What Is a Reciprocating Saw Used For?

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A reciprocating saw can be a jig saw, which is a small device used for cutting designs or holes into wood. Use a reciprocating saw to go places that a circular saw can't go with help from a certified home inspector in this free video on home carpentry.

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Hello my name is Mark Blocker, in this segment we're going to cover what a reciprocating saw is used for. Here I have one example of a battery operated reciprocating saw, it's called a saws off. The other type of reciprocating saw is a jig saw, and that's a smaller device usually used for cutting designs in wood or holes in small thin wood. What a reciprocating saw is most commonly used for is going places a circular saw won't. And for example, cutting out a whole door frames, windows, maybe you wanted to add a window into a home. You can use it for cutting through the exterior wall and studding, because you can put in different length blades that can average up to twelve to fourteen inches long. That allow you cut all the way through the exterior of a wall, through the interior wall, through the studs themselves. And one of the better properties of a reciprocating saw is, is a variety of different types cutting sheaths and blades that are available for it. Most all of the blades have bi-metallic capability, which means they're aggressive enough to cut through wood, yet they'll also cut through metal without damaging the blade. That gives you the ability to saw through nails, and other types of fasteners that you normally couldn't saw through the carbide tip without damage. Those are some of the uses of a reciprocating saw.

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