A sawyer must know how to see without worries. Yes, but never without THE right saw! To cut your materials, wood, metals, ceramics or plastics, the saw is the essential tool of a good handyperson.
But do you really know how to differentiate between existing products?
Which saw to use for your work? How to buy the most suitable saw for your needs? I give you my advice on how to find the tool that will delight you!
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1) How to choose the right saw?
1 need = 1 saw
I base the choice of a saw on 4 major criteria:
the material to be cut: wood (solid, chipboard, medium, melamine, plywood), metal (steel, iron, stainless steel, aluminum), plastic, ceramic, concrete, etc.
the type of cut: straight cut, beveled, curved, angle.
the quality of the cut. The number of teeth on the blade will determine the degree of finish of the cut. The less toothed the blade, the rougher the cut. The more toothed the blade, the finer and sharper the cut will be.
the dimension of the part to be cut.
Saw a log, cut a wooden cleat with a 20mm section, cut a plinth angle, drill a circular hole in plasterboard, cut a Ø 50mm PVC tube, install a worktop in your kitchen or even cut a board of 2 m for a cabinet, all these cuts will necessarily require a specific choice of saw adapted to the desired results.
Manual saw or electric saw?
You can opt for a manual saw for your small DIY jobs . It will be perfect for occasional use and for small budgets .
Don’t expect a clean, precise cut. Sometimes you will need to get the shirt wet, especially for larger cuts.
With a little courage and perseverance, I will reward your efforts !!
The electric saws ( stationary saws or portable electric saws) are more suitable for regular use or for projects requiring specific cuts . Your work will be more precise and you will gain in efficiency and speed .
They open up a whole range of possibilities for you. Notice to DIY enthusiasts, your creativity will express itself !! Sawing will become child’s play.
If you plan to make a garden plot, develop a cupboard, ask your floor, cut baseboard create yourself decoration, invest in saws mechanical , you do not regret your purchase!
Stationary saw or power saw?
There are 2 categories of electric saws: best table saws for woodworking or power saws.
Stationary saws, also called stationary saws, are used in a workshop. Power saws are easier to move. They are preferred for cuts in a defined work area (laying parquet for example).
Power saw on battery?
Power tools are increasingly battery-powered. No need to draw you a picture to explain that one will be more mobile than the other because no need to bother with an electric cable and a power supply.
Please note, battery- powered power tools are less powerful than plug-in tools. They will have a limited autonomy (depending on the duration of your battery ).
We should not overlook this if you plan to carry out your work for several hours at a time. It’s always frustrating to have to stop to recharge your battery …
2) Which saw for which need?
The role common to all saws is to cut . As we have seen, depending on the material, the desired cut, the tool will not be the same. Manual or electric, here is a quick tour of the saws available on the market.
The handsaw is the most classic hand saw of all. It is composed of a steel blade and a handle.
It is a versatile saw, it allows you to make straight cuts with a more or less coarse finish. Ideal for cutting wood (solid, chipboard, medium, melamine, plywood) and metal.
The Japanese saw deserves to be known. Unlike a conventional saw, the blade cuts by pulling, not pushing. The effort is therefore less. This saw is popular with DIY enthusiasts !
The log saw is calibrated to cut rough wood like tree trunks. It is ideal in the garden.
The hacksaw has a blade suitable for cutting metals such as steel, iron, stainless steel and aluminum. It is light to handle.
The keyhole saw with its gooseneck shape is suitable for difficult-to-access cuts in wood such as chipboard, medium, melamine, plywood, plasterboard. The blade is thick and very stiff. It is also widely used for demolition work. To know everything about the demolition of walls and ceilings , it’s here !
The scroll saw is used to make straight or curved cuts in wood (chipboard, medium, plywood).
It can be manual or electric. In the fixed version, the blade is fixed. it is the piece of wood that will move on the table. It is widely used in marquetry and decoration.
The back saw or trim saw is a fine-tooth saw. It is for use with a miter box . It allows you to make clean cuts (angles, bevel, straight cut) on pieces of wood such as plinths, cleats or rods or even plastic.
The manual miter saw is a saw incorporating a back saw and the miter box. It will therefore have the same function. We can also make bias cuts depending on the model chosen.
The hole saw is in fact not a saw per se. This is an accessory to be attached to your drill or perforator using a mandrel. It allows you to make circular holes in a wall. It is used to recessed switches, sockets, spotlights.
