Choosing the Best Diablo Reciprocating Saw Blades for the Job
The first thing to do when choosing a reciprocating saw blade is to determine which type of blade will work best with your project. There are many types of reciprocating saw blades available today. Some are made from high carbon steel while others come in a variety of materials such as aluminum or titanium. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.
There are several factors to consider when selecting a reciprocating saw blade:
Material – The material of the blade determines how well it performs. High carbon steel blades tend to cut faster than lower quality ones because they have less resistance against wear and tear. They’re also more expensive. Aluminum blades are much cheaper but offer inferior performance due to their lack of strength compared to higher grade stainless steel blades.
Titanium blades are extremely strong and durable, however they cost more money than other types of blades.
Blade Style – Blade style affects how smoothly the blade cuts through wood. Straight edges perform better than curved ones since they don’t cause as much wobble when cutting. Curved edges also produce a sharper cut, though this depends on the thickness of the material being cut through. Blades with a lot of teeth are also better for cutting through thicker materials as they provide multiple points of contact and reduce the strain on any one point of the blade.
TPI – The number of teeth per inch, or TPI, describes how many points a blade has. A higher TPI means that more of the blade is sharpened, making it better for cutting and allowing it to maintain its edge longer. However, a higher TPI also means that the blade will be more expensive and create more friction as it cuts.
Size – The size of the reciprocating saw blade you select should match the size of material that you’re planning on cutting. Blades come in several different sizes, from the small DIY blades to the larger construction blades. Larger blades mean that less work needs to be done to complete a given cut, but they also cost more money.
Now that you know how to choose the right blade for your job, it’s also important to remember that blade quality varies from one manufacturer to another. Even two blades of the same thickness and style can perform very differently from each other. To avoid sub-par blades, it’s best to buy your blades from a reliable brand name. In addition, look for blades that are standardized.
This means that you can switch blades from one manufacturer to another as long as they’re the same style and size.
Now that you know more about how to choose the right reciprocating saw blades, you can start planning which blades you’ll need for your next job.
Maintaining your Blades
After you’ve used your reciprocating saw blade for a while, it’s going to start showing signs of wear and tear. This is completely normal and doesn’t mean that your blade is defective. Instead, it just means that it’s time to sharpen or realign the blade. Regularly checking the condition of your blades can help you to identify problems before they become serious and costly to repair or replace.
Your blade’s teeth should have equal spacing and be firmly set into the blade. If you notice any worn down, chipped, or cracked teeth, then the saw will need to be sharpened. If the spacing between the teeth is uneven, then the saw may need to be realigned. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for instructions on how to perform either of these procedures.
When you’re working with power tools, it’s vitally important that you remember to stay safe. Power tools are dangerous and can cause serious (and even fatal) injuries if used improperly or without the proper protection. Some of the most common power tool injuries involve the hands, eyes, and ears.
Reciprocating saw blades can cause severe lacerations and abrasions to the hands. The repetitive motions involved in using these tools also put the hands at risk of developing cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs). If you begin experiencing symptoms such as tingling, aching, or throbbing in the hands, wrists, or forearms, seek medical attention immediately. Workplace hazard posters often depict a person holding their hands in a shape that demonstrates how to properly hold a reciprocating saw to avoid injury.
Make sure that you’re holding the tool properly and wearing protective gloves to guard against CTDs and lacerations.
The tiny dust particles and wood chips that are created when cutting wood can be hazardous if they end up in your eyes. Always wear proper safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.
Although less common, it is also possible to suffer hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to the high-pitched noise of a reciprocating saw. Always wear earplugs or earmuffs when working with these tools to protect your hearing.
How to Use a Reciprocating Saw
Whether you’re cutting drywall or ripping plywood, there’s a specific technique that you should use when using a reciprocating saw. Once you get the hang of this, the reciprocating saw will become one of your favorite tools in your toolbox.
Step 1: Set Up Your Work Area
You should always clear away excess materials such as debris, trash, and other potentially flammable objects before you begin working. Turn off any heating or cooling units that are within your work area since these can cause fire to spread quickly.
Pick an area where you have a steady supply of fresh air (in the event of a dust explosion) and make sure that there’s a clear path for the exhaust to escape.
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