Power saws are among the most common types of construction equipment. However, one size does not fit all; they come in a wide variety of styles for use in different situations. To help you understand what type of tool you need for the job at hand, below is a look at some of the most popular types of saws.

What Are Some Types of Saws?

1. Circular Saw

A circular saw uses a round disc with a toothed or abrasive edge. It is a highly efficient cutting tool because the circular cutting motion is perpetual. Other saws, which move back and forth, can only cut in one direction, so half the motion is "wasted." This means circular saws can get the job done in nearly half the time. You can operate this saw by hand or mount it to a frame, and it is ideal for cutting wood, masonry, plastic, and metal. Simply switchblades to address different types of material.

2. Reciprocating Saw

A reciprocating saw is a handheld tool shaped somewhat like a miniature hedge trimmer. It has a handle and motor on one end and a 6-inch, reciprocating blade on the other. It is perhaps the most essential piece of demolition and construction equipment since it can cut through nearly anything except solid rock. You can slice through pipes, drywall, hardwood, tile, brick, tree branches, and more. Just make sure you choose the right blade for what you need to cut.

3. Jigsaw

construction equipment in St. Peters, MOJigsaws are the go-to tool for making curved or complicated cuts. They are handheld and have a slim blade that travels up and down. They cut wood of different thicknesses and can turn on a dime. Switchblades to cut metal, fiberglass, or drywall. 

4. Miter Saw

A miter saw is similar to a circular saw, except that it lets you make cuts at prescribed angles. The blade is mounted on an arm that pivots in two directions to let you create accurate cuts at other than 90 degrees. It is ideal for cutting picture frames, cabinetry, wainscoting, and more. It makes cutting and joining crown molding exceptionally easy.


When you need the use of different types of saws but don't want to invest in a purchase, construction equipment rental is often your best option. Contact Expert Rentals in St. Peters, MO, to find what you need. They have served St. Charles County and the Western St. Louis area since 2007. In addition to saws, they also carry other contractor tools, trailers, event supplies, and tent rentals. Learn more about the company on their website or call (636) 379-4933 to ask about available construction equipment.