Why Should You Have a Recip Saw in Your Kit

Some power tools are absolute must-haves, the type of equipment that are truly multi-discipline, ideal in the hands of joiners, plumbers or electricians.

One such tool is the reciprocating saw (sometimes called sabre saw). In this guide we'll look at the reasons to be packing one, and the advantages it'll bring to you whenever you use it.
why use a recip saw

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We also have a guide that will help you examine the other recip saws on the market and come to a good buying decision. Click here.


Part of what makes a recip saw so versatile is the ability to fit blades that will handle whatever it is you wish to cut. Whether you're cutting metal, wood, plastics, drywall, etc, a quality recip saw should handle it at ease, if you've got the correct blade fitted.

Click here to see the type of recip blades available.

triton recip saw

However the versatility doesn't end with blade choice.

The fact that a good recip saw will allow you to insert the blade in a variety of different directions is also an important to have one in your kit.

Why is this important?

It gives you the ability to work the saw at a variety of different angles, thereby letting work in tight spaces, close to the ground, and areas where angle grinders, for example, would struggle.

dewalt dwe357k

Compact Size

The more compact the size of our recip saw, without skimping on power, the more useful it will be to us. Whether you opt for the always-on power of a corded version, or the "use it only when you need it" flexibility of a cordless option, recip saws are typically fairly light weight and feature sensible ergonomics to allow you to work with the tool overhead or at awkward angles.
bosch recip saw


Obviously the most important aspect of a power tool is...the power.

For example, the Dewalt DWE305PK  is certainly a light, compact and easy to handle, but a big selling point - and another reason to consider having a recip saw like this one in your kit - is the power it can output. DeWalt have fitted a 1100w motor that's able to
move your blade at up to 2800 strokes per minute.

dewalt dwe357k

On this particular recip saw, the stroke length is a healthy 29mm, so - as stated above - fitted with the right blade, you're going to be able to blast through rebar, steel, and wood without any difficulties. It also means a greater cutting depth than offered by a small angle grinder, which might typically be used in applications where you need to cut a piece of metal quickly.

In the above video we demo Makita's JR3050T easily cutting through metal (again, with the correct blade fitted).

Ultimately the merits of owning a recip saw will come down to the types of job you regularly undertake. But we feel that there's a strong argument for having one in your arsenal if you need to do light demolition work, have the need to quickly and easily cut pipe or rebar and need the flexibility offered by a saw designed for no-fuss cutting.

Click here to see the range of corded recip saws available, and click here to see the cordless versions.

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