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Cheap Saws 1

I like to be honest about sharing what works well for me, even if that view might be unpopular: I sometimes recommend saws of the disposable type. And this and my following post, I’ll justify that. It can be a hard sell; “disposable” is a big mental hurdle to overcome – so I’ll deal with that first.

When these saws become blunt they cannot be sharpened. But when most of us think of a saw, we think of the traditional style that can be sharpened  and whether new or old they typically are beautifully made and fantastic to use. Linking the term “disposable” to that mental image naturally makes us recoil.

But nearly all woodworkers, even many hand-tool evangelists, use battery-powered drill drivers. Batteries can fail within two years and the price of new batteries is so high that a new drill/driver is often better value. Imagine what is easier to recycle – a simple metal saw plate (that’s not fancy tool steel) with a plastic handle, or nickel cadmium/lithium-ion batteries.


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