How To Cut A Circle With A Reciprocating Saw

There are many ways to cut a circle, but when it comes to a reciprocating saw, the process is a little different.

In short, make a cardboard or plywood template the size of the circle you want to cut. Then, clamp the saw to the edge of the table and position the blade on the line you drew through the center of the template. Finally, start the saw and slowly guide it around the template.

In this blog post, I will show you how to cut a circle with a reciprocating saw and create perfect circles every time. So whether you’re working on a DIY project or need to make a quick repair, follow these simple steps and get the job done right.

How To Cut A Circle With A Reciprocating Saw (Sample Steps)

Here are some steps which include:

Step 1

Make sure you have your safety gear on and have either placed a metal cutting blade in your saw or attached one to the reciprocating saw blade holder. Learn about How to Attach a Reciprocating Saw Blade

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Step 2

Place the circular object on top of whatever surface you will be using for this project. If you are planning to cut something at an angle, place it so that the side you want to cut is flush against whatever surface you’re working on.

Step 3

Next, line up your saw just below the edge of the material being cut. Using firm but not excessive pressure, begin making cuts in whichever direction is best for you as long as it is just below the circumference of what’s being cut.

Step 4

In order to get a straight line, move the saw up and down using firm but not excessive pressure.

Step 5

Continue to cut just below the circumference of what’s being cut until you’ve successfully cut all of the ways around it. Depending on how big your circle is, you might need to switch out the blade for one that has a higher tooth count before finishing up.

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Safety Tips To Cut A Circle With A Reciprocating Saw

It is important to remember a few safety tips when working with a reciprocating saw.

  • Make sure you know how to operate the tool before getting started.
  • Keep in mind that there are different blades for different materials, and using the right blade can help prevent injuries from occurring. The best blade that I personally use (DW4856).
  • Keep the blade as sharp as possible. A dull reciprocating saw will not cut through materials as smoothly or efficiently, making it more likely that your project will take longer and increase the chances of an injury occurring.
  • When starting a saw, be sure to allow enough clearance for the blade holder to fully retract before attempting to make a cut. This can prevent injuries from occurring.
  • Always make sure you have a firm grip on both sides of the handle whenever you’re operating it. This can help you easily control any unexpected movements.
  • Before cutting anything, make sure there are no people or pets nearby that may be cut by the reciprocating saw if they come in contact with it.
  • Keep your fingers as far away from moving parts of the blade as possible to avoid injuries. Learn about How to Attach an Offset Branch to a Reciprocating Saw

Some Things To Avoid When Cutting Circles With A Reciprocating Saw?

In order to ensure that your project goes as smoothly as possible, it is important to avoid a few things when cutting circles with a reciprocating saw.

  • Never try to cut anything without having the appropriate blade attached and firmly in place. Doing so can cause injuries from occurring.
  • Be sure not to get too close to the edge of your material before making a cut. This can result in injuries occurring if you accidentally slip or cut too close to the edge.


I showed you how to cut a circle with a reciprocating saw. I hope that you found this information helpful and are now able to safely and easily cut circles in whatever material you need.


 How often do I have to rotate my circular object?

You don’t have to go in any particular order when cutting with a reciprocating saw. As long as the blade is staying flush against whatever surface you’re working on, it doesn’t matter which direction you turn or if your cuts are purposeful or random. Even with circles made from wood or metal, they can be cut at any angle without affecting their usefulness.

Are there any circular objects that I should not cut with a reciprocating saw?

Typically, it is easy to determine which materials can be cut with a reciprocating saw and which ones cannot. However, if you are unsure whether or not your material will work for cutting, it’s best to check the manufacturer’s blade guide to see which materials are appropriate for the blade you have attached.