When it comes to using reciprocating saws, choosing the right blade can make your jobs a lot easier. Among the many reciprocating saw blade types available, these are the ones any DIYer ought to know about:
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If you're cutting through wood, you'll get best results using a relatively coarse-tooth blade. For plaster, the coarser the tooth, the better. If you're tackling nails or metal pipe, a fine-tooth blade-much like a hacksaw-is the best choice. Special blades are available for cutting stone or tile. They're essentially toothless and are coated with an abrasive grit that's most often composed of tungsten carbide. That same blade also works well with cast iron.
The standard length for most reciprocating saw blades is six inches, but shorter and longer blades are available. If your job involves reaching the blade deep into recessed areas, you'll want to pick up an extra long blade. Long blades are also handy for pruning trees or cutting through thick timbers used in landscaping. Be sure to have your safety glasses and gloves on before starting the job.
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