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Assortment of different power saws

Overview

Power saws are a key part of any D.I.Y. fan’s repertoire, simplifying complex projects and making it easier than ever to get the job done. From cutting skirting boards to size to slicing metal and plastic pipes, there isn’t a D.I.Y. job where they won’t come in handy!

There are a number of different power saws, with separate uses. We’ve broken down the different types and what they’re best used for, so you feel confident in taking on any D.I.Y. project.

Just remember that when using any type of power saw, it’s safest to put on safety goggles, ear protection and wear a ventilation mask. These precautions will protect you from the any debris.  

Steps

1Types of power saws

There are four main types of power saw:

2Reciprocating saw

A reciprocating saw is a handheld saw commonly used to cut through many different types of materials, including wood, metal, PVC, drywall, tree branches and even nails!

It's considered a workhorse saw, as it isn’t great for details but can work its way through materials quickly. Example projects could include removing door or window jambs, slicing through metal pipes or trimming the edges of plywood sheathing.

Bunnings team member showing how to us a reciprocating power saw

3Mitre saw

A mitre saw looks very similar to a circular saw but is designed to make angled cuts more precisely. It has a pivoting arm that allows you to make multiple angle cuts quickly, making it great for trims, picture frames, door frames or window casting. These types of saws are great for beginners, as they can help reduce errors.
Bunnings team member showing how to use a mitre  saw

4Jigsaw

A jigsaw has a much finer blade and is smaller in length. These saws are great for precision work, such as cutting a hole in a kitchen worktop or slicing ceramic tiles.
Bunnings team member showing how to use a jigsaw

5Circular saw

A circular saw is a power saw that uses a disk blade to cut different materials. They are handheld so are very flexible when cutting a range of different materials.

Its most common function is to make cuts in a straight line, but this could apply to everything from cutting down firewood, to creating bevels or cross-cutting long timber.

Bunnings team member showing how to use a circular saw

6Power sources

You can find all of these saws with two power options: corded and battery

A corded option will give you continuous power and generally improve the performance of the saw, but that’s not to say battery powered saws are less efficient. These days, battery-operated saws last a long time, giving you a chance to be more portable and not worry about proximity to power outlets.

Viewing different power sources

7Should I get a brushed or brushless saw?

Another key consideration when choosing your power saw is the type of motor: brushed or brushless. Brushed motors offer more power and higher efficiency than equivalent brushless motors of the same size, so if a brushed motor power saw is available, we’d always choose this option.

8Find the right power saw for you

Explore our range of power saws in preparation for your next D.I.Y. project.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.