How to Buy Saws on eBay

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How to Buy Saws on eBay

With many different sizes, shapes, and operational abilities, saws represent one of the most versatile and used tools amongst businesses and individuals alike. Used in every industry from medicine to woodworking and construction, saws are invaluable additions to everyone's toolbox. However, the purchase of a saw on eBay represents a specific challenge to those unsure of what they want or need. Therefore, buyers need to take time to review the basics of saws themselves. In addition, understanding the types of hand saws and power saws commonly purchased on eBay, their functions, and style help buyers to understand their needs even better.

With a worldwide marketplace offering some of the best deals online, eBay represents the best place to purchase a saw. However, buyers still need to acquire the skills necessary for searching eBay in order to make the process smooth. Ultimately, with a bit of information and a few simple tools, that purchasing process can be easy and fun.

Basic Saw Information

A tool used in many applications, the basic saw is any tool with a blade or toothed edge, which is used for cutting all sorts of materials. However, there are several parts that make up a saw; each of which determines the job it is capable of performing. These terms can further be divided into physical descriptive terms and functional terms. The physical terms describe the actual look of the saw, whereas the functional terms describe what the saw does as a result of the presence of those physical features.

Physical Features of a Saw

Although, technically speaking, a saw is any tool with a toothed blade, there are several physical elements that make up most of the saws that buyers can purchase on eBay. It is therefore important to become acquainted with these terms before moving forward in the purchasing process. They are defined briefly in the table below.

Saw Feature



The part of the saw which is closest to its handle


The part of the saw which is furthest away from its handle


The side of the saw which contains the teeth, also called the 'bottom edge'


The side of the saw which is opposite its front, also called the 'top edge'


Small, but sharp protrusions which are placed along a saw's front or cutting side


The valley area which exists between each tooth of the saw


The angle of a saw's teeth in relation to a line which is perpendicular to the saw's face


The angle of a sawtooth's front face in relation to a line which is perpendicular to the saw's length

These physical features are common among all saws whether they are manual (hand) saws or power saws. Knowing what each of these terms means makes the eBay buying process all the easier since even highly technical product descriptions make sense as a result.

Functional Features of a Saw

In contrast to the eight basic physical features of a saw, there are three additional functional features of a saw which these physical elements can help to determine. These features are outlined in the table below.

Functional Feature


Points Per Inch (PPI) or Teeth Per Inch (TPI)

Determined by lining up a ruler to measure one inch (25 mm) and counting the number of points in that space

PPI is always equal to one tooth more than the number determined; it is stamped at the heel of the blade


The angle created by the bend of the the saw's teeth away from its blade which usually occurs in both directions


The area of a material which is removed through a saw's cut; depends upon several different factors which include the width of the blade, its set, the 'wobble' created during the cutting process, and the material which is pulled out of the sides of each cut

The three most common functional features of a saw, its PPI, set, and kerf, are equally important to understand in the process of evaluating saws for purchase on eBay. Understanding how the physical features of a saw translate into the job which it performs helps buyers to anticipate the type of job that a type of saw can do as well as evaluate the different options within each saw type.

Hand Saws vs. Power Saws

Once they understand the basic features of a saw, the most important determination that buyers on eBay must make is whether they need hand saws or a power saws for their purposes. While each type of saw has a distinctive set of advantages and disadvantages, there are also several subtypes of hand saws and power saws that buyers must consider. Therefore, knowing which saw is most appropriate for a certain type of job is also important.

Choosing the Right Hand Saw for the Job

A hand saw is typically made of a thick blade which makes the tool stiff and able to cut through tough material through human-generated power. In some cases, stiffness is achieved through the tension in a saw's frame or through the addition of steel or brass backing (backsaws). There are five basic types of hand saws: crosscuts, coping saws, backsaws, hacksaws, and key hole saws.

Crosscut Saws

The crosscut saw, and its shorter version called the box saw, is the quintessential picture that most people have when they hear the word 'saw'. A crosscut saw's primary purpose is to cut wood across its grain, which is called a crosscut. A similar saw, the rip saw, is distinguished by its larger teeth. It is used to cut with the grain of the wood: a process called a ripping or a rip cut.

Coping Saws

These saws are shaped like the letter 'p' and are generally used to make circular or other irregular cuts in wood. Coping saw blades are narrow in order to prevent bending in between the wood during the creation of these irregular-shaped cuts.


Also known as mitre saw, a back saw is the perfect tool for making straight, precise cuts. This type of saw frequently features additional metal bracing as a means to reinforce the blade and keep it straight through the cutting process. A backsaw is often used with a mitre gauge which is used to guide angles for work such as picture frames, which require precise 45-degree angles.


