Reciprocating Saw Tips and Techniques
on June 16 2013
Safety First and Foremost
Always make certain that you have firm footing when operating a reciprocating saw. A blade that jams in a cut could force the saw's body backward suddenly, making you lose your balance. Be extremely cautious when operating a saw while on a ladder, scaffolding or any high place.
Choose the Right Blade
Blade selection is a critical part of efficient cutting. Get a good selection of blades so that you'll always be able to match the job's requirements, whether it's fast wood cutting or slicing through metal. Be sure to have wood, metal and multi-purpose blades on hand.
Fine tooth high TPI or “teeth-per-inch” hacksaw blades are best for cutting metals. When performing demolition work purchase blades made for heavy use. Some models possess specialized teeth to power through embedded nails in wood.
Cheap blades are generally no bargain; you'll usually get better service from high-quality cutting edges. Change a blade as soon as it slows down in cutting speed. Trying to coax additional life from a dull blade is false economy because it puts more stress on the saw.
Use Two Hands
The basic rule for safe cutting is the same advice you heard when you learned to catch: use two hands. To maintain balance, make sure that your forward hand maintains a firm grip on the body of the saw. And choke up on your grip to ensure that your hand stays safely away from the blade.