Reciprocating Saws Buying Guide
A reciprocating saw cuts the time and effort required for difficult tasks. Because it's designed for rough cutting, a reciprocating saw is excellent for cutting scrap material down to size for easy disposal. Depending on the blade you use, a reciprocating saw will cut through the toughest construction materials, including rebar and nail-embedded wood. Outdoors, you can trim tree branches much more quickly and easily than with a traditional hand saw.
A favourite with plumbers and electricians, a reciprocating saw is ideal for cutting holes in drywall or wooden beams in order to install electrical outlets, lighting or plumbing fixtures. It's also great for working in tight spaces. And if your renovation requires it, a reciprocating saw will cut through sheet rock, metal pipes and wooden joists.
Which reciprocating saw is cut out for the job?
Canadian Tire lets you choose from a range of cordless and corded reciprocating saws. Making the right decision is simply a matter of matching the tool to the job.
For heavy demolition work, an AC powered model is recommended; and the higher the amp-rating greater power the saw will deliver . A DC powered saw provides the flexibility of working without a power cord. A second battery will extend the additional run time needed to tackle bigger jobs.
For jobs around the house, such as cutting drywall or doing hobby work, a lower powered reciprocating saw will meet your needs. If you want the freedom to roam your property trimming trees without an extension cord, choose a cordless model. In addition to working in areas where AC power is not readily available, cordless tools are usually lighter and can deliver short-term power bursts equal to those of corded tools. On the other hand, corded tools offer uninterrupted use when operated within reach of a power outlet.
Features that make the job easier
- Adjustable shoe This feature enables you to set and then control the depth of your cut.
- Pivoting shoe Keeps the blade square to the workpiece and pivots to allow a better cutting angle.
- Lock-off Prevents the saw from being started accidentally.
- Orbital function Enables the blade to move in a continuous, orbital path, rather than just back and forth. This is more effective for cutting through tough materials.
- Rubber overmould Adds comfort and reduces hand fatigue by absorbing tool vibration.
- Stroke length This varies depending on make and model. Remember: The longer stroke, the longer your blades will last.
- Tool-less blade change Makes blade changing easy.
- Variable speed Choose a saw with a range of at least 0 -2000 SPM (strokes per minute) for maximum control. Use high speed for rough cuts and slow speed for precision work.
Tips for safer sawing
- Always use a firm two-handed grip and balanced body stance. Never over-reach.
- Start the saw before the blade makes contact with your material.
- Always read the instruction manual and consult a Canadian Tire sales associate before using a new type of tool or starting an unfamiliar job.
- Use protective eyewear - especially when cutting holes in the ceiling.
- Before changing blades, make sure the reciprocating saw is turned off and unplugged (or that the battery is disconnected.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing and jewellery. If your hair is long, tie it back.