Five Benefits of Using a Reciprocating Saw

Reciprocating saws are used to cut many different kinds of materials like wood, wood embedded with nails and even metal, by a push and pull mechanism of the blade of the saw. Reciprocating saws started off as a purely manual tool, often used by two people at the opposing ends of the material that are to be sawed off. Nowadays, they come as motorized saws for the benefit of the user. A reciprocating saw can be needed by anyone for any purpose which is why there are many benefits of keeping it handy.


The mechanical reciprocating saw comes in both, corded and cordless variety. They are compact and can be stored in small spaces so they do not require a large space in your household. The cordless one does not need an outlet and can be run after being charged or by using batteries and can thus be taken further outdoors to cut wood or other material.


Reciprocating saws can be used to cut many different kinds of materials and are very convenient at that. As mentioned before, they are available in the cordless form and can thus be carried anywhere with enough charging. They come with a storage case that can be used to transport the tool without it lying around loose. They can be used to cut objects horizontally, vertically or at an angle. Their functions allow them to work at different speeds, lower speeds for metal, pipes or precision cuts and greater speeds for wood and other soft material.


They come with many different kinds of blades and usually include a tool-less blade changing function which causes the user to easily change the blade of the saw as per his wishes without spending too much time or effort on the job. They have added features for making diverse cuts like an adjustable shoe, or orbital action etc that allow the precision of the cuts to be changed accordingly and allow for different types of planes to be cut.

Stroke depth

Newer Reciprocating saws come with better stroke depth. Stroke depth tells us how deep the indentation made of the material will be. The stroke depth on a reciprocating saw can also be changed according to the kind and depth of the stroke we want. The deeper strokes measure about 1.25 inches for faster and aggressive cuts. This can be changed to strokes measuring around 0.75 inches for making plunge cuts.

Safety and protection

Most motorized reciprocating saws nowadays come with built-in safety and protective functions. This included the counterweight mechanism to reduce vibration and stopping kickback from starting the saw. Other features include the auto-stop brushes mechanism that causes the saw to stop automatically and to prevent damage to the motor when the brushes of the saw wear out. Adding metal gear housing can cause the saw to last longer and to prevent the motor of the saw from burning itself out during very heavy use.


Awais Ahmed is a student, blogger and digital marketer who helps small entrepreneurs to improve their online presence. He has a range of interests including technology, apps and small business.

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