How to choose the right reciprocating saw blade that suitable for your job.
A reciprocating saw with the right saw blade is very versatile and prevailing. It can be used to cut through wood, masonry, metal, fiberglass and a lot of other things. The choice of the right reciprocating Saw Blades depends on the job you want to do with it. Choosing the right one is not easy as these blades are available in a wide range of configurations.
Reciprocating as a term is one word that you have heard about and it means moving forward and backward alternately. A reciprocating blade has been named so as the blade is pushed and pulled to cut through the desired material. These are available in the different price range and buying an expensive one can be thought of to be an investment. Here are the different aspects of a reciprocating saw blade to help you choose the right one suitable for your job.
These usually have universal dimensions with either a quarter inch or half inch shaft. These are available in different thickness, length, and width. The length varies from 3 – 12 inches and the deepness of the cut depends on this length. A long reciprocating blade is a not a bad choice at all though it makes controlling the blade a little difficult. The stability of the blade depends on the width and the thickness of the blade. Blade thickness is around 0.035 inches generally or a thickness of 0.05 inches in case of heavy duty requirements. This prevents the wobbling as well as the bending of the blade.
Materials used for making the blade
The materials used in making the blade determine the purpose of usage in the case of Reciprocating Saw Blades. Carbon steel is the most common material used to make this blade. If you are looking for flexible and inexpensive blades, then steel is one option that you can go for. This allows room for bending without breaking. Some of the other materials used are bi-metal, high-speed metal or carbide grit.
• Carbon Steel: This is the cheapest and the most common material used to make the blades. This is your best option if you want cut softwood. However, avoid using these for cutting hardwood as it would dull quickly.
• High-Speed steel blades are hard though they are expensive as well. This can easily cut through hardwood and this is a great all-purpose blade for all the household owners out there. These are long-lasting as well.
• Bi-metal blades are more costly than the high-speed ones. In addition to this, they would last much longer than the steel blades. These are harder as well.
• Carbide grit blades can be used to cut through fiberglass, brick, ceramic and the likes.
• Carbide Tipped Blades are bi-metal blades but last longer. They are best suited in case of tough cuts.
• Diamond blades have real diamonds are used to cut through concrete or glass or ceramic.
Numbers of Teeth
This is one of the most important factors that you need to consider. Fewer teeth enable moving through the material faster and more numbers of teeth offer a smoother cut. Ripping blades are the ones that have less number of teeth and these are 10 in number and this can be used to cut lumber. The blades having many teeth as known as crosscut blades.
Teeth Per Inch (TPI)
A simple counting of teeth is meaningless and TPI is what you need to consider. This ranges from 3 – 24 as the length of the blade varies.
The space in between the teeth and it should be deep in case of ripping blades and it should be small in the case of crosscut blades.
There are different styles to choose to start from the flat top and alternate top bevel to triple chip grind and high alternate top bevel. Make sure that you choose one that would serve your purpose.
There are different types of blades as well and make sure that you choose the right one.