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Reciprocating Saw Blades and Common Uses

Learn More About Reciprocating Saw Blades and Common Uses

Top 5 Applications for Recip Blades

  1. Demolition,
  2. Plumbers cutting holes through subfloors and walls,
  3. Cutting bottom plates from door and window openings,
  4. Cutting holes for windows and doors through sheeting,
  5. Cutting piping and unistrut to length

What’s the Best Tool to Use for Reciprocating Blades?

Reciprocating saws (sawzalls) are the only tool for which recip blade can be used. Larger, higher amperage saws are needed for demolition jobs. We recommend using a Bosch 1-1/8″ Reciprocating Saw for regular applications and a Compact Demolition Reciprocating Saw or 1-1/8″ Vibration Control™ Reciprocating Saw for demolition projects .

Common Material to Cut with Reciprocating Saw Blades.

The material that blades are designed to cut depends on the individual blade. Each Daredevil blade is designed for a specific application. You can find blades that let you cut the following materials:

  • Wood and PVC/plastics
  • Wood with nails
  • Thin metal (1/16″ – 1/8″)
  • Thick metal (1/8″ – 1/2″), aluminum and other non-ferrous metals
  • Metal (1/8″ – 1/2″), aluminum and other non-ferrous metals

Tips and Tricks the Pros Know.

  • It helps to rock the back end of the saw up and down to vary the cutting edge of the blade
  • Keep the shoe or foot plate of your reciprocating saw against the workpiece at all times
  • Blades are hot after cutting, so use caution when handling the blades after a job

Reciprocating Saw Blade Anatomy

TPI (teeth per inch). Lower TPI results in a faster, rougher cut. Higher TPI results in a cleaner cut. Variable tooth pitch has teeth that change along the length of the blade allow both faster and cleaner cuts. Bosch 2×2 tooth geometry has alternating heights on pairs of teeth for up to 20% faster material removal. As a general rule of thumb, you need at least two teeth in the material at all times and three is better.

Gullet-space between each tooth. The gullet collects and clears out the material being cut. Deep gullets clear material more efficiently than shallow gullets.

Blade shapes – taper and non-taper. Taper-blades are designed for plunge cutting, curve cuts and easier starts in hard-to-reach application.

Kerf – body thickness. Thin-kerf blades offer faster cutting and flexibility for flush cutting. Thicker-kerf blades offer straight, more stable cutting.

Reinforced tooth – wide tooth base with a smaller gullet.

Progressor reciprocating saw blades are two blades in one. They can cut thin material with their small teeth in the back and thick material with the large teeth on the front. It has an exaggerated tip for easier plunge cutting and a taper-back body for easier starts in hard-to-reach applications.

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