How To Use A Reciprocating Saw

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hi I'm Shannon from host and cruise comm

and today we want to talk a little bit

about reciprocating saws so I've got a

bit of a assortment of saws here mostly

the yellow brand but that doesn't really

matter you're going to find a lot of the

same features on on most every saw the

little bit more higher end ones you're

going to have slightly different or or

more features but basically they all

operate the same same way so we've got a

selection of cordless battery operated

recipt saws on this side you may have

also heard these saws referred to as

sawzalls that's actually a brand but

reciprocating saws the general name for

any of this these types of saws so I've

got the cordless ones over there I've

got the corded version right here with

today's battery resources and technology

that they have a lot of these battery

operated ones are just as good as the

cordless one as far as I'm concerned i

these two here are my own personal ones

I honestly have not used this corded one

for a long time I actually had to blow

the dust off of it when I got it out

today so so i guess to start out with

we'll just we'll just take one here just

talked about some of the features and

just on a safety note as always if

you're changing the blade or anything

make sure you've got the cord unplugged

if you're using a battery operated one

most of them have a lock mechanism on

the trigger so make sure that's locked

at the very least and it's probably a

good idea to remove the battery as well

any time you're doing anything with the

blade or whatever while we're kind of on

safety wouldn't hurt to remove the

blades as well if you know there's a

chance one of your kids might get a hold

of them or whatever or you know

sometimes even if it's just laying on

the floor I like take the blade out

because those can be sharp if you happen

to trip and fall on it so okay so we've

got the blade on sorry the cord

unplugged and we're just going to take

this recipie Rand talked about some of

the features so first off they're

generally all shaped much like this

although you're going to see a few that

are shaped a little bit differently like

this and are just a little bit more

okay so you can kind of see the two here

you can see the length difference and

basically the idea on this is just a

little more compact you can get into

tire places this one actually measures

less than 16 inches I believe from here

from the shoe to the back end so you

could actually physically put it into a

stud wall and make some cuts without you

know things being in the way of school

okay so that's that

now there's generally two different

styles of ways to remove and change the

blade most of them now are coming with

some type of a lever like this that you

just pull up pull the blade in and out

basically the blade they're all going to

have some variation they're usually

pretty universal but they're all going

to look something like that on the back

end the blade itself can be put in

either this way or the other way

depending on what you're cutting you

might want to you know be closer to the

edge you can kind of see how it's not

centered in the front of the tool so if

I turn it that way I'm a little tighter

to this side if I want to get up against

a floor a wall or something this way

I've got a little bit more room to work

okay so so they've all got some kind of

mechanism like that these ones are all

the same style this one's just slightly

different slide sideways to pull the

blade out but really they're all pretty

similar the other more common or the

other common style you're going to see

usually on the lower end saws or older

saws is it'll actually come with a

little allen wrench that might be

attached to the cord somewhere or stuck

into the tool somewhere and there'll be

an Allen set screw down down in the end

of the saw here that you have to loosen

off pull the blade out put the blade and

tighten it back up not as convenient

these are these are really nice they

just make things so much quicker and

easier into these fast pace of rentals

so that's the blade a lot of them will

have adjustable shoe here on the bottom

so basically there's a couple functions

of that one is it does help you actually

to be able to use have better use of

your blade so if you've

you know you got it in there and you're

cutting a lot of items that are say an

inch wide or maybe you're cutting some

metal conduit or whatever you're going

to wear out those teeth rate in that

section eventually it's going to get

dull so instead of just taking that

blade out and throwing it away you could

extend this out and now you're using a

different section of the blade okay

another use for this is if you're going

to do a plunge cut with this particular

saw I would typically have the blade in

back this way extend the shoe out and

you can kind of use it as a fulcrum so

it gives you a little bit of a leverage

point down on your work surface maybe

it's easier to see on there and like in

the instance of doing a plunge cut you

would start out hanging onto the saw

well like this pull the trigger to start

the blade sliding it out and you'd be

able to rotate on that on that shoe when

it's down like that it doesn't work

quite as well this way because the blade

you can probably see the shoes actually

pretty much off the table they're in the

blades already touching so I'm going to

actually demonstrate that cut here in a

few minutes so on so that's kind of a

couple of the uses of that shoe I

suppose as well it would also adjust if

you're cutting through something and you

know you can't get a short enough blade

and you don't want your bleed stabbing

through too far maybe there's some

wiring or something else on the way you

can adjust the shoe out so that the end

of the blade that's actually inside your

wall or your floor or whatever you're

cutting isn't protruding too far in to

catch other things I guess that would be

the third use this particular one has a

two-speed switch over here so that

that's this one they don't they aren't

all going to have that like I spoke

about these ones have a lock some of

these especially the cordless ones have

a lock on them to lock the trigger out

so you can actually squeeze the trigger

I think that's about it as far as the

basic functions of the various saws I

guess the only other different thing

this one has is it actually has a hook

on it so if you're you know maybe

climbing up into rafters or you got

somewhere you can physically hook this

on to something says setting it down on

the ground having to bend over all the

time or find some place to lay it so

that's kind of handy function on that

one okay so we've looked at most of the

