How Does a Reciprocating Saw Work?

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The Moving Blade and Stationary Handle

  • There are several different types of saws that can be called reciprocating. These include the jigsaw, the scroll saw and the rotary saw. Reciprocating saws feature short blades attached to a piston-like motor that enables the saw blade itself to move back and forth rapidly so that the handle end of the saw does not have to move at all. This enables the user to get into tighter spaces with the saw without smashing fingers against wooden beams and other building materials.

Learn How to Use the Saw

  • These saws are not for finessing a cutting job, but are used more or less for quick and easy cutting work. These saws are best used when a precision cut is not needed but a sloppy and easy one will do. Anyone using this type of saw for the first time however will likely find it a challenge to figure out how to use the thing without a little bit of practice ahead of time because these saws are difficult to control if you are unfamiliar with using them.

Different Kinds of Saws

  • Reciprocating saws come in many shapes and sizes, including tiny ones used in surgery. The larger saws usually require both hands to steady them because they can easily be caught in the wood which can create quite a dangerous situation. It is always best to err on the side of safety when using any type of power tool, particularly ones that cut with a rapid motion.

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