how to change the brushes on a skil reciprocating saw

Changing the brushes on a Skil reciprocating saw is an easy process that can be completed in just a few minutes. This guide will walk you through the process of changing the brushes on your reciprocating saw and show you how to get the most out of your tool.


The only things you will need to change the brushes on your Skil reciprocating saw are a #2 flathead screwdriver and new brush inserts. It’s important to make sure that you purchase the right size brush before making your purchase.


All of these items are included in the tools necessary for changing the brushes on a Skil reciprocating saw:

1. A #2 flathead screwdriver 

2. New brush inserts.

Follow these steps to change the brushes on your Sawzall:

1. Remove your blade and unplug your reciprocating saw from its power source (if it isn’t already unplugged).

2. Place your reciprocating saw on a flat surface and remove the three screws closest to the trigger with your #2 flathead screwdriver.

3. Place the lock washer and star washer from each screw aside so they don’t get thrown away by mistake- you will need them again in just a moment.

4. With the screws removed, use your screwdriver to pry open the two halves of your saw’s housing and separate them.

5. You will now see a metal cover with four holes in it- one of the holes holds your new brush inserts. Use your #2 flathead screwdriver to remove the single bolt holding this cover in place.

6. Use the same screwdriver to wedge into one of the holes and remove your old brushes from their housing.

7. Once you have removed your old brushes, put a new brush insert into each of the four holes by lightly tapping them with a hammer until they are flush with the metal cover. Remember that only one of these holds your new brush so be sure not to get them confused.

8. Put the metal cover back over the opening where you just installed your new brush inserts and secure it with its bolt using your #2 flathead screwdriver again.

9 . When putting the two halves of this device back together, remember to replace all three screws along with their washers before tightening them down as this will keep your device in good working order for a long time.

10. Finally, plug the power cord back into the wall and tighten down your saw’s blade before testing its performance to make sure that you did everything correctly and don’t need to repeat the process again.

What are the benefits of changing the brushes on a reciprocating saw?

Changing the brushes on a reciprocating saw will help you get more out of your tool by allowing it to work at its peak performance level. This guide will show you how to properly change your brush inserts and get the most out of your Skil reciprocating saw.

What type of brush should be used for a reciprocating saw?

The appropriate type of brush to use on a reciprocating saw is one that has arched copper segments (or plates) with carbon rods through the center. This allows for less heat generation and better current conductivity. Specifically, the best brush inserts for your Skil saw are item number 53908-1VGA or equivalent.

More information about reciprocating saws:

Reciprocating saws are powerful tools that can allow you to cut through a wide range of materials like wood, plastic, and metal. They were originally designed for use in the construction industry but the increasing affordability of the devices has made them popular with hobbyists as well. These saws operate by using a piston to create a back-and-forth motion that allows them to cut through materials like wood or metal. 

They often come with an adjustable blade that can be replaced when it wears out which is why you will need to know how to change the brushes in your saw when they stop working properly.

How to clean the blades of a reciprocating saw?

Some saws use a blade with one edge that is serrated and this makes cleaning the blades a bit more difficult. You can do this by using a wire brush to scrub off any brick or mortar buildup on the teeth of your saw. If you find that sand or other abrasive materials were used, brush off as much as possible before using a wire brush and then wipe the blade down with a soft cloth afterward. 

If you find that your saw is getting too hot to touch, try putting on heavy gloves or using tongs when holding it as this will prevent any accidents from occurring.

How to use a reciprocating saw?

A Skil reciprocating saw can be used to cut through wood, metal, or plastic materials. Be sure that you use your saw correctly to prevent accidents from occurring and read the instruction manual before using it properly. Hold the device firmly with both hands and place the blade against the surface of what you are cutting. While pressing down on it lightly, begin moving your saw in a smooth motion back and forth so that the blade can cut through your material.

How to adjust the depth of a reciprocating saw?

To change the depth of your Skil reciprocating saw, turn its adjusting screw on the upper part of the device to lower or raise it as needed. This is marked with “L” and “H” symbols on the side of your saw to make it easier for you.


Changing the brushes on a Skil reciprocating saw is an easy process that can be completed in just a few minutes by almost anyone who knows how to use their tools properly. This guide should help get you started if you’ve never changed out your brushes before or if it’s been quite some time since you last did this simple task.