What is a plunge saw and which DIY projects is it good for?

Close up of DeWalt plunge saw in action
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What is a plunge saw? You might have heard the name and seen one in your local DIY store, but are not sure how it differs from other power saws? It's not an everyday general purpose power saw, it is a specialist saw that while similar to some other power saws it has a few subtle differences that make it a top tool for specific types of jobs.

There’s a lot of different types of saws for DIYers, home renovators and self builders to choose, so where does a plunge saw fit in your collection? Here we tell you what a plunge saw is, reveal what jobs it’s good for and how much you should expect to pay for one to help you decide if it's the saw for you. 

What is a plunge saw? A quick explanation 

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.