I've just bought an Hitachi reciprocating saw, mainly for use on green wood. When the blade is in the socket and firmly locked for the sawing movement, there's still up-and-down play of the blade in the socket. That is, it swivels on the pin that holds it into the socket. The one blade (for stainless steel!) that was supplied with the machine and others I bought (Bosch, Irwin) all have the same movement. As I have no experience of these saws and as there's no reference to this in the instructions, I wonder if this is normal.