When it comes to reciprocating saws, I have tried most brands during my construction career,and Milwaukee remains the hallmark of the bunch. I ordered this updated 12A model, and I am in love with it. Plenty of power, great cord, awesome ergonomics, and probally one of the last brands of reciprocating saws to be assembled in the USA. The problem was deciding on whether to choose the 3/4 or the 1-1/8 stroke length. In tight spots the shorter is nice, because these tools can beat you up between dimension lumber. I ordered the longer stroke, giving a wide wear band on blades and cutting faster, accepting that their will be a time or two that I get in situation where I'll end up bloodying a knuckle or two and bending or snapping a blade. This kit does not come with a free blade, but I think Milwaukee is wise to keep the price competitive by limiting give away blades. Most guys that buy Milwaukee have at least few blades laying around -if not order an assortment with the tool and enjoy the free shipping. Milwaukee -thank you for manufacturing the best.