Saws are vital for many DIY projects. They can help you cut through different types of wood and metal to accurately create different materials in the building process. But the wide array of different saws can be confusing. Below, we explore the different types of saws available.
Hand saws v power saws
A hand saw is naturally operated by hand, whereas a power saw uses electricity to move and cut at a rapid and efficient rate. But there are different scenarios that suit each tool. A hand saw is usually safer as they move at a much slower pace. Plus you can be more precise with a hand saw as they’re smaller and lighter. However, there are benefits to power tools as well. Power saws cut through tougher materials with ease, ensuring that you have time and efficiently get through your project.
Circular saws use a spinning disc to cleanly cut through materials. They’re useful when you’re looking for something more precise than a power saw – but with similar efficiency. There are different types of circular saw though. There’s the worm drive saw: it spins at a slower rate, but carries a higher torque, allowing it to cut through concrete on large projects. Meanwhile, sidewinders – as a lighter and slightly less powerful tool – are better for smaller projects.
If you need more complex cutting angles, then a miter saw could be of use. This specialised tool allows you to cut a variety of angles into a material. As a result, they’re useful for cutting different materials before fitting them smoothly together. Compound miter saws can be particularly useful – their blades pivot left and right and can tilt for slanting cuts. This makes them handy for creating picture frames and other similar projects.
Band saws are a large, stationary tool that work well for safety conscious carpenters. As they don’t move, there’s no kickback and so less chance of an accident occurring. What’s more, as a large saw they can make efficient, quick cuts of unwieldy and durable materials. The downside is that a band saw is difficult to transport out of a workshop despite possessing some wheels to roll it around.
There are plenty of different saws available to you regardless of the project in hand. By carefully calculating your needs, you should be able to pick out the appropriate saw.