functions let's look at some of the

blades here so I'm just going to take

this blade out this blade here and most

of them will actually say on them what

they're made for cutting this one is in

particular is is metal and you can

usually tell that by how find the bleed

or how find the teeth are on it where if

you look at this blade they've got it

marked as a wood blade you can see the

teeth are much more aggressive I'll just

try to hold both these together like

that so you can see this one's generally

going to be made for wood you wouldn't

want to cut too much for metal with that

aggressive of a blade there's many many

blades also that'll be kind of dual

purpose and they might even be called

demolition blades depending on what

manufacturer you buy from so they're

great if you're you know cutting a lot

doing a lot of rental work where you're

cutting you know cutting walls where

there could be nails and there are

screws in there it will actually

function and cut both products quite

well now as far as bleeds go to you know

there's going to be all kinds of

different sizes and there's other types

there's ones for cutting cast pipe and

all sorts of different things but like I

said they'll generally show you right on

there they'll probably even show you how

many teeth per inch there is that sort

of thing like for instance this is 18

teeth per inch much finer then this one

which is 5 teeth per inch

okay so lengths as well I don't have a

real long one with me here to

demonstrate but I mean you can have some

they're you know 15 16 inches long so

okay so that's kind of the different

blades that you might come across I

think safety wise we'll we'll get into

that we already talked a bit about you

know I'm plugging your cords like like

any other power tool when you're

changing blades that sort of thing

locking out the triggers

taking all the batteries other things

you're going to want to have is earplugs

so you're going to want to use some

hearing protection you're going to want

to definitely use some eye protection

whenever you're using these products

because you're going to be cutting

there's so many things you can use this

for like for a renovator if you don't

have a reciprocating saw you need to buy

one you need to go out right now

after this video and buy yourself one

because you'll wonder what you ever did

without one before they're just super

Universal super handy so I think the

next thing I'm going to do I'm just

going to move this corded one out of the

way now i set mentioned before i was

going to demonstrate doing a plunge cut

so this would be a case where either

maybe a floor a wall some kind of

surface and you're wanting to cut

something out of it let's say this table

right here and you know you can't cut in

from the side you want to start right

here there's a couple ways you could do

it you could either drill a hole with

your drill in a drill bit so that your

blade will fit in that hole or you can

make basically a plunge cut so to make a

plunge cut I'm replacing this tabletop

at some time some I'm just going to make

a quick cut here so so with your plunge

cut and any other cut you always want to

be hanging on well to the reciprocating

saw because the one thing it wants to do

if you're not hanging on well is it

wants to just shake your arms off once

it gets cutting it starts binding a bit

and then it's just giving you one of

these and your your cuts going to be

very inefficient and you could get hurt

too so you want to have good good

control your saw you want to make sure

you've got the appropriate blade in

there and for a plunge cut I'm going to

start out basically sitting down like

this and I'm going to squeeze the

trigger I got my walk on still I'm going

to squeeze the trigger this one happens

to have a light on the bottom end I'm

not 100% sure if the other ones do or

not but that is kind of nice to squeeze

the trigger get the blade moving and

then you're going to want to just start

to tip this down into there nice and

slow so it can start to make a nice

horizontal cut until it starts plunging

down and actually breaks through the

bottom side of the wood now anytime

you're making

cut like that you want to be aware of

anything that might be underneath or on

the backside plumbing electrical I don't

know whatever you want to just try to be

sure you know what's inside that wall so

you're not cutting into something else

okay so I'm just going to put in my

hearing protection and I'll show you a

plunge cut

so once we've got that right through

there now it's right through whatever

surface we're cutting now you can do

whatever you need to to cut a hole or

make a straight cut or whatever you're

wanting to do but it's that initial just

getting yourself through there without

freaking ripping your arms off because

it's binding and slamming itself into

the cut okay so that's that cut now

another common cut you're going to be

you might be cutting off two by four you

might just be cutting a wall off you

know actually in one of our other videos

that you've probably already seen we

actually use this this saw to cut the

studs out of the wall to demolish it

quicker but I'm just going to show you

you know how easy one of these will go

through a piece of wood

now you can mark a line depends what

you're doing you might be marking a line

and trying to follow it in this case I

just want to demonstrate making a cut so

there's a couple different ways I can do


I can start with the shoe rate against

the work surface and in that case I

would probably want to have the blade

turned the other way because I get a

little bit more of the shoe on the

surface okay so you in this case if I

was cutting straight down I want to hold

lots pressure down to keep that shoe

tight to here and it doesn't really

matter what position you're in you're

wanting to keep that shoe tight to the

work surface okay so you just again

start the saw up I've got the shoe

against the product I'm cutting and then

I want to just start the saw into it

nice and easy and cut with the speed

that the saw cut it don't force it


so you can see how quickly that cuts I

mean that's a new blade and everything

too but and again if you had a demo

blade this could have been a stud where

there was some nails right through the

end of it and we would have cut right

through all of it so so I think that

pretty much shows you everything I can

show you about these saws like I said

very handy you're going to want to get

one the minute you try it you just

you're going to just think of all kinds

of uses or places that you could use it

that maybe you've been monkeying around

with some other tool that doesn't really

do the job correctly okay so hopefully

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