TIPS FOR RECIPROCATING SAW USES
Once again, our Top Gifts team member, Ray, helps out and has some good tips for reciprocating saw users. In the do-it-yourself (DIY) community, the reciprocating saw is known as the “gateway tool.” That is because it is one of the tools you’ll buy when you become (graduate to) a serious DIYer. It is then that you feel confident enough to undertake all kinds of repairs and major remodeling home projects.
A reciprocating saw such as the DEWALT DW304PK 10 Amp Reciprocating Saw is not designed to be used as a crafting tool. Rather, it is considered a workhorse tool. One of the meanings of the term “reciprocating” is the “backward and forward movement”… Such as of a part of a machine, like a “reciprocating blade”. A reciprocating saw’s blade is intentionally exposed so that it can be directed it into tight spaces. This valuable feature allows you to use a reciprocating saw in certain projects… In projects where other saws would be slow, impractical and be a safety risk. A reciprocating saw is much easier to handle in projects where you have to cut over your head. This is especially the case when you may be working from a ladder.
It must be noted that when you are cutting above your head with a reciprocating saw, you have to always brace yourself. You should also always wear safety glasses (clear goggles are recommended) and a dust mask when cutting in older ceilings. The dust and the debris could be shaken loose as you cut through with your reciprocating saw.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT BLADE
How can you ensure the success of your home project? If you are using a reciprocating saw, it is very important that you choose the right saw blade for the task at hand. Use a fine-tooth blade for cutting through metal pipes and nails. For cutting wood, use a coarse blade. If you are cutting plaster, use a coarsest-tooth blade. How about cutting stone, ceramic tile, or cast iron? You can use a toothless blade which is coated with tungsten carbide abrasive grit. To cut through roof shingles and plywood and nail-embedded 2x4s, use a “nail-cutting” wood blade.
The majority of reciprocating saw blades come in 6-inch standard lengths. You can also get smaller (jig-saw-type) blades, or the longer 12-inch ones… These are for accessing into deep recesses, cutting landscape timbers and pruning trees. Our contributing Top Gifts team member Ray says: “I always use Bimetal blades with ‘tool steel’ teeth bonded to a flexing ‘spring steel’ blade. They cost slightly more than carbon steel blades but perform much better… They’re tougher, cut faster and stay flexible much longer.”
DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR MONEY!
Ray adds, “I have seen many people throw away their expensive reciprocating saw blades. Why? Only because they were bent while working on their project. Well, you can simply hammer flat a bent blade and reuse it. The main reason blades get bent is because the blade tip hits a hard object while in motion. What if the front teeth at the tip of your blade are worn down? Do you trash them? NO! You can extend the life of the blade by cutting off the tip of the blade at an angle with tin snips. You now have sharper teeth at the blade’s point of contact with the material you are cutting.”
⏩ Watch these beneficial tool use & safety videos before using your new Reciprocating Saw!
➤➤➤ How To Use A Reciprocating Saw Video: “Reciprocating Saw Safety”
Enjoy your new tools by becoming familiar with how to use them safely first.