How to Use a Reciprocating Saw

When it comes to using a reciprocating saw, it’s essential to know what steps you should follow, and just how to keep yourself and others present safe. During this article, we’ll look at the steps you need to take when using this equipment and safety tips. We will also look at the type of reciprocating saw of cuts that a reciprocating saw can be used for.

What is a reciprocating saw?

A reciprocating saw is the type of saw you can use for cutting curves into surfaces and is a favorite of those in the demolition industry. With these saws you can create varying cuts with shallow blades being more maneuverable than deeper ones. These saws can be used to create mitre cuts by angling the body of the saw whilst working with it so check on Toolversed comparisons before making a decision.


Reciprocating SawWhen using a reciprocating saw, you want to be certain that the saw is turned off when changing blades and accessories to avoid injury. Remember that blades can be hot once you’ve finished cutting, so let them cool down before switching them over. Check that the area you are about to use the saw on does not have live electrical wires or water/gas pipes if you are using the saw on a wall. Always use safety goggles to protect your eyes, and if cutting metal, the use of ear guards is highly recommended.

These types of saws can have a bite, and if it pulls out of a cut, banging into the surface and cause you to lose balance as it bucks. When you’re using one whilst up a ladder, bare this in mind and remember to ensure that someone is holding the ladder to stop it and you from toppling over. Another way the blade can ‘buck’ is if it binds (snags) in the material you are cutting – the blade may stop but the body of the machine keeps going, in this instance, turn the machine off before attempting to remove it from the material.

Using the saw

When using a reciprocating saw, the first thing you want to do is set the orbital action to match the material you are using (wood, metal, etc). Next select the required blade and insert it into the saw by positioning the blade against the guide roller and releasing the blade change lever to secure it (making sure before you do this that the machine is not turned on). Now you’re ready to start the cut by resting the front edge of the base plate against the material at a right angle. Don’t forget to adjust the speed and rotary actions before starting up the saw, if necessary, and then progress along the guideline to make the cut.

Reciprocating saws can also be used to cut holes in the centre of wood, etc, by drilling a hole into the material surface and then inserting the blade into the hole. Once again, make sure to follow the guideline as you cut.

A Collector’s Guide to Electric Pencil Sharpeners

point of a pencilUnlike whiskey or DVD box sets, electric pencil sharpener companies typically don’t release collectors edition items. This is most likely due to the fact that pencil sharpeners of all sort – electric or otherwise – are meant to serve a practical purpose, something collector’s items are not known for. So what is one to do when it comes time to finally getting around to building that vintage-themed home office? As with anything, the best electric pencil sharpener has value – both of the economical and sentimental variety – increases dramatically upon being aged. A unit built in the eighties still in mint condition will spark the collector’s fancy more so than any old product made in the 2000s. With that said, let’s take a look at some vintage sharpeners that may still be attainable today with the right amount of searching.

1. Boston Electric Pencil Sharpeners

For the purpose of what it is we’re trying to achieve today, any old Boston pencil sharpener just won’t do. There are a wide variety of these units to be found both online and in stores. Luckily, this brand as been around for what seems like forever, meaning you’ll be able to find some very old, vintage models. Because they were such a popular make back in the day, anyone can get their hands on one through auctions or bidding sites such as Ebay, assuming one keeps an eye and an ear out to such opportunities. For a serious taste of the wild recall history, look for anything labeled “model 18” or lower. Of coarse, the lower you get, the more vintage the unit becomes.

2. Panasonic Electric Pencil Sharpeners

As with the Boston models, when going through Panasonic sharpeners, it’s important to go for the older models. One such model is Panasonic’s earliest carnation of their Auto-Stop series. The first thing you’ll notice about it is that these things are huge. You’ll likely be able to find one the size of a car stereo, if not even bigger. With a bit of looking around, you’ll be able to find Panasonic electric pencil sharpeners made in the seventies with the look and large size of that era’s technology to boot.

3. Vintage ITOKI Sharpeners

These have to be some of the largest pencil sharpeners you’ll ever come across. If you’re looking for something to show off to guests or to take the stage among your vintage item collection, look no further than an old ITOKI. Complete with a variety of buttons at a size of slightly smaller than a basketball, you won’t have to guess whether or not this was one of the first electric pencil sharpeners ever made.

Of coarse, there are tonnes of antique items made by lesser-known brands. If you’re simply after a vintage sharpener and don’t much care about the brand name stamped on the front, don’t feel limited to the above three suggestions. If; however, you’re unsure of where to start or just want to play it safe and buy something you know has accumulated at least some value over time, these are great places to begin your search.


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