Power saws are used for all manner of projects. Whether your particular project involves heavy duty cutting or trim work power saws make the job simpler and much faster. With all of the various types of power saws available today there is almost no need to resort to a hand saw for any project. Gas operated, electric, or cordless, whatever you prefer any of them will simplify the job. Manufacturers these days are going to lighter weight power tools that are easy to use especially for the do it yourself types.
The following is a brief description of the most common types of power saws.
The chainsaw is the most common type of power saw. Used to cut down timber, they are perfect for cutting down trees and chopping them into firewood. For me, an electric chain saw is all I need because I only use it around the house for trim work. A cordless chain saw works well especially when electricity is not close by. The pros use a heavy duty gas chain saw as they are better for clearing out large tracts of timber.
are versatile in that they can be used for any manner of home improvement projects. If you don’t want to have to purchase several saws that only get occasional use a circular saw is perfect. I have been doing some research into circular saws. Circular saws have the power to cut through very thick wood just make sure you choose one that has a high level of power and comes with the on/off location in an easy to reach location in case you need to turn it off in a hurry.
A mitre saw is a type of circular saw that works well for crosscutting. It is used to cut at exact angles, dimensions, and lengths. For very detailed work, a scroll saw works great. These are both very common woodworking power tools
A saber saw or jigsaw
as its more commonly known is used for cutting paneling and other thin, flexible materials. Purchase one that is sturdy and fits well in your hand. The brand name and quality of a saber saw isn’t as important as the quality of the blades you use. Research the blades so as to get the ones that will help you complete your task with the least amount of effort.
A table saw is used for bigger jobs that usually involve long pieces of wood. The table provides the support for the piece of wood, like plywood or long 2 x 4s, with the blade locked down in the center of the table so you can make a nice straight cut.
If you need to cut something in the middle or away from the edges, a band saw is the best way to go. The band saw has a small table for support and a
very thin blade that comes down from the top. Using the clamp to secure the wood and line it up with the blade pull the top part of the band saw down. This is how wall plugs and door knobs are created, just to use an example.
There are several very small power saws as well. The crosscut saw is used when it is necessary to cut across the grain. A rip saw operates similar to a circular saw but it is smaller. A keyhole saw is used to make curved cuts or to put round holes in paneling and dry wall.
Most saws are long lasting and durable depending on how well you take of them. Remember to keep them stored where the sharp saw blade will not be a safety hazard. And clean the blades after every use. They will rust. Using a rusty saw blade is begging for trouble so, it is very important to clean and protect your saw blades.
Just some safety precautions to file away in your head:
Always were safety glasses when using your power saw
Use the guards that come with your saw-they are placed there for your protection
Read the owners manual "before" you start using your new saw
Make sure you are using the right saw for your particular project.