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Reciprocating Saw Blades

Reciprocating saws are very versatile tools that can cut through anything from wood to concrete. Cutting capabilities depend on the saw blade used for the job, so before using your saw for any task, you should make sure you have the right blade. Dimensions and material are just a couple of the characteristics you have to consider when picking a saw blade for a specific task.

Dimensions

Tougher materials will require a thicker saw blade. The thicker a blade is, the less it will wobble, allowing you to add more pressure in the cut. Light wood can easily be cut even with a 0.9mm thick blade, while metal or concrete will require a 1.3mm one.

Blade Length

Length is also an important factor, since longer blades allow you a greater range of motion. Greater length will allow a deeper cut, but it can be an obstacle in some situations as well. A 235 mm saw blade might not work well in tight spaces where you can't push and pull the entire length of the blade, so sometimes shorter is better.

Blade Materials

The reciprocating saw can be one of your home tools or an everyday necessity on a building site. Select your saw blade material depending on your primary use and the frequency of use. Carbon steel blades are generally used for lighter cuts and are excellent for home use. They have a considerably shorter lifespan than the high-speed saw blades and the bi-metal blades, but they will still get the job done. The bi-metal blades last ten times more than carbon steel and two times more than high-speed saw blades. If you plan to do some metal cutting, these blades are an excellent choice as they do not dull easily.

Blade Tip Materials

The tip of the blade can also be made of different material to allow a cut through stronger materials. Diamond saw blades have real diamonds embedded in the tip, which makes them very suitable for cutting glass, ceramics and concrete. Carbide-grit blades are also quite popular for ceramic tiles, marble and fibreglass as it has an abrasive surface that makes the cut look extra smooth.

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