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How to use a reciprocating saw

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How to use a reciprocating saw

The versatility of the reciprocating saw, in cutting metal, pipe, wood and other materials has made it a widely used tool. By design, it is a simple tool to handle. Its few demands for safe use, however, are very important.

Blades can break. Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields complying with current national standard, and a full face shield when needed. Use a dust mask in dusty work conditions. Wear hearing protection during extended periods of operation.

Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry or any dangling objects that may catch in moving parts or accessories. Tie back long hair.

Use sharp blades. Dull blades can produce excessive heat, make sawing difficult, result in forcing the tool, and possibly cause an accident.

Without exception, use the blade specifically recommended for the job being done. Check your owner/operators manual carefully concerning this.

Position yourself to maintain full control of the tool, and avoid cutting above houlder height.

To minimize blade flexing and provide a smooth cut, use the shortest blade that will do the job.

The work piece must be clamped securely, and the shoe of the saw held firmly against the work to prevent operator injury and blade breakage.

When plunge cutting, use a blade designed for that purpose. Maintain firm contact between the saw's shoe and the material being cut.

When making a "blind" cut (you can't see behind what is being cut), be sure that hidden electrical wiring, or water pipes are not in the path of the cut. If wires are present, they must be disconnected at their power source by a qualified person or avoided, to prevent the possibility of lethal shock or fire.
Water pipes must be drained and capped.

Always hold the tool by the insulated grouping surfaces.

When making anything other than a through cut, allow the tool to come to a complete stop before removing the blade from the workpiece. This preventsbreakage of the blade, and possible loss of tool control.

Remember that the blade and blade clamp may be hot immediately after cutting. Avoid contact until they have cooled.

You expose yourself to unnecessary hazards if these or any manufacturers'instructions are not followed. Keep hands away from blade and shoe.