How to Change the Blade on Your Reciprocating Saw

What You'll Need
Flat screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver
Safety goggles
Saw blades

If you are working a project related to metal, plastic or wood and you need to do some heavy duty sawing, the tool to use is a reciprocating saw. The back-and-forth movement of this type of saw allows you to cut pipes, boards and more. If you’re sawing a lot of metal or other tough materials, though, you’ll need to change the blades on the reciprocating saw fairly often. Read on to learn how to change the blades in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Safety First

Before you begin, unplug your reciprocating saw to prevent any nasty surprises if you accidentally power it up while trying to change the blade. Double check to make sure it’s not connected to a power source before you proceed.

Step 2: Protect Yourself

Put on the safety gloves and goggles to avoid cuts or any other type of injury.

Step 3: Change the Blade

Choose the correct screwdriver; depending on the manufacturer, the reciprocating saw might require a flathead screwdriver or a Phillips screwdriver. Once you choose the correct one, loosen the screw and remove the old blade.

Insert the new one. Adjust the screw until you feel that the new blade is firmly and securely in place.