Reciprocating versus Bandsaw

Bandsaw machines are different than reciprocating saws when it comes to the cutting process motion. Compared to a bandsaw machine, which forms a continuous loop of band using a bandsaw blade to perform the cut, the reciprocating saw’s cutting action is achieved through a push/pull reciprocating blade motion.

The reciprocating saw is similar to a jigsaw. The user rests his foot against the cutting surface in order to counter the blade’s tendency to push away from or pull towards the cut as the blade travels through its cycle.

Most bandsaw machines are found in job shops or any shops that deal with metal cutting on a daily basis. Due to recent advancements in medical technology, powered reciprocating tools can now be used in surgery, where they are used in operations that require cutting or grinding of bone.

Another feature that has become important to the way these saws are used is the inclusion of an orbital action. The action consists of oscillating the traversed reciprocation in up/down fashion (perpendicular to the motion of cut), causing the blade tip to move in an oval pattern, up and down as well as back and forth. This feature is primarily for wood, allowing quick cuts.

The reciprocating saw is a popular tool used by many window fitters, construction workers, and emergency rescue services. Variants and accessories are available for specialized use, such as clamps and long blades for cutting large pipe. It is helpful in rescue operations when rescuers need to cut something in a limited amount of space or with fewer resources on hand.

Reciprocating saws are not only light and handy but also useful, especially when cutting various materials. It is ideal as a portable saw for the shop or personal use.

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