Cutting Trees, Branches and Bushes With Your Reciprocating Saw
In relation to popular belief, a chainsaw is an ideal tool for cutting trees, branches and bushes but what if there was another tool that could do the exact same things as it? Well, unfortunately, there isn’t; but there’s one that’s very similar and often more cost-effective. When it comes to cutting trees, almost every contractor will use a chainsaw which makes sense. A chainsaw, in the long run, is more cost-efficient and it will get the job done faster when cutting trees thicker than 12 inches. However, we’re not all contractors. We might have trees, branches and bushes in our gardens that need a little trim and we don’t need a massive chainsaw to get the job done.
If you’ve got a reciprocating saw stored away in your power tool arsenal, then all you need is a blade designed for pruning or firewood. These blades will most likely have a TPI between 3 and 6, which is the ideal TPI for cutting wood. Please note that not all blades designed for wood will be long enough for cutting trees, so you’ll need to make sure you have a blade that’s longer than the thickness of what you’re cutting. Don’t cut down a 9” branch with a 6” blade…it just won’t work.
When cutting wood with a reciprocating saw, or with any tool, you’ll need a suitable pair of gloves as well as something to cover your ears. There will be a lot of noise, vibration and a high potential for kickback which can really damage you if you’ve not got gloves on. A dust mask is also recommended, as a lot of dust will be created from cutting wood.