23 Different Types of Saws and Their Uses, including a Stihl Chainsaw



Welcome to the world of handheld and mechanically powered saws! Whether you are looking to update your stock of saws or need to find a specific saw perfectly suited to your project, we have a list of 23 saws and their uses to help you. When it comes to finding a robust and high-performance chainsaw, the Stihl chainsaws available at B&S Commercial Power cut their way to the top.




23 Different Types of Saws and Their Uses:


Peruse our list of 23 different saws and their uses to find the exact type of saw you need for your project.


1) Backsaw:


A backsaw is a handheld saw that has a thin blade with small, shallow teeth and a rigid strip of metal that runs along the top of the blade. The addition of the rigid strip of metal prevents the saw blade from bending and allows for accurate cutting.




Backsaws are also referred to as dovetail saws as they are perfectly designed for cutting dovetail joints for carpentry purposes.


2) Band Saw:


There are two types of band saws. The first type is a stationary band saw, which is fixed to a table. The band saw has a thin blade with fine teeth. The second type of band saw is a portable band saw, which is a smaller version of the stationary band saw and is not permanently attached to a table.


Band saws can be used for cutting either wood, plastic, or metal.


3) Bone Saw:


A bone saw has a short, wide blade with a slightly curved edge covered in distinct teeth.


The name says it all for this handheld saw. The blade is typically made out of stainless steel to prevent corrosion when it comes into contact with blood.


4) Bow Saw:


A bow saw has an L-shaped frame with a long, thin blade that has widely separated, large teeth. This is a medium-sized handheld saw that makes quick work of roughly cutting wood.


Bow saws are used for cutting thicker pieces of wood, small trees, and can cut in a curve.


5) Camping Saw:


The camping saw is a general term for any handheld, small saw that has a thin, strong blade that can be folded into a protective handle. The teeth are large and widely separated which makes them ideal for roughly cutting through small branches for firewood.




6) Chainsaw:


A chainsaw is a hand-operated power-cutting tool. Chainsaws have a long blade with a rounded edge. Along the chainsaw’s edge runs a chain with sharp, large teeth. The chainsaw rotates the chain around the blade edge to cut through trees.


If you are in the market for a chainsaw, you can find the Stihl chainsaw you need at B&S Commercial Power.




7) Chop Saw:


Chop saws are designed in the same way as a circular saw with a circular blade, except they are often toothless and smaller in size.


Chop saws are designed to cut through either wood, stone, or metal, and can have a water attachment to reduce the dust caused by cutting through different materials.


8) Circular Saw:


A circular saw is a power saw that has a circular blade and a few large, sharp teeth.


Circular saws are used to cut thicker planks of wood and can cut the wood at any desired angle. You can also select specific blades to attach to this saw which can be used for cutting, metal, plastic, or stones.


9) Coping Saw:


Coping saws are small, handheld saws with a 1cm thin blade that is held within a U-shaped frame.


This saw is specifically designed to cut copping joints as the extremely thin blade with sharp minuscule teeth makes cutting curves into wood easy.


10) Crosscut Saw:


A crosscut saw is a handheld saw with a long blade and long, jagged teeth.


Two-person crosscut saws are also available. This crosscut saw will have a handle on each end of the saw and two people will hold the saw at either end and simultaneously push-and-pull to saw through thicker pieces of wood.




Crosscut saws are designed to cut through thicker pieces of wood and will leave a rough finish.


11) Flooring Saw:


Flooring saws are a portable version of table saws. Instead of having the saw embedded into the table, the circular blade can be levered down onto the material.


Flooring saws are designed to cut flooring materials, such as hardwood planks or laminates.


12) Fret Saw:


Fret saws are handheld saws with an elongated, U-shaped frame. The blade is only a few millimetres thick with minuscule teeth.


The fret saw was designed for cutting lattice wood, therefore, it can cut extremely intricate designs into thin wood. Fret saws can also be used for cutting copping joints and will provide an accurate cut.


13) Hacksaw:


A hacksaw is a large handheld saw with a long, thin blade that is encased within a C-shaped frame. The teeth of a hacksaw are small and fine.


Hacksaws are designed specifically for cutting thin metal, such as metal pipes.


14) Japanese Saw:


Japanese saws are handheld saws that have a long, wide blade with a supporting strip of metal along the top of the blade for increased accuracy. The edge of the blade has small, closely situated teeth. Unlike other saws, the direction of their teeth allows them to only cut when you pull the saw back through the wood.


Japanese saws will typically be used for cutting precise incisions into the wood and require little effort to use.


