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5 Most Common Saws

If you’ve ever had to do a construction project you know how annoying it can be to try finding the right tools. Luckily, there are a range of different tools that you can find to make things easier on you. With so many however, it’s important to look at each tool separately, and that’s why we’re going to focus first on saws.

These five saws are the most popular ones around because they can complete just about any project you want. If one of them can’t do what you’re looking for another one definitely can and that means you will finish anything faster. The key is to make sure you’re asking yourself some important questions before you choose just one of the following (or another) saw to complete the job.

You want to think about what type of projects you’re going to do as well as whether you will have access to electricity. If you will then a jigsaw or circular saw may be a better option, but if you don’t then you may need a handsaw, hacksaw or coping saw.

Traditional Handsaw

1. Traditional Handsaw

This is the saw that you probably think of first when you think of a saw. It has a single blade and often either an aluminum or wood handle. To use it all you need to do is set the blade on the object you want to cut (usually wood or another soft material) and slide it back and forth until the blade cuts all the way through.

You’ll find these saws in all different sizes and all different price points depending on what you want to do. It’s especially used for basic construction projects such as cutting wood for building purposes. This is why you will find a handsaw in just about any tool bag because it is extremely versatile and can be used for a number of different purposes.

The blade is somewhat flexible but because it’s larger you don’t have to worry as much about that blade sliding. On the other hand there is no easy way to guide the saw or make sure you follow a straight line.

Iconic Hacksaw

2. Iconic Hacksaw

This is another somewhat common saw that features a fine tooth. The blade is very thin and attaches on two sides to a metal bar in a “C” shape. The handle is outside of this area and allows a safer hold. You can set the blade against the object you want to cut and slide it back and forth to cut through.

This type of saw is good for cutting harder materials like plastic and metal, but usually these pieces will be thinner than the ones that are used with a traditional handsaw. This type of saw is usually used for plumbing or electrical work because it works best with these types of materials and you will find a number of professionals in these areas that use them.

With this saw you can easily get through a number of materials but it is primarily for making a straight cut. It does not work as well with cutting finer points or attempting to make more intricate designs because of the form of the saw.

Coping Saw

3. Coping Saw

If you’re going to be doing woodworking you’ll want to look at this type of saw that will make the job a whole lot easier. It has a very small, fine blade that allows you to get into finer details with your woodworking and it has a wider “C” than the iconic hacksaw previously discussed. You also will have a simple wooden ‘bar’ handle to hold onto while you’re sawing.

Because these saws have a thinner blade it’s very flexible, which means it must be used carefully to get the right cuts and intricacies. It does have a smaller size, however, which makes it easier to move around in a smaller space.


4. Jigsaw

This is the first of our top saws that actually uses power. It also has a different type of blade than the ones we’ve already mentioned because it’s only attached on one side. The other side is entirely free so that Jigsaw can be used to cut through plywood and create lines.

You’ll be able to use this tool for DIY projects that use plywood especially because it can create curves or even straight lines. The blade itself is relatively thin but not as flexible as the blade on a coping saw. The frame is also heavy plastic which makes it easier to hold and maneuver.

When turned on the blade moves up and down as you slide the saw forward to make a cut. You’ll be able to cut through larger or smaller sizes of material because of this style, though it moves slowly and therefore will require a little more time to push through.

Circular Saw

5. Circular Saw

Another common and popular saw is the circular saw, which also uses electricity or a battery to run. It has a large blade that is shaped as a circle (as you would expect) with large teeth all the way around. When the saw is turned on the blade rotates while you push the entire tool forward.

Contractors use this type of saw frequently as do other builders because it can easily be used for plywood and 2 x 4’s as well. It’s a larger saw, however, which means that it’s heavier to move. It does have a guide that makes it easier to cut in a straight line as well.

Overall, if you have these five types of saws you’re not going to have a problem with just about any project you set your mind to. You’ll be able to cut through a variety of different materials as well, including metal, plastic and different types of wood. That way you will be able to create more intricate designs or build functional projects for your home or even for professional reasons. It’s all about finding the right one for your next job no matter what you’re planning to do.