WildSnow runs a full workshop with enough tooling to remodel a house or rebuild a 4×4 from the frame up. What’s our one most important piece of equipment? Our workbench with a huge vise might be number one on the list, or perhaps the other bench with a ski vise? But a powerful and quick reciprocating saw comes soon after.
I’ve worn out four reciprocating “sawzall” type power saws over the years. They were pressed into duty from everything to cutting a moderately sized house in half for demolition, to tree removal, to quartering an elk, all the way to cutting the steering bell crank hanger off our 1947 Willys Jeep.
First “saws-all” I owned was a Milwaukee Sawzall. Those wood eaters are still the original and a benchmark. But way back in my day a plumber turned me on to the Porter-Cable Tigersaw. The Tiger lived up to its name, gnawing through just about anything at speeds noticeably faster then the Milwaukee. Over years of remodel construction I abused my Tigersaws like you wouldn’t believe. They held up, but entropy strikes and all machines die. RIP Tigersaw. Enter the Bosch RS35. AT 15 amps with a stroke speed of 2,900/min, using this thing is like firing a 50 caliber machine gun. It made short work of the stump that ate my old Tigersaw, and got desert on a couple of other stumps that were dining on our lawn mower blades. I can’t wait to saw another house in half — or perhaps even quarter it!
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WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.