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A Sawzall® is a power-driven reciprocating saw that is used for major construction jobs or household projects. A reciprocating saw can be corded, or battery operated, making it a universal tool for many small and large jobs. They are simple to use, making them a great asset to the average do-it-yourself homeowner.
When choosing a blade for your Sawzall®, you must first consider the material that you are cutting. A fine-tooth blade is used to cut metal and smooth woods. Use a coarse blade if you are working with rough-cut woods. If the wrong blade is used for the job, the material can be burned and the reciprocating saw damaged.
The blade is installed on the Sawzall® by lifting up the release lever on the blade clamp. Insert the blade into the saw, shank side first. The blade is locked into place by pushing down on the blade clamp release lever.
When cutting wood, use an anchor to secure it in place and prevent it from slipping. If you are cutting metal, lubricate it with a thin layer of oil to prolong the use of the saw blade. Clamp wood to the underside of the metal to prevent it from bowing or tearing during the cutting process.
A Sawzall® is often used to repair things around the house. When doing this type of work, it is recommended to turn off the electricity to the house and use a battery operated reciprocating saw. This will prevent electrocution should you accidentally cut a wire.
Sharpening a Sawzall® blade results in a cleaner cut. This can be done by securing the blade, teeth up, in a in a vice. Use a flat saw file to trim the top of the blade teeth until they are even in height. Sharpen the blade teeth to a point by running a three square saw file between each individual tooth.
When the Sawzall® is not in use, remove the blade and store it in the case. Humidity can damage the electrical components of the reciprocating saw. Storing the reciprocating saw with the blade in place can result in damage to the saw or harm to an unexpected person.
Every six months, take your reciprocating saw to a tool service center to be inspected, cleaned and lubricated. This will extend the life of the power tool. The trigger switch of this device tends to stick when it becomes clogged with debris, resulting in a choppy movement.