4 Essential Go-To Saws You Must Have

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These four sawing tools from http://sawingpros.com can work with you wherever you go!



Create delicate and irregular cuts with your jigsaw anytime, anywhere! This handheld tool is much lighter compared to a circular saw, and it uses a thin up-and-down blade that reciprocates. Its blade is ideal for cutting curves in wood because too many straight lines could be boring. You can use them with stencils too! Jigsaws are also perfect for making complicated holes in drywall. This baby can work with plastic, metals, and ceramics as well, as long as you use the correct blade.

If you’re looking for a jigsaw, always consider having one with lights, dust blowers, variable speeds, a laser line, and an orbital blade motion.

Jigsaws can either be corded or cordless. Corded ones are lighter and can be used for a longer time. Most of them are also more affordable than cordless models. Still, the choice depends on your preference.

Circular Saw

compact circular saw

Although circular saws are generally huge and bulky, there are actually compact models you could take along with you if you need to work someplace else.

This saw with a rotating blade is probably the most used saw of all. This handheld tool is ideal for cutting lumber across and with the grain. It can even work with ceramic and masonry tiles if accuracy isn’t a priority.

These saws can also be battery operated or corded. Their blade sizes vary from 5-3/8″ to 6-1/2″ in diameter for cordless styles and 7-1/4″ in diameter for corded ones.

The power of a circular saw depends on its type. The corded saws’ power is expressed in amps, while the cordless models’ power is measured in volts.

For home use, look for a circular saw with 13-15 amps or at least 18 volts. You might also want to look for an electric brake which stops the blade quickly and a shaft lock that allows you to change blades fast. Also, if you’re a lefty, don’t forget to buy a circular saw that’s tailored for left-handed people.

Miter Saw

Just like a circular saw, this tool can be heavy. Then again, there are compact models available today.

Also referred to as the chop saw, this works with a rotating circular blade. It can make precise and clean cuts, whether they’re compound or not.

Know the uses of this versatile tool by watching the YouTube video below.

Reciprocating Saw

Last but definitely not the least, this saw is best for demolition. No other tool can tear down better than the reciprocating saw! It’s used for heavy-duty tasks and can either be cordless or corded.

If you don’t have the budget for a cordless one, you can settle with compact corded ones instead—they’re much lighter and cheaper.

When looking for a reciprocating saw, always check the orbital action, tool-free blade changes, and variable speeds.

I suggest you purchase extra blades as well, especially if you know you’ll be using this tool a lot.