Different Types of Saws and Their Uses (with Pictures)

By Jack | Updated: March 24, 2021

Finding that perfect saw for a particular task can turn confusing if you are unsure what to look for. But it is essential to use the perfect saw when looking to perform a task to achieve an efficient outcome.

This piece of content sheds light on a few of the types of saws available on the market and the uses into which these tools can best be put to. In this article, I will review the most common saw types and best and top-rated saw models.

Below you will see a quick draft of what we are going to discuss.

In need of a powerful tool to help with your carpentry or other work? You can find the best saw models quite easily online, and that too, with a vast array to choose from.

Brands range from Black & Decker to Hitachi to DEWALT. Other brands such as SKIL, Milwaukee, Dremel, and Rockwell make some excellent choices.

The popularity of each brand is reflected in their ratings from users and spots in best-selling product lists.


Also called a saber saw, a jigsaw is a handheld saw used for detailed and very delicate tasks. It features a blade measuring between three and four inches in length and a width of between 1/4 and 3/8 inches. The blade, which sticks out at the base of the saw, sits on the wood to be cut and slides on its surface, moving up and down as it cuts the wood on the upstroke. Jigsaws are commonly used when trying to cut irregular shapes into plywood and other engineered wood product. However, the blade is usually very fragile and can bend easily, compromising its ability to cut accurately. This type of saws is also not suited for cutting very fast.

At the time of this article writing, Black & Decker JS 600 Jig Saw,  Hitachi C10FCE2, and Black & Decker’s BDCMTTS Matrix were the most popular jigsaws.

Miter Saws

Miter saws have 10-inch and 12-inch blades circular in nature and similar to those found on table saws. Since their blades come with more teeth, these saws make a smoother cut than circular saws. They are the saws of choice when looking to miter cut wood trim for cabinetry and crown molding accurately or to finish carpentry work. It has to be noted that these saws come in different varieties, each with its own cutting style. For example, miter or straight crosscuts can be made in wood molding with a basic miter saw. A sliding miter saw can make a more extended miter cut, being mounted on rails. In contrast, compound angles can be cut with a compound miter saw. It is worthy of note also that these saws are not helpful when working with steel, though. Here I have reviewed the Dewalt DW715 and Dewalt DW716 miter saws.  

Scroll Saws

Dewalt DW788 scroll saw These are highly popular among artists and hobbyists. Scroll saws are very useful in cutting different types of shapes. A scroll saw has a slender blade, which is mounted between a platform and an arm. Almost all shapes can be cut with these saws by moving the wood material to be cut around the platform compared to the blade. Scroll saws can make intricate curves that cannot be made with other types of saws and accurately, too. They are also safer than most other saws.

Circular Saws

These are portable saws featuring circular blades that are usually between 7 inches and 14 inches in diameter. However, there are offerings with smaller diameters. A circular saw is commonly used by woodworkers for rough framing. This type of saw is straightforward and fast to use when cutting through dimensional and engineered sheet lumber. There are two common designs of circular saws. The more common of the two, which have the blade aligned with the motor shaft, involves using a pair of gears to transmit power to the blade from the motor shaft. The second, “worm drive,” design has the shaft of the motor aligned with the saw. The second design is more powerful and precise, although it is noticeably heavier. One drawback of circular saws is that they are not ideal for detailed finishing work.

Table Saws

From Benchtop to Cabinet table saw, all kinds of table saws can be found at Amazon.com with a huge variety of offers. These home improvement power tools are there to make your lives easier. No need to worry about making space for these hi-tech machines either, as some of these are also foldable. If you’re looking for nothing less than the best, try out the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table saw with a 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity and Rolling Stand. However, if you want them at a more wallet-friendly price, Hitachi and Rockwell have an excellent range of table saws. Bosch is a better mid-range choice with their prices for amazing mid-range products. Keter, Genesis, and Skil provide quality table saws as well. Finally, Woodtek has a great new hybrid table saw model for a more professional and innovative product.