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Power saws are fun, but sometimes they’re just too cumbersome for the job at hand. A hand saw is the most efficient tool to use in its place.
There are many different kinds of hand saws on the market these days, including coping saws, hacksaws, crosscut saws and rip saws. You need to know what kind of job you want to do with the saw in order to choose the right kind, and you also need to know how easy it is to use.
We’ve put together some reviews of the best hand saws on the market today. We’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each model so that you get a good feel for each of them. We’ll also include tips on what to look for in your saw and how to safely use it.
|GreatNeck N2610 - 26 Inch 10 TPI|
|Stanley 15-344 15-Inch Blade|
|MOSSY OAK MO-17009||4.2/5|
|AIRAJ 18" Quick Hand Saw||4.0/5|
If you need a heavy-duty saw that will cut through anything, the GreatNeck N2610 is for you. This 26-inch saw is made in the good ole U.S.A. out of high carbon steel and hardwood. It’s made sturdy enough that it will tackle any job that you give it, with ease, and it will last a very long time.
There are a couple of things that you need to consider when purchasing a hand saw. How sharp and sturdy are the teeth and the blade, and how comfortable is the handle? The blade on this saw is heavy enough that it won’t bow on you while you’re using it, and it has razor-sharp precision set teeth that will cut through anything in just a manner of minutes. You don’t have to worry about the blade getting dull either; this blade is easy to re-sharpen.
It also has a sturdy, carved handle designed to comfortably fit multiple hand sizes. Even though the handle is designed to fit the curve of your hand, its wood construction allows you to reshape it to get the comfort level that you desire.
The set of the saw is also important. The set of a saw is the distance that the sawtooth is bent away from the saw blade. This makes your cuts slightly wider than the blade itself, which is important to keep your saw from getting bound up while cutting. The set on the GreatNeck N2610 is a little aggressive, so your cut will be a little wider than with other saws.
If you’re looking for a saw that you can use at work or at home and that will last you a lifetime, look no further. The GreatNeck N2610 is the hand saw for you.
Black+Decker knew what they were doing when they built the PHS550B electric hand saw. This saw is a must-have for anyone who needs their saw to cut through most anything, yet needs a little helping hand.
This saw comes complete with one large capacity blade for cutting wood, one blade for cutting metal, and a carrying bag. It has a 6-foot cord to give you plenty of room to move, is lightweight so it’s easy to use, and is durable enough to endure whatever you throw at it.
The saw runs on electricity so the blade moves on its own and does the sawing for you. It has variable speeds for different jobs. You don’t have to worry about your safety while using this saw, either. It has a safety lock, which prevents the saw from running until you are ready. Your ears are safe too, as this saw is quiet for a power tool.
The most difficult thing to do with these kinds of saws is putting on the blades. It can be pretty challenging if you don’t know what you’re doing, and this particular saw doesn’t have very clear instructions.
Through trial and error, it has been found that you have to use a flat-head screwdriver to reposition the lock to match the hole in the blade. Once this is done, the blade slides easily into place. The problem is that the directions don’t tell you that.
All in all, this is definitely one of the best electric handsaws.
When you need a good saw but just don’t have the money for the top-of-the-line models, the Stanley 15-344 saw is for you. Stanley is known for having quality tools and this saw fits that bill perfectly.
This 15-inch saw has 9 points per inch for quick and efficient cuts. It has an aggressive 3-sided tooth design that allows for it to cut up to 50% faster than other conventional hand saws. This saw doesn’t stay sharp as long as you would like, though you can get it re-sharpened. It also isn’t as thick as some saw blades and will bend some during use.
The hardwood handle is designed to provide comfort and control, giving you the firm grip that you need for efficiently doing your work. Sometimes that work takes you away from home, and that is okay because this saw is small enough that it fits pretty well in the average toolbox. It also has a spot on the back of the saw that can be used to mark out 45° and 90° angles.
Overall, if you need a reliable saw that won’t break the bank, this is the saw for you. It has a couple of flaws, but they’re small enough that they shouldn’t deter you from trying it out.
The Mossy Oak MO-17009 is the best folding hand saw that we have found. It’s easy to open and close, and since the blade folds completely into the handle, you can toss it into your pocket without worrying about it snagging on anything.
The Mossy Oak comes with three different types of blades: a blade for wood, a blade for plastic, and a blade for metal. All three blades are 7.5 inches in length and are made out of durable carbon steel, making them rust-resistant. The strong steel also helps the blade to stay sharp longer. It has triple-cut, razor sharp teeth that can also cut through bone, making it the perfect hand saw to carry with you when hunting. It also works great to clear all of the little branches and other debris that are in your way when you’re out working in your yard or garden. The metal blade will cut thinner pieces of metal, but it is slow going.
This little saw has an ergonomically designed, rubber-coated handle, providing a non-slip grip. This handle is versatile, making it great for all hand sizes, from small, all the way up to extra large. It also has a gear-style lock for the blade so that the blade won’t collapse or snap shut while you are cutting. It also keeps the blade from flopping around when you aren’t using it.
