How to Choose a Saw - a Toolstop Buying Guide

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Hand saws are one of the most essential tools for anyone to have in their kit.

However, just because a tool is essential doesn't mean that it's necessarily easy to decide which variety is correct for you and the applications you typically undertake.

Toolstop is here to help you decide which saw you need via this #DIYTradeTips buying guide.

Saw Application
Saw Teeth Required
Construction carpentry, joists, stud framing, chipboard
7 teeth per inch
Finishing work, architraves, mouldings, panelling, floor, PVC
11 teeth per inch
Specialist work, PVC pips and mouldings, plasterboard and drywall panels, cellular concrete
Check the saw; different numbers of and types of teeth to suit specific tasks

Choosing a saw is all about selecting the right size and type of saw teeth. The length of the saw isn't as relevent; basically no matter the length of the saw blade you only usually use a small part of the blade to perform the cut.

  • Tooth size: mesured in the number of complete teeth per inch (tpi). Larger and fewer teeth on the blade will give you a faster cut. Alternatively, a greater number of smaller teeth will provide a finer finish
  • Tooth hardness: saw teeth can be described as "hardened" or "hard point". Look out for Induction Hardened Teeth as these will stay sharper twice as long, according to manufacturer guidelines
  • Double or Triple Ground: this denotes how many sides of the saw's teeth have been sharpened. Double ground teeth featured two sharpened sides. This will allow the saw to cut equally well across or with the grain of the wood. Triple ground teeth have 3 sharpened sides. This allows the saw to cut at every stage of the stroke, with some manufacturers claiming up to 50% faster cuts

We also recommend looking out for a bimaterial handle that's welded to the saw blade. This will give you comfort and stability while you saw. Also look out for a finger rest in the handle which provides you with a comfortable and secure way to grip the saw while you work.

With some help from Stanley Tools we show in this Toolstop TV video how to choose the right saw for you.


Ed Oliver on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:04:37 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Great advice, buying a cheaply made saw can make your job twice as difficult!

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