Plunge saws are portable tools that are used for straight, vertical cuts in wood, aluminium and acrylic. The main advantages of this type of saw is that the cut does not need to start at the edge of the material. These tools are commonly used by carpenters and joiners and are especially useful in kitchen fitting and cabinet making. Guide rails are also often used with this kind of saw.
- Choosing your power source: The first choice is between a mains (110v or 240v) or a cordless tool. 240v tools are used with normal mains power whilst 110v tools are used on construction sites for safety reasons.
- With regards to cordless (battery powered) tools there are a variety of chemical types; Li-ion is the latest technology, prior to that it was Ni-MH and Ni-Cad was the original. The higher the Ah (Ampere hours) the longer the interval between charges; the fewer times you recharge a battery the longer it will last. Some cordless tools can also come without batteries - sometimes referred to as naked, bare units or body only. These tools are supplied without a battery or charger and more often than not without any accessories; as a result they are significantly cheaper in price.
- To also help you decide between plunge saw - 165mm blade