As a hand-held reciprocating saw, the sabre saw mainly serves to cut curves in wood, at various angles. This tool is handy in slicing material and if cutting into narrow crevices is required. While the sabre saw is mainly used to cut through wood, special blades allow for the cutting of rubber, leather, masonry, plasterboard, cardboard and plastics. The Saber Saw (aka Reciprocal Saw) uses a toothed blade to cut wood or other materials, primarily it's used to slice material. Because of its size it's also useful for cutting in tight spaces.
For larger cutting jobs, the reciprocal saw is useful because it can be used where other power tools cannot. The reciprocal saw uses a reciprocating (alternating direction) motor to move a blade back and forth. It is a larger horizontal version of the electric saber saw. Blades are available for cutting wood, metal, plastic, and drywall/plaster. Weighing 6-8 pounds, the reciprocal saw typically has a second handle near the front for steadying the saw as it cuts. The 4- to 12-inch blades are inserted in the holder and held in place by the blade lock. Some reciprocating saws offer variable speed controls.
Five Tips for Buying a Reciprocal Saw
A reciprocal saw is designed to slice through materials like metal, plaster, and wood quickly. They are commonly used when you need to make rough cuts instead of finer cuts. If you want to buy one of these saws, you will need to consider a few things beforehand.
Reciprocating Saws: The Saber Saw
The Saber Saw is one of the most common power tools in any workshop. Its primary purpose is to cut shapes and patterns, which it does very well. However, this tool is also very good at cutting project workpieces to their overall widths and lengths, and in some cases to their final size.
Definition: A Sawzall - what is it? The short answer is that a Sawzall is an electric reciprocating saw made by Milwaukee Tools. But that is not entirely correct, because a "Sawzall" is also a "Sawzall." Over the years the Sawzall has become ubiquitous for any kind of reciprocating saw, Milwaukee-made or not. You will hear plumbers say to each other, "Hand me the Sawzall, Tim," even though you can clearly see that the reciprocating saw was made by DeWalt (as a random example).
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.
The powered saber saw uses a reciprocating motor to move a small saw blade up and down across the object to be cut. Blades available include those for wood (coarse or fine cut), metal, drywall/plaster, or plastic. Many saber saws come with an assortment of specialized blades, or they can be purchased individually for specific tasks. The handle includes a safety button and trigger switch. The blade holder has a blade lock. The shoe is a plate that keeps the blade at a specified distance from the work. A guide fence also is available for cutting straight lines.
Difference Between a Sawzall and a Jig Saw
As the saying goes, "Not every saw sees the same." True to the saying, a reciprocating saw and a jig saw (or jigsaw) have significant differences. One of the most popular "recipro" saws is the "Sawzall," a trademarked brand, manufactured by the Milwaukee Electric Tool Company.
When and How to use a Reciprocal Saw
A reciprocating saw (or sawzall) is an electrical cutting tool that is used to cut drywall, metals, plaster, tubing, wood, and wood lath. It is used most heavily in the construction, electrical, and plumbing trades; but it is also a handy tool to have in the home repairman’s arsenal.
Rockwell Saws: Rockwell RK7321 BladeRunner
The BladeRunner is portable, versatile tool that combines features of a Sabre, a Jig Saw, Scroll Saw and Band saw into a tool that can cross cut, rip, and scroll through various materials like wood, plastic and metal. Although light-weight it has a solid base, sitting on four non-marring rubber feet, with low vibration when running. Although it can handle so simple cuts, it is best thought of as a Sabre Saw, with extra little capabilities.