Power saws are essential tools for many home improvement projects, but it’s important to know which saw to use for what job:
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If your projects call for cutting, you need to know which saw to use and when, so consider this.
For straight cuts through thick or thin material, the circular saw is the best option. The round, rotating blade delivers clean, straight cuts over long distances.
If you need to make curved cuts or inside corner cuts, a jigsaw is a more suitable choice. The short, narrow blade of this tool moves up and down rapidly, which makes turning easier but doesn’t make long straight cuts too accurately.
The reciprocating saw operates with a similar action, but it’s intended more for getting it’s blade into tight spaces. The blades for this tool are a bit larger and often able to cut metal as well as wood, so they are ideal for demolition work.
For more finished work with molding, the miter saw is the right choice to make. It’s essentially a circular saw mounted on a fence, so you can adjust the angle of cut from zero to 45 degrees in either direction. A compound miter saw will pivot on two different planes to allow you to make even more complex cuts.