The type of bell will depend on the material to be drilled. It is possible to drill wood (raw or chipboard, medium, melamine, plywood), plastic, plaster, concrete, stone or even tiles.
The saber saw is a power saw. It adapts to all materials and all corners! For demolition
The jigsaw is a versatile saw for all your assembly work. It is ideal for shallow, curved or straight cuts.
Although precise, the cut will not be perfectly clean. It is to be used on a workbench. You will find blades for wood and its derivatives, for aluminum or more specific blades for metals or ceramics.
The circular saw is suitable for long, straight cuts. Its rotating circular blade allows for clean and clean cuts.
It is a powerful saw and heavier than the jigsaw. It cuts solid wood or its derivatives and plastic. However, it is not suitable for cutting metal or ceramic. Straight cut
The plunge saw is a circular saw. The blade goes up in a protective casing. It is possible to adjust the cutting depth and start a cut in the middle of a board. Associated with a rail, it allows the saw to be guided over long lengths for perfect precision. It is the ideal tool for your worktops or cupboards.
For the record, my husband coveted it for a while before offering it to himself. He has used it and continues to use it regularly for our home renovation: cutting kitchen and laundry worktops, fitting out our cupboards under the stairs or in our bedrooms, making our cladding fence. garden wood …
Radial miter saw or radial saw
The radial miter saw is more commonly referred to as the radial saw . The electric miter saw is the mechanical version of the back saw or manual miter saw. However little present in our workbenches, it becomes the essential tool of good handypersons.
It allows precise, regular and fast cuts, without effort. Perfect for straight, angled, cross cuts. It is the ideal saw for cutting cleats, rods, plinths.
Once it is part of your workshop, there is no way to leave it …
The bandsaw allows you to make straight cuts with precision and effortlessly in long and / or thick pieces of wood. It is bigger than other saws. Invest only if you need to!
The table saw , a semi-professional tool, is a stationary saw associated with a table for working large wooden boards. It is suitable for very regular use of wood.
3) C Ma Renov advice to make the right choice
Did you know all the saws that I presented to you?
Need an ultimate cost of thumb to make the right choice? Here are my final tips before you buy your saw and take action!
When you engage in work, it is important to think about ergonomics. The ergonomics of your tool on the one hand for its good handling, but your own ergonomics to carry out your cutting project.
If it’s for occasional cutting, the hand tool will do. If you plan to install all the baseboards and parquet in your 100m2 home, then ask yourself to invest in an electric saw.
You will gain in working comfort vs arduousness but also in quality of achievement.
Saw and quality
I cannot repeat it enough, but to do a good job, invest in quality equipment .
Do not be satisfied with the 1st price in your DIY stores, your tools will not be durable over time and it will disappoint you from the first use.
Which brand of saw to buy?
Opt for example for tool brands like Stanley , Bahco for manual saws. For power tools, buy brands such as Bosch (pro range blue, not green), Métabo , Makita , Dewalt, Festool, Hilti (pro brand only) if your budget allows .
Where to buy your saw?
You will find these saws in any DIY store or on the internet. Compare the prices. If you haven’t already done so, you can read my article on ‘My best places to equip and renovate like a pro!’ . I give you advice on finding good deals and making great savings in your work budget.
Safety and use
The saw is still a sharp tool so don’t neglect your safety. Use a quality saw, adapted to your needs and wear the personal protective equipment (cut resistant gloves, protective glasses, ear muffs).
4) My very personal selection of saws to renovate your home!
With several years of DIY and renovation behind us, I offer you a small overview of the saws we have in our workshop. Of course, we don’t have all the models and we haven’t acquired them all at the same time. Some large pieces were the object of gifts on the occasion of a birthday or Christmas. If you are also looking for ideas for tools to please a handyman, follow this link of ’11 essential tools to offer yourself or to be offered ‘ !
I have a special mention for our plunge rail saw and our radial miter saw which won the podium for the best investment!
I hope that this article will allow you to make an informed choice on the purchase of your future saw. Whether manual, electric, stationary or portable, there is necessarily a saw adapted to the materials and the desired cut.
Do not hesitate to post a comment if you still hesitate between 2 saws, I would be happy to answer you!
I can’t wait to share new articles with you to renovate your home with confidence!