How To Change A Blade On A Skil Reciprocating Saw?

Changing the blade on a Skil reciprocating saw is a quick and easy process that can be completed in just a few minutes.

In this guide, I will show you how to remove the old blade and install a new one. I will also provide some tips on how to get the most out of your reciprocating saw.

By following these simple instructions, you can ensure that your saw is always running at its best.

How To Change A Blade On A Skil Reciprocating Saw? Step By Step Guide


Step 1: 

Unplug the saw from its power supply and place it on a flat surface with the blade retracted so that you can easily access it. 

Step 2: 

Change blades by pushing out the blade clamp, grabbing your new one, and pushing in the new one until it locks into place. To release the new blade, simply depress the trigger on your saw to retract the blade.

Step 3: 

You are now ready to cut. Start by making a few test cuts in scrap material to ensure that you have installed the blade correctly and that it is sharp enough for your application. A fresh blade should produce crisp, clean cuts.


  1. Powerful 5.0 A motor provides increased power for cutting through more materials even wood with nails.
  2. 7-1/4 in. stroke length delivers 33% faster cuts than the competition.
  3. The variable speed feature enables users to match the speed of the stroke to the application (from 0-2,600 SPM).
  4. LED work light illuminates dark work surfaces.
  5. Electric brake stops blade rotation quickly and completely to minimize downtime and accident potential.
  6. Packages: SKU: 204.1707, SKU: 204.1709, SKU: 204.1719 *Compared to competitive saws with 4 in. stroke length.

How to remove the old blade?

Step 1:

Remove the blade by depressing the securing clamp, while at the same time pulling out the blade. 

Step 2:

Once you’ve done this, set your new blade in place and secure it with the upper part of the clamp. Note that you should hold down on the lower section while doing this to allow for more stability while you tighten it. 

Step 3:

Once your blade is secure, reinsert the old one to test if it fits correctly. If not, repeat the process until you’re satisfied with the results.

Step 4:

Attach a new blade by inserting one end into the clamp and pushing on it while squeezing the trigger of the saw. The blade will lock in place when fully inserted.

Step 5:

Once completed reattach the power supply to the saw and be ready to cut! 

How to install the new blade? 

Unscrew Allen screws on the blade clamp on your saw, on the side of the blade closest to you. Make sure that you hold down the lower part of the blade clamp as you pull out the existing blade. Place the new reciprocating saw blade in place and push up until it locks into position. Replace Allen screws and secure clamp.

Be sure to replace the blade before it becomes dull. Blades for these types of saws can be purchased at most hardware stores and home improvement centers, as well as on the web. Some higher-end saws come with a quick-change system that allows you to install and remove your blades without tools: see your owner’s manual for specific information about your model.

A dull blade can cause kickbacks, ruining your cut and potentially causing personal injury. Always remember to wear appropriate safety gear when operating this or any saw! 

Tips for avoiding injury while changing blades: 

Always wear heavy-duty gloves for this task to protect your hands from nails, sharp blades, and any other flying debris that could cause injury.

When installing the new blade, be sure that you keep your arms out of the path of the saw as it can bounce violently during use. Keep your body steady on both feet as you insert it into the blade holder. Failure to set up your new reciprocating saw for use may cause injury or damage to your workpiece. 

What are some situations that call for a reciprocating saw? 

Any project where you need to make straight cuts in wood, metal, drywall, or other building materials is right for this type of saw. 

If you work on home renovations, remodels, or construction projects either professionally or as a hobby, these tools can come in handy: they’re great for cutting out holes and openings to fit pipes and ducts into new cabinets and outlets. They’re also useful for carpenters who need to perform demolition tasks, such as removing old cabinets, counters, and flooring.

Safety Precautions 

These tools are very dangerous if used improperly. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while working with them: 

Remember that you are operating a powerful tool and need to be aware of how it works at all times. Always use both hands, even when performing small details. Keep your mouth closed to prevent debris from falling inside. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes. Be sure to read any and all warning labels before use. Best eye glasses are DEWALT DPG82-11C.

Be aware of the path your blade is taking while it’s spinning, especially when cutting through masonry materials where you need both hands to steady the saw. Keep your work area clear of people or pets that may get in the way of the blade. Don’t force the blade if it’s struggling to cut. This can cause it to become loose and fly off its axis, causing injury.


I hope that this post has helped you to understand how to change a blade on a skill reciprocating saw. I would like to remind our readers that safety should always be the number one priority when using power tools, and we recommend reading the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before starting any project.