Whether you have a big construction project or just want to purchase a multi-use tool to have around the house, if you don’t already own a reciprocating saw, you should get one. They are very versatile tools that you can use to replace a handful of other tools. We will show you a few different reciprocating saw uses and talk a bit about what they are and what to look for when you buy them.
- What is a Reciprocating Saw
- Different Reciprocating Saw Uses
What is a Reciprocating Saw
Before deep down lets know what reciprocating saw is? Some of call it as a Sawzall saw. what is Sawzall saw? is Sawzall saw another name of reciprocating saw? Curious?
A reciprocating saw, also shortened to recip saw or sometimes called Sawzall saw (after a well-known power tools manufacturer) is a power tool equipped with a saw blade that has a push-and-pull motion. Although the positioning of the saw blade and the size or shape may differ, this “reciprocating” movement is what defines it.
The reciprocating saw uses an alternating direction motor that moves the blade in a back-and-forth motion, much like one would use a handheld saw to cut through material. The blade is locked in place at one end, allowing the user to make plunge cuts and create holes in plane surfaces with the saw. The best reciprocating saw also has a foot that you will use when cutting to direct the blade and steady it as it moves.
The reciprocating saw blades are interchangeable and can be adapted to the type of job you need to be done: wood cutting, piping, electric work, landscaping etc.
Different Reciprocating Saw Uses
It is a very versatile tool that can cut through wood, metal, plastic and various other materials. If you are looking for a saw that does a precision job, maybe you should invest in something else. A reciprocating saw is ideal for quick jobs that don’t need a lot of precision, since the saw will be maneuvered freely with your hands and not through a guiding system.
If you need to replace a damaged area of drywall, there is always the concern that you might go through the studs or even destroy electric cables or pipes behind the drywall. A reciprocating saw can make this task error proof with a simple trick. Fit a drywall blade on the saw and cut it to the length of the drywall section. This way, you will only cut the drywall and not what is underneath it.
Cutting PVC or metal piping
The reciprocating saw is also an important part of the arsenal for electricians, plumbers or AC installers. Because a lot of this work means getting into not so easily accessible places and cutting indentations in the walls, the perfect accessory for the reciprocating saw would be a double-faced blade with a tip that facilitates plunge cuts. A strong blade will go through PVC pipes, as well as metal ones and create the perfect access hole for electric and pipework.
Cutting through nails and pins that are hard to remove
If you want to remove a piece that has been nailed or studded in the wrong spot, the reciprocating saw will get it done fast and easy by cutting through the nails. Its blade is thin enough to fit cracks and to be moved at different angles, which will help you cut through nails when demolishing a lot of different parts of decor or furniture.
Grooming trees and bushes
Yes, this power tool can also be used by gardeners. It is small and maneuverable, making pruning and landscaping much easier than with using a chainsaw. You have more balance than when using a chainsaw, because you don’t need to hold the recip saw with both hands necessarily. It is also lightweight and highly efficient. If you are planning to use the saw mainly for gardening, you can also invest in a specialized blade for pruning.
Fitting windows and doors
When fitting windows and doors, you need to make the perfect cut into the wall, otherwise the structure and quality of thermic and noise insulation will be damaged from the start. For adjusting the cut to your window or door’s size, a reciprocating saw is perfect, because it allows you to make small adjustments and shave off small pieces of the frame at a time. The fact that this type of saw fits in tight spaces and is easy to handle makes it ever present at fitting jobs.
For cutting through metal (nails, metal sheet, pipes etc.) you will want to use a fine tooth blade and some liquid or a special blade that minimizes friction, otherwise you risk having the blade break off, which can lead to serious accidents. Always wear protective gear while cutting metal especially, since it generates a lot of noise, dust and loose pieces.
One of the best uses for a reciprocating saw is demolition work. This power tool does not provide pretty, perfect cuts, its advantage being that it makes fast, powerful cuts in tight spaces. You can go through wood, metal, metal sheets, even bricks and tiles. To remove pieces of furniture, thin walls or softer materials any blade will do, but you might want to upgrade to stronger blades for heavier materials like stone or brick.
Removing tile floors and linoleum
For renovation and demolishing work, removing tiles fast can only be done with a specialized tool. The reciprocating saw has the perfect accessory for it, a scraping blade you can use in the push-and-pull motion. It successfully and neatly removed ceramic tiles, linoleum tiles that are glued to the floor and other materials. It’s very effective and very simple. Working your way in between the tile and the floor or wall will allow you to avoid a messy result.
Other uses (with special accessories)
You can fit a lot of accessories on a reciprocating saw and use its back-and-forth motion to complete a task. Wire brushes can be used to clean up a surface and prep it for painting or other treatment. As we have shown, a scraping attachment is perfect for removing tiles, linoleum or stubborn wallpaper. File accessories can do fine adjustments to imprecise cuts or prepare surfaces. Sanding paper attachments are also great to use with your reciprocating saw.
These are only examples of basic tasks you can cover with a reciprocating saw. Buying a powerful, reliable one will cover a lot of your construction and demolition needs. You can definitely discover more reciprocating saw uses and adapt it to the required job.
A good reciprocating saw base and the right accessories and blade for it are in many cases all you need for cutting materials around the house.