Having a reciprocating saw in your collection signals a more advanced skillset. The cuts from such a tool are considered to be less refined and therefore require more care and focus when used, but they are not without their conveniences.

This type of tool goes by many names such as saber saw, recip saw, and hognose saw. A copyrighted name by the brand Milwaukee—Sawzall—is even included in the mix. But the reciprocating saw may the most fitting of them all. After all, it describes the very thing that the saw does: reciprocate, return, move back and forth.

What do you use a reciprocating saw for? It can be used to make curved cuts on edges just like a jigsaw but can cover larger materials due to the size of its blade. It can also cut deeper because of its extended blades. The saw moves vertically to cut through surfaces. Even though work from the jigsaw can be more precise, the reciprocating saw can finish the job quicker and cut through difficult to reach areas.

The saw is also the tool of choice when it comes to demolitions. You can just position the machine against what you want to tear down, and it will be more efficient, not to mention fun, than using a non-electrical device such as a hacksaw. While it can cut down trees, the more powerful chainsaws are preferred in such a case. Another reason for this is that reciprocating saws are not just as mobile.

But unlike chainsaw and circular saws, the reciprocating saw is significantly safer for use. It is easy to grip on them and you’re less likely to lose control of the operating device. There are also mechanisms to keep the blade from injuring anyone while also ensuring the quality of the exterior. A big draw for many is also its very cheap price, making the saw an easier addition to one’s collection.

Still weighing your options for the ideal reciprocal saw? Let’s go through the types, the advantages, disadvantages and the alternatives depending on your price range and needs.

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