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
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.
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.
A circular saw is a power saw that uses a disc blade to cut different materials. They're 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.
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.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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 or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.