Ryobi has a pair of great reciprocating saws on the market that are pretty similar. Both of them are great tools that are part of Ryobi’s One+ tool system, which increases their value especially if you’re primarily looking for a reciprocating saw for occasional use. Both of them also have the same design intended to promote comfortable use and a variable-speed trigger that lets you control cutting speed by increasing the pressure of your finger. What separates them is a bit of difference in both size and price, and in both cases, the P515 pulls out the advantage over the P514.
Both of these reciprocating saws offer variable-speed trigger control that allows an operator to start slow and work to the full 3,100 strokes per minute. Both saws offer the same thing in terms of cutting power, versatility in blades, ability to swap out blades easily and quickly and in power supply. Because of that, neither saw gets an edge in terms of performance.
The P515 is less expensive. In some cases, the difference in price is also a matter of value, of getting more for each dollar spent. In this case, however, with very little daylight between these two saws, the difference in price — which is noticeable — is a pretty big deal. Maybe on a good day, you can find the P514 for less during a clearance sale or something. On an average day, however, the P515 is just less expensive.
Aside from price and size, both these saws are basically the same thing. Same power, same basic design, same set of features intended to promote long, comfortable use. Both of them are also part of the Ryobi One+ tool universe, which means that you can even use the same power source to cut with both saws. So, again, there is no edge in terms of features.
Lighter and more compact, the P515 is better to use in hard-to-reach places or especially when working overhead. In those places, the larger and slightly heavier P514 is likely to cause more fatigue and be just a little bit more unmanageable. Because Ryobi could slim down the P514’s design to fit into the P515’s body, the edge has to go to to the P515.
The P514 brings Ryobi’s One+ power compatibility into an overlooked arena of power tools, the reciprocating saw. You might not need one every day, but if you do having one that belongs to the One+ family makes it a better investment.
Slightly smaller and with a slightly lower price, the P515 maximizes your investment for a lightweight but still powerful sawing experience.
We like the P515 as a better overall reciprocating saw based on a smaller design and lower price. It’s easier to use in tight-to-reach places and costs little bit less, too. Both saws, however, are great tools and made even better because they belong to the Ryobi One+ tool system. That means getting the most out of what you pay for either through a power source shared with more than 100 other tools. No matter which model you pick, however, you’d still get a great reciprocating saw to have on hand for when no other tool will do.
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