A hacksaw is a hand tool specialized in cutting metal and other materials. Hacksaws have a U-shaped saw frame and and are a common tool amongst plumbers due to their cutting ability and small size.
What is a hacksaw used for?
A hacksaw is used for cutting metal and plastic pipes, rods, and conduit. They can be used for cutting wood, but they are more specialized for other materials.
Hacksaw blades come in a variety of different sizes, making them very versatile for your DIY projects. They are manually-operated and can fit in tight spaces (if you have a mini hacksaw). You’ll find that plumbers use hacksaws often to cut PVC pipes. You have the ability to adjust the blade tension on a hacksaw, and some hacksaw blades have the ability to be at a 45 degree angle.
What is the difference between a handsaw and hacksaw?
The main difference between a hacksaw and a handsaw is that hacksaws are specialized in cutting metal, whereas handsaws are specialized in cutting wood. Hacksaw blades are also easily replaceable, whereas a handsaw does not offer a convenient replacement method. The other key difference is that hacksaws are generally bow-shaped, whereas handsaws are not. That being said, both are valuable tools to have in your toolshed.
Can a hacksaw cut through metal?
Yes, a hacksaw can cut through metal. Because hacksaw blades are often made from carbon steel, they have little issue cutting through aluminum, brass, copper, and steel.