Hand saws faqs
What Should I Look For When Buying A Hand Saw?
Nick Yahoodian of Advanced Builders and Contractors explains that when choosing a hand saw the most important thing to consider is what result you want and how you are going to use the saw. He also suggests considering the type of material you plan to saw, the metal the blade is made from, and the number of teeth. The fewer teeth there are and the larger they are, the rougher the edge will be after cutting. Smaller teeth will create a thinner, smoother edge. The saw’s packaging will call this TPI (teeth per inch) or PPI (dots per inch).
What are the different types of hand saws?
While there are a variety of types of hand saws and different variations within these types, we’ve focused on the five that would be most beneficial to the average DIYer.
Panel saw: Also referred to simply as “hand saws,” panel saws are general purpose saws that are useful for a range of wood cutting projects. Their wide, flexible blades narrow towards the tip and are long enough to handle larger cutting tasks, like cutting plywood or 4×4 lumber.
Their large teeth aren’t ideal for smooth cuts or precision jobs, but the long blade length and sturdy handles make them very productive when you need straight, rough cuts.
Pull the saw: The blades of a pull saw are designed to cut on the “pull” stroke instead of the “push” stroke of typical saws. This design prevents the blade from bending as you cut, allowing you to maintain maximum control and create precise, detailed cuts. These saws are perfect for creating an extremely smooth finish.
Metal saw: Designed to smoothly cut hard materials like copper or iron tubing, hacksaws also work for softer items like PVC. Their blades are positioned in a C-shaped frame, similar to a scroll saw, and usually come in standard 12-inch versions or smaller 10-inch versions. Their versatility makes them useful for professionals and hobbyists who are unsure of what to cut.
Chain saw : Scroll saws have a very thin blade that allows you to make detailed sharp-angled cuts in plastic and wood, perfect for use on door trim and baseboards. Different types of blades can flip to cut plastic, metal, or tile, making these saws more versatile than you might think. Yahoodian recommends looking for options where the blade rotates 360 degrees.
Jab saw: Also known as a “keyhole saw” or “drywall saw,” these tools have thin, straight blades with sharp tips. This design allows it to easily pass through soft materials like drywall. They are invaluable for cutting through the middle of drywall panels and for trimming or creating cutouts for pipes, switch boxes and other fittings. Yahoodian said their size also makes them ideal for getting into tight spaces where larger saws are too bulky.