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Best Coping Saws

A coping saw is a bow saw commonly used to cut intricate shapes. They are frequently used to scribe skirting boards to create seamless corners. A coping saw usually has a thin blade and a large u shaped frame. They are useful for making curved cuts as the blade can be moved and manipulated as you cut.

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The Bacho 301 coping saw has a large wooden handle which feels great in hand. It also comes with easy to use screws for increasing and decreasing the tension on the blade.

Why Bacho?

Bahco is a Swedish brand within the hand tool industry known for its quality products. For those in the know, Bacho is a name which is synonymous with quality.

These blades from Bacho are purpose made to fit the 301 and I would highly recommend picking up a pack as spares when you buy a coping saw. Due to the nature of coping saws and the thin blade, they all have they can snap with strenuous use, so spare blades are always useful to have on hand. These blades have 14 teeth per inch and are made from hardened and tempered carbon steel, leading to accurate, clean cuts every time.

Why use a coping saw?

Coping saws are mainly used for creating great matched corners on architrave and patterned skirting board and often used in positions where the use of another style of saw would be pretty much impossible.

They are also frequently used for freehand cutting of shapes. With a coping saw, it is easy to follow a line if used correctly. This allows the user to draw out a shape on their chosen piece of wood and then follow it accurately with a coping saw. 

Another common use for coping saws is hole cutting. You can drill a hole in the centre of your intended circle, detach one part of the coping saw blade, feed it through the drilled hole, reattach it. Then you have your saw blade inside the circle and are ready to start cutting. Voila, you can now cut any sized hole you want!

Cutting delicate wood is another everyday use for this flexible saw. Due to the intricate nature of a coping saw and the small thin blade, it can make a perfect partner for when you need to cut a particularly small or delicate piece of wood. You can make purposeful but soft strokes with a coping saw, ensuring you don’t break any fragile wood.

As we have shown above a coping saw is a very versatile tool; this is why you need one in your toolbag. When you find yourself stuck, this saw can often come to your rescue and save you the need for much more expensive tools.

Coping Saw Blades

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There are lots of different styles of blades available for coping saws. For most woodworking projects, I recommend a high carbon steel blade. However, there are many other options that make this tool even more useful. Did you know, for example, that you can find specialist tile cutting blades to use one your coping saw? Attach one of these puppies, and you will be cutting intricate tile shapes in no time at all.

Maintaining a coping saw.

There really isn’t much maintenance to do on a coping saw. Just replace the blades whenever they are getting worn. That’s all really, just look after it like you would any other tool. Remember the blades are thin so don’t go chucking it about and you will be fine!

Safety Tips

As with all saws, always cut away from yourself if possible. Another great tip for coping saws is to use eye protection if you plan on getting your face near to the blade. Coping saw blades are thin and will snap, the last thing you want is metal snapping right next to your unprotected eye.

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Best Hacksaws

Best Hacksaws

You could be mistaken for thinking a hacksaw is a hacksaw; however, you would be wrong. Recent innovations have bestowed multiple changes upon this humble tool. A favourite of many tradesman’s tool bags the hacksaw remains the workman’s choice for its sheer versatility.

However, shopping online for tools is not always the easiest thing to do; something can look amazing in a photo but then turn up and be next to useless. So that’s why we have created this guide to help!

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Irwin I-125 High-Tension Hacksaw

I like Irwin tools; it feels like Irwin have a great blend of quality and value going on at the moment. The Irwin quick clamps, for instance, are my go-to clamps. This Hacksaw from Irwin is no exception, coming in at under £20 while also offering superb quality.

The I-125 Hacksaw is a high tension saw capable of reaching over 125kg of blade tension, which is pretty good in a small handheld saw. It also has an excellent soft grip as well as built-in blade storage so you will never be caught short again while out on site.

Another great feature of the I-125 is the 24 teeth per inch (tpi) blade. We found it sharp, capable of producing excellent clean cuts and also incredibly long-wearing; ours is still going strong after five months of use!

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Bahco 325 Ergo Hand Hacksaw

As we mentioned in our best coping saw guide, Bacho is a name synonymous with quality, and this excellent hacksaw is undoubtedly no different. The ergonomic handle feels great in hand and allows for extended use without rubbing or putting excess strain on your hand, ideal if you intend to use this for extended periods of time.

As with the Irwin, this comes complete with a 24 tpi blade which is a brilliant little cutter, slicing through anything you throw at it with ease. It also features a blade tensioning system which we found really easy to use and also quick!

I really enjoyed the Alternative 55° blade mounting for flush cutting. This is an excellent feature that I wish more hacksaws had. Its the little features like this that make it worthwhile buying these slightly more expensive tools rather than just going for the cheapest option.

The one downside to the Bacho, when compared to the Irwin, is the lack of blade storage in the handle. Not a massive issue but we do like the ease of carrying spare blades without thought.

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Stanley 020108 FatMax

I have to say that I have not been a massive fan of Stanley tools since their merger with Black & Decker. It feels like they have focused more on the entry-level B&Q DIY’er than producing quality tools. However, with the FatMax range that seems to be changing. I already own a FatMax Stanley knife and have found it to be a great tool; this FatMax Hacksaw is no different.

One of the most versatile Hacksaws on the market the FatMax can be positioned at 45 degrees to perform flat cuts, as well as the entire front of the saw, can be removed to turn it into more of a jab saw. If that wasn’t enough, the blade attaches to the front of the frame for hard to reach inside cuts.

Add in the ergonomic handle, blade storage inside the frame and 100kg tension blade, and you have a convenient tool.

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Bacho 239 Junior Hacksaw

For those just looking for a compact junior hacksaw, you can’t go wrong with the Bacho 239. Featuring a sturdy metal frame and the usual Bacho quality this saw will last you a while.

For the price (under £4 at time of testing) you aren’t going to get a tool that sets the world alight, but for the price this is great.

The Bacho junior hacksaw has a 150mm metal blade featuring 32 teeth per inch, changing the blade is straight forward, and replacements are cheap and readily available.

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