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April 15, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Skil PWRCore 20 Compact Reciprocating Saw Review RS5825B-10

PTR Review
  • Overall Rating 9.2

If you're looking for a one-hand reciprocating saw that performs at the top level without the premium price, Skil nails it with their PWRCore 20 Brushless Compact Reciprocating Saw. Whether you need it for projects around the house or for professional use, it goes toe-to-toe with the top brands.

Overall Score 9.2 (out of 10)

Skil PWRCore 20 Compact Reciprocating Saw Targets Professional Needs

The Skil PWRCore 20 Brushless Compact Reciprocating Saw boasts some impressive specifications on paper. So we went straight to the top of our charts to test it against the best-performing one-hand models we’ve tested.


Pros

  • Top tier cutting performance
  • Excellent vibration control
  • Dual LED lights illuminate more area
  • Pivoting shoe
  • Excellent value

Cons

  • Heavy compared to other 18V/20V max models

Skil PWRCore 20 Compact Reciprocating Saw Performance

Skil powers this compact reciprocating saw with a brushless motor that hits 3000 strokes per minute with a 1-inch stroke length. For this style of saw, those are aggressive numbers that should results in fast cutting.

To find out, I grabbed some scrap material and our M18 Fuel Hackzall to see how well Skil stacks up against the best in this class. It wasn’t really obvious which one was cutting faster in EMT, PVC, and smaller wood cuts, so I grabbed a 2×10 and a stopwatch.

Skil did a fine job keeping up with Milwaukee and even beat it on a couple of cuts. It clearly set itself up in the top tier of performers in this class—and that’s a very small group that includes Milwaukee, Kobalt, and Ridgid.

On the vibration control side of things, Skil has a counterbalance system under the hood. It adds a little weight, but it makes a big difference in how much vibration you feel. It also helps that the shoe pivots to help you stay engaged on the material you’re cutting.

There’s a bit more vibration than some of the models that have a lower stroke rate and shorter stroke length. However, it’s excellent compared to the high-performance side of the group.


Design

When it comes to compact reciprocating saws, there are two basic types. One is kind of a taller squished traditional design that requires two hands. The other is longer and has grips for two hands but we often refer to it as a one-hand model. Skil uses the one-hand design.

With a battery, it’s 13.5 inches long and weighs 4.0 pounds. With a 2.0Ah battery, it bumps up to 4.9 pounds and 5.6 with a 4.0Ah pack. Compared to other models in this group, that’s pretty hefty, but right in line with where Milwaukee is.

The LED lights are worth mentioning because Skil bucks tradition and uses two of them instead of just one. Not only does it provide additional light, but it also ensures you can see your cutline whether you have the blade installed for downcutting or up-cutting.

Full Feature Set

  • Brushless motor
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Counterbalance vibration control system
  • Two LED lights
  • Pivoting shoe
  • PWRJump fast charger included with the kit

Skil PWRCore 20 Compact Reciprocating Saw Price

As usual, Skil offers its impressive performance at a price that premium brands don’t compete with. You can get the Skil PWRCore 20 compact reciprocating saw with a 2.0Ah battery and upgraded PWRCore charger for $149.99.

By comparison, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hackzall runs $159 as a bare tool and $269 with a 5.0Ah battery and charger.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a one-hand reciprocating saw that performs at the top level without the premium price, Skil nails it with their PWRCore 20 Brushless Compact Reciprocating Saw. Whether you need it for projects around the house or for professional use, it goes toe-to-toe with the top brands.

If you’re looking for a model that’s competent in its cutting performance but not as heavy, check out Skil’s PWRCore 12 one-hand model.

Skil PWRCore 20 Compact Reciprocating Saw Specs

  • Model: Skil RS5825B-10
  • Power Source: Skil PWRCore 20 batteries
  • No-Load Speed: 0-3000 spm
  • Stroke Length: 1 inch
  • Warranty: 5 years with registration
  • Price: $149.99

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