The Complete Guide to Buying Saws for Industrial Use

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The Complete Guide to Buying Saws for Industrial Use

Saws are a necessary tool for most woodwork projects and construction jobs. When it comes to the accuracy of a cut, choosing the right type of saw is important. The right saw enables users to perform their best work in the most efficient manner. Saws designed for industrial use come with a variety of motor sizes. They can also be powered by different means including manual, electric, and fuel. Some buyers require electrically-powered saws for certain tasks, but may use fuel-powered saws to complete other projects. Some saws are both electric and fuel-powered, which allows for greater versatility.

With so many options available, it requires some research to find the right saw for industrial use, especially for the first time buyer. When purchasing saws from retailers such as eBay, buyers should consider the various types appropriate for industrial use, including handsaws and mechanical saws, and familiarise themselves with the types of saw blades.

Types of Saws for Industrial Use

There are various types of saws for industrial use including handsaws and mechanical saws. Choosing the most appropriate type often depends on the material being cut and how intricate the cut needs to be.

Handsaws for Industrial Use

Handsaws predate their mechanical counterparts. These saws are simple and do not require a power source in order to operate.

Hacksaws for Industrial Use

Hacksaws are useful for cutting materials such as wood or metal and, in some cases, bone depending on which blade is being used. The blade is usually fine toothed, hardened, or tempered, and is usually held in a C-shaped frame under tension, secured with threaded screws and tightened with a nut, usually a wing nut. The blades on hacksaws are replaceable.

Bow Saws for Industrial Use

Similar to the hacksaw, the bow saw is a larger type of cross cut saw with the blade held under tension. The blades tend to be more robust and coarser toothed. Bow saws are used for cutting firewood or landscaping, where tree branches need to be minimised for purposes of disposal. Bow saw blades are replaceable and fasten in a similar way to many types of hacksaw.

Rip Saws for Industrial Use

The function of a rip saw is to cut wood in the direction of the grain: as if you were "ripping" it parallel to the direction naturally presented by the wood's fibre or texture. The blades on these types of saws are very coarse, usually with four to 10 teeth per 2.5 centimetres. Rip saws can be either manually or mechanically-powered.

Cross Cut Saws for Industrial Use

Cross cut saws are the opposite of their rip saw counterpart. They cut perpendicular to, or against, the grain and are used for both fine work, like furniture making, and rough work, like logging. Cross cut saws can be either manually or mechanically-powered.

Coping Saws for Industrial Use

A coping saw is a thin, tempered, bladed saw used to cut intricate designs in wood. The user dictates the direction of the cut by easily reorientating the blade by changing the attitude of the grip during the motion of the cut. Like the hacksaw and bow saw, the blade of the coping saw is stretched between two points and held in a springy steel frame. The cut is usually started by first drilling a starter hole, then the blade is threaded through and refastened to the frame.

Keyhole Saws for Industrial Use

The keyhole saw is also known as a jab saw or a drywall saw. Short and compact, this saw is used extensively in the drywall and construction industries. It is used primarily to cut small features on the job. The blade on this type of saw is coarse, but short and rigid.

Japanese Saws for Industrial Use

The Japanese saw, or nokogiri, is a traditional Japanese saw that cuts only on the pull stroke. This allows for a thinner blade and smaller cut width. This type of handsaw has backward angled teeth and is popular amongst traditional Japanese craftsmen and carpenters.

Veneer Saws for Industrial Use

The veneer saw is used to cut hardwood veneer. This saw is double sided and incorporates an offset raised handle to allow the user to make flush cuts.

Plywood Saws for Industrial Use

The plywood saw is a fine toothed hand saw used to cut plywood. It utilises a fine tooth design to mitigate the chipping that the user would otherwise experience while using coarser toothed blades to cut the same material.

Mechanical Saws for Industrial Use

Mechanical saws require a source of energy, either fuel or electricity, in order to operate. These saws are more commonly used in industry due to their efficiency caused by the lack of human effort required to make the cut. Due to the efficacy of these saws, all the user has to incorporate is their judgement, without any physical exertion.

