Handsaws are quick and easy to use for all sorts of projects. You just want to make sure you’re grabbing the right one for the job. With that being said, let’s have a look at some of the different types of handsaws out there and their uses.
Now, a hacksaw has a bow shape with a thin blade. By adjusting the blade tension, you can make it more rigid, which prevents twisting or bending.
And you can also switch out the blade for rougher or finer cutting or reverse it. So, it is cutting on the pole stroke.
This saw is the workhorse for trimming and cutting metal or plastic.
2. Carpenter Saw
A carpenter saw, or a crosscut saw has teeth shaped to release the wood as it cuts. They commonly cut on push and pull stroke.
These saws are commonly used to cut lumber where you’re cutting across the grain. The more teeth per inch or TPI, the finer the cut.
- 7 TPI: Fast, rough cuts
- 10 TPI: General purpose
- 12 TPI: Finer woodworking
3. Coping Saw
A coping saw has a deep bow shape with a very thin replaceable blade and tension adjustment.
The thin blade lets you cut irregular shapes or patterns. So, this is your tool for cutting a curved profile on crown molding, baseboards, or chair rails.
4. Jab Saw
Jab saws, aka compass, drywall, keyhole, have a sharp tip and stiff blade for plunging into a surface. Its shallow blade allows for cutting curves and contours.
You can use these saws to cut out a hole for a pipe or receptacle.
5. Backsaw, Miter Saw, Dovetail & Pull Saws
This family of saws is lightweight and distinguished by a rib on edge, which helps with control and precision. The teeth are closely spaced for fine cuts.
So, you’ll typically use these for precise work like wood joinery or when you’re installing flooring and need to trim the bottom of a door casing.
Many will cut on the pole stroke, which uses tension on the blade more than force, so you have more control and precision.
Always remember that a quality blade takes fewer strokes to make a cut, and the blade won’t dull as fast as a lower quality saw. That’s why whenever you are using a saw, make sure to get a high-quality tool.