When you’re working on a project – whether it’s a treehouse for the kids or a commercial project for a client, there’s no use in wasting time with the wrong tools. Forcing a square peg into a round hole is a recipe for going nowhere very slowly, but worse than that, using the wrong tools can prove extremely hazardous.

That’s especially true when it comes to saws. They’ve been around for centuries in various forms, but today you’ll find there are more types of saw than ever before. Whether you’re tackling wood, metal or even ceramic, there’s a saw out there for the task.

But which saw is right for you? In this guide, we’re going to share with you the various types of saw and their uses. Let’s go.



Perhaps the most recognisable type of saw on earth. With a comfortable, easy to grip handle and a long serrated blade, handsaws are best used when you’re cutting planks of wood down to size or trimming branches on smaller trees.



Taking the form of a metal c-frame and a fine-toothed blade, hacksaws are designed to offer a greater degree of control than a handsaw and are usually used for cutting plastics and metals.


Coping Saw

Similar in design to a hacksaw, albeit with a different handle shape, coping saws have a c-frame and interchangeable blades that can be used for either wood or metal. They’re most commonly used by artists and artisans thanks to the fine radiuses they’re capable of creating.


Circular Saw

This powerful tool comes in a couple of forms – worm drive and sidewinder. Worm drive saws have enough power to cut through wet lumber and concrete. Models with a sidewinder motor have less torque but weigh less too. Both types of circular saw feature a large, behind-the-blade handle which makes gripping and manoeuvring easy, whilst reducing kickback.


Table Saw

Far from portable, a table saw features a centrally located spinning circular blade which can be used for ripping, crosscutting, mitring, and bevelling, making them a very useful tool to have around the workshop.



Whilst most saws are designed to cut in a straight line, a jigsaw is designed to cut in custom shapes. With a powerful motor, downwards facing blade and a handle designed to be held from above, a jigsaw gives you total control over the shape you’re cutting, regardless of whether it’s plywood or polycarbonate you’re tackling.



Capable of cutting both metal and wood, bandsaws like our Silverline Electric Bandsaw make an excellent addition to any workshop. Standing upright and with a vertically aligned saw blade, they allow you to make quick, precise cuts easily.


Mitre Saw

Cutting precise angles with a saw is always something of a difficulty if you’re attempting to do so by hand, which is why the mitre saw is so important so for many people working with wood. Specially designed with a handle for lowering and raising the circular blade at fixed angles. Certain models allow you to set your own angles, making them an ideal option for trim work.

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