Reciprocating saws are portable cutting machines with long, thin blades that can reach inaccessible spaces. These power saws are ideal for some landscaping applications, demolition, woodworking and more.
Electric reciprocating saws run at very high speeds, and their flexible blades can have a lot of wiggle, so they're less suited to precision work over great lengths than circular saws or similar models. They excel at removing unwanted bits, such as a board that's an inch too long or rebar poking out of concrete. With nail-cutting blades, you can use reciprocating saws to cut through wood with nails or screws in it safely, which makes them ideal for fast demolition work. The cutting length of a saw determines its best function; long cutting lengths reduce wear on the blade, while short lengths cut faster.
If you plan to use a reciprocating saw for more than a few cuts at a time, select the lightest saw that meets your power requirements. Anti-vibration features reduce hand strain despite the high strokes per minute. Quick-change features let you swap out blades on the fly. Reciprocating saw blades resemble jig saw blades, and like those, they have a tendency to snap. Stock up on extras, and be sure to include a variety of wood, metal and nail-cutting blades.
Depth adjustment can help extend your blade life by changing which part of the blade you expose to the work surface. Rotate through several settings to keep your blades sharp even on long projects.
Reciprocating saws make quick work of wood, metal and other materials. They're lightweight and durable enough for years of work. Search our list of reciprocating saws for sale and consider their various features to determine the best saw for your collection.
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