Crosscut saws are used to cut across the grain of wood, which makes them great for felling trees around your home. There are different types of crosscut saws and even more features, lengths, and brands.
We have reviewed many saws and will be providing you with a list of six that we think you’ll like. We explain some of the benefits and drawbacks of each to give you a good view of each product. There is also a buyer’s guide at the end to go over a few things that you should consider while shopping for your crosscut saw.
|Lynx 3' One Man Crosscut Saw|
|Lynx 4' Two Man - The Best Two-Person Crosscut Saw||6 lbs||4.6/5|
|BAHCO PC-24-TIM 24 Inch Professional Saw|
(Best for the Money)
|Kings County Tools Metal Crosscut Saw with 28-Inch Blade||5 lbs||4.2/5|
|GreatNeck N2610||2 lbs||4.1/5|
The Lynx 3′ One Man Crosscut Saw has beech handles. The one with the open hole for your hand is permanently attached to one end, while the secondary handle sits perpendicular to the edge of the blade at the other end if you want to use it with two people. This handle can be removed. We found the secondary handle to be very useful. The main handle is a little small, though. If you have big hands, you may want to physically hold it to see how it fits before you purchase it. You want all four fingers to fit into the hole comfortably.
The blade has the Great American Tooth pattern that has had each tooth set by hand. It can be re-sharpened when it gets dull. This blade has beautifully smooth crosscuts, but the rip cut leaves the wood rough and torn. If the look of the wood matters to you, make sure that you always end with a crosscut.
The Lynx 4′ Two Man saw has a 1.5mm-thick blade that’s made out of heavy-duty British CS80 steel. Every tooth on this one TPI peg tooth blade was hand-set to give you the best quality teeth, and these teeth can be resharpened with a triangle-shaped file when they get dull.
This saw is longer, heavier, and more substantial than many other saws, so this is a two-person saw. There is a beech handle on both ends of the saw, one for each person. This saw is long by itself, but when you add the width of two people and their arms’ length, you will need a vast area with a lot of clearance around you in order to use the saw.
The BAHCO PC-24-TIM 24 Inch Professional Saw has the best value for your money because the thick 24-inch blade has 3 ½ teeth per inch. Each tooth is ground on three sides to help ensure that you get a good cut while holding firmly onto the two-component handle.
We did find that the saw cuts rather slowly and tends to drift while cutting. The drift gives a curve to your finished cut instead of a straight one. If you’re cutting something that requires a straight cut, you will need to sand it flat when you’re done cutting.
The Kings County Tools Metal Crosscut Saw has a 28-inch blade with four teeth per inch that will cut through wet or dry wood.
We found that this saw works excellently on dry wood, but the teeth are too small for cutting green wood. When the wood is still wet, the shavings clog up the teeth and cause the saw to bind. It does cut both kinds of wood, but plan on green wood taking you longer to cut.
The GreatNeck N2610 crosscut saw has a 26-inch high carbon steel blade with ten precision set and sharpened teeth per inch. It also features a weather-resistant handle.
We found that the set on the teeth is too much on the GreatNeck. Likewise, it doesn’t have a tapered blade, so it is the same thickness all the way through. What’s more, this saw doesn’t cut as fast as many other saws do. You may need to make some adjustments to it before you use it.
The weather-resistant handle has a strange shape. It needs to be more rounded to fit into your hand comfortably. You’ll probably want to sand it to shape it to fit your hand before you try using it for an extended amount of time.
For safety purposes, note that the blade cover on this saw is not made well. You will want to take extra caution with where and how you store it, and while you are walking with it.
The Stanley 20-065 is a 26-inch saw with 12 teeth per inch and a large wooden handle. The teeth are induction hardened, so they’ll stay sharp three to five times longer and cut up to 50% faster than some other saws of this size. The teeth cut more quickly, but the blade is thin and will wobble if you try to use it too fast. You’ll have to cut slower with this saw to get the neat and even cut you’d get with other saws.
We found the set of these teeth to be a little too aggressive for the type of cutting the saw is designed for. They are also tempered so that they can’t be sharpened when they get dull. You’ll need to replace the saw.
Most crosscut saws have teeth that are shaped like an arc of a circle, rather than a straight line. The curve makes the saw more natural to use and cuts faster than a straight saw.
The thickness of the blade is the same throughout.
These saws are thicker on the tooth side of the blade, and get thinner closer to the back edge. They don’t bind up as easily as straight blades.
The teeth are thicker in the center of the saw and thin down as they near the ends.
The teeth are all the same thickness.
The TPI tells you how many teeth there are per inch on your saw blade. A higher TPI will give you a smoother cut.
The tooth angle is measured by the angle that the tooth lies at compared to the edge of the saw blade.
The blade size is the length of the saw without the handle.
The material that the teeth are made of determines how strong and sharp they are.
Now that we have told you about the two types of crosscut saws and given you a list of things to consider, let’s look at the six we thought you may like the best of all the saws that we reviewed.
We have given you enough information to help narrow down the number of saws you’re considering to a manageable number. Now, you just have to compare their features and determine which one is best for you.
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