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Which are the best handheld power tools for cutting timber sections and sheet? - a short discussion

Most people will rightly say saws, however, some power saws are better for cutting sections and others sheet.

This discussion focuses on three types:


Reciprocating saws

Circular saws

Jig saws

A jigsaw has a relatively small saw blade which is mounted at one end on a shaft that slides up and down at right angles to the surface to be cut. The blade extends beyond the base of the jigsaw which includes a flat foot that mostly helps to keep the blade perpendicular to the work surface.

A jigsaw is best for cutting plywood, chip and other sheet materials; is easy to start cutting with, and is particularly useful for cutting curves. A jigsaw is the easiest saw to cut straight lines with. Some jigsaws include a pendula action for much faster rough cutting.

The KwikPro power tool system includes a very clever jigsaw head which has a unique, very rigid folding foot for easy carrying, including hands-free on the dedicated KwikPro tool belt.

Reciprocating saws

Both the reciprocating saw and jigsaw use the sliding reciprocating blade cutting action. The reciprocating saw is intended for shorter cuts across thicker sections and is normally held with the blade almost horizontal to the section to be cut. It is not intended for cutting curves.

What is a reciprocating saw best for? Cutting across sections of timber, metals and plastics, etc. As with the jigsaw, reciprocating saws are not the best for cutting accurate straight lines.

The KwikPro power tool system includes a reciprocating saw head which cuts through most materials easily. It also fits neatly on the dedicated KwikPro toolbelt for easy hands-free carrying.

Circular saws

The handheld circular saw is a very different power tool to the jigsaws and reciprocating saw. Circular saws are very good for fast cutting straight lines but they are more difficult to handle than either jigsaws or reciprocating saws. Circular saws also have limited cutting depths and tend to be used for cutting sheet materials. Circular saws require very powerful motors to be effective, otherwise cutting performance can be slow going except in very thin sheet materials.

A KwikPro circular saw head will come later.

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