5 Smart Uses For a Reciprocating Saw

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Using a recip saw

Whether you are an ardent do-it-yourselfer or just a homeowner that occasionally likes to take a crack at the projects around their house before calling the handyman, the reciprocating saw is your friend. Relatively safe, relatively easy to use, and extremely versatile, this is one of the more accessible power tools on the market.

But the truth of the matter is that there are lots of applications for this tool that probably never crossed your mind before. That in mind today we will be taking a look at a few reciprocating saw uses you might not know about.

1. Drywall

The reciprocating saw can be an invaluable asset for any drywall project. The power and precision of the blade makes extremely precise cuts that will look considerably cleaner than those of hand tools.

There are drywall specific reciprocating saw blades available for purchase that are specifically optimized for this task.

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2. Pipes, Nails, Etc

One of the primary functions of the reciprocating saw is demolition. Because they are so lightweight and easy to use,  they make for a simple and straightforward way to cut and toss an obstacle out of your way.

This even includes pipes. Sure, you can spend lots of time and energy with a hacksaw, or you can take a few moments with a reciprocating blade to get the job done.

Naturally, and as one might imagine, the blade you use for cutting pipe with a reciprocating saw will resemble that of a hacksaw fine-toothed

Pipes, Nails, Etc

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3. Trimming Branches

You don’t often think of reciprocating saws as a yardwork tool, but they are actually one of the most efficient and safe options for trimming branches.

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Because of how compact they are, it’s relatively safe to cut with them above your head—a motion that is frequently necessary during branch trimming.

4. Window Framing

The shape and size of the reciprocating saw also make sit the perfect tool for cutting out the frame for a window.

In fact, this is one of the most common professional applications of a reciprocating saw.

window framing

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5. Removing Tile

Ever proofing itself the perfect tool for a renovation or remodel, the reciprocating saw is also ideal for removing tile.

With a scraping blade accessory, the reciprocating saw should be able to make quick work of tile.

removing tile

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Conclusion

The truth of the matter is that the reciprocating saw is an anything goes type of tool. Dozens of different blades and accessories mean that your imagination is really the only limit.

If you want to do it yourself, this should be one of the first tools on your shopping list. The nice thing is that they are also relatively affordable (at least when you consider how versatile they are). The savvy shopper might be able to find a great option for $100.

Once you get one, it’s only a matter of finding yourself the right blades. With the proper accessories, the reciprocating saw is one of the most versatile tools in the shop so don’t wait. Get one today!


Top image credit: Airman 1st Class Rusty Frank, Little Rock Air Force Base