Some tips for using a reciprocating saw include wearing protective eyewear and gloves, using the correct blade for the job and rocking the blade slowly to cut through an object more quickly. Brace your body on something firm such as a wall, table or ladder to avoid injury when the saw finishes the cut.
When working with an extension cord, a heavy-duty cord is necessary to draw enough amps; light-duty household cords are insufficient.
Resting the shoe, the flat piece of the saw where the blade attaches, flush with the cutting surface reduces vibration and increases the speed of cutting. Keeping an even grip on the both of the handles of the saw also improves control and evenness in cutting.
Choosing the right blade for the saw improves performance, although multi-purpose blades can handle most cutting tasks. In general, when deciding on the teeth per inch, or TPI, a higher number works effectively to cut thin objects such as plywood or metal siding because they reduce bouncing and fraying.
Demolition blades are wide and thick and designed to cut through construction lumber and nails. Blades with more teeth are effective when cutting through metal because they are easier to control. For evening something flush to a surface, longer blades allow bending and curving for easier maneuverability.