Introduction

A jigsaw is a type of reciprocating saw. It cuts an accurate curved line using an up-and-down motion. Guides can be clamped onto the base plate for making parallel or circular cuts. Shallow blades are more maneuverable than deeper ones. Miter cuts can be made by tilting the saw's main body. Use on a high speed for cutting wood and a slower speed for cutting metal or ceramic tiles.

Step 1

Adjust Orbital Action on Saw to Match Material

Set Orbital Action

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Set the Orbital Action

Adjust the orbital action on the saw to match the type of material you are working with.

Step 2

Position New Blade Against Guide Roller On Saw

Insert the Blade

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Inserting a Blade

Position a new blade against the guide roller. Release the blade change lever to secure it or tighten according to the tool's mechanism.

Step 3

Put blade at right angle to start the cut.

Start the Cut

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Start the Cut

Rest the front edge of the base plate on the material to be cut, with the blade at a right angle to the marked guide line.

Step 4

Progress Along Guide Lines to Make Cut

Cut Along Guide Lines

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Make Necessary Settings Adjustments

Adjust the speed and rotary action settings, if necessary, before starting up the saw. Progress along the guide line to make the cut.

Step 5

Drill Hole Using Wood Bit to Accommodate Blade

Drill Hole Before Cutting

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Cutting a Hole: Drill a hole

Drill a hole at one edge of the cut, using a wood bit with a diameter large enough to accommodate the jigsaw blade.

Step 6

Insert Jigsaw Blade Through Hole to Make Cut

After Drilling, Start Cutting

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Insert the Tip of the Blade

Insert the jigsaw blade through the hole and make your cut. Take care to support the wood and follow the guide line carefully.

Step 7

Heavy-duty reciprocating saw is often used for demolition.

Heavy-Duty Reciprocating Saw

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Heavy-Duty Reciprocating Saw

This saw is used for more arduous tasks like demolition work. It works with an up-and-down (reciprocating) motion. Some saws have a back-and-forth (orbital or pendulum) action that cuts more easily and quickly, minimizes blade wear, and aids sawdust removal from the cutting point. The blade and orbital setting changes vary by saw.

Step 8

Changing the blade in this saw requires an Allen key.

Changing the Blade

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To Change The Blade...

Insert a blade as described by the manual. In this instance, an Allen key is needed.

Step 9

Apply Pressure to Cut Through Guide Line

Cut Through Guide Line

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Using a Reciprocating Saw

Press the base plate onto the material to be cut, and apply even pressure as you progress through the cut along a guide line.