Clean crosscuts through soft and hard wood alike. Wider kerf (blade thickness) make this easier to control – a safer choice for beginners.
Needs more strokes to complete a cut. Saw teeth wear and break quickly. May struggle with wood thicker than ½ inch.
Handles cross cuts on most materials, including PVC pipe, with little difficulty. Very thin kerf allows for nicely detailed dovetail cuts.
Some caution needed on flush cuts due to flexible blade. Avoid rip cuts in most cases with this pull saw. Blades are somewhat fragile and will break if too much pressure is exerted.
Very sharp blade. Easy to replace, and replacement blades are affordable. Provides super-smooth cross cuts.
Blade can’t be resharpened, but must be replaced. Does not work well for joinery due to flexible blade. Saw can drift a bit during a cut if pressure is exerted on the pull stroke due to thin kerf.
Good for a wide variety of cuts on 12-inch or less stock, not just dovetail. Cuts cleanly and smoothly. Replacement blades are easy to swap out.
Offset teeth make it tough to cut certain woods completely flush. Replacement blades cost almost as much as the entire unit. Blade is too flexible for some dovetail cuts, and can dull quickly.
Great for cross cuts, and tracks accurately thanks to pull, rather than push, action. Super-thin kerf helps make neat flush cuts. Small marking hook is a nice plus.
Does not handle ripping well (but most dovetails do not). Cutting hardwoods can be a challenge for less experienced woodworkers. Handle feels too light for tougher pull cuts.
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