This saw kit comes with a convenient and safe carrying case that will fit either on the belt loop of your pants or on a Molle web. The sheath is made out of heavy cordura material and has spaces to hold the saw, as well as the two additional blades that come with the kit.
This saw is the best folding saw that we have found for you to carry around. Since it’s small enough to fit in your pocket, the blade isn’t as sturdy as some and is a tad flimsy, but that is about the norm for smaller saws.
For a quick cutting and comfortable saw, check out the AIRAJ hand saw. At 18 inches, it’s plenty long enough for cutting through even large wood, such as thick trees. The anti-backing grooves expel wood chips so they don’t get blocked, making cutting much smoother. With three cutting surfaces on the teeth, this blade is designed to cut 50 percent faster than traditional hand saws. A hole in the end of the blade allows you to hang it for storage, and a sawtooth cover protects the teeth from damage and you from accidental injury.
While it is equipped with an ergonomic handle, it wasn’t as comfortable as some similar models that have ranked higher on this list. Although it did cut quick, it took a bit more power to cut through, meaning you’ll wear out sooner. Overall, a great choice, although there are better ones available.
If you haven’t been around woodworking for a long time, this may be your first introduction to the Japanese hand saw. These saws are pull saws, as opposed to traditional European hand saws that you’re probably used to, which cut when they push instead. Pull saws are known for using much less strength and delivering very clean cuts. This SUIZAN lives up to that reputation. Excellent for cutting trim, miters, and fine woodworking, though it will make short work of regular lumber as well. That said, the 9.5-inch blade is more suited for finish work.
The only real drawback aside from the short blade is how difficult it is to store. There is no way to hang it, no hole or cord. Also, no blade protector is included, so the sharp teeth are always unprotected and exposed, increasing risk of damage or injury.
This folding saw has all of the benefits of a Japanese pull saw plus the convenience of a folding handle. Even better, it has a double-edged blade with one side for crosscuts, and the other side for rip cuts. It cuts very smoothly and requires very little pressure.
Unfortunately, the downfalls of this saw come from the folding handle itself. Although it adds convenience, it’s not properly balanced, which makes the saw less comfortable to use. This is because the handle is so heavy. The folding mechanism is smooth and high quality, it just adds too much weight. The only other issue is that replacement blades are not currently available. Despite these flaws, it’s a very capable saw that has earned its spot on this list.
With an 8-inch blade that folds away into the handle and a robust build that feels at home in the workshop or the woods, this multi-use hand saw from EverSaw is convenient and portable. With the included lifetime warranty, this saw should be in your tool kit for a long time. With 9 teeth per inch (TPI) and an overall length of 17 inches when open, this saw may be small, but it packs enough punch to cut through four-inch wood, bone, plastic, and more. At ten ounces, you’ll barely even notice it in your back pocket. Don’t forget to take it out before your pants end up in the washer!
The downside of this saw is the teeth. They weren’t quite deep enough and took twice as long to cut through our wood as the Mossy Oak. Also, the teeth seemed to fill up with wood during use, reducing its cutting abilities and becoming a bit frustrating after a while. Making matters worse, the blade started getting dull after only a few days of light use. It still cut; it just required more effort. A well-made folding saw overall, it just isn’t quite on par with the Mossy Oak.
Able to cut through wood, plastic pipe, wallboard, plywood and more, this versatile saw from WilFiks is ready for any job. With a high-carbon blade of 9 TPI, it’s meant to last a long time. The blade seemed a bit thin though, even bending slightly at one point. It bent straight again easily, but several teeth had also broken off after just a few weeks. It was still able to cut well, but it doesn’t inspire much confidence in the longevity of the blade. The teeth also weren’t razor-sharp, even when the blade was brand new. This meant it took a bit more pressure to cut than with some other saws. It was comfortable to use though, thanks to the ergonomic handle and cutting angle.
At 24 inches long, this Spear & Jackson saw should be able to cut through wood of any size. With teeth that can be sharpened, it will stay usable for years. The blade is made of high carbon steel, the handle is made from wood. It’s not terribly comfortable. An ergonomic frame and some sort of comfortable grip would have been nice instead of the older style basic wood frame with a hole. If you want to change your handle out, you can’t. It’s been riveted to the blade. Considering it’s more expensive than the other options on this list, we thought it was overpriced for what you get.
Hand saws are a tool that every homeowner uses at some point in time. When looking to purchase one, there are several things that you should keep in mind to find the one that is best for you.
If you are new to using hand saws, here are some tips to help you determine what kind of saw you will need.
So now that you know what to look for, how to use, and how to properly take care of your saw, let’s do a quick review of our top hand saw picks.
Hopefully, our reviews have helped you understand some of the different hand saws that are out there. It can be overwhelming to try to shop online because there are so many different choices—even more than walking into a store. You should now know what to look for in a hand saw, though, giving you more confidence in choosing the one that is right for you.