Ridgid R3030 One Handed Reciprocating Saw Review

Ridgid One Handed Reciprocating Saw

Reciprocating saws are one of the most fundamental saws that any builder, home owner or tradesman can have in their arsenal. With such an important place in our arsenal of tools you’d think tool companies would find a multitude of designs to cover every aspect of construction. Well Ridgid has taken the lead with an impressive light-weight, one handed reciprocating saw in their new Model R3030.

Features and Specifications

Out of the box the R3030 includes a nice compact cloth carrying case and three blades including: short narrow coping blade, a medium sized bi-metal blade and a longer wood/plastic blade. Some of the key features and specifications are listed below:

  • Tool-Free Blade Changes – makes changing blades faster and easier
  • One-Handed Ergonomic Grip – maximum comfort for extended use
  • LED Light – for illuminating dark work spaces
  • Variable Speed Two-Finger Trigger – for maximum speed control
  • Compact Size – for use in confined areas
  • Motor: 120 V AC, 4 Amp
  • Strokes Per Minute: 0–3500 (No Load Speed)
  • Stroke Length: 1/2 in.
  • Weight: 4 Lbs.

Video Review

Performance and Functionality

The Ridgid R3030 is surprisingly versatile, powerful and accurate. Most all recip saws are manly…beastly tools that require two hands. This all new One Handed Recip Saw is quite the opposite. Not only is it much lighter than traditional saws but it’s also much smoother and very well balanced in one hand. I found it extremely useful and far more accurate when using it in several ways including:

  • Cutting holes in drywall – you can use it to accurately cut holes in drywall for electrical outlets or round penetrations for duct work.
  • Cutting holes in duct work – I showed the R3030 to a HVAC contractor and I thought there would be a brawl. It’s perfect for cutting holes in duct work for finished grilles and decorative items.
  • Cutting small pipe and conduit – the small size and compact design makes it perfect for plumber and electricians that want to lighten the load in their tool box. You can quickly and accurately cut PVC, Copper and Steel Conduit with the R3030.

Final Thoughts

Once again the folks at Ridgid have built a tool that doesn’t look like much until you hook up some power and start making sawdust! This thing is awesome and won’t leave my tool kit for anyone! The motor is extremely smooth allowing for accurate cuts. The heavy-duty, long power cord with Velcro straps is extremely useful when it comes to corded tools. To top it all off it’s an extremely well balanced tool that can really be used one handed. This tool is perfect for homeowners, contractors and even demolition guys.

Where To Buy

If you’d like to buy the Ridgid R3030 One Handed Reciprocating Saw it’s available at your local Home Depot and online at the following link:


About the author

Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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  1. Interesting… Craftsman has had this exact saw in a corded and cordless version for almost two years now.

    The Craftsman version has proven to be a very dependable saw. I especially like the blade change. It’s simple and it works every time.

    Here’s a video of the Craftsman Version:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KakxWGkQmEk

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Paul – Thanks for sharing. I didn’t realize Craftsman had one. The size of these is perfect for so many tasks!

  2. Jeff Williams

    Looks like it operates so smoothly that you could use it on Thanksgiving to carve the turkey! Now to find a stainless steel blade…

    1. Todd Fratzel

      It’s amazingly smooth…almost too good to be true. The more I use Ridgid Tools the more impressed I get. They are the Hidden Jewel of our industry!

  3. matthew

    I have seen this tool at the home depot and said to my self this would make a great addition to my tool set

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