Timber saw buying guide
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- Cutting capacity
- User comfort
Chainsaws and timber saws - what's the difference?
Whereas a handheld logging chainsaw is operated with the strength of your arms and can cut in any direction, a timber saw is designed to slide along the piece of wood on its baseplate, in order to carry out edging work - longitudinal cuts in the direction of the wood - as well as cross-cuts - with ease and precision.
Which power rating and cutting capacity?
The smallest timber saws run at around 1600W, the most powerful at 2800W. The record goes to the monster machine with two 3000W motors - still running on single-phase electricity - which will make you a framework god and the envy of the neighbourhood!
Other characteristics of a timber saw
Don't make your choice on power and cutting capacity alone.
There are a variety of features to improve user comfort and machine performance. As always - safety first!
Electronic safety system
The motor stops in case of overheating and / or overload and restarts after cooling down. Improves saw durability.
Choice of engine speed
Your choice of speed should be appropriate to the range of thicknesses you plan to cut.
To enhance braking speed, prevent engine and chain wear, and help to reduce accidents.
Never use your machine without it! It provides an obstacle between you and the chain, and also acts as a riving knife to avoid rejections when making edging cuts.
For the health of your lungs and your machine alike, you're best off connecting a vacuum, especially in an enclosed workshop space! All timber saws should come with a chip outlet compatible with workshop vacuum cleaners.
Available in a range of adjustable lengths: 80cm for standard cutting - light and handy - and up to 300cm for beam edging. Make sure you obtain compatible clamps to secure it and ensure your safety.
Designed by trusted manufacturers that will do anything to make your life easier, the controls are quick, simple and effective. No need to worry with a decent timber saw! These days you can get automatic lubrication systems - with a separate oil tank - and even automatic chain changers!
Tips for choosing and using
Always use both hands to guide the machine, and fix the guide rail with sturdy clamps.
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Lucas, Antique wood-worker, Gloucester 27 guides écrits
After a few years plying my trade in the construction industry, I decided it was time to get my national vocational qualification (NVQ) in carpentry. Although I enjoyed doing everything from renovations and painting to flooring and tiles, I found my true passion lay in working on a timber frame or designing a wooden house.
Everything about woodworking fascinates me. In fact, my dream is to one day build my own house in wood!
I’m also really into learning about new building techniques and tools: I stay up on all the latest innovations and tips and tricks, and spend a lot of my free time researching the performance of each new tool on the market, whether it’s for woodworking or some other building material. I'd be happy to put my knowledge to use by advising you and helping you with your choices.
Happy DIYing, everyone!