When it comes to electric handsaws, we sure have a lot to choose from. A matter of fact, we have so many, we don’t know where to put them all. In this section of our site we have placed the electric handsaws that didn’t quite fit anywhere else. Don’t worry. They’re all high quality brand name saws, at discounted prices.
If you’ve searched our site and been unable to find the saw you’re looking for, it may be here in our “miscellaneous” other electric hand saw category. The saws located here are all electric powered, but other than that, they may make all sorts of different cuts and have many different features. Some of the most common features and their uses are explained below.
The number one, most common feature on electric handsaws would have to be the blade guard. This is also the most important safety feature on any saw. Consisting of two parts, the floating guard that rolls out of the way as you cut your materials and the fixed guard that sits over the top of the blade. Some floating guards will include a handler, which will allow you to move the guard out of the way for easy viewing or making plunge cuts.
Another standard feature found on almost every electric handsaw made is the base plate. The base will be held in place by a lever or thumbscrew that must be loosened in order to make adjustments and will include a scale that indicates the angle that the blade is cutting at. Once the bolt is loosened, the base plate can be tilted allowing you to make angled cuts in various degrees. Most commonly electric saws will allow for adjustment from 90 degrees to just under 45 degrees, this lets you to cut straight edges that are square, beveled edges for corner attachments, and even create miters.
Some electric handsaws have the ability to make cuts at different depths with a second adjustment lever on the base plate. This lever will allow you to tilt the base plate in the adjacent direction from the angle and create a blade depth as shallow as 1/8 of an inch and as deep as the saw blade will allow. This second thumbscrew or lever is usually located on the left side, near the back of the saw, by behind the motor.
For convenience some electric handsaws include a dust ejector, which will blow sawdust in a direction away from the operator’s face and clear from the cutting mark. One more common feature to look for is a ripping fence. The ripping fence on a handsaw will make it easier to make straight parallel cuts by guiding the blade as you make rip cuts along the edge of your materials.