How to use a reciprocating saw to cut wood? 

It’s great you have recently owned a reciprocating saw to make your days comfortable with your household projects. Right! You have absolutely done a big job. Certainly, it’s powerful and even known as an all-in-one tool capable of doing various purposes.

As a versatile tool, you can accomplish many jobs like cutting woods, tree branches, delicate nails, PVC pipe, melamine laminated board, plywood, rough materials or marking on the wall.  But before using a reciprocating saw, you must know how to use it? Otherwise, you will fail to get the best performance from this amazing tool.

So, let’s know how to use a reciprocating saw to cut wood or any other things to enjoy the best result while using this tool.

Select the right blade:

For your cutting purposes, a reciprocating saw is unparallel. It is known as an all-rounder tool. But, if you fail to choose the right blade, what will happen?

This amazing tool will become a cause of your headache. With a wrong blade, it is nothing but a vain thing. So, choose the right blade while cutting anything depending on your materials. You can choose the right one from Milwaukee Ax and Torch blades or Milwaukee Double Duty Upgrade blades or Diablo Carbide-tipped recip blade for better performance.

Insert the blade rightly:

Now, you have the right blade. It’s great. But, you need to insert the blade rightly to get better performance. The first thing you should do before inserting the blade is to unplug the saw or remove the battery from it. Then insert the blade into the chuck carefully and give the blade a tug to make it sure the blade is secured in the chuck.

If you need to change the blade while cutting purposes, never forget to use gloves as the used blade gets too hot to harm your hand.

Insert the shoe rightly:

You know a reciprocating saw is a delicate tool. So, a shoe can be called the conk of a reciprocating saw as it helps to stabilize the saw while cutting. It also helps to extend the blade life adjusting itself forward and back.

While cutting wood or any material, push the shoe against the wood or materials to reduce the vibration significantly. It will help you to cut your materials faster.

So, insert the shoe into your reciprocating saw carefully.

Use the right speed:

Use the proper speed depending on your cutting materials. Sometimes you need to slow down the speed, sometimes it needs to speed up. It will depend upon your materials and moment of the cutting. For example, while starting the cutting wood; you need to use a slow speed to keep the balance under your control. And you can do the same when you will reach the cutting end of the wood

Use lubricant to extend the blade life:

When you cut metal, the blade gets hot quickly which makes the decay of the blade. You can keep the blades cooler using a lubricant as Olson Saw Blade Lubricant between the cuts. It will extend the blades life.

Use a small blade to avoid waggle:

While cutting materials, you may need different sizes blades for different purposes. It will depend on the size of your materials. But when you cut small sizes of materials, never use the big size blades as it will be the cause of waggle violently back and forward at the end of the blade. It will slow down your cut and may bend down your blades causing huge vibration. So, use smaller sizes blades whatever you cut at your home.

Choose the right angle to cut faster:

Choosing the right angles or changing the angles according to the needs will reduce your cutting time. Especially, when you are cutting a thick material, change the angle of the blade frequently. It will make your cutting faster.

Use a frame to cut comfortably:

When you are cutting a melamine laminated board or plywood, you can use a wooden frame. It will help you to cut comfortably, cleanly and even faster.

Safety Tips while using a reciprocating saw:

A reciprocating saw is comparatively safe than any other saw. In spite of this, you should follow some rules strictly to avoid any kind of danger.

  • Unplug the saw or open the battery from the saw when you change the blade or any parts of the tool.
  • Don’t forget to use a safety glass while cutting. Even you should use hearing protection especially while cutting metals as it can create a lot of vibration sound.
  • When you change the blade, use hand gloves as the blade gets too heated at the time of its use.

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