Types of power saw and choosing the right one for your DIY project

Man holding circular saw in a hardware store with a background of saws
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Got a DIY project, but not sure which types of power saw you are going to need? Do you need something that will power through timber, plasterboard and nails? Do you want something that will slice through MDF, plywood or OSB? Or, do you need something for more intricate or awkward cuts that are not so simple and straightforward?

There are a lot of different types of saw on the market, and any serious DIYer will need at least one. But it is more likely that two or three will be a realistic option. But which should you get? A general purpose saw complemented by a more specialist one is a good choice.

Here we look at the popular power saws for DIYers and a few specialist options that will be a useful addition to any collection.  

Types of power saw: Making the right choice 

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Type of sawLowHigh
Circular saw£40£200+
Reciprocating saw£50£200+
Mitre saw£50£500+
Table saw£150£500+
Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.