8 Different Types of Saws and Their Uses

8 Different Types of Saws and Their Uses

Saws are the tools used for cutting down all kinds of materials. They are a powerful tool and can be confusing to use as every type of saw has a different role. As the applications widen up, the machines also become more complex. Here is a list of 10 different kinds of Saws that you can use.

Basic Handsaw

This is the most iconic and basic version of wood saws. This tool has been present from the very beginning of sawing and has changed the world since then. They can be accurate and can keep reminding you to keep your sawing in shape.



Hacksaw is a type of handsaw which has a fine-toothed blade with tension at the C-frame. It is generally used for cutting metals and plastics. The blade can be replaced after the edges wear out. Take special care of the blade when you use in on aluminium as it can gum and bend softer materials.

Japanese Saws

A special saw known for a thinner blade and crosscut teeth at one side and rip teeth at the other. This saw can guide a path into the wood and offers a smooth cutting. The crosscut edge is used to make a path and the rip-teeth follows the rest of the work.

Coping saw

Coping Saw

This saw is used mostly by artists to cut metal and wood. It has a thin blade tensioned with a C-shaped frame. It can cut close radiuses. Another major use of this saw is that the blade can be removed and passed through a hole for effecting inside profile cutting.


This is a saw that can create clean shapes on plywood and polycarbonate. This tool can do wonders in the hands of a skilled carpenter. It can saw designs perfectly but can have a difficult time cutting in a straight line. The tool is quick and can drift away from the path easily if not handled properly.


Circular saw

This is another type of electric saw which can cut through lumber and concrete with ease. There are two types of circular saws – the worm drive and the sidewinder. The worm drive has enough torque to cut down materials while also holding the right position. The sidewinder has comparatively less torque and can face trouble with concrete.

Table saw

Table saw is a fixed machine which can perform various tasks such as ripping, crosscutting, beveling, and altering. It is not a portable tool, but it can be versatile in a well-equipped workshop. It can also be a bit costly, but a visionary engineer will see its benefits.

Band saw

It is the most useful saw tool for cutting metal and wood. It can take a massive load for cutting down tough materials and makes very less noise. Unlike jigsaws, this tool can provide a clean finish quickly and much more silently.

Mark J. Schmidt