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Last updated: September 12, 2020

Reciprocating Saw Blade Types

By Herbert Dorman

Reciprocating Saw Blade Types

A reciprocating saw is a versatile tool with its blade. Unfortunately, it is an inactive tool without its blade. It means the activity of a reciprocating saw depends on its blade.

A wide range of reciprocating saw blades are available in the market. Based on your project and the material that you are going to cut, you have to choose the right reciprocating saw blade.

By keeping this point in mind, I have created this article to give you an overview of the reciprocating saw blade types. Your work will become much easier once you finish reading this article.

 

Different Types of Reciprocating Blade

 

Reciprocating Saw Blade Types

Based on the various factors, manufacturer makes reciprocating blades Each blade differs from another based on the design, material, TPI, and others.

 

Teeth

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.

 

Design

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.

 

High-speed Steel

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.

 

Bi-metal Blade

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.

 

Safety Tips

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I have some specimens of separate blades and accessories that I can work in a reciprocating saw?

There are uncountable numbers. However, below is a list of particular blade applications

  • Wood-pieces.
  • Metallic object.
  • Nail-embedded wood.
  • Polyvinylchloride tubing.
  • Boards of plaster.
  • Stone and clay.
  • Brick.
  • Cable brush/sander accessories.

 

Can I use reciprocating saw blades at any project?

Yes, without any confusion, you can use reciprocating saw blades at any project. Thus, you can state this tool as universal. The shank of your reciprocating saw blade will allow any brands and designs.
 
 

What essential things do I need to keep in my mind while purchasing a reciprocating saw blade?

Below points need to keep into consideration while purchasing a reciprocal saw blade

  • Material Type.
  • Teeth per inch.
  • Blade Material.
  • Tooth material.
  • Tooth patterns.
  • Blade length.
  • Blade thickness.

Final Thought

With a little knowledge about different types of the reciprocating saw blade, you will be able to choose the right blade, and your efficiency will undoubtedly increase at your jobsite.