How to Use one handed reciprocating saw

Can you use a reciprocating saw with both hands?

Hold reciprocating saw with both hands. Remember sabre saws cut on the up stroke. Secure and support stock as close as possible to the cutting line to avoid vibration. Keep the base or shoe of the saw in firm contact with the stock being cut. Select the correct blade for the material being cut and allow it to cut steadily.

How do you make a plunge cut with a reciprocating saw?

Make a plunge cut by pressing the blade tip through the material. Set the bottom of the saw’s shoe against the material you’re cutting so the blade is parallel to the surface you’re cutting. Pull the trigger and tilt the saw up so the blade goes into the material at a 30- or 45-degree angle.

Where is the foot on a reciprocating saw?

The typical design of this saw has a foot at the base of the blade, similar to that of a jigsaw. The user holds or rests this foot on the surface being cut so that the tendency of the blade to push away from or pull towards the cut as the blade travels through its movement can be countered.

How many strokes does a reciprocating saw make?

In essence, that is what a reciprocating saw does. A powerful electric motor drives the blade at over 2,000 strokes a minute for nearly effortless cutting. (Blade length varies and is up to 12 inches in some cases.)


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