Reciprocating Saw 101: How to Use the Shoe

From our Tool School series: Pro tips on controlling a saw

In this video, This Old House contributor Mark Clement shares a few tricks and tips on how to utilize the shoe of the saw to its utmost potential. The shoe is often adjustable, which allows greater access to different areas of the blade and can extend the blade's life. For better control with certain cuts, use the shoe as a fulcrum. It can also be used to pin down flexible material, like sheet metal, while cutting.

Learn how to:
• Utilize the shoe's different capabilities
• Extend blade life
• Gain more control in cutting
• Steady cutting materials


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