What Is A Hacksaw Used For? Quick Guide.

A hacksaw is a versatile saw with sharp teeth and a blade under tension in a frame; it is used to cut hard materials like wood or metal in most cases.

It’s one of the most important yet essential tools that every technical person must have in their toolbox to play and cut different types of materials smoothly.

There are so many helpful options when it comes to saws for your project. Each tool has a specific purpose and function that separates it from the others. I’ve researched through the internet and put together a quick summary on the Hacksaw.

What is a hacksaw used for? A hacksaw has sharp teeth and a blade under tension in a blade used for cutting different materials like metal, plastics, and wood.

Keep reading below to learn more about the Hacksaw and what it can be used for.

Currently, there are several saws on the market. Saws are the most common cutting tools we may have at our garage or stores. It delivers a unique feature set that makes it a fantastic addition to any craftsman’s arsenal. The primary purpose of all saws is to cut through certain types of materials for building; most of them used in the construction or woodworking industry.

What Is A Hacksaw?

A hacksaw is a hand saw that is used to cut through metal. It has a thin, sharp blade that is held in place by a frame. The frame allows the blade to be moved up and down, which makes it easy to cut through metal.

Hacksaws are often used to cut pipes, rebar, or other materials that are too thick to be cut with a regular saw. They can also be used to cut through metal tubing or other materials that are difficult to cut with a regular saw.

Hacksaws are available in different sizes, depending on the thickness of the material you need to cut. The most common sizes are 12-inch and 14-inch hacksaws.

If you need to cut through thicker material, you can use a larger hacksaw. For example, a 24-inch hacksaw can be used to cut through rebar or pipes that are up to four inches in diameter.

Hacksaws can be found at most hardware stores or online retailers. They typically cost between $20 and $50.

If you plan on doing a lot of metal cutting, it is worth investing in a good quality hacksaw. A higher quality saw will last longer and make it easier to cut through thick materials.

What Is A Hacksaw Used For?

A hacksaw is used for cutting through materials like wood, plastic, and metal. It consists of a blade with teeth that is attached to a handle. The blade is held in place by a frame.

To use a hacksaw, you will need to first select the appropriate blade for the material you are cutting. Next, clamp the blade onto the frame and tighten it. Then, position the saw so that the blade is pointing in the direction you want to cut. Finally, apply pressure to the handle and saw back and forth to make the cut.

Hacksaws are a versatile tool that can be used for a variety of projects around the home. With the right blade, they can easily cut through wood, plastic, and metal. If you need to make a cut, a hacksaw is a great tool to have on hand.

Be sure to follow the proper safety precautions when using a hacksaw. Always wear gloves and eye protection. And, be careful not to apply too much pressure when cutting, as this can cause the blade to break.

Hacksaw Uses

– The most common use for a hacksaw is cutting metal.

– Hacksaws can also be used to cut other materials, such as plastic and wood.

– Hacksaws are often used in construction and renovation projects.

– Hacksaws can be used to make quick, clean cuts in metal pipes and tubing.

– Hacksaws can also be used to cut through nails and screws.

How Many Types Of Hacksaw Are There?

The hacksaw is basically a metal arch with a grip handle. There are different types of hacksaws, from handheld to power hacksaws.

  • Junior Handheld Hacksaw (Mini Hacksaw)

While the name “junior” doesn’t mean these are tools for children, junior hacksaws are a popular sight in school woodwork and metalwork classes. The junior hacksaw is a highly versatile tool that deserves its place in any self-respecting DIY enthusiast’s tool kit. Whether you need to re-size a curtain rail, cut a section of piping, or saw up a length of wooden beading, a junior hacksaw will make the process quick and easy.

  • Handheld Hacksaw

Hacksaw blades used for small jobs are usually in the form of a hand-held hacksaw, which is structured with a metal arch usually with pistol grip handle, with screw tight ends for attaching hacksaw blades and also to tighten them according to the need; as the more tensed the blades are the more efficiently they perform. The hacksaw blade is mounted with the teeth facing inwards or outwards depending on how one wishes to use it. Based on the direction the hacksaw blades are framed, the teeth can be played in a push or a pull form. The deep throat design (where there is an extended space between the top of the blade and the frame above) is useful if you need to cut more deeply into something.

