To an untrained eye, metal saws and steel saws may seem identical. It’s important to understand their differences and best purposes for each, as well as pros and cons, before choosing the equipment for the construction job you’re about to work on. At Rocktools attachments, it’s our goal to ensure that each of our customers are prepared with the proper tools and attachments for their project.
The main differences between metal saws and steel saws would have to be the amount of materials they can cut through. With a metal saw, you won’t be able to cut through quite as many materials that you would with a steel saw, simply because you’ll find yourself changing out blades accordingly with whatever material you plan on cutting. However, there is a much wider variety of blade materials, so you can pick and choose what type of blade you go with for your project.
One of the most notable things about metal saws is the fact that it is common for your saw to have a base that you place your material onto, then lower the saw down to it to make it easier to cut through your material. Also, it is worth stating that you can get straighter cuts using metal saws.
Pros & Cons
- Designed to withstand heat from sparks
- Can cut larger stocks of metal
- Wide variety of metals for blades to be made out of
- Not designed for woodworking projects
- Blades are rougher/more serrated
- Causes metal to heat up so you have to either use coolant or wait for the metal to cool down before use
When using a steel saw as opposed to a metal saw, you will find that it is a much smoother experience when cutting through your material, since it is made from a higher grade of metal. You can also use to cut through several different types of materials, such as wood, aluminum, metal and plastic without having to change out the blades, unlike the metal saw.
While you can still use a metal saw for straight cuts, a steel saw will give you a more precise cut, and is perfect for projects that need to get done more quickly since the cut material will need no time to cool down after you’re done.
Pros & Cons
- Capable of more than regular metal saws
- No coolant required, because the metal is cut cold
- Your cut material can be used immediately
- Can cut through almost anything
- More lightweight than other metal saws
- Typically more expensive than regular metal saws
- Not a large variety of types of steel saws, since it is not made of different types of metals
No matter your project, you can always check with your local hardware stores to find exactly the type of saw you’re looking for! Just do some research before making any purchases so you know you’re getting just what you need for your task.