What Size Reciprocating Saw Do I Need?

Reciprocating saws come in several sizes, each one fits the type of cutting tasks and environments they are used in. Read further to learn more

Reciprocating Saw Sizes

Reciprocating saw sizes are correlated to the type of saw they are. There are a range of saw sizes, that correspond to the saw type. Reciprocating saws are made to be hand held, either with one or two hands, so they are not going to be extremely large and heavy. Reciprocating saws are made to be carried by a single person to be used on the go when needed to quickly get the job done.

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Sizes of the reciprocating saws match the type they are and include:

  • Mini
  • Small / medium
  • Large / industrial
  • Pneumatic
Reciprocating Saw Size

Reciprocating Saw Dimensions

Reciprocating saws, due to their shape, share a common set of dimensions. The only visible difference is between a pneumatic versus a medium standard reciprocating saw. Mini saws are also noticeably smaller and shaped differently in the handle and blade regions than industrial strength reciprocating saws.

Reciprocating saw dimensions are generally:

Reciprocating Saw TypeLengthWidthHeightWeight
Mini13 in. 3 1/4 in.  7 in.4-5 lbs. 
Small / Medium16-17 in.3 – 4 in.  6 in.7 lbs. 
Large / Industrial17-18 in.3.5 in.  6-7 in.7-8 lbs. 
Pneumatic 10-11 in.2-3 in.  3-4 in. 2 lbs.

Reciprocating Saw Weight

The weight of a reciprocating saw matters because a heavier saw will cause the operator to get tired faster. However, heavier saws are often more powerful and the extra heft can help stabilize it and apply pressure while cutting. Lighter saws tend to be smaller and easier to maneuver in tight spaces, as well as being easier to carry.

Also, the lighter the saw, the easier it is to handle all day without causing the user to get too tired. This is why many people choose smaller sized reciprocating saws for DIY home improvement cutting tasks.

Reciprocating saws weigh between 4 and 8 pounds, and this depends on the type.

So, Which Reciprocating Saw Size Is Best?

The best size reciprocating saw depends on what you intend to cut. Larger reciprocating saws are best for heavy duty cutting jobs in industrial settings. Smaller and mini reciprocating saws are good for DIY home cutting tasks and require less strength and endurance to operate.

Here are a list of general tasks associated with each reciprocating saw size / type:

  • Mini – home DIY cutting tasks, electrical work, large craft projects, occasional use, all-day use.
  • Small / medium – home improvement, carpentry, construction, demolition, shopwork.
  • Large / industrial – heavy duty industrial cutting, construction, demolition, debris removal, professional use.
  • Pneumatic – professional and industrial cutting, automotive, machine shop, farms and utilities.

In Closing

The size of the reciprocating saw is tied directly to the type of cutting tasks and preferences of the user. Regardless of which size you choose, always aim for safety when operating one.

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Nick Klamecki, Author
About Nick Klamecki, Author

Nick Klamecki is a certified Fire and Workplace Safety expert with 15 years experience in product research and testing. He has a degree from U.C. Davis, is an active outdoorsman and spent years ensuring the safety of special needs children. Nick researches and tests workplace, industrial and safety products and provides advice on their safe use. Learn more about Nick here or connect with him on LinkedIn | Medium