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Carla Pennington-Cross

06:24AM | 07/09/02
Member Since: 04/14/02
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Can someone provide a dumbed-down explanation for how a plain old recip. saw action differs from orbital sawzall action and whether there's any significant benefit to having the latter? Getting ready to purchase a new one...

rpxlpx

07:45AM | 07/09/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I believe the word "orbiting" is the key. If you watch the motion of the saw blade, an orbiting blade is not just going straight up and down; it's got some back-and-forth motion as well. This is supposed to improve cutting and work begtter on certain materials.
Others might have more detail.

JDSpaceman

08:29PM | 07/12/02
Member Since: 07/12/02
7 lifetime posts
Just like the other guy said, standard is back and forth, orbital at the same time angles the blade as it goes. It should cut quicker. I just got an orbital jig saw, it's a feature on the tool I can't live without.
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