Difference Between Jigsaw and Reciprocating Saw

Reciprocating Saws and Jigsaws belong to the same family. Jigsaw is the child of Reciprocating saw I guess. Both are the power tools and both are used for cutting massive scrolls. However, though the purpose of this two is almost similar that doesn’t mean this two is the same. There are some major differences between them.

Today we will discuss the difference between a jigsaw and reciprocating saw. I hope after reading this article, you will be able to know which one you should use for which purpose.

For accurate curved line, cutting a jigsaw is ideal no matter what is the material you are working with. With a right jigsaw, you can even do circular or parallel cuts. With a jigsaw, you have to adjust the speed according to the materials type.

If you cut wooden materials, speed must be high enough. And for cutting metal or ceramic slower speed is required. Therefore, jigsaw also offers compound and bevel cuts in some materials as you can move the base simply. Basically, a Jigsaw is used for tight and finesse type cuts as the blade is small.

Reciprocating saw also perform a cutting task in various materials. But it is actually used for brute force cutting through wood and metal. A reciprocating saw offers precision and clean cutting performance. It does not care which materials it needs to go through. It is ideal for framing windows, cutting pipes and so many other critical projects because of the position of the blade.

Differences In Operation

The Jigsaw contains a short, excellent toothed blade that moves up and down at a certain speed you set. It is specially designed for curve cutting performance and many non-straight lines.

Reciprocating Saw consists of strong sawzall blades that move forward and backward at an amazing speed. You can also adjust the speed according to your need. Reciprocating saw is ideal for straight and heavy cutting. You can cut tube, wood, plastic and even metal if you have a reciprocating saw in your hand.

Difference In Blades

There are tons of Reciprocating saw available in the market to choose from. You will see a wide verity of length in reciprocating saw blades. Shorter blades offer balance while cutting hard materials and longer blades offers flexibility.

But longer blades have the tendency to vibrate while making simple cuts. The blades of reciprocating saw range from 3 to 12 inches. Longer blades offer deeper cutting performance. However, 7/8 inches wide and 0.062 inches thicker blades are considered as a standard blade.

Jigsaw blades are not very strong. However, 1/ 4 inches deep and 1/32 inch thick blades are consider as the standard size. Jigsaw holds the blade on one end where the other side of the blade floats freely.  T-Shank and U-Shank blades are the most common blade type of jigsaw. T-shank blades are easy to change without any additional tools where U-Shank blades need tools to change.

Difference in Prices

The price of jigsaws and reciprocating saws are quite similar. You can get a good jigsaw under 200 dollars. Though some of the amazing quality jigsaws are available under 100 dollars as well.

However, in terms of a reciprocating saw, the price varies on brands to brands. For a better quality reciprocating saw you have to spend few more bucks. But take a breath the price of a good reciprocating saw isn’t over 200 hundred dollars.


Both the reciprocating saw and jigsaw are efficient in their own way. Both of them have different purposes. If you imply them correctly for the correct job, your effort will lessen completely. However, both of the power tools are dangerous as well.

While using this two never lose your concentration. Otherwise, an accident can happen. So, that’s it for now. Lots of other tips and tricks are coming soon. Keep an eye on regularly. 

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