Different Types of Power Saws and Their Uses: Ultimate Guide

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Each job requires a special saw, you will need, for example, a chainsaw for the garden for sawing the branches, but for the interior you will use rather a miter saw to cut your laminate boards or your tiles to the right length. Here is a summary of the different types of saws and their applications.

The Jigsaw: What is a Jigsaw used for?

The rotation of the jigsaw motor is converted into a vertical stroke, creating a fast up and down motion for the blade. This movement can be further amplified by a pendulum action. During the upward movement, the blade moves back and forth slightly, which allows to saw more easily and more quickly.


Circular Saw: What is a circular saw used for?

We’ve talked about circular saws extensively in this guide. The blade is mounted directly on the motor shaft of the circular saw. The circular saw is equipped with an axle locking system and a safety switch for safe use.

Ideal for all work on site and / or the workshop. Perfect for joiners, cabinetmakers … Also used for miter cutting.

makita circular saw

Band Saw: Why do we need a band saw?

The band  saw  rotates a closed steel band on itself. This machine is ideal for working with wood quickly and accurately. Can also be used to saw complex shapes.

The band saw offers the advantages of a jigsaw and also allows you to cut relatively complex shapes in materials. The band saw allows you to cut thick wooden pieces and other different materials. Depending on the width of the band saw, you can saw a thicker material. If you do not use the correct blade width, the cut will not be vertical.


band saw

Scroll Saw: What is a scroll saw used for?

The scroll saw is made up of a thin, short blade that goes up and down, and is only used to cut small objects, no thicker than a few millimeters. The sawing table of that saw makes it possible for making angle and curved precise cuts.

The scroll saw is used to cut difficult curves and complex shapes.

With a thin blade, you can saw the most complex shapes in a material not exceeding a few millimeters thick. The sawdust is blown through a small plastic tube, which makes it easy to see the cut line. The worktable can also rotate.


Table Saw: What is a table saw used for?

A table saw can be supplied with a table extension, a set of wheels and handles. Equipped with wheels, it is easy to move by one person. Sawdust suction system also available.

The table saw is used for boards and other long work pieces for precise straight cuts. You can adjust the exact dimensions from the blade to the blade guide. Tighten the blade guide, start the machine, and slowly slide the blade toward the workpiece. It is possible to collect sawdust under the saw. The height of the blade is also adjustable, to saw shallow grooves in long boards.

table saw

Reciprocating Saw: What is a Reciprocating saw used for?

The reciprocating saw is a universal tool. It is used for sawing jambs, wood, plastic, plasterboard and metals, for demolition work, as well as in the garden. With flexible blades, it is possible to work in hard-to-reach places, for example against a wall. This tool is not intended for precise works.

I always use my reciprocating saw to dismantle pallets used in DIY woodworking projects.

Chainsaw: The big one

The gasoline chain saw

The heart of this  chainsaw  consists of a motor that drives the chainsaw chain on a steel guide via a pinion.

The chainsaw is only used for sawing wood. Ideal for trimming trees or sawing tree trunks. Standalone use.

The electric chainsaw

The use of this type is the same as that of the gasoline chainsaw, but the difference is that the power is lower, and it has a shorter blade. The long electric cable can be problematic sometimes.

It has the same use of the gasoline types but not suitable for big projects.

Miter Saw: My favorite one

There is no carpentry workshop without a miter saw, it is the most versatile power saw to create perfectly 90-degree crosscuts. There are 3 main types of miter saw out there in the market.

Basic Miter Saw

miter saw


This is the basic type, by which you can create 90-degree cuts easily but no bevel options.

Compound Miter Saw

compound miter saw

This type allows to rotate the blade head to create bevel cuts instead of the ordinary 90-degree cuts

Sliding Compound Miter Saw

compound miter saw

The sliding compound miter saw has rails on which you can move the blade head back and forth. You don’t need to to move the workpiece at all, which gives you greater versatility.

Safety Tips Before Using any Power Saw

  • Make sure that the saw cord is not in your way to avoid sawing it.
  • Check that the material you want to saw does not have nails or screws. This could damage the blade.
  • Use safety gloves and safety glasses.
  • Secure the material that you want to cut firmly.
  • Do not remove the machine from the material while the blade is rotating.

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