Why shall I use a power saw?
If you find cutting a muscle-powered process, which needs a lot of physical effort and makes you tired, then power saws are here to help you. Of course, having an electric motor to run the whole device adds to the price and makes it more expensive but more efficient and easier to use.
Hand saw or power saw? that’s the question!
12 Different types of power saws
A different kind of powered saws is a jigsaw. A blade with short teeth sticking out of the edge makes this saw suitable for cutting in non-straight lines such as curves. This kind of handheld saw, which moves up and down, can be set to different speed levels. To get the best result out of a jigsaw, you’ll need to choose a proper blade for the material.
- Cutting curves and complex shapes
- Cutting shapes in metal plastic and wood
Best for: Making shallow cuts with considerable accuracy.
our recommendation: BLACK+DECKER Jig Saw, Smart Select, 5.0-Amp (BDEJS600C)
2. Band saw
The most diverse types of power saws are band saws used to cut different materials with a long sharp blade. A band saw is made up of a table (you should be able to change the table angle up to 45°) supporting the whole device, a motor to run the tool, and two (sometimes three) wheels holding a thin blade. By the way, this is not a fast process and needs patience.
- Cut curves
- Cutting tubes and PVC
Best for: Master carpenters who want to experience accurate and effortless cuts in woodworking.
our recommendation: WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight, 10″
3. Circular saw (circular blade, or circular power saw)
The most versatile type of power saw using a rotating circular blade. It can be equipped with blades that can cut almost every sort of material.
- Straight cuts
Best for: DIY guys, contractors, and carpenters seeking an amazingly versatile saw.
our recommendation: TACKLIFE Circular Saw with Metal Handle, 6 Blades(4-3/4″ & 4-1/2”), Laser Guide, 5.8A, Max Cutting Depth 1-11/16” (90°), 1-3/8” (45°), Ideal for Wood, Soft Metal, Tile and Plastic Cuts – TCS115A
4. Miter saw
A powered saw, which lets you do the process of cutting from different angles. The miter saw has a table, turning left and right to make different cutting angles. It can make straight crosscuts and also angled cuts.
- Trim work
- Door frames, picture frames
Best for: angled cutting for making frames and furniture
our recommendation: DEWALT 12-Inch Miter Saw, 15-Amp, Single Bevel, Compound (DWS715)
5. Scroll saw
Have you ever seen jigsaw puzzles and wonder how they cut these tiny pieces accurately? Well, scroll saws are here to help. A swinging arm holding a sharp blade connected to a tilting table makes this saw super powerful to cut curves in different angles precisely.
- Cut intricate curves and corners
- Making musical instrument
Best for: making spiral lines and curves with edges
our recommendation: WEN 3921 16-inch Two-Direction Variable Speed Scroll Saw
6. Hole saw
A hole saw is an annular (ring) saw blade with an annular grinding wheel that cuts a hole in the workpiece without cutting up the core material.
- Cutting round holes
Best for: cutting round holes
our recommendation: LENOX Tools Hole Saw with Arbor, Speed Slot, 2-Inch (1772779)
7. Reciprocating saw
Imagine having a traditional saw but powered by a motor making strokes and motions on the blade to cut through the wood. It is what we call a reciprocating saw. It’s capable of making straight and curved cuts thanks to its solid blade.
- Pruning and trimming tree branches
Best for: plumbing, cutting out sill plates, frame working, and construction.
our recommendation: DEWALT 20V MAX Reciprocating Saw, Tool Only (DCS380B)
8. Tile saw
A table-mounted saw with a circular diamond-coated blade, used to cut tiles to different shapes and sizes. A water pump constantly lets the cutting area soak to keep it cool.
- Tile cutting
- Precise straight cuts
Best for: Tile cutters
our recommendation: SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw
9. Table saw
Simply a circular saw placed under a table and powered by an electric motor is what we call a table saw. It is designed to bring accuracy, reduce the time and effort needed to do the cutting process.
- Dado cut
- Rip cut
Best for: Having accurate and precise cuts on wood.
our recommendation: DEWALT Table Saw for Jobsite, Compact, 8-1/4-Inch (DWE7485)
10. Plunge saw
A plunge saw is another type of power saw similar to a circular saw with a spinning blade that slices, but it is much more complex and precise. Having a fixed guard, the blade is exposed when plunging the handle. The main difference between a plunge saw and a circular saw is that in a plunge saw, you can start the cut from anywhere you want, whereas in a circular saw, you’ll need to start cutting from the end of the material.
- Cutting laminates
- Cut doors as they are still on their hinges.
Best for: Dust-free cutting processes which require fine cuts
our recommendation: WORX WX523L 20V 3-3/8″ Max Lithium-Ion Plunge Circular Saw
11. Flooring saw
Ever tried to install your own floor? If the answer is positive, you know it’s not an easy job to handle without using a flooring saw. The flooring saw is a handheld power saw used to build wooden flooring. A circular saw on guide rails is attached to a frame on the floor saw.
- Installing laminate flooring
Best for: cutting wood, laminate, vinyl, and soft materials.
our recommendation: SKIL 3601-02 Flooring Saw with 36T Contractor Blade
12. Chain saw (chain power saw)
You might have seen foresters chopping tree branches and shrubs using gasoline, battery, or electric-powered saws that do the process of cutting by using a rotating set of chains wrapped around a solid metal blade, and that’s what we call a “chainsaw” (also chain saw)
- Tree felling
Best for: Woodworkers and gardeners who want to cut trees and branches or those who harvest firewood.
our recommendation: BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Cordless Chainsaw, 10-Inch, Tool Only (LCS1020B)