Typically, a chainsaw is an ideal tool for cutting trees, branches and bushes. Unknown to many, a reciprocating saw, with the right blade, can be as good as a chainsaw for the task. Using a reciprocating saw for this will work out much cheaper, and you can get it done much quicker and cleaner too.

Cutting With a Reciprocating Saw

If you’re cutting trees or branches that are thicker than 12 inches, then a chainsaw is the tool you should use. If, however, the branches are thinner than 12 inches we recommend using a reciprocating saw. The key to a good job is to use a blade that’s designed for cutting firewood or pruning. Typically, these blades will have between 3 and 6 TPI (teeth per inch). You’ll also need a blade that is longer than the thickness of the wood you are cutting. If you have a 6” blade and you’re trying to cut a 10” branch then it’s just won’t work.

Safety First

Don’t forget that whether you are cutting with a chainsaw or reciprocating saw that safety is key. We recommend wearing a suitable pair of gloves, as well as ear protection as both tools can be extremely loud. As you are cutting wood, there will be lots of dust so we also recommend a dust mask.