A reciprocating saw makes pruning easier and comfortable. It’s particularly comfortable when you are cutting thick woods like trees, heavy metals, and PVC pipes. For different types of wood, you need different types of blades. The thickness, length, and width of the blade and its tip matter a lot for a refined cutting. Well, if […]
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A reciprocating saw is a kind of saw that moves with a push and pull motion of the blade to cut material. It has different types. You can use the reciprocating saws for pruning ferrous, non-ferrous and other metals, hardwood, PVC, plastic and other material. However, the thickness of the blade, carbide and bi-metal tips, dimensions of the saw and other aspects are important for a better performance. If the blade is made of high-quality thick material, it will last for years and you can cut thick metals by using it. The carbide tip ensures non-frictional and refined cutting. Similarly, a thin metal blade can be used for cutting soft/hardwood, PVC, thin metal pipes and sheets.
Some reciprocating saws come in large size. These are not easy to handle. If you want to do cutting work for hours, select a compact-sized reciprocating saw. It’s easy to use and easy to handle.
Types of Reciprocating Saws
There are three basic types of reciprocating saws. Let’s see what they are.
Corded: Corded reciprocating saw is an electric-powered saw. It comes with AC, DC or universal electric motor. A good corded reciprocating saw contains a motor that start at 7 amps. A higher amp shows more powerful motor. It’s durable because you can use it for hours. It has long life, but you can’t take it at much distance if the cord is not long. This type of saw comes with a long cord that is minimum 10 ft long.
Cordless: Cordless reciprocating saw is also an electric-powered saw, but it’s rechargeable and works on battery. The battery can last for up to 40 minutes if fully charged. It’s good because you are free to take it anywhere. However, you can’t use it for long hours.
Compact: As the name suggests, it’s a small sized design to work with one hand. You can use this smaller tool between studs or for overhead cutting. It can be used with or without cord. Currently, air-powered models are also available in compact reciprocating saws.
Safety Rules for Using Reciprocating Saw
While using a recip saw, follow the rules given below
- Use safety glasses while cutting into walls, floors, heating vents and plumbing pipes.
- Be careful while cutting the plumbing pipes and heating vents. Don’t cut through the wires.
- While changing blade, unplug the saw. If you are using a rechargeable saw, switch it off for changing accessories or blades.
- Use hearing protection while cutting a metal sheet or pipe.
- Don’t grab the blade after cutting metal or wood. While cutting, the blade produces excessive heat due to the friction. So, it will harm your hands.
The reciprocating saw is the one that cuts through with push or pulls motion. A cordless reciprocating saw is comfortable to use. A wide range of reciprocating saws is available with different blades. These recip saws are handheld and powerful for pruning every type of wood. Some cordless reciprocating saws come with a carbon steel […]
A reciprocating saw requires a different blade for cutting metals. It requires a blade with higher Teeth/inch (TPI). The TPI is according to the metal you are going to cut. If it’s a thin metal such as sheet metal, an 18 – 24 TPI bi-metal blade will be sufficient. But for a thicker metal like […]