Features of the Reciprocating Saw

Reciprocating Saw Features

Adjustable Shoe

Also known as a pivoting shoe. The adjustable shoe allows you to make cuts on wood that is angled or beveled. An adjustable shoe helps provide more stability to avoid splintering and helps to extend blade life. It also enhances the cut control of the saw for precision cuts. It’s best to look for tool-less adjustable shoes.

Orbital Action

Orbital action is designed to help cut through wood with greater force. When using orbital action the blade moves for up and down in addition to back and forth. This feature is useful for individuals that prefer a more aggressive cutting action.

Great for sawing through wood quickly, although orbital action is not to be used with metal (which requires a slower speed and force).

Variable Speed Control

A reciprocating saws variable speed control is offered either through a rotating dial or trigger. A variable speed trigger provides instant speed adjustments and the dial control is a fixed speed until rotated to either a slower or faster speed. The variable speed option is great for those cutting through many various types of material. Metal often requires a slower speed, while wood can be cut at faster speeds.

Tool-Less Blade Change

A reciprocating saw with the tool-less blade change feature allows the owner to make quick and easy blade changes without the use of a tool. Reciprocating saws WITHOUT this feature require an allen wrench or screwdriver (or some other tool) to make blades changes. Changing blades with a tool is very time consuming.

The tool-less blade change feature is a great for both the occasional user in addition to those owners who plan on using their saw frequently. Blade changes are important considering the task at hand may require a longer or shorter blade, or may require a metal cutting blade. Their are countless reasons why someone would want this feature!
All you have to do is look at the limitless number of reciprocating saw blades available and the numerous reciprocating saw uses to truly understand the benefit of this feature.

Four Position Blade Clamp

Do you need to cut at different angles and in hard to reach places? The four position blade clamp allows you to rotate the blade upwards or side to side rather than the typical down position.

Construction professionals often use this feature to cut at angles or holes in drywall or wood.  This feature is especially helpful for when cutting holes or pipes within walls.

Counter Weight Mechanism

A reciprocating saws counter weight mechanism helps reduce vibration and enhance control. Counter weights are positioned within the saw and move in the opposite direction of the blade.

Comfort and Ergonomic Grip

The type of grip attached to a reciprocating saw is especially important to those individuals using their saw for their profession or prolonged personal use. Many of the newer reciprocating saws offer anti-slip comfort grips with an ergonomic design.

Gear Protecting Clutch

A gear protecting clutch is designed to absorb high impact forces. The vibration caused by regular sawing activities along with jolts from hitting unexpected material (ie. knots in wood, unseen objects in walls) may cause wear to engine parts. The reciprocating saw gear protecting clutch reduces jolts and excessive vibration.
This feature was designed to prolong engine life and overall durability of the reciprocating saw.

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