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Jigsaw or Reciprocating Saw?

Asked by Ela (6203 points ) December 16th, 2012

What are the differences between the two and the pros and cons of each?

I’m considering the tool for smaller home repair/improvement tasks.

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poisonedantidote's avatar

It depends what kind of work you want to do.

A reciprocating saw can become a jigsaw, but they are not quite as precise and fine. A reciprocating saw is more for trimming trees, or rougher harder work. A jigsaw is for finer work.

While both the jigsaw and reciprocating have different blade options, you would not use a jigsaw for larger harder things.

A reciprocating saw with the right blade, would be useful for cutting someone out of a car crash, a jigsaw would not really.

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majorrich's avatar

Jigsaws are used for smaller curves and detail work, mostly in wood,but also thinner metal. A reciprocating saw is more commonly used in demolition.

augustlan's avatar

@poisonedantidote and @majorrich have got it right. Jigsaw is for smaller, finer jobs while a reciprocating saw is great for just ‘ripping through’ a bigger project. Want to cut out a nice square or circle in a piece of wood? Start a hole with a drill bit, and finish the cutting with the jigsaw. Want to rip out a big piece of drywall? Use a reciprocating saw.

Ela's avatar

Terrific! Thank you all for your help. I’ll be adding the Jigsaw to my Christmas list!

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Yetanotheruser's avatar

The last time I used a reciprocating saw it was for demolishing a wall. I will probably be using my jigsaw for my current woodworking project.

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