7 Harbor Freight Reciprocating Sawzalls Reviewed

We always want the best value for our money. HF brands are famous for being inexpensive, but Are the Harbor Freight Sawzalls worth it?

We have been using our HF Sawzall for a few years now. We’ve reviewed them this is our honest opinion.

FAQ about Harbor Freight Sawzalls

According to Harbor Freight, they save you money by cutting out the middleman. They buy their tools from the same (undisclosed) factories that supply the competition.

Can HF Reciprocating Saws be returned?

Yes, You have  90-days to return your HF Sawzall for any reason for a full refund or replacement. But don’t forget to bring your original receipt.

Sometimes a 20% restocking fee applies for returns. They will wave the restocking fee if:

  • The tool is unopened and in new condition.
  • The item you exchanged is an upgrade product in the same category.
  • You are replacing the saw under the Extended Service Plan
  • Or you return the Item under the manufacturer Warranty

What does a Sawzall cost?

Typically a Harbor Freight reciprocating saws start around $25 up to $110 for the one that has the most bells and whistles. Other name brands like DeWalt or Milwaukee begin at about $100-200, depending on the model.

We got ours on sale around Christmas time for $19.99 with the famous Harbor Freight coupons about 7 years ago.  With the amount of work we’ve done, we have no regrets; you can’t beat it for the price.

7 Harbor Freight Sawzalls compared

Which reciprocating saw should I buy?

Currently, Harbor Freight has 7 different reciprocating saws models to choose from.  We bought the cheapest one, and we’ve been super happy with it. 

Here is a side by side comparison 

All HF reciprocating saws have:

  • Variable speed trigger
  • Keyless blade change (WE LOVE THIS)😍
  • Adjustable pivoting shoe
    • some require a hex key to adjust the depth positions; others from the NEW Hercules line are keyless.

Cons:

  • No carrying case 😏 ( I carry my HF saw in the original Milwaukee case that I kept from the previous Sawzall I owned)
110-120v models
Model:HERCULES HE75Bauer 1975E-BCHICAGO ELECTRICCHICAGO ELECTRIC
Customer rating4.8 out of 54.7 out of 54.5 out of 54.6 out of 5
Power12 amps10 amps7.5 Amp6 amp
Strokes per min.2800250025002500
Stroke length1-1/8 in.1-1/8 in.1 in.7/8 in.
Pivoting Shoe30°up to 3/4 intilts to 110°up to 30°
Weight8.84 lbs7.47 lb.7.45 lb5.97 lb.
Tool length19-5/8″19-3/4 in.20 in.18 in.
Rafter hookyesnonono
LED lightyesnonono
Trigger locknoyesyesyes
Anti-vibrationyesyesnono
Rotating handlenononoyes
Electric brakeyesnonono

Corded 

  • HERCULES HE75 Compare to MILWAUKEE 6519-30
    • 12 Amp
    • electronically controlled motor maintains consistent power under load, won’t bog down during heavy-duty cuts
    • Shoe depth settings (keyless lock-button)
    • Power cord (ft.) 10 ft.
    • Includes 6 in. 14 TPI saw blade.
  • Bauer 1975E-B Compare to RIDGID R30022
    • 10 amp
    • Includes: hex key for depth position adjustment of the shoe
  • CHICAGO ELECTRIC 7.5 amp Compare to SKIL 9206-02
    • 7.5 Amp
    • Rugged cast aluminum head with a rubber boot for secure grip
    • Power indicator light
    • Included: hex wrench for depth position adjustment of the shoe
  • CHICAGO ELECTRIC 6 amp compare to PORTER-CABLE PCE360
    • Handle rotates 180° with five positive stops (LOVE) ♥️♥️
    • The newest version of this saw has a blade release lever. The one we have has a twisting keyless chuck.

Check out our Instagram page for some videos of this saw in action.

Lithium-Ion Battery powered
Model:Bauer HYPERMAX 1775C-BHercules HC75BHERCULES HCB751B
Customer rating4.8 out of 54.8 out of 5no reviews
Power20v20v20v
Strokes per min.300030002900
Stroke length1-1/8 in.1-1/8 in.1-1/8 in.
Pivoting Shoe3- positions37° pivot w/ 3 depth positions3 depth positions
Weight5.99 lbs5.9 lbs.6.3 lb.
Tool length18-7/8 in.17-5/8 in.17-1/2 in.
Rafter hooknoyesyes
LED lightnoyesyes
Trigger lockyesyesyes
Anti-vibrationyesyesyes
Rotating handlenonono
Electric brakeyesyesyes

Lithium-Ion Battery powered

  • Bauer HYPERMAX 1775C-B Compare to RYOBI P516
    • all-metal gears
    • Compatible with all BAUER 20v batteries.
    • Pivoting Shoe has a keyless locking button.
  • Hercules HC75B Compare to MILWAUKEE 2621-20
    • All-metal gearing and gear case 
    • Bright LED light to illuminate dark work areas
    • Compatible with all HERCULES® 20v batteries
    • Pivoting Shoe has a keyless locking button
    • Included 6 in. 14 TPI blade 

  • HERCULES HCB751B Compare to MILWAUKEE 2720-20
    • 20V 
    • Brushless motor
    • Pivoting Shoe has a keyless locking button
    • All-metal gearing and gear case
    • Bright LED light to illuminate dark work areas
    • Compatible with all HERCULES® 20v batteries


In review

We definitely think that HF sawzalls are worth the money. 🤑🥳

Hercules models offer you the most extended stroke length and an LED light. 

The lithium-ion battery-powered ones, the charger, and the battery are sold separately. And NO carrying cases are included.

The Chicago Electric model 6 amp is the smallest, lightest, and easiest to use. And, of course, that fantastic rotating handle.


HF doesn’t currently offer a one-handed operated sawsall in case that is important to you; here are some alternatives.

Milwaukee 2719-20 M18 FUEL Hackzall

*FYI we were not paid by Harbor Freight for this article. We are Amazon associates and receive a small commission on qualifying purchases. Thanks for your support.

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