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Use a Reciprocating Saw to Prune Tree Branches Faster Than Ever

By: Joe Truini
Man holding standard and pruning blades with reciprocating saw.

Standard vs. pruning blade for reciprocating saw.

Watch this video for tips on how to quickly and easily prune tree limbs and branches using a standard reciprocating saw equipped with a special pruning blade.

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Joe Truini: A reciprocating saw is one of the most versatile power tools you can own. It can cut virtually any building material. But it’s also great for trimming tree branches.

Now you can use a standard reciprocating saw blade to cut tree branches, but you’ll get much better results if you use a pruning blade. Most people don’t realize that they sell pruning blade specifically for the reciprocating saw.

And let me show you how it works, first using the standard blade. Let me put on my safety glasses. OK, here we go. There you go.

Now, that was pretty quick, right? Maybe eight or ten seconds. Well, let me show me how much quicker you can go using the pruning blade.

OK, here we go. There you go. A nice clean cut, in a fraction of the time.


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  • Thomas Peak Says:
    April 23rd, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    How large of tree branches can be cut with this saw

  • CJ Robins Says:
    April 12th, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Love the post on using a reciprocating saw with appropriate blade.

    A tip for easily replacing light bulbs and glass covers that screw into a metal holder is to use a dab of mineral oil on the metal part. I usually apply is sparingly with my finger on the threads only. It makes light bulbs much easier to replace and mineral oil doesn’t get rancid.

  • Ami Ran Says:
    March 28th, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Is there any reciprocating saw on a pole?


  • Belinda J. Lafferty Says:
    March 8th, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    wow! it’s extremely fast pruning tree branches using the Pruning reciprocating saw blades. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Ted Daniels Says:
    March 28th, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I have a mounted light in my hallway. Its has a glass cover that twists on the base mounted to the ceiling. It gets stuck. Any easy remedies to loosen it up so it will twist off to replace burnt out light bulb…

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Use a Reciprocating Saw to Prune Tree Branches Faster Than Ever