Circular Saws for Industrial Use

A circular saw has a round blade that spins using the power of the motor. The motors are typically electric-powered. Circular saws are used to cut a variety of materials, including stone, steel, wood, and even plastic. It is the most common type of mechanical saw. Its circular blade can be changed to accommodate a wide range of jobs.

Table Saws for Industrial Use

A table saw is a type of circular saw that utilises a table to support the material being cut and an electric motor to power the blade that is protruding from the centre of the table. A table saw is used extensively in both the cabinetry and furniture making.

Radial Arm Saws for Industrial Use

A radial arm saw has a fixed steel arm to guide a circular saw for length cuts and rip cuts. The radial arm saw was originally invented to be used for length cuts from stalk length wood and other materials.

Power Mitre Saws for Industrial Use

The power mitre saw was invented in 1970. It is also commonly referred to as the the chop saw or cut off saw. This particular saw is used to make accurate cross cuts, similar to a regular mitre saw.

Reciprocating Saws for Industrial Use

The reciprocating saw is a type of saw that utilises an orbital action to create an oscillating effect that causes the straight blade to move up and down. The speed is controlled using a trigger. The more that it is depressed the faster the blade oscillates. This trigger acts as a rheostat regulating the amount of current to the motor. Reciprocating saws are mostly used for demolition projects and never for precision work.

Chain Saws for Industrial Use

The chainsaw is the most iconic of the general purpose saws. Its popularity as an all-purpose saw allows it to be used for anything from demolition projects to pruning trees and sculpting intricate ice and wood designs.

Types of Blades for Industrial Saws

There are various types of blades used for industrial saws. They are usually made of tool steel, carbide, or diamond. Carbide, unlike tool steel, is an alloy of tungsten and high-carbon steel, which is steel with a carbon content of usually 0.15 to 2 percent. Carbide is tempered to a hardness sufficiently rigid to cut through its intended material, yet flexible enough to be able to withstand the rigours of most jobs.

Type of Blade


Band saw

Long band welded into a circle, with teeth on one side

Produces less waste than a circular saw blade because it is thinner and dissipates heat better because it is longer


Many small teeth

Designed for cutting plywood with minimal splintering


Used for making wide grooved cuts in wood so that the edge of another piece of wood fits into the groove to make a joint

Often adjustable to make different width grooves

Strobe saw

Has special rakers or cutters to saw through green or uncured wood that tends to cause other kinds of saw blades to get stuck

When choosing the right type of saw blade, buyers should consider the type of material they are cutting. This ensures the best possible cut.

How to Buy Saws for Industrial Use on eBay

When buying saws for industrial use, buyers should begin on the eBay home page. From here, they are free to input any related key terms into the search bar, such as "circular saw". Alternatively, buyers can choose to use the advanced search feature. This gives them the opportunity to search for saws within a specific price range. It also allows buyers to limit search results to items sold by Top-rated sellers.

When searching for a saw for industrial use, buyers should read a listing's item description thoroughly, especially if planning to purchase a used saw. The description should communicate the condition of the saw clearly, as well as any wear and tear that compromises the saw's appearance or ability to function properly. If buyers need any additional information, they should use the "Ask a question" feature. This feature allows buyers to contact sellers directly. Sellers are usually more than willing to offer any additional information to help with a successful transaction.


It is important to have the right tool for the right job. Armed with the appropriate information, coupled with an efficient plan proves to be the most useful strategy in any project that buyers intend to execute that involves using a saw. With all the options available, buyers should keep in mind a few key components.

Buyers should first consider the type of material being cut. This helps to determine the right type of saw, as well as the proper type of blade. Buyers should decide whether a handsaw or a mechanical saw is most appropriate for the job. It is also important to consider the width of the cut as well as accuracy and precision required. In addition, buyers should bear in mind that most saws have multiple purposes and should be able to work for many kinds of jobs. With proper maintenance and appropriate usage, the saw should last a lifetime. eBay sellers offer a range of saws for industrial use.

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