Which reciprocating saw for cutting firewood??

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Old 05-14-04, 09:20 AM
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Which reciprocating saw for cutting firewood??

I have a wood stove and sometimes get offered wood that is too long. I've been told that I might be able to cut off those extra 4-5 inches with a reciprocating saw and a 12" blade. I've been looking at various saws and don't know exactly what I need. I've never used one and don't know how much strength it requires, although I've heard they vibrate a lot.

Most of the cutting could be done at my house, so a corded version would be acceptable if that would be better than a cordless model. I'm left-handed and a woman with average hand/arm strength, so I'd like buttons to be appropriately located (ie, on top of the grip), and something that's not too heavy or hard to handle.

What brand/model and power (amps or 18V, 24V, etc.) would be what I need for this kind of use (as well as occasional house projects)?

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Old 05-15-04, 01:03 PM
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lefty3,

If power is available then a corded model would be the best choice.
IMO Milwaukee would give you good service as they are very popular in the construction industry.

It is true that they do vibrate some.
When cutting wood you must secure the piece somehow . You get the best cutting action with the least vibration when you can press the foot against the piece you are cutting.
 
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Old 05-15-04, 05:08 PM
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Question about blades

Thanks for the help Greg. I've done some more looking and there are lots of Milwaukee blades out there, but the only prunig.wood cutting blade I've seen is a 9" one by Skil. Can blades from different brands be interchanged?
If not, how do I find the right blades--mail order?
 
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Old 05-15-04, 07:36 PM
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lefty3,

All recip blades are standard, just make sure a renegade mfr hasn't poped up with a new design. The saw just has to take standard blades.

The blade doesn't have to be labelled as a "pruning" blade. Any coarse cutting one of around 6 tpi would work fine.

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A large selection of blades
 
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Old 05-15-04, 08:37 PM
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One more thought, a small electric chainsaw might be a little easier to handle if vibration is a problem. It will not be as versatile as a recip. saw for home projects but is still a handy tool to have around.
 
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Old 05-28-04, 07:32 AM
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i'd highly recommend you buy a small electric chain saw. It will probably be lighter than a recip saw, much cheaper and designed to do what you want it to do. Go to HD or lowes and check them out. When you make your cuts, just place the wood on a solid surface that allows the end to be cut to hang over an edge and still allows you to sue your foot to steady the wood. The more stablized the wood, the safer you will be. The other thing you need to watch out for is letting the blade touch the ground. That will dull the blade very fast.
 
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