Choosing The Right Power Saw For The Right Job

Choosing the right power saw

There are different saws that are available in the market. Just as much as there are saws, there are also different purposes for which they should be used. One of the biggest mistakes that most people make when it comes to choosing saws is not matching the right saw with the right job. The following are some of the basics of getting the right power saw for the right job.

Band Saw

Whether you are a professional or an amateur, band saws will always be useful, especially when you consider the versatility of the band saw and their incredible cutting capacity.

Since they can use thinner blades, they are perfect for detail work too.When you want to buy a band saw, the most important thing you should look at is the diameter of the wheel, because this translates to the cutting width.

Most of the general purpose band saws should be 14”, though you can also work with 9” or 10” especially if you need some detailed work. For more power and capacity, larger wheel diameters are better, up to 18” for the average homeowner.

Band Saw

Anything wider than 18” should surpass the needs and budgetary requirements of a normal homeowner.


Circular Saw

Size is one of the first things you look at when you are buying a circular saw. On average, the blade diameter is 7-1/4”.

However, you will still find a number of other sizes in the market. Take note that the size of the blade you choose should depend on the depth of the cut you want.

In case you need deep cuts, you should go for relatively bigger blades.Ease of control is also a factor that you might want to look at, and if this is the case, a trim saw would serve you better.

They are also easier to carry, which is good for the average homeowner.

Circular Saw

Jig Saw

Before you buy a jig saw, you should consider the body type. You can either get the barrel grip or the top-handle grip. Barrel grip jig saws are held around the body, then pushed through the cut.

The top-handle grip, on the other hand, comes with speed controls and switches which are conveniently positioned.You will also want to know whether the jig saw is cordless or not.

While corded jig saws will need a source of power, they are a good fit for you in case you are working on tougher cutting jobs, or if you need to be cutting continuously.

Due to the fact that they use batteries that run out over time, cordless jig saws are not recommended when cutting through tough materials, and their cost can also put off someone with a limited budget.

Jig Saw

Metal-Cutting Saw

With the metal cutting saw, one thing that you have to look at is your budget. There are different metal projects that you can work on from time to time.

In case you will be using the saw often, it would be wise to invest in a metal saw whose blades can last a long time. This would also mean you have to spend a considerable amount on this.

However, in case you will not be using the saw regularly, it would be okay to spend reasonably on the saw, or even get a portable one.

Remember that battery powered saws usually have are not as powerful as the ones that are primarily powered by electricity.

Metal Cutting saw

Miter Saw

One feature that you will want to have in your miter saw is the laser guide. Laser guiding helps you get the best cuts for the job.

However, you can also get better and impressive results when you are able to control and make adjustments to the laser guide on your own.

Another factor that you should look at is whether or not the miter saw comes with a dust collection unit.

These saws usually generate an incredible amount of sawdust, so if you can get a dust collection unit attached to the saw, this will reduce the amount of cleaning that you have to do at the end of each project.

Miter Saw

Reciprocating Saw

One of the most important things you should look at when you want to buy a reciprocating saw is the Amp rating. The higher the rating, the more powerful your reciprocating saw is.

Most of these saws have Amp ratings between 5 – 15, so for a powerful one, make sure the motor has an Amp rating of 15.Another feature that you should look at before buying a reciprocating saw is the speed.

Variable speed control is an important feature for these saws. It is always wise to have control over the speed at which you are working. It is even better if you can adjust the speed to suit your unique preferences when cutting.

Reciprocating Saw

Table Saw

Before you buy a table saw, one of the most important things you should look at is the fencing system. It is important to get a fencing system that is designed parallel to the blade.

More importantly, the fencing system should be such that you can make adjustments to it as and when you need to.

In case you are planning to make a number of angle crosscuts, your table saw should come with a miter gauge.

Without this, you might really struggle to get the results you need. More importantly, ensure the gauge is marked properly so you have an easier time hitting the angle cuts you want.

Table Saw

Tile Saw

With the tile saw, it is impossible for you to imagine anything else other than cutting tiles with it.

As a matter of fact, in case you are thinking of getting the tile saw for use with anything other than tiles, you should know you are making a big mistake.You should go for tile saws that fit your budget.

There are different models of these saws available in the market, but not all of them will suit your needs.

Besides, you will barely need to use the tile saw all the time, so it is wise to choose something that you can afford.

Tile Saw

Masonry Saw

When choosing the right masonry saw for your workshop, you should consider shopping for something that will meet your needs.

For someone who carries out a lot of masonry projects, it would be wise to shop for a masonry saw on the higher end. This is because you will need something that will last longer than most.

For the average homeowner whose projects feature simple masonry work around the home, perhaps a portable masonry saw, or something that is not resource intensive would be a better option for you.

It would also be wise to research a bit on the different brands of masonry saws in the market before you choose the ideal one for your needs.

Masonry Saw

Scroll Saw

Scroll saws are incredible, small electrical saws that are perfect for cutting fine, intricate details into the wood. In terms of their performance and the work they do, they are virtually similar to band saws.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is that compared to the band saw, scroll saws deliver a more impressive finish.

When you want to buy a scroll saw, you just need to make sure you are looking for finer details. If you need the saw for anything other than finer details, you are looking at the wrong power saw for your needs.

Scroll Saw

In terms of the price variation, your scroll saw could be available anywhere between $90 and $600, depending on the model and size of the saw you buy.


Chain Saw

The good thing about the chain saw is that it is one of the power tools that have been around for years, in fact, from as early as 1830. During this time, there are so many varieties that have been introduced into the market, all in different sizes.

Your choice, therefore, should be determined by the size of the lumber you are going to be working on.Most of these saws work with a 2-stroke gas engine.

When choosing one, therefore, you have to ensure that you will not struggle to buy fuel for the chain saw. Alternatively, there are other models that are electricity-powered, and there are others that are powered by compressed air.

Chain Saw

What matters is how long you need to use it, and whether you can afford to keep it running.