How to Choose the Right Saw for Your Project

Article Posted By: Home Depot Staff

When walking down the hardware aisles, you will come across many types of saws. It can be overwhelming to determine the appropriate saw for your DIY projects. In this short video, Mike from our How-To Community goes over most of the saws you will find in the aisles and their best uses.

First up are the hand saws. These are saws designed for smaller and faster jobs. These are not connected to a power source you will use these for basic household repairs. When you are cutting metal, such as piping, use a hacksaw. It has a straight and rigid blade with lots of small, fine teeth. If you are cutting drywall there is a specific drywall saw. It has a pointed tip, which allows you to easily plunge into the drywall and sharp teeth to make quick, clean cuts.

For most wood working projects you will want to use a hand saw. They are designed for either hard or soft wood and are outfitted with many sharp teeth to make clean, finished cuts. However, if you are doing a millworks project, you will want to use a backsaw. A backsaw is named thusly because of the stiff rib opposite of the cutting edge. Use them with a miter box to cut moulding, baseboard, and trim.

Next are the power saws. These are designed for larger jobs. They come in versions that connect to a power source or cordless with a battery pack.

One of the most useful and versatile saws in this category is a circular saw. They can be hand-held or table-mounted, and can be outfitted with blades that will cut wood, metal, plastic, or masonry. For intricate scrollwork or circular cuts a jigsaw would fit your needs and has variety of blades that will cut through different materials.

A reciprocating saw is one of the bigger types available. It has a lot of power and uses long blades. It is perfect for most demolition work including removing walls to add windows or doors. It too, can be outfitted with many different blades to accommodate a variety of materials.

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