Get the right power saw for the job
Manual sawing can be difficult and laborious, and if you have to do a lot of cutting or slice your way through exceptionally hard material like tile or cement, power saws are the only way to go. There are many different power saws on the market, and it's important both for your safety and the proper maintenance of your equipment that you use the right power saw for the job you're trying to do.
Power Saw Cutting Styles
In the most general terms, power saws are categorized according to the way the blade slices into the material you're cutting. There are three main cutting mechanisms used in power saws. First, there are circular saws, which are primarily used to cut straight lines. Most table saws have a circular blade motion. Next, reciprocating saws cut with a back-and-forth motion and are usually used to cut wood quickly and efficiently. Jigsaws are a common example of a reciprocating saw. Finally, continuous saws have a uniform, perpetual motion; bandsaws are a well-known type of continuous saw, and they can be used to cut angles, circles and rounded corners into anything from wood or metal to Plexiglas or plastic.
Power Saws for Specific Jobs
If you need to cut tiles for a kitchen or bathroom renovation project, tile saws have special blades that make it easy to shape ceramic any way you like. Should you need to cut tile, it's strongly recommended that you get a blade designed to tackle that task, as using a different type of power saw can be destructive to the blade and dangerous to the user.
Most every woodworking hobbyist can benefit from a scroll saw. These saws offer you precision control over your cutting, allowing you to perfectly shape tight corners and irregular shapes. They're ideal for adding fine detail to your woodworking creations. Similarly, a miter saw is designed to make extremely precise bevels and crosscuts; compound miter saws permit you to alter the position of the blade across a very wide range of angles.
Regardless of the type of power saw you're using, always wear safety gear and follow safe usage guidelines. Power saws can cause very serious injuries if the blade comes in contact with the user's body while operational.