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Old 05-12-2011, 02:08 PM
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best reciprocating saw blades?

What are the best reciprocating saw blades for cutting frames/ sheetmetal?
I currently have " The Ugly " 9" demolition blades made by Skil and there 4-5 TPI staggered tooth, just want somthing that will cut clean. As for a saw, I have an 8.5A Skil brand

I have to cut the front frame off of a Ford Ranger ( C channel ). As well as cut the rest of the truck ( minus cab which I will probably save ) up into small enough peices to fit into the box of my pickup and take to the scrap recyclers
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I have good luck with Lennox and Milwaukee. For the frame, I would go no smaller than 14 teeth/inch, but like 18 for all around stuff. The key to blade life is to keep the speed down and no pressure to keep it from overheating.

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I have good luck with Lennox and Milwaukee. For the frame, I would go no smaller than 14 teeth/inch, but like 18 for all around stuff. The key to blade life is to keep the speed down and no pressure to keep it from overheating.

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X2, you will pay a little more but they are much better blades.
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Looks like a pack of these http://www.amazon.com/LENOX-20180-91...249103&sr=1-20 and the 14 TPI " Demolition " version, I should be golden..
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Having years of experience using a sawzall for demo and finish work I noticed that there is a difference in the angle of the blade .
I prefer a straight bled for having control of the saw. The angled blade s are great for ripping thru stuff quick.
I also prefer to cut free hand rather then use the guide. When cutting the frame for a nice straight cut angle the saw back so it is more parellel to the work. This helps keep you cutting straight.. And go slow but be sure it cuts and don't sit. That will dull the blade. On finish work it sometimes is better to use a slightly used blade rather then a nice new sharp one fror more accuracy. Chose a medium # of teeth per inch like 18.
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I have good luck with Milwaukee
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I have good luck with Lennox and Milwaukee. For the frame, I would go no smaller than 14 teeth/inch, but like 18 for all around stuff. The key to blade life is to keep the speed down and no pressure to keep it from overheating.

Trees
and using cutting oil ,and using the whole blade ,working it like a hand saw.....I like those Lenox blades too but I hate buying them..They'll throw sparks (the whole length of the blade)before I change one..
Now,If I could only figure out what to use the old blades for I'd feel better
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Lenox seem to work best for me. I had been buying DeWalt at Lowe's(soft as butter) and Starrett at a swap meet (junk). The Home Depot bimetal (Bluemol, I think) house brand works pretty well too.
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I picked up a pkg of 5 8" 18 TPI Lenox gold, and a pkg of 5 9" 14 TPI Lenox demolition blades. $15 and $21.. Selection at lowes kinda sucks. I wanted 8/9" 14 TPI in the gold also, but they do not have them, but I know Amazon carries them..

Hopefully I do not blow thru 10 expensive blades cutting this truck up, tho I know I most likely will.. I'll try the HD house brand when that happens tho. quite possibly made by a good company like Milwaukee which HD features along with Ridgid

I'll get out the cutting oil too. woulda bought some extra, but I couldn't find it at Lowes, so I'll hit up the local hardware when I need more
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i will often try and use anything but my sawsall
because the blades are so expensive
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Bandsaw blade wax works really well with a Sawzall, less messy than cutting oil and lasts longer between applications.
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I'll have to get some blade wax.. Actually, now that I think about it, the floorpan video in the bug me video sets shows and mentions band saw blade wax for sawsall blades.
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Now that sounds like something worth trying..I never heard of blade wax.I always hated the messy oils when it comes time to weld.it seems like you can never get it clean enough..Thanks 4 jaw if that works as well as I think it will that may be the best tip I've heard in a while...
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I picked up a pkg of 5 8" 18 TPI Lenox gold, and a pkg of 5 9" 14 TPI Lenox demolition blades. $15 and $21.. Selection at lowes kinda sucks. I wanted 8/9" 14 TPI in the gold also, but they do not have them, but I know Amazon carries them..

Hopefully I do not blow thru 10 expensive blades cutting this truck up, tho I know I most likely will.. I'll try the HD house brand when that happens tho. quite possibly made by a good company like Milwaukee which HD features along with Ridgid

I'll get out the cutting oil too. woulda bought some extra, but I couldn't find it at Lowes, so I'll hit up the local hardware when I need more
Lenox Gold, best blade on the market. If you use them up, buy more - those cheap house blades are just that, cheap. Milwaukee blades are better than the house brands, but not Lenox.
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If you are cutting metal, thick metal, Milwaukee makes a blade called "the torch". This blade will cut and cut. I use it to cut thru old cast iron boiler pipes. Cuts like butter. They aren't cheap, but save a bunch of time. They last pretty good too.
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