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Power Saw: Which One Do I Need?

When you look for a power saw, there are a lot of features you might look for. These include laser line guide, dust collectors, or multiple or changeable grips. But what about the saws themselves? There are a lot of different kinds of power saws. First, there’s the debate of portable versus bench or table saws. Then there’s the different kids of saws in each of those categories. Each of these power saws has different strengths and weaknesses. From miter saws to circular saws and jigsaws, you definitely have to make a choice. This choice is made pretty easy if you think about what kind of cutting you’ll be doing.

Whether you’re buying your first saw or looking for the newest addition to your woodcutting arsenal, we can help. Blain’s Farm & Fleet will help you pick the right power saw to get the job done right.

Power Saw Pros & Cons: Bench and Table Saws vs. Portable Saws

Bench and Table Saws

If you plan to build a structure, go with one of these bad boys. They are rugged and heavy duty to make your life easier.

Pros: 

  • Offer a work surface for cutting large pieces of lumber
  • Have a fence or guide to give you straighter cuts
  • Generally more powerful than portable saws
  • No need to change or recharge batteries
  • Great for heavy duty or high-volume cutting projects

Cons:

  • Not very mobile
  • Must be set up and taken down at the job site
  • Take up a lot of space

Portable Saws

If you’re doing a lot of DIY remodeling, these saws will be handy to have. They let you get into tight spaces and make precise cuts.

Pros:

  • Can get into tight spaces
  • Easy to transport
  • No set-up time
  • Extremely versatile
  • Cordless models eliminate the risk of cutting your power cord.

Cons: 

  • Often not as powerful as table or bench saws
  • Not as good at making long, straight cuts
  • Need a separate work surface for larger pieces
  • Cordless models need to be recharged or have batteries changed

Power Saw Pros & Cons: Bench and Table Saws

Bench and table power saws are best for big projects. If you’re building a deck or framing a building or room, these are the saws for you. The table saw is more versatile, but the miter saw is safer and easier to use.

Miter Saw

Pros: 

  • More precise and easy angled cuts
  • Easier and safer to use
  • More compact and mobile

Cons: 

  • Can’t cut as large of pieces as a table saw can
  • Not as versatile as a table saw
  • Not suited for ripping or length-wise cuts.

Table Saw

Pros: 

  • Can cut larger pieces than a miter saw can
  • Is more versatile than a miter saw
  • Great for both cross cuts and length-wise ripping

Power Saw Pros & Cons: Portable Power Saws

These saws are great for a remodel. Whether you’re laying down laminate flooring or replacing your trim, these are great saws. The circular saw is better if you have a lot of long cuts, but the jigsaw is great for the detailed cuts you might have to make for flooring.

Circular Saw

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When you pick out a power saw, pick the one that best fits the projects you want to do. Blain’s Farm & Fleet will show you which saw is best for which job.

Pros:

  • Makes smooth, straight cuts
  • Often handle thicker pieces better than a jigsaw
  • More versatile than a jigsaw

Cons: 

  • Can’t make curved or intricate cuts
  • Not as safe as a jigsaw

Jigsaw

Pros: 

  • Great for making curved or intricate cuts
  • Safer than a circular power saw

Cons: 

  • Not as good at making long, straight cuts
  • Not as versatile as a circular power saw

When you’re picking a power saw, just keep in mind the kind of projects you’ll be doing. Think ahead a couple of years and about projects you’re only dreaming about now. Pick the saw that will meet your needs now and in the future.

For more great Buyer’s Guides, check out our Power Tools Blog.

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