed under a load, so you can lean on the saw and it wont bog down. It has soft start motor. Although it does take a little bit to get used to the tool, it is okay once you become familiar with it.

Reciprocating Saw Review blade measurement.Cutting times:

For this reciprocating saw review, I tested the cutting times of different dimensions of wood. I recorded it in this video.

  • 2×4 flat:¬† 9 seconds.
  • 2×4 upright: 6 seconds.
  • 2×6 flat: 11 seconds.
  • 2×6 upright: 9 seconds.
  • 4×4: 14 seconds.
  • 6×6: 35 seconds.

I was not applying any force. Instead, the saw’s weight itself is doing the cutting. As you can see in the video, I had one hand on the saw and the other on the camera. I was using a DeWalt blade that is about 1/16 thick.

Other Features In This Reciprocating Saw ReviewReciprocating Saw Review carry bag.

Weight: At 8 pounds, it is not the lightest saw around. Because of this, I find it’s a bit heavy to be using above your head.

Vibration:  It has less vibration  then any other saw I have used, which is nice for when your using it a long time.

Blade clamp: It has a toolless blade clamp that holds the blade tight, while some others hold the blade loose. You have to turn the blade lock to get a blade in or out.

Other things: I like that it comes in a soft carry bag not a hard case, so you can use the bag for other things, like putting a Bosch CSW41 worm drive saw in it.

Hopefully, this reciprocating saw review gave you a good overview of the tools features as well as its advantages. If your looking for a new reciprocating saw I would give the Bosch RS428 a good look!

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21 comments on “Reciprocating Saw Review For The Bosch RS428

  1. Alex

    Excellent review, and to be honest one that I’ve been waiting for since I’m a framer myself and it’s a key tool.

    I’ve been holding off on a new reciprocating saw since my current one is doing the job, however this makes me think it will get an early retirement.

  2. Alex

    Excellent review, and to be honest one that I’ve been waiting for since I’m a framer myself and it’s a key tool.

    I’ve been holding off on a new reciprocating saw since my current one is doing the job, however this makes me think it will get an early retirement.

  3. Charlie

    I can’t really tell from the video, but it also seems a lot quieter than a lot of recip saws I’ve used – is that true or just the way the sound was picked up?

  4. Kevin

    Thanks for the review. Makes me want to replace my old 9737 Porter Cable recip saw. It’s a bit heavy at 9.4 lbs and it vibrates a ton.

  5. Benjamin

    Thanks for the review I totally agree with withe your observations. While I have the cordless version it’s important to let the tool do the work. While I don’t use a recip saw often it was nice to get one as a tool promotion giveaway from Bosch. With a 5ah battery it works well for a runtime of 20-30 minutes, though I’m curious how it will perform with my new Cores!

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