Types of saws: Which do you need for your next DIY project?

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What types of saws are there available for your next home improvement project? There’s plenty to choose from, but before you spend your hard earned cash we take a look at the different types you should consider.

Saw choice will depend on what your DIY project is as different projects require different tool abilities. For instance, if you're looking for a general purpose saw a handsaw can be a useful choice. But, if you don't fancy going old school you can look to getting a power saw instead.

If you do go for a power saw we recommend that you opt for cordless models. These are typically a little more expensive, but give you the flexibility to work wherever you want, without having to find a plug socket of reel out an extension lead.

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.