15) Jigsaw:


A jigsaw is a small, handheld power saw that you will place at the edge of the wood and use the guide to cut through the wood in a straight line. The short, vertical blade moves in an upwards-and-downwards motion and the short, sharp teeth can cut through the wood.


Jigsaws are made for cutting through thin planks of wood, such as plywood, and can be used to cut patterns.


16) Keyhole Saw:


Keyhole saws are handheld saws with a curved handle and a blade that is roughly 5cm wide at the base and thins out to roughly 1cm wide at the end of the blade. The teeth are large and separated.




Keyhole saws get their name from their ability to cut tiny holes into thin pieces of wood. They are commonly used for cutting wood at difficult angles and for cutting shapes out of wood.


17) Milter Saw:


Milter saws have a similar design to circular saws, except there are more, smaller teeth around the perimeter of the circular blade. The milter saw is on a lever, so when you use the saw, you will lower it down to the wood to cut.


Milter saws are perfectly designed to cut wood at an angle suited to a milter joint.


18) Pruning Saw:


A pruning saw has a long, slightly curved metal blade with a row of medium-sized teeth that are distinctively separated.


The pruning saw is specifically designed for use in a garden, such as cutting small tree branches or pruning bushes. The extended length of the pruning saw’s blade allows you to reach higher branches.


19) Rip-cut Saw:


A rip-cut saw is a large, handheld saw with a wide blade and has a row of exaggerated, sharp teeth.


A rip-cut saw allows for versatile use, such as cutting planks of wood or logs. The rip-cut saw is sharp and strong enough to cut against the grain of most wood thicknesses and will leave a smooth finish.


20) Table Saw:


A table saw has a rotating, circular blade with small, square-edged teeth. The table saw is named as such because it is often embedded into a table. When the saw is running, you will slide your wood along the table and the table saw will cut through it.


You will use a table saw for cutting wooden planks into strips.


21) Veneer Saw:


A veneer saw is a small, handheld saw with an oval-shaped blade. On each curved edge of the blade is a row of small, fine teeth.


Veneer saws are designed to cut through the veneer, which is a material covered with a thin plank of wood, laminated materials, and thin plastics.


22) Wallboard Saw:


A wallboard saw is similar to a keyhole saw in design, except wallboard saw blades are shorter, thinner, and the tip of the blade has a pronged edge. The teeth are medium-sized and distinctively separated, with fewer teeth than a keyhole saw.


As the name suggests, wallboard saws are designed for cutting through drywall and thin planks of wood.


23) Wet Tile Saw:


Wet tile saws are small, handheld power saws that have a rotating, circular blade. The blade has no teeth and allows for a smooth cut.


The wet tile saw has been designed for cutting wet tiles or ceramic flooring with minimal risk of cracking or chipping the tiles.




B&S Commercial Power Stihl Chainsaw:


B&S Commercial Power is an importer and manufacturer of power tools. Among our many power tool products is the popular Stihl chainsaw. The Stihl chainsaw is a favourite chainsaw choice due to its power, reliability, and versatility.


We have selected a Stihl chainsaw as one of our brands of chainsaws due to the high-performance, low maintenance requirements, and ease of use of the Stihl chainsaw. Stihl has kept the user in mind when creating this simple, effective, and efficient chainsaw range.


A Stihl chainsaw can be used to thin back bushes, trim thin branches, or fell wide trees. The specific requirements of your project will determine which Stihl chainsaw to choose from amongst our range.


We have selected a few of our Stihl chainsaws and their recommended uses to help you find the ideal chainsaw for your needs.


  • Stihl MS170 Chainsaw: This Stihl chainsaw is a great first-time Stihl chainsaw to own. It can be used for cutting thin tree branches or cutting wood for fires.
  • Stihl MSE 141 Chainsaw: This Stihl chainsaw is lightweight, easy to use, and perfect for precision cutting.
  • Stihl MS250 Chainsaw: A Stihl chainsaw that packs a punch for at-home use. This Stihl chainsaw will easily cut through small tree limbs and thin trees.
  • Stihl MS382 Chainsaw: This Stihl chainsaw is ideally suited for commercial use. The Stihl chainsaw can cut through low and medium-density trees with little effort.
  • Stihl MS361 Chainsaw: Make fast work of cutting thick density trees with this Stihl chainsaw.
  • Stihl MS310 Chainsaw: This chainsaw is specifically designed for cutting medium-density trees.


If you are needing assistance in selecting a Stihl chainsaw that will be ideally suited to your project, one of our friendly professionals will happily assist you. The B&S Commercial Power team is always available for any queries you may have about the Stihl chainsaw.




Find the exact Stihl chainsaw you need from B&S Commercial Power for your project’s cutting requirements.