Based on the various factors, manufacturer makes reciprocating blades Each blade differs from another based on the design, material, TPI, and others.
Every reciprocating saw blade contains sharp teeth that can cut any materials easily. For every different task, you need to have a different toothed blade. And taking care of these blades are inevitable because they are heavily sharped to do immense injury.
Depending on the TPI, the teeth group is made. The TPI stands for teeth per inch.
The TPI maintains a range which is 2 – 24. The upper TPI will ensure a smoother cut, and you will get a slower cutting experience.
And the lower TPI will give you a faster cutting experience. However, lower TPI toothed blades are rougher than higher TPI toothed blades.
You can choose a lesser TPI blade for cutting wood. On the other hand, a upper TPI blade is suitable for cutting metal type objects.
You will find 2 types of reciprocating saw blades. The first one is high carbon steel and the next one is high-speed steel.
Another reciprocating saw blade is there which is a combination of these 2 types of blade and named as bi-metal blades.
High Carbon Steel
It is popularly used reciprocating saw blade that you will get in the market.
High carbon steel blades are inexpensive, flexible to use, and bendable that doesn’t break. Because of these reasons, the popularity if this blade is on increasing trend among the users.
To cut softer materials like plastic and softwoods, high carbon steel reciprocating blades are the most suitable one. They are the most durable among all other blades.
Avoid using this blade on hard or metal type objects because they will become blunt if you do so.
Compared to the high carbon steel blade, high-speed blades are less flexible and harder as well.
It means this type of blade will break if you force them to blend. As a result, it is significantly essential to select the right kind of blade for separate materials.
In terms of cutting hard materials, the high-speed steel blade is a suitable one because of its robust characteristics. And they don’t get dull when used to cut metal type materials.
As I stated earlier, it is a combination of high-carbon steel and high-speed steel blade.
As a result, the lifecycle of this blade is 10X more than the other 2 types of blades. Due to its longevity, this blade is chosen by many contractors nowadays. However, as an alternative blade, they are a bit pricier.
Risks of Using Wrong Blades in Reciprocating Saw
As every blade is responsible for different tasks, so it is advisable to use the right blade for the right purpose.
It is because safety should get priority.
Although, you can interchange the blades when required.
Many consequences will happen if you use the wrong blade. Initially, your blade will become damaged. The blend may happen to the blade, and often the blade may break down due to wringing speed and wrong material.
Not only does it damage the blade, and it also damages your compensation, but also it can lead you to an accident that can prove fatal.
- When you are cutting walls or floor using a reciprocating saw, learn whether any electrical wires, heating vents, and plumbing pipes are present in the way of the working area or not. Be very careful not to cut any electric wire or plumbing pipe at the time of cutting the wall or floor.
- When you are changing the blades or other accessories, remember to unplug the reciprocating saw.
- When cutting metal, make sure of all safety equipment like an earplug, face musk, hand gloves, and goggles.
- Reciprocating saws are likely to kickback. The tip of the blade will shake into your material if the blade pulls out of a cut. Thus, the saw will jerk violently. All of a sudden, this type of incident can happen, and you may lose your control. Be careful about this type of incident, especially when you are working on ladders.
- The reciprocating saw blade creates a high level of heat. Just after finishing a cut, don’t touch the blade.