Power Tools: Finding the Right Saw

power tools, saws, circular saw, jigsaw, miter saw, reciprocating saw   April 20, 2010

This is Chris Matt, Managing Editor of Print & E-Media, with Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today's tip is understanding new-generation saw technology.

Saws are among the most versatile and popular power tools in the arsenal of front-line maintenance workers. Here are examples of the most recent advances in saw technology:

Jigsaws. Higher-end jigsaws have orbital action and an adjusting knob that turns the blade for a better sawing angle without having to turn the entire saw.

Reciprocating saws. Tasks involving reciprocating saws — teardowns, for example — often require workers to cut different materials in the same cut and in close quarters. Reciprocating saws have variable-speed drives users can adjust up to 3,000 strokes per minute to give just the right speed for the material they are cutting.

Circular saws. The new generation of circular saws features: improved ergonomic handles for firmer grip with less effort; laser-cut mark alignment; and arbor locks for easier blade changes.

Miter saws. Miter saws have new ergonomic features, such as: speeds of more than 5,000 rpm and table extenders for better material support.

Concrete saws. Concrete chainsaws and blade saws have diamond-tooth tips that cut through abrasive material quickly. They can make plunge cuts and curve cuts, either wet or dry.


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