Hand Saw Buying Guide and Reviews
The best hand saw will be durable and last a long time while still keeping its teeth sharp. It will also be made from a high quality carbon steel ensuring that it is rigid enough, although it should still have some flex in it. There are a lot of good options out there. Which one is right for you will depend on what your budget is, and also whether you want a very high quality saw, or just one good enough to get the job done. We have put together this hand saw buying guide so that you can make an informed purchase, and ensure you pick the right saw for you.
Here’s a quick overview:
Stanley 20-045 Fat Max Hand Saw
|IRWIN Tools Universal Handsaw||4.8/5||20"|
|Stanley 20-065 ShortCut Saw||4.5/5||26"|
Generally a hand saw will be used instead of using power tools whenever you need a level of precision that simply cant be achieved with a power tool. Or it may be that a hand tool is simply more suitable to the job at hand. There’s a huge different variety out there, and whatever your reason is for wanting one our goal is to help you find the right one for whatever projects you are working on. Before you make the choice to buy, take a look at some of our carefully selected top picks below.
Our top pick overall:
Stanley 20-045 15-Inch Fat Max Hand Saw
This model is our top pick for a good reason. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for an extremely high quality tool. It is also very easy on the budget.
This 15 inch saw cuts 50% faster than a regular saws using “SharpTooth” technology, not only that but the teeth will remain sharp for up to 5 times longer than a conventional saw thanks to the fact that the teeth are induction hardened.
It features an ergonomically designed grip, which is made specifically to reduce slippage and add comfort. The blade featured on this saw is up to 15% thicker than that on a regular model, the purpose of this is so that it reduces binding – making your job much easier. This model conveniently features the ability to mark 45 degree and 90 degree angles for faster and easier measuring on the go. Overall this is a great product, it won’t break the bank, and will easily do any cutting you require.
Another great choice:
IRWIN Tools Universal Handsaw, 20-Inch
When you’re looking for a tool, whatever task it may be for, IRWIN is a reputable brand known to make extremely high quality products. Because of the triple-ground teeth feature this saw cuts up to 3 times faster than regular handsaws. The nose of this model is on a tapered pitch which adds stability and enhances clearance. The grip is highly ergonomic, as it is made from high density resin and molded into the ideal shape to reduce hand fatigue during use. Due to the blade design this tool delivers a very efficient cut, allowing for full strokes, while reducing binding. In terms of quality, this is another great option.
Stanley 20-065 26-Inch, 12 Points Per Inch ShortCut Saw
Another great saw from the stanley selection, sure to be a great addition to your workshop. This saw is ideal for cutting through all kinds of different materials. Because this model features induction hardened teeth you can rely on it to stay sharp for up to 5 times longer than standard teeth. The handle is made out of an aesthetically pleasing hardwood, also reasonably ergonomic to grip. The stanley 3-sided tooth design allows for cutting wood 50 percent faster than you’re conventionally able to. This is a pretty impressive all round choice, it also comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
A hand saw is a great addition to any workshop, and unlike other types of saws it doesn’t require any kind of power source to operate. All you need is a little bit of elbow grease to use it. Because there are a lot of different choices when it comes to choosing one you should carefully consider the pros and cons we have listed above, as not all saws are built equal. Your frequency of use is an important factor to consider as well, considering if you only use it infrequently you might opt for a cheaper model. We hope that you have found our guide useful in picking the right saw. The models reviewed above are perfect for any woodworker.
Some more details on the different types of saws
The hacksaw is a versatile tool used for a slightly different type of cutting, including the ability to cut through metal etc. The design of a hacksaw consists of a frame, which the blade is locked into. when the blade is worn out you can simply remove it from the frame to replace it with a new one.
Usually a coping saw is used for intricate work where you need a high level of precision. The design of a coping saw is quite similar to that of a hacksaw, but it’s noticeably smaller in size. The blade is generally more able to be adjusted to suit the task at hand, that’s why this is an ideal option if your work requires a high degree of accuracy.
A razor saw is a type of saw that has many more teeth along the blade. It is a great companion for craftsman, model builders, DIYers and wood workers alike. While the blade is shallower than others, it has a straight handle out the end of the blade.
If you’re new to the handsaw, check this video out