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While the basic premise behind the hacksaw has remained the same, there are a lot of changes in recent models that increase the number of things that they can do and also improves their ability to do it. If you’ve never bought a hacksaw before, or if you’re returning to the market after the death of a trusty old tool, you’d benefit from learning what kind of options are now available.
However, it’s not always easy to shop online. Between the marketing fluff and the lack of hands-on experience with the tools, you can’t always know if you’re getting a good deal or not.
That’s why we’ve assembled this list of reviews of some of the best hacksaws of 2019. If that’s not enough, we’ve assembled a short buyer’s guide to help you understand what makes for a great-value hacksaw, and which you should avoid at all costs.
|DEWALT DWHT20547L 5-in-1|
|LENOX 12132HT50||2 lbs||4.6/5|
|Klein Tools 702-12||1 lb||4.3/5|
|Starrett K145||2 lbs||4.0/5|
The DEWALT DWHT20547L 5-in-1 is our pick for best hacksaw. This model isn’t your grandfather’s hacksaw. Instead, it almost singlehandedly brings hacksaws into the 21st-century, as it features five different configurations in a single frame. Whether you need a standard hacksaw, a low-profile hacksaw, a jab saw, a long reach saw, or a 45-degree saw, this model has you covered. This reconfigurability saves you from having to buy five separate tools and means that the odds are good that you’ll always have the tool you need on hand.
While those features alone would be enough to boost this model to the top of our list, it’s also a comfortable tool to use, which is a nice bonus. It’s also incredibly sturdy, which means it holds up well during difficult jobs, without any flexing or bowing that can be dangerous or ruin your cut. Also, it’s also incredibly durable, meaning that you should expect many years of regular use out of this saw. While it does lack clear instructions that detail how to change between the five different modes, once you learn how this saw works it’s easily one of the best on the market.
The LENOX 12132HT50 is an extreme high-tension hacksaw, allowing for blade tensions of up to 50,000 psi. That means that you’ll get some of the straightest, most accurate cuts on the market out of this model and that you can fine-tune the tension to the blade and the job at hand. It also comes with rubberized grips, which makes it easier to hold, and reduces the chance of dropping it accidentally during or between jobs.
The blade storage in the I-beam across the top is a nice touch, as it allows you to keep sharp backup blades handy while you work. You can also keep a reciprocating blade in that storage and attach it to the front of this model to turn it into a jab saw. The one significant downside to this model is that it makes changing blades very hard. You may not be able to change it by hand, instead, having to use tools to get the job done, which offsets some of the value of the built-in blade storage. Overall, this is one of the best high tension hacksaws, but the difficulty of changing blades keeps it out of first.
The TEKTON 6823 is our choice for best for the money. It’s a high-tension hacksaw, which helps keep the blade taut and improves the overall quality of the cut. Like other great, modern hacksaw models, this one comes with rubber grips on both ends, which means that you can easily use both hands when powering through tougher projects. It also comes with blade storage in the I-beam, which means that you can always have a new blade nearby when you need one.
This model does have a major flaw, and it should be something you strongly consider before buying. Over-tensioning the blade can lead to the failure o the whole unit. Often, this is because the frame snaps at a weak point, rendering the whole unit useless. However, if you’re willing to be careful and looking for a hacksaw that is a bit cheaper, this could be the model for you.
The Klein Tools 702-12 is a clear example of a high-tension saw that is modeled after other, better high-tensioned saws, but with much less quality control during production. It is capable of tensioning blades up to 30,000 psi, which improves the quality of your cuts compared to non-high-tension hacksaws. It also comes with blade storage in the I-beam, like with other models.
However, the blade storage is prone to opening while you work, which spills blades everywhere. Furthermore, the door that keeps the blades in is one of the areas of this tool that is prone to early failure, so you might not get much use out of this feature before it breaks. There are other notable quality control issues, including the inclusion of rusty parts and overall short lives, measured in months instead of years. You could save yourself a lot of frustration and stress by spending your money on a different model.
The Starrett K145 is much like the previous model on our list, but with even more severe problems. In theory, you can tighten the blade up to 28,000 psi, which isn’t great for a “high-tension,” hacksaw, but it’s still more than you’d get on a standard model. It also comes with a quality blade included, which means you won’t immediately be changing it out for an aftermarket replacement.
However, it’s obvious that the manufacturer cut a lot of corners during production. The frame has an overall “cheap” feel to it, which is a warning sign with hacksaws. This feeling is justified, as not only over-tightening but also normal use can lead to this model failing in several places. You can’t expect this model to last very long and that you should probably spend your money elsewhere and get a model that won’t be so frustrating to use.
When buying a hacksaw, the number one thing you need to research is each model’s expected durability. You can get many hacksaws without breaking the bank, but some will last far longer than others, and that means that you can get a better deal by investing in a model that will last a long time.
You’ll also want to look for models that have additional sawing functions. If the blade position is reconfigurable, then you can replace a lot of your saws with just one hacksaw, which means that you’ll have a lighter toolbox and more cutting flexibility on the go.
You’ll also want to look for hacksaws with quality grips. For one, it makes using the tool a more comfortable experience, but it also serves as a good sign that the manufacturer was willing to invest in quality parts in the rest of the tool, meaning that it will cut better and last longer.
The DEWALT DWHT20547L 5-in-1 is our top choice, due to how comfortable it is to use and 5-in-1 sawing modes. The LENOX 12132HT50 is one of the best high-tension hacksaws, kept out of first only because it makes it hard to change blades. The TEKTON 6823 is our choice for best value, as it is a high-tension hacksaw that comes with dual rubber grips and convenient blade storage that comes at a low price. The Klein Tools 702-12 has some quality control issues that keep it from rising higher than fourth on our list. The Starrett K145 is an inferior tool with little upside that is likely to break sooner than you’d like.
Hopefully, our reviews and buyer’s guide have given you some idea of what makes for a good hacksaw. With that information, you should now be able to choose the hacksaw that is right for you.