When you have big jobs to do that require you to cut through tough materials like metal, hardwood, or tough plastic, then you need a tool-the reciprocating saw that will help you get through it easier. The motion of the tool moving back-and-forth helps you saw into hard materials much easier and with less force from you.
However, these kinds of jobs take a toll on even the best tools. So, you will need to replace the blade often if you want to keep the saw sharp and cutting efficiently. We will discuss the methods and precautions for replacing reciprocating blades.
Signs that the saw blade needs to be replaced
Knowing when your reciprocating saw blade should be changed will help you know how much longer it has, and what materials you can cut with it. You wouldn’t want to use a dulled blade to cut through hard metal material because this will only cause more damage to the teeth of the blade.
The first thing you should look at is the quality of your cuts. Even if the blade still looks sharp, there might be dull areas or slightly bent teeth that are causing your cuts to become less precise. This makes a big difference in your final product, and you don’t want that. If you ignore these signs, then you will see the quality of your work go downhill quickly.
If you can physically see that the teeth of the ends of the blade are not sharp anymore, this means you need to replace the blade too. You don’t want to keep using that blade, or else it will just continue to get dull and might even start to break off.
Another thing to keep in mind is that even if you have not used the blade in a while, storing the blade improperly could cause it to dull. If you see that the blade is not sharp when you take a quick look at it, then this is one you absolutely should not use.
Finally, if you begin to hear the blade making a louder sound, then this is a sign that the machine has to work harder to do the same job. This is a sure sign that you need to replace the blade before things get worse.
Step 1: Unplug the Machine
You need to keep yourself safe during this process and the best way to do this is to unplug the machine so that it doesn’t accidentally power up while you are working. This is dangerous and could result in severe harm. So, make sure the machine is off and the plug is not connected.
If you are using a cordless saw, we recommend taking the battery out.
Step 2: Prevent Cuts
You also need to protect your hands and body from being cut when replacing the blades. Handling sharp material can be difficult and you don’t want to cut yourself.
Step 3: Removing the Blade
Get the screwdriver that matches the screws on the saw and unscrew all of the screws that are holding onto the blade. Then, take the old blade out carefully and place it somewhere safe and out of the way.
Step 4：Install the New Blade Correctly
After that, you can position the new blade properly, put the screws back, and tighten the screws securely.
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