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Buying guide - Five things to look for when you buy a saw

Hultafors - United Kingdom

Whether you are a professional craftsman or a DIY enthusiast and regardless what you plan to cut with your saw, these general guide lines will help you specify your demands and needs when buying a new saw.


A good grip is of the essence for your precision and control. Choose a saw with handle that matches the size of your hands, if the handle is too large, you will lose force and reduce your precision. For optimal performance, make sure to choose a saw with an ergonomic handle. If you are using the saw outside, a rubber-coated handle ensures great grip even when the handle gets wet.


In general, a thicker blade creates more stiffness, which provides higher precision and better performance. However, sometimes you want more flexibility or thinner cuts, for example when making furniture. Then it’s important with the right balance between flexibility and tooth geometry.


Make sure that the teeth of the cutting edge are sharp and that the tooth geometry corresponds to your needs. For example, the 3-phase grinding on our HBX handsaw means that the teeth are ground in three different angles, resulting in a more efficient saw that requires less force to make fine high-precision cuts. A traditional Ryoba saw on the other hand has two cutting edges and sets of teeth to cut both along and across wood fibers – rip-cut and cross-cut – being an optimal choice for making furniture.


A good blade protection is all about safety protecting both you and your surroundings. To increase the odds for it being used and not just end up as a pointless accessory it is important with a user-friendly design. As a bonus using a blade protection will make your saw last longer – which generate savings both for you and the planet.


When cutting in metal, high blade tension is crucial, both to be able to handle the material and to ensure a straight cut. For optimal result, choose a saw that allows a tension of at least 8,000 Newton.

To find out which saw best suits you and your work, please consult our saw guide.

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