Reciprocating Saw Vs. Jigsaw

Stuart Wellbert
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Circular Saw Vs. Jigsaw Vs. Reciprocating Saw

Circular saws and jigsaws are not all the same. Before you decide which one is the best electric saw for you, you will want to consider some factors. Then I’ll break down each of the differences depending on the type of work you’ll be doing.

Price: Compared to a jig saw a circular saw is cheaper by about 50 dollars or more.

Durability: While the circular saw takes down the wood with more power; the reciprocating saw can cut through more materials because of its flexibility.

Speed: One good way to decide which saw to use is to compare the RPM (rotations per minute) of each saw. If you need to cut through the wood faster, then you would choose the circular saw with fewer RPMs. If you have to maneuver the saw more carefully then you would choose a saw with more RPMs. The speed of a jigsaw should not be a factor.

Size: Circular saws come in a variety of sizes and weights. They will weigh more the higher the power, and they are powerful. The smaller saws would be easier to hold and achieve better accuracy. The weight should not be so heavy that it changes your balance while you are working. The reciprocating saws tend to be larger and heavier for the same power or more.

Jig Saws – Function And Flexibility

The term “jigsaw” comes from the early history of this tool. It was originally called a fretsaw. Early inventors of saws experimented with different designs hoping to create a workable saw that could cut curves. Since the saw was still in the experimental stage, these early versions were called “jigsaw saws” in an attempt to fool customers into thinking that this new tool was a type of saw already available (i.e. a gimmick).

These early jigsaws were used industrially to cut non-traditional materials, like stone, all types of wood, metals, and w