  • Power Hacksaw – Machine Equipped

The power hacksaw is still under the hacksaw family but used for larger tasks. Having to cut a diameter of 10/15 mm might be a very tedious and strenuous activity with the normal handheld hacksaw blades. Therefore, the power hacksaw has been designed to carry out the difficult and sometimes time-consuming task. A good thing about a power hacksaw machine is that it is easy to handle and faster than hand sawing. A power hacksaw machine’s main use is to make a mitered cut or a precise square on any work piece. 

About Hacksaw Blades

Hacksaw blades are fine tooth blades tightly framed in the frame in a way to make cutting materials like wood, and other metals an effortlessness job.

  • Length

Hacksaw blades are available in standardized lengths, the most common length of a blade for a standard hand hacksaw ranges from 8 – 12 inches. Whereas a small/junior hacksaw blades are half of its length. Powered hacksaws used commercially may use large blades in a range of sizes, whereas a small machine may use the same hand-held hacksaw blades.

  • Toughness

The toughness and thickness of the material needed to be cut is taken into consideration, selecting hacksaw blades. These hacksaw blades are usually made of bi-metal to gain the advantages of using it in different forms, without risk of breakage.

  • Detachable

The hacksaw blades are detachable and hence can be replaced when they lose shape and sharpness, they are available universally at an affordable price, which makes them part of a common man’s toolbox for home use.

How Much Does A Hacksaw Cost?

A hacksaw can cost anywhere from as little as $10 to as much as $30 for a nice hacksaw set with multiple blades and mini hacksaw frame.  They are an affordable saw for cutting metal, pvc and wood.

How Do You Use A Hacksaw Step By Step?

Use eye protection and gloves to protect your hands.

Mark your cut line with a pencil, marker or piece of tape and make sure your workpiece is secure.

Choose the proper blade for the material you are cutting. Less teeth per inch are best for harder material and more teeth per inch work best for softer material like wood. A hacksaw cuts on the push stroke.

Slowly start your cut to make sure it is lined up then stroke the blade back and forth to move through the material.

What Is The Best Hacksaw Blade For Cutting Metal?

A bi-metal hacksaw blade is best for cutting metal. The raker and wavy tooth sets are best for cutting metal. A raker tooth set has the teeth grouped in three and the wavy tooth set are set in a wave pattern. Also the length of the blade is important because the longer the blade the less strokes it will take to cut the metal.

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Can A Hacksaw Cut Through Aluminum?

Yes, a hacksaw can cut through aluminum. A 32-teeth per inch hacksaw blade is best for cutting soft materials such as aluminum.

Can A Hacksaw Cut Steel?

Yes, a hacksaw can cut steel. Manufacturers make a bi-metal blade that works excellent for cutting steel. Smaller teeth on the blade help to cut harder materials like steel.

Will A Hacksaw Cut PVC Pipe?

Yes, a hacksaw can cut through PVC pipe.  Hacksaws are great for cutting PVC pipes especially in tight spaces you can use a mini hacksaw to put in places where other saws can’t fit. Because you are hacking it off it can leave burrs on the end of your cut. You can smooth these out with a burr tool or something blunt like a utility or butter knife to scrape off the burrs. You can also use a scissor style or ratchet style pipe cutter, backsaw or miter saw to cut PVC pipe.

Will A Hacksaw Cut Through A Screw?

Yes, a hacksaw can cut through screws, bolts, and nails.  Hacksaws are a quick and efficient option for cutting through metal and can slice right through screws. A mini hacksaw is a great option because screws, bolts, and nails can sometimes be in hard to reach places and this saw is small enough to maneuver in tight places.

What Materials Can A Junior Hacksaw Cut?

A Junior hacksaw is also known as a mini hacksaw and works just like a normal hacksaw but has a smaller frame to fit is tighter spaces. They can cut all the same materials as a traditional hacksaw like metal, plastic and wood.

Can You Use A Hacksaw To Cut Glass?

