Jigsaw Blades: How To Use Them Effectively

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As it turns out, changing jigsaw blades is simple. This guide will give you expert tips on how to remove and swap blades without cutting your hands or affecting the machine. Following this guide will help you create clear cuts and use the right blade that fits the scope of your job.

What Are Different Types Of Jigsaw Blades?

When it comes to jigsaw blade types, there are only two shapes to choose from. Jigsaw blades have different shank styles that are compatible with other systems.

The best way to make sure that the blade works with your jigsaw is to check the manual.

Some jigsaws can accept two or more shank styles, while others only use one style. Usually, there are three different types of jigsaw blades, but some are more commonly used than others.

Different jigsaw blades.


The T-shank styled blade is the most popular type. Most jigsaws that accept U-shaped blades also accept T-shank blades as well. T-shanks are designed for fast blade switching systems; meaning that newer jigsaw models require you to push a button to change a T-shank blade.


U-shanks have a reputation for being called “universal” shanks. However, they are an older style that’s not widely used. This lower popularity is due to t-shanks fast changing speed. Still, people use U-shank blades because of their reliability and simple usage.

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Most u-shank blades have to be fastened in place with a retaining screw and an Allen key. U-shank blades have a slower blade changing process, making most users opt for their T-shank counterparts.

How To Replace Jigsaw Blade Safely?

Depending on the jigsaw you have, it will have basic components included with the device. These components can be attached using an Allen wrench or through regular screws. You’ll have to find a way to get to the jigsaw’s blade, so you’ll have to remove it any other objects that cover it.

It’s important to know that while U and T shaped shanks are used to attach the blade onto the rest of the device, the blades can be specialized for metal, wood, PVC pipe, and so on. Get a variety pack of blades to ensure that you’ll be equipped for any cutting situation.

Removing jigsaw blade.

Once you find the right blade type, slip the end onto the device’s locking component. Tighten the screws so the blade can be held in place. Alternative, you can screw it backward while the blade is facing inwards. Then, you can unscrew it from the jigsaw, turn, and then screw it onto the machine.

Closing Thoughts

Jigsaws are a powerful tool suited for multiple applications once mastered. By understanding jigsaw blades, you’ll know how to use them correctly and finish jobs in within a few minutes. To become a professional at cutting, use each blade for their specific task, and you’ll notice an improvement in your finishes.

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