Coping Saw vs Hacksaw | Which One is Better

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a coping saw and a hacksaw is? 

Well, if so, then this article is for you. I’m going to break down the differences in detail so that by the end of it, you’ll be able to tell which one would work best for your needs. Let’s take a look at a short difference.

A coping saw uses thin blades called “tangs” that can be bent into any shape necessary to cut through material at an angle or curve around corners. I personally use this BAHCO Coping Saw. On the other hand, a hacksaw has thicker blades with teeth on them as a saw blade does but unlike most saws, its handle isn’t straight; instead, it curves up towards where the blade meets the handle. I recommend LENOX HackSaw.

So, depending on what kind of job you have at hand either tool might work better than another! That being said let’s take a look at some examples of common tasks where each tool could be used with some Pros and Cons.

Coping Saw

A coping saw is used to make curved cuts in thin materials like wood, plastic, or metal. Since the blades of a coping saw are thin and flexible, they can easily be bent into whatever shape necessary with absolutely no trouble at all (unlike most saws). I use this blade for Coping Saw IRWIN.

These tools are commonly used to make pieces of furniture like chairs or birdhouses. These tools are also used frequently by people who do stain glass work for making fine cuts around pieces of glass.

They can even be used to make intricate shapes in letters if you’re doing a project like this.

HackSaw

A hacksaw is mainly used to cut through thicker material like metal rods or pipes, mostly because the blades are much thicker than those of a coping saw.

Hacksaws are able to cut through metal with ease since their teeth are longer which means they will last longer before getting dull (and require replacement). 

People often use these when they need to cut down bars or rods so that they can use them in other projects, but not using a hacksaw to cut these materials would be the quickest and easiest way to get them done (obviously).

Therefore, you should probably only use this if you find yourself in a situation where none of the other tools at your disposal can get the job done.

It’s also worth mentioning that because the teeth on a hacksaw are much longer than those of coping saws, they can easily damage tile or stone surfaces (like porcelain) which is why I recommend getting an actual tile saw if these kinds of cuts need to be made.

Best blade for HackSaw LENOX.

How different they actually are?

These two tools may seem similar on the surface, but when it comes down to it there’s no denying how different they actually are! A coping saw requires much more finesse and accuracy since its blades are much thinner and more flexible, whereas a hacksaw is great at cutting through thicker materials.

Therefore, it’s probably safe to assume that most people will have a coping saw in their toolkit while only the DIY guru or carpenter will need a hacksaw available whenever they work on something. 

That being said if you’re in need of a tool that lets you do very accurate cuts in thin material then a coping saw definitely has your back, but when getting through thick material is necessary look for a hacksaw instead! 

When to Use a Coping Saw vs Hacksaw:

If you need to make very complicated cuts in thin material (like wood, plastic, metal) definitely go for a coping saw since it does this job smoothly and with ease! 

Coping Saw 

A coping saw is used to cut shapes in thin materials including tiles, which we will see later on in this article. A basic coping saw has variable speeds so that it can be used for more intricate or basic tasks.

It generally weighs about 1 pound and comes with blades that are usually thinner than those of a hacksaw, but they can still cut through many different materials. This is an ideal tool for cutting shapes into tiles or other thin surfaces.

Hack Saw 

Hack saws are used to cut thicker objects like metal rods, rounds, bars, or pipes since their teeth are generally wider and longer than those of coping saws. Hack saws come in several different varieties including the pruning type which has very small teeth so that it doesn’t damage plant material.

The typical hack saw does not have variable speeds, though some do include special features like oil grooves for reducing friction.

Pros and Cons of each type of saw:

Coping saws are generally lighter than the hack variety, but they require much more accuracy because their blades are thinner and don’t have as many teeth. 

Hack saws are heavier by design since the blade is wider, which makes it better suited for cutting thicker objects like metal rods or other materials. It also has fewer teeth per inch, so it doesn’t take as long to cut through materials compared to a coping saw. 

Coping Saw

Pros: 

  • Lighter in weight (about 1 pound) 
  • Variable speeds allow for greater control over the task at hand 

Cons: 

  • The teeth are narrower and fewer per inch, meaning this isn