Glass typically isn’t cut; it is scored then broken along the scored line for the cleanest brake. A glass cutter is best for cutting glass. You could possibly score a line with a hacksaw but it wouldn’t be as efficient in cutting glass.

What Is The Best Hacksaw?

The best hacksaw to choose depends on what material you’re cutting.  Most hacksaw frames are about the same but can vary in shape and size. Choosing the best hacksaw blade depends on the material your cutting to help determine which blade. Because the blades are easy to change the hacksaw can be a versatile affordable saw option. 

Higher teeth per inch blades are best for softer materials like plastic and wood while the lower teeth per inch blades work best for harder materials like various metals.

What Is A Mini Hacksaw Used For?

A mini hacksaw works just like a normal hacksaw but has a smaller frame to fit is tighter spaces. They can cut all the same materials as a traditional hacksaw like metal, plastic and wood.

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How Do You Maintain A Hacksaw?

You can maintain your hacksaw and hacksaw blade by understanding which blades are meant to cut which materials.  Your blade will wear out faster if you choose a higher teeth per inch blade to cut through a piece of metal.  Other tips are making sure debris is clear of your cut line while cutting, making sure the blade is secure in your hacksaw frame when cutting, and keeping it stored properly out of the elements.

What Can I Use Instead Of A Hacksaw?

Instead of using a hacksaw to cut metal, plastic, wood you can use a blow torch, rotary tool, circular saw, bandsaw, miter saw, various handsaws, pipe cutters, table saw and anything you can get creative with.

How Do I Choose A Hacksaw Blade?

A fine 18 TPI (teeth per inch) blade works best for heavy duty materials.

A medium 24 TPI (teeth per inch) blade works best for medium strength materials.

A course 32 TPI (teeth per inch) blade works best for light materials.

Hacksaw blades come in 3 types of tooth sets.  A raker set is better for thicker materials and the teeth are lined in sets of three. A wavy set is set up in a wave pattern which creates a fine cut. The regular set works well for softer materials

How Long Do Hacksaw Blades Last?

Depending on how often and what type of material your cutting with your hacksaw blade it can last a few months up to a year with regular use.  They are easy to change out and very affordable to replace so there isn’t the need to spend time on straightening or sharpening.

How Do I Get A Straight Cut With A Hacksaw?

In order to cut straight with a hacksaw you will want to start on the right foot by making a small groove along your cut line you could even use a piece of tape as your marking line so you can check your cut throughout the process. Once you have your cut lined up with that starting point slowly start pushing the saw back and forth keeping in mind that it cuts on the push stroke. Keep the cuts slow and steady until you feel comfortable speeding up your motion.  As with anything practice makes perfect so the more often you cut the better you will become.

What Are Hacksaw Blades Made Of?

Hacksaw blades are now made out of tempered high-grade tool steel known as all-hard blades. Previous to this they were made out of carbon steel “low alloy” which were more soft and flexible which made them not last as long. The teeth of the blade are actually heated during manufacturing to harden the steel.

Why Is It Called A Hacksaw?

The term “hack” is used to express the action of cutting creating a rough uneven cut. A hacksaw can actually cut a very fine clean line but sometimes can leave metal burrs after the cut which can be easily removed.

How Do You Clean A Hacksaw Blade?

Hacksaw blade replacements are very affordable and easy to change so it may not be necessary to spend a lot of time cleaning one if it becomes extremely dirty. If you decide to clean one it can be done using a blade scraper and sandpaper to scrap off any rust. The sandpaper works best if you apply some paint thinner on the blade then rub with the sandpaper. Then apply some paste wax to the blade to let dry and rub off once dry.

Also remember to wear protection equipment like gloves and a mask.

How To Sharpen A Hacksaw Blade.

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Kevin Nelson

I will always have a special place in my heart for woodworking. I have such fond memories working on projects with my parents on the weekends in the garage growing up. We built tables, shelves, a backyard shed, 10' base for a water slide into the pool, 2 story fort playhouse with a fire pole, and so much more. This woodworking blog allows me to write helpful articles so others can enjoy woodworking as much as we have.

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