Sometimes cutting your project goes wrong, and most times it has nothing to do with the material you’re working on or the cutting technique used, it depends on the type of saw you use. Saws come in various shapes and sizes, each with unique functions to make your project stand out if used appropriately.
For beginners, some of these saws might seem new and unnecessary, but at the end of this article, you’ll realize how much you’ve missed on using the right saw to get a particular project done and how better it’d have turned out to be.
Before purchasing just any saw just because the name sounds cool, you should learn to understand and know its functions, so you don’t waste your precious money – especially if you’d only be working on a particular project for a long time. You’d want to do your research on websites like DIY Tool Expert to know more about applications of different types of saw.
Here are some of the most useful saws that every beginner and professional should get familiar with;
The most commonly used and cheapest type of saw in the market is the handsaw. It is also the oldest form of saw in the world today. With an ergonomic handle and rigid blade, sawing through wood would only get easier.
The downside to this type of saw is, the speed and pressure are dependent on muscle power, and this is bad for people with low strength levels, which causes fatigue and muscle pull easily. Handsaws are a must-have in your toolbox.
A hacksaw is one of the most versatile saws in the world today. They have a thin blade with fine teeth arranged carefully, making it efficient when you need to cut metal. Hacksaws are variants of a handsaw and will definitely require muscle power and speed. They also cut other materials like PVC. It is advisable to purchase hacksaws with denser teeth if you’ll be working on smaller projects.
A coping saw is another variant of the handsaw with a very thin metal blade. They work great when intricate cuts are to be made in wood and for installing trims. A coping saw looks more like a hacksaw, but its blade is thinner, and it is lighter.
Circular saws are mechanically powered saws, used to cut through lumber, plywood and, sometimes concrete if the right blade is used. Just as its name implies, circular saws have a fine-toothed circular blade perfect for cutting through thick and thin. For beginners, a circular saw with a diameter of 7¼ inches should be mastered before moving on to bigger blades that are more difficult to handle. They also come in portable forms too – making it easier to carry anywhere.
For a more complex and artistic design, jigsaws are your ideal saws. It has a large flat base that rests upon your workpiece, providing enough protection from the back and forth movement of its blade and sometimes adjustable to cut your project at a particular angle. Jigsaws are versatile, cutting both straight and curved lines perfectly well. DIYers will find this tool very resourceful. They work best when used on wooden materials.
Reciprocating saws are gentle home demolition tools. As an old- house restorer, this tool is the ideal tool for you, cutting down parts of a building or project that could only be put back to place when cut down. Reciprocating saws work in the same motion like a traditional handsaw with more speed and power than using muscle-power.
Versatility is one of the reasons why you’d love to have this tool around. It has a couple of blades – each blade has a material it best works for, making it possible to work on a variety of materials like wood, metal and, plastic.
For cutting with precision when taking up a framing project or the installation of a mold, miter saws are just the right tool for that. They are mostly used by professionals with more complex projects to work on. Some milter saws can cut two angles at once and some can tilt on its axis for slant cuts, this tool is versatile. They are mostly mounted on tables, keeping you’re the saw and your project stationary for an even accurate and precise cut.
The table saw is most times the best saw to have in your workshop since you wouldn’t be moving the saw or your project anyways. They are more like circular saws, but with its blade protruding out of a table. You get to make precise cuts by sliding your wood or whatever material you’re making use of across the spinning blade. Working on larger projects is easier when using a table saw.
Being one of the most powerful saws around, chainsaws are used to fell trees with its sharp blades that continues to rotate when turned on. They are not particularly the best at making precise cuts or working on lumber because of the rough cuts it makes, but they’re powerful and efficient.
Getting to know the right saw for the right project is the first step in becoming a great craftsperson. Always try to use the appropriate saw for the project you’re working on to make sure it comes out as neat and beautiful as possible. Remember, there are no wrong saws, just wrong usage.