A saw is a key item in most tool boxes, along with a hammer and a screwdriver or screwdriver set. Saws are used for different tasks such as cutting a sheet of wood to the right length and height, or to saw a gap of specific measurements out of a sheet of metal, wood or plastic. Of course saws can also be used in gardening and pruning.
The most user friendly types of saws to use are electric ones. You don’t have to put a lot of pressure on this type of saw and the machine cuts through may types of materials with ease, depending on the type of saw that you choose to use. The application that you are using to saw (the machine) is not the most important thing to look at if you want to choose the best saw for you. It all depends on the type of reciprocating saw blades that you are attaching to the machine.
What are reciprocating saw blades?
This blade is made of steel and makes it possible to cut through wood and metal, composite materials and even through fiberglass or walls. A reciprocating saw is one of the most important tools to use in DIY jobs such as plumbing, building and other jobs that ask for a machine that is suitable for rough cuts. A good blade matched with a sawing machine is the best tool to use if you need to cut at difficult angles and small spaces. The machine and saw do not take up a lot of storage space and are usually sold in a small case.
There are specific saw blades for specific jobs and these saw blades are chosen depending on the type of material that you are working with. Reciprocating saw blades have different tooth measurements for a rough or fine cut and are often sold in packs of 5. Even though they are built to last, the teeth will wear off if the saw is used often, depending on the material that you are cutting. How do you choose the best blades for your work? The best choice of a blade for your project depends on different factors. What materials will you be using in your current project and what are the materials that you prefer to use in general? What is the type of cut that you need for your project? Is it a smooth or a rough cut? Are you a professional who will be using the saw on a very regular basis or do you need the saws for occasional projects?
How much do they cost?
Reciprocating saw blades are sold in a very wide price range. The cheaper blades are more likely to bend or become dull during your work. If you are using the saws only occasionally and for small projects with lightweight materials, a cheap set of reciprocating saws may be just what you need. If you want longevity and a strong quality saw that lasts, choose a more expensive collection of reciprocating saws. The number of teeth on the saw tells you a lot about the projects that they are suitable for. Reciprocating saw blades with a low number of teeth on the saw create rougher looking cuts, saw blades with a high number of teeth leave a smoother finish. What specific type of saw blade do you need for your project?
You need to take a closer look at the gullet size of your reciprocating saw blade before choosing what blade to use. A larger gullet on the saw will remove more material during its performance, but has a shorter blade life. Other tooth types include raker teeth saw blades, which can be used with almost any machine and is suitable for most projects. Teeth set on the blade in a wavy shape leave you with a rough cut, but a long blade life.
Choose a longer and thicker saw blade for those projects in which you need a deep cut. A thicker blade will wobble less during your work and will leave a straight cut. You will need to use the thickest blades for projects in which you are using the saw for demolition purposes, cutting through wood and drywall.
Reciprocating saw blades are made from a range of different materials such as carbide, bi-metal or carbon steel. Carbon steel blades are great for sawing at an angle as they can bend without breaking. These blades are great to use with wood or plastics and the saw teeth can wear down fast. In bi-metal reciprocating blades carbon and high-speed steel are combined to create a saw that is strong, durable and heat resistant. Carbide saw blades can be used for challenging materials such as board, ceramic tiles and even for fiberglass.
What reciprocating saw blades to buy?
If you are unsure about the exact materials that you will be sawing, it is best to choose a medium strength steel blade to ensure longevity and flexibility. Never over stretch the angle at which you are sawing and make sure to gently remove the saw from the object that you are working on at all times. You can also choose to buy a set of 5 or 6 different blades suitable for a range of materials. This way you can make sure that you always have the best blades ready to deal with any project.
How do you care for your reciprocating saw blades? Remove the saw from your machine after used to avoid bending and damaging the saw during storage. Clean the saw with a dry cloth and store the saw in its original packaging. Keep saws out of reach of children and pets and check your saw for any signs of wear or damage before attaching the saw to the machine. This way your reciprocating saw blades can be used for a long time and will give you a clean and neat cut during your projects. Before starting a project it is always a good idea to test the saw on the material that you intend to cut.