How to Use a Reciprocating Saw Properly & Safely

Trying to cut through your own stuff but have no idea how to use a reciprocating saw? Well, it’s okay actually. It’s not necessary to know everything. But you can learn how to cut materials using a electric or cordless reciprocating saw anytime you want. It’s not that much tough. A reciprocating saw is easier to use for cutting through pipes, wood, plywood, nail-wood, drywall, stud, and etc. more than other cutting tools.

The main attraction of a reciprocating saw is the blade and its flexibility. Where other cutting-tools will fail to give you a perfect cut, a reciprocating saw with its amazing features will assure you to give its best. So, start learning to use such a powerful cutting-tool with us.

Simple Steps to Use a Reciprocating Saw

Using a reciprocating saw is very easy and simple. Just be careful with the blade. Here are the main basic steps to use it. Just go through and follow them properly. Let’s get started using reciprocating saws like a pro.

Select a Right Blade for the Right Job

You’re going to use a reciprocating saw for cutting, right? How could you cut without reciprocating saw blades? Yes, that’s right. To use a reciprocating saw, choosing the right blade is the very first and most valuable step. 

Sawzall Blade

Get the perfect blade and you will be able to handle other challenges smoothly. There are available multi-purpose blades. Or, you can also use different blades for different tasks. You'll get massive choices for blades. Let's have a look what type cut requires which type of blade.

  • Select a coarse blade while cutting through wood.
  • If there are plywood or roof shingles to cut through, you can go for a nail-cutting wood blade.
  • A hacksaw resembling fine-tooth blade would be a perfect choice for slicing through nails and metal pipes.
  • To cut through pipes, a metal-cutting blade would be better.
  • Want to slash through ceramic tile, or stones, or cast iron? Go with a toothless blade with tungsten carbide abrasive grit coating.
  • The coarsest-tooth blade is exactly what a plaster cutting requires.

Make sure to check and recheck the blade you’re choosing is not dull and is sharp enough to cut. Bimetal blades with tool-steel teeth are faster, stronger, more flexible, and long-lasting. Want your blade to reach into deep? A 12-inch blade will certainly cut through sturdy landscape timbers and prune trees.

Insert The Blade Into The Saw

After choosing the right blade, it's time to fix it in the right place. Just in front of the saw, there's the blade slot. Insert the blades into the slot. Make sure you're putting the back end in. Carefully insert the blade in the exact place so that the blade clamp can secure it.

Now, place the blade into the chuck. Be very careful while inserting the blade. Make sure that you removed the battery or unplugged the saw before blade insertion. Now, ensure the blade state into the chuck by accessing the clamp.

Don’t forget to check the blade by pulling or tugging it from the front end.

Next Step: Shoe Adjustment

Want to know how to cut straight with a reciprocating saw? Well, shoe adjustment is a very basic step to make a straight and perfect cut. Even, you can extend blade life by adjusting shoe forward and backward.

To reduce the vibration while cutting you need to push the shoe against the cutting material as much as you can. And to plunge into the cutting material you can use the shoe pivot point. For that, just lift the back end of your saw up when you’re cutting through.

No matter what you’re cutting through, you can always adjust the shoe according to your cutting requirements.

Squeeze Trigger, Control Speed and Make Your Cut

Of course, you can’t forget about the trigger. When you’re completely ready with the perfect blade and shoe position, now squeeze the trigger. Activate your saw, and get going to cut your cutting material. Now you have to know your move and cutting position.

Pay more attention to give even pressure properly to your saw in the direction your blade is cutting. Especially, be more careful when you’re moving the saw back and forth with higher speed. 

reciprocating saw-for wood cutting

Start cutting with a lower speed. Slowly raise the speed and keep it under your control. When the cutting is almost near to end, slow down your speed carefully.

Safety Hacks

  • Never forget to wear safety glasses. 
  • Just after you stop cutting, never touch the blade without hand gloves as it becomes too hot.
  • Beware of kickback while cutting over ladders.
  • Notice you’re not cutting through wires and plumbing pipes while cutting into walls.
  • Always remember to unplug the saw before inserting or changing blades and other settings.

Final Words

Hope you can now easily get on board with your reciprocating saw. As you know how to use and maintain it, it’s going to be an easy task for you. So, stop thinking too much. Hurry up! Get the best reciprocating saw and start cutting according to your necessity.

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Austin R Dean

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As a carpenter, I have been working for a long day with a different type of saw. What experience I have gathered, I intend to share that expertness to all. I will try to give several shorts of saw's reviews and important tricks. Thanks for coming here....

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