an example of a plunge cut with a reciprocating saw
Photo: J. Michael Myers
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Different Strokes: Plunge Cut

To keep from bending your blade, ease into the cut before going full speed. Press the shoe firmly against the material without letting the blade touch. Squeeze the trigger less than halfway and slowly lift up on the handle, pivoting the saw on its shoe until the blade's tip bites into the material. Gradually increase the speed and the angle until you cut all the way through.
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