WORX Axis: Double-Play Power Tool

By Joseph Truini

The WORX Axis conveniently converts from a jigsaw to a reciprocating saw.

Simply press the large red button and pivot the front of the tool 90 degrees.

The new WORX Axis Multi-Purpose Saw is a transformative tool, and I mean that literally. This cleverly designed two-in-one tool transforms from a jigsaw to a reciprocating saw at the push of a button. And unlike most other dual-purpose products, you don’t have to sacrifice power, performance or features for the convenience of a two-for-one design. The Axis runs smoothly and cuts quickly regardless of whether you’re using it as a jigsaw or reciprocating saw.

The WORX Axis has a variable-speed, 3,000-spm (strokes per minute) motor that’s powered by a rechargeable 20-volt, 1.5-Amp-hour, lithium-ion battery. It accepts standard reciprocating saw blades and T-shank jigsaw blades, which you can buy at any hardware store or home center. And when fitted with the appropriate blade, the Axis will slice through virtually any building material, including wood, plywood, fiberglass, aluminum, drywall, plastic and copper pipes, ceramic tile, even tree branches and roots.

Other notable features include:

  • Side-mounted motor for smooth, reliable transfer of power
  • Tool-less blade clamp for quick, easy blade changes
  • Two cutting actions: reciprocating and orbital
  • Built-in sawdust blower for increased cut-line visibility
  • ¾-inch blade stroke
  • Soft-grip handle
  • Compact, lightweight design, weighs just 4.2 lbs.
  • Three-year warranty
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The compact, lightweight WORX Axis can be used one-handed for cutting drywall.

The WORX Axis is well-balanced, comfortable to grip, and super maneuverable. Plus, its compact design fits into confined spaces where most other saws—especially other recip saws—could never go. I recently used it as a jigsaw to cut curves in plywood, shorten some galvanized carriage bolts, and saw through metal conduit. In the reciprocating-saw mode, I used the Axis to notch a few 2x4s, cut holes in drywall, and trim branches from my apple tree using a 5-tpi pruning blade.

The WORX Axis WX550L retails for about $99 and comes with one 20-volt battery, plug-in charger, one woodcutting reciprocating saw blade, and three jigsaw blades for cutting wood, aluminum and steel. For more information, visit www.worx.com.

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