Reciprocating Saw Safety Rules for Woodworking and Your Woodshop
- Select the correct blade for the type of stock being cut. Blades with 10 teeth per inch or less are best used for cutting wood products. Finer teeth are used for cutting metal or plastic.
- When installing the blade, the teeth should be in the down direction.
- Make all adjustments with power cord unplugged.
- Never allow the blade to touch the stock prior to turning on the power.
- Push the saw slowly and consistently when cutting curves or thick stock.
- Make sure the power cord is out of the cutting area before turning on the switch.
- Hold the base assembly firmly down on the stock while cutting.
- Do not cut curves so sharp that the blade is bent or twisted.
- Allow the blade to reach maximum speed before attempting to cut.
- Drill a hole first before attempting interior cuts.
- Keep your fingers away from the blade when in operation.
- Use both hands to operate the saw.
- Use cutting oil when cutting metal material.
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