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How to choose a reciprocating saw

From demolition to renovation, reciprocating saws are the ideal choice. Reciprocating saws allow you to get into places that other types of saws can’t go. We’ll give you a quick primer, so you can find one that’s right for you.

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What are you going to be using it for?

If you plan on using your saw for large, heavy-duty demolition jobs, a corded model is best. If you want to use it for lighter work around the house, a cordless saw will get the job done even if AC power is not available close by.

Corded reciprocating saws

For heavy demolition work, a corded model is recommended; and the higher the amp-rating, the greater power the saw will deliver. Corded tools deliver reliable, consistent performance with unlimited run time.

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Cordless reciprocating saws

For jobs around the house, such as cutting wood or metal fence posts, demolishing a bathroom, or trimming trees around your property, a cordless reciprocating saw will meet your needs. Cordless models are usually lightweight and can deliver short-term power bursts equal to those of corded saws.

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Adjustable Shoe

This feature enables you to use more of the blade.

Pivoting Shoe

It keeps the blade square to the work piece and pivots to allow a better cutting angle. It also allows the shoe to remain in contact with the work piece for the whole cut.


This prevents the saw from being started accidentally. 

Orbital Function

This function enables the blade to move in a continuous orbital path, rather than just back and forth, which makes it more effective when cutting through tough materials. Orbit mode is for situations like demolition, where the cut quality is not important.

Rubber Overmould

It adds comfort and reduces hand fatigue by absorbing tool vibration. 

Tool-less Blade Change

This makes blade changing easy.

Variable Speed

Choose a saw with a range of at least 0 -2000 SPM (strokes per minute) for maximum control. It’s important to match the speed with the blade and the material being cut.

Grip and Stance

Always use a firm, two-handed grip and balanced body stance. Never over-reach.

Make Contact

The shoe should be firmly placed against the work piece and the saw pivoted into the cut.

Protective Gear

Use protective eyewear — especially when cutting holes in the ceiling. Avoid wearing loose clothing and jewellery. If your hair is long, tie it back.


Before changing blades, make sure the reciprocating saw is turned off and unplugged or that the battery is disconnected.