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Ingersoll Rand Says New Cordless Reciprocating Saw is 20% Faster

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Ingersoll Rand, which has been facing increased competition from Milwaukee, Dewalt, Harbor Freight, and others, launched a new IQV20 cordless reciprocating saw, C5101.

IR haven’t sent press materials in a very long time, so I dug around to see what I could learn about their latest cordless offering.

Ingersoll Rand Cordless Reciprocating Saw with Battery

Ingersoll Rand says that their new cordless reciprocating saw is 5% lighter than the leading cordless competitor and cuts through steel pipes 20% faster than the leading cordless competitor.

Leading cordless competitor? They don’t specify the cordless competitor, which is important.

Do they consider cordless power tool brands to be competitors, or are they looking solely at brands that exist solely in the automotive tool space?

The IR C5101 has a 1-1/4″ stroke length and 3000 SFM max speed.

This matches the on-paper specs for Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Super Sawzall reciprocating saw (2722-20), and Makita’s XGT saw with AVT (GRJ02). Dewalt’s Flexvolt and 20V Max FlexVolt Advantage saws have a 1-1/8″ stroke length and 3000 SFM max speed.

IR uses older battery tech; I doubt they’re beating brands like Milwaukee and Makita in cutting performance.

It would be great to know where their “cuts through steel pipe 20% faster” claim comes from.

Looking around a bit more, Snap-on’s 18V cordless reciprocating saw (CTRS8850) has a 1″ stroke length and 2400 SPM speed. Maybe that’s the brand Ingersoll Rand considers as their “leading cordless competitor?”

Features include a brushless motor, tool-free blade change, and LED worklight.

Ingersoll Rand touts the blade-change feature:

Say goodbye to time-consuming blade switches. The tool-less blade clamp lets you make quick and easy changes, so you can get back to work.

When is the last time a major cordless power tool maker released a reciprocating saw that didn’t have a tool-less blade clamp?

IR says that their new saw is compatible with their 5Ah and 2.5Ah batteries.

There are tool-only (C5101) and kit (C5101-K22) options. The kit comes with 2x 5Ah batteries and a charger.

Despite the saw having launched more than 2 months ago – according to the date stamp in Ingersoll Rand’s social media posting – it doesn’t look to be available for sale anywhere yet.

Would any of you buy this IR instead of a reciprocating saw from Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, or other such brand that specializes in cordless power tools?