With small teeth, hacksaws are designed to remove only a small bit of material with each stroke. For this reason, hacksaws are generally used for cutting non-wood material such as metal or piping. Hacksaws are distinctive because their blades are held taut through the use of a metal frame positioned perpendicular to the blade itself.

Key Hole Saws

Finally, a key hole saw is used to cut small curves or holes in wood. As the name obviously suggests, key hole saws were originally used to cut the small holes in wooden doors where metal locks were placed. Now, this process is generally accomplished by power saws and key hole saws are rather used in construction to cut holes in drywall for outlets and other electrical boxes.

Choosing the Right Power Saw for the Job

In contrast to hand saws, power saws or mechanically powered saws, are far more present today in industrial areas. Often doing the same work as hand saws in a fraction of the time and with extreme accuracy, there are eight common types of power saws that people look for on eBay. These saws include circular saws, jigsaws, reciprocating saws, scroll saws, table saws, mitre saws, bandsaws, and chainsaws.

Circular Saws

With round blades which give them their name, circular saws are common in many fields. Circular saws are fitted with electric motors and can generally accept many types of blades, making them very diverse. The most common blade, the all-purpose blade, can both crosscut and rip wood.


A jigsaw is simply the electric brother of the coping saw, which is designed to make irregular and circular cuts. A jigsaw is outfitted with small metal blades which move up and down rapidly allowing it to quickly cut through wood and many other materials.

Reciprocating Saws

A reciprocating saw, sometimes called an oscillating saw, is very similar to a jigsaw and performs the same function of making irregular cuts. However, the physical makeup of the reciprocating saw is different as the foot used to power it is smaller and the saw itself is generally thought to be more powerful. This makes the reciprocating saw a better choice for small, tight cuts.

Scroll Saws

Scroll saws are also for small and precise cuts. However, they use tables in order to accomplish this, providing additional stability for the operators. Producing what is known colloquially as 'scroll work', scroll saws are often employed in wooden toy making and fine-detailed woodwork.

Table Saws

A table saw is used in woodworking to create straight lines and angled cuts. Users can choose to buy multi-purpose blades or specific ones designed for cross cutting or ripping wood. A table saw also has the advantage of using what are known as dado blades. These wide blades can create grooves in wood.

Mitre Saws

Similar to circular saws, mitre saws differ in their design since they are held by a metal arm which is designed to help turn the blade and create what are known as compound mitre cuts. This same design of saws, when designed to cut through metal, are called chop saws.


Bandsaws are distinctive among other types of power saws because their teeth are cut into bands which then rotate along two wheels. Bandsaws are designed make rip cuts as well as cut angles. Bandsaws are the preferred tools for re-sawing lumber.


The final power saw is a well-known option. Chainsaws are designed with teeth attached to one another in the form of a chain which are then powered by either electricity or petrol. Chainsaws are extremely powerful and make rough-looking cuts. As a result, they are the favoured tool for cutting down and trimming trees.

How to Buy a Saw on eBay

Clearly, there are many decisions to make when planning to buy a saw on eBay. The good news is that this marketplace-style website is designed to make the process of finding the perfect saw for whatever job fast and easy. Buyers simply need a few search strategies.

Searching for a Saw on eBay

Searching eBay for saws is pretty simple once buyers know which kind of saw they need. The website is set up so that general searching can start on any page through the main search bar located at the top of each page. From there, users can either type in the exact type of saw they want, such as "chainsaw", or take a more generalised approach such as searching for "hand saw".

Furthermore, buyers can get even more targeted results by adding the brand of saw they want; Dewalt, Bosch, and Stihl are all popular choices. Alternately, once a general search has been conducted, narrowing choices by brand or price is simple since eBay provides the tools to do this on each search results page.


Learning how to buy saws on eBay is a great way to make sure that consumers get a great tool at a great price. However, there are important points to review and confirm before beginning the shopping process. Saws are used for many different jobs in many different industries, therefore there are many to choose from when looking on eBay.

Buyers should begin by familiarising themselves with basic terms that are used when describing saws on eBay. This helps them assess whether or not a particular tool can get the job they need done. Next, buyers should review the many different types of hand saws and power saws available and their relative uses. This makes the searching process simpler.

When finally ready to buy saws on eBay, searching can be conducted from any page on the site via the main search bar. Using key terms learned through basic research makes the process go more smoothly and gets buyers the saws they need quickly and with little hassle.

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