May 3, 2023

Choose the right Sawzall blade

Sawzall blades are reciprocating saw blades designed to fit into a reciprocating saw. These blades come in a variety of sizes and styles, including wood cutting, metal cutting, pruning, and demolition blades. The blades are typically made of high-carbon steel, bi-metal, or carbide, and they feature teeth that are designed to quickly cut through a variety of materials.

They’re tough, efficient, and effective, which is why construction, landscaping, as well as the door and window installation industry all use them.

Select a blade based on material

When selecting a Sawzall blade, it’s important to consider the following: the material you’re cutting and the thickness of the material you’re cutting.

Wood-cutting blades typically have fewer teeth per inch and a more aggressive tooth design, while metal-cutting blades have more teeth per inch and a finer tooth design. Pruning blades, good for landscapers, typically have a curved design to help maneuver around branches and other obstacles. Demolition blades are designed to cut through tough materials like nails and screws.

Thicker materials require a blade with larger teeth and a more aggressive design, while thinner materials require a blade with smaller teeth and a finer design.

Window and door installer Sawzall blades

So why are these blades so popular with construction workers and door and window installers? These reciprocating saws are versatile and can be used to make a wide range of cuts in different materials. Typically when you’re installing a door or window, you’ll need to cut through a variety of materials: wood, metal (including screws), and more. These tough blades will do the trick easily.

Another reason Sawzall is preferred is it can be used in tight spaces. Reciprocating saws are designed to be compact and maneuverable, which makes them ideal for making cuts in hard-to-reach areas like corners or tight spaces around door frames and window openings.

Finally, you can make precise cuts. With the right blade, Sawzall can make clean, straight cuts with minimal damage to surrounding materials. This is important for ensuring that doors and windows fit properly and are securely anchored in place.

There are many brands of Sawzall blades available on the market, each with unique features and benefits. We’re proud to carry these two brands that we think will cut through tough material easily. Both of these blades are known for their quality, durability, and long life span.

Milwaukee Tool

Milwaukee Tool is a well-known brand that offers a wide range of Sawzall and Hackzall blades, including bi-metal blades, carbide blades, and diamond blades. Milwaukee Tool’s robust line is tailored to meet users’ needs for every cutting application. The WRECKER™ is engineered to tackle anything and is a great option for multi-material. This versatile blade is a force to be reckoned with against any material and demolition project. The TORCH™ cuts through the hardest metals, from thin metals to even the toughest cast removals. Get more done with fewer blade changes throughout your work day. Milwaukee lists some of the features of the WRECKER as:

  • 5 times the life of standard blades
  • Teeth that can cut through wood and even thick metal (such as nails)
  • 6″, 9″, and 12″ length assortments


Lenox offers a range of reciprocating saw blades, including bi-metal blades, carbide blades, and diamond blades. The company has a history of refining the product since inventing the first bi-metal blade in 1977. There are a few different reciprocating blades, but their Demolition line is just what window and door installers will need to replace windows. The specific blade – curved, carbide-tipped, etc. – depends on the job and sometimes preference. Diamond blades are probably too much for your typical installation. Bi-metal and carbide should suffice for most window and door installation jobs.

The Lenox blade selector helps you, especially if you’re choosing between two options.

Need more help on the right Sawzall?

Elevated has experts who can recommend an option based on the material you’re cutting. We can even provide ideas and information on how to use the blades faster and easier. Contact us so we can make suggestions to your team.

Tami Matthews
Author: Tami Matthews
Tami Matthews is the Director of Marketing at Elevated Industrial Solutions. She’s spent 20+ years in marketing, focusing on writing, public relations, digital marketing, and content marketing. Before coming to Elevated in December 2020, she worked for a number of high-tech companies. Writing is one of her favorite pastimes. In her spare time, she volunteers for a number of causes including the Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy working on the PTO. She also hikes with her husband and begrudging daughter.
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