Reciprocating saws versus Bandsaws – 3 Main Differences

There are a few main differences between Reciprocating saws and bandsaws, including:

1. The machine itself. A reciprocating saw will generally be a handheld tool, while a band saw generally weighs anywhere from several hundred pounds to several tons, depending on the machine and the application.
2. The Application. Bandsaws are most commonly used for metal cutting, though they are often used in woodcutting, and can be used for cutting bone. Reciprocating saws are mostly for cutting wood, usually on a jobsite, as it is quite common to see a reciprocating saw at the site. Reciprocating saws generally aren’t used for metal, but recent advances in technology now make it possible to use a specialized type of reciprocating saw and blade in certain types of surgeries.
3. The Sawing Motion. Bandsaws send the blade through the machine and through the material in a constant motion, it goes through in a continuous loop of saw blade, and it is because the blade is welded in the shape of a circle (or ‘band’). On the other hand, a reciprocating saw does its cutting with a rather short piece of blade, and cuts using a push/pull kind of motion rather than the continuous loop like the bandsaw does with its blade.

So, all in all, reciprocating saws and bandsaws are quite different in the machine, the application, the sawing motion, as well as some other factors. I hope that now, after reading this, you have a better understanding of the different types of saws and sawing.

To Healthy Machines and Long Blade Life,
Josh