When it comes to handy power tools, there is nothing better than the reciprocating saw – which is specifically designed for more demolition projects but can be used as a very effective and efficient tool to cut wood, copper, PVC, metal, etc.
Moreover, with a bit of training and safety precautions any one can use it to perform multiple DIY projects. However, it is also important to understand a thing or two about reciprocating saw maintenance.
The reciprocating saw comes with different detachable blades that you can use cutting a variety of materials. The machine pushes and pulls the blade at very high speeds, which you can control.
With the back and forth motion, you can easily cut metal and wood without creating a mess or when smashing the wood with a hammer or a sledge hammer isn't an option.
The saw is powered electrically or you can purchase a machine that is battery powered.
Depending on the model of the saw, you would only need a normal wall socket to plug it in and start using it. Although the mechanism of the saw is a bit more complex, that information really doesn’t affect the way you use it and has nothing do with maintaining its performance.
When you talk about maintaining the saw, the most important to keep the machine maintained and to ensure it never fails to perform is using the right type of blade for the material you want to cut.
Choosing the wrong blade to cut the wrong materials is going to damage the blade not to mention you will run the risk of damaging the complex gears inside the machine.
Other than this, maintaining the saw blade in case there is something wrong with the gears or if other critical components of the machine are damaged, there is nothing you will be able to do about it yourself and you will have to send the machine back to the manufacturer for repairs.
You can have this done for free if your machine is under warranty and if there is a manufacturing default in it.
Before cutting anything it is important that you wear safety glasses, especially when cutting anything overhead. Selecting the correct saw blade can help you overcome a multitude of different DIY or renovation tasks with considerable ease.
When it comes to cutting metal or copper pipes or nails, go with a fine-toothed reciprocation saw blade. This type of blade will look like a mini hacksaw.
However, when you begin cutting metal, don’t just squeeze the trigger for full power, for the first couple of seconds, give it a gently squeeze and as soon as it starts to cut it, go to full power.
Similarly, when slicing and dicing wood select a coarse saw blade – or if you’re cutting through plaster use an even coarser blade than what you use to cut wood with. You don’t have to hold back on the trigger when it cutting anything other than metal or copper.
For cutting cast iron or materials like ceramic or stone, you will require toothless saw blades. These blades are made with tungsten carbide with a powerful abrasive grit covering the entire blade. They cut through said materials like butter.
Depending on the type of saw blade you are using, you may have to use different methods of inserting the saw blade into the machine.
This is also a very good reciprocating saw maintenance tip because incorrect insertion can end up damaging the machine.
Some saws are designed with a level that you will have to disengage before putting any type of blade inside of it. After you disengage the lever, get rid of the blade and attach a new one and close the lever.
Other products are manufactured with an Allen screw, which means you will have to unscrew it, remove the blade, put a new blade in it and the screw it back on.
Quality reciprocating saw blades come with a locking pin, which securely hold the blade in place while other products feature a combination of all the methods mentioned for more efficient use.
Select one that suits you best. On the other hand, it is also important that you read the manufacturer’s manual to understand how to safely attach and detach a blade because you don’t want to end up completely breaking the blade and the locking mechanism for the blade.
If the blade appears to be stuck inside the saw and isn't coming out or if a fragment or a piece of the saw blade is stuck in there tight, it is important to unlock, unscrew or disengage the blade insertion mechanism.
After you unlock the mechanism, don’t take out the blade just yet; gently pull the trigger to operate the saw as lightly as possible to see if the piece of the blade comes out during the process.
If you see that the saw isn't responding as it should, or if there is a lot of fluctuation in the pull and push motion of the blade, it may possible that the mechanism inside the machine or its complex gears may be damaged.
If one of the gears in the machine is missing teeth or if it is broken, it will adversely affect the performance of the saw, messing up its rate of reciprocation. It can also jam and not work at all.
The only way you can do anything about it is ask for replacement parts from the manufacturer.
A lot of topnotch manufacturers offer different saw components and replacement parts. Moreover, the product is still under warranty, you can send the saw to the company to get it fixed.