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Jigsaw or Reciprocating Saw?

Asked by Ela (6496points) 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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Strauss'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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