Reciprocating Saw Maintenance Tips

Last Updated on November 26, 2021

The diverse uses of reciprocating saws make it very popular. You can use a reciprocating saw to trim overgrown branches; You can also use it in piping engineering to make holes and notches; Most commonly, people use it for building demolition, fitting the right blade and it can cut almost anything.

Reciprocating saw is a sturdy and durable tool, but incorrect use and lack of maintenance will greatly shorten its life. This article introduces some simple tips to care and maintain your reciprocating saw.

Reciprocating saws can be used to cut wood, metal, ceramics, concrete and masonry, but the correct blade must be installed. Cutting cast iron requires diamond abrasive blades, and cutting cast aluminum requires carbide blades.

TPI needs to be considered when choosing the right blade. The more the number of teeth, the smoother the cut, and the less the number of teeth, the faster the speed.

At the same time, when cutting some harder materials, you can add some lubricant to the saw blade to keep the saw blade cool. Lubricants should choose non-flammable liquid lubricants to prevent burning under friction. A saw blade with good heat dissipation not only has a longer service life, but also has better cutting quality.

The installation and removal of the blade should be carried out according to the manual. Different models of reciprocating saws of different brands have different mechanisms. Please be sure to read the tool manual to understand the correct installation and removal methods of the blade. If you install the saw blade in the wrong way, it may cause damage to the saw blade and the saw itself.

Before installing or removing the blade, make sure that the reciprocating saw is not connected to the power source.

Use the correct power supply

Every reciprocating saw has a rated input voltage, please read the user manual to understand it. For corded reciprocating saws, plug in a socket with the correct voltage. For cordless reciprocating saws make sure you are using the correct battery pack.

If you are using a pneumatic reciprocating saw, please ensure that the output pressure of the compressor meets the requirements of the manual.

Clean regularly

The reciprocating saw has no dust collection mechanism, so it is easier to accumulate dust and dirt. If there is debris stuck in the motor, it is a catastrophic result for the reciprocating saw, it will cause the motor to overheat and burn.

Do not use harsh chemicals when cleaning the reciprocating saw, they will cause the rubber and plastic parts to age. The reciprocating saw is not waterproof, so you need to wipe it with a small amount of neutral detergent and a damp cloth.

For the debris stuck in the vent, you can use a vacuum cleaner or a blower to clean it.

Troubleshoot simple faults

Check the reciprocating saw for every maintenance, including whether all functions are normal and whether the main body of the tool is damaged. For cordless tools, you need to check the condition of the battery pack. Pay attention to whether the battery is damaged and there is liquid leakage.

If your reciprocating saw makes abnormal noise when working, this may be a sign of bearing wear, please go to the service center for inspection.

In conclusion

Proper use and regular maintenance can make your reciprocating saw last longer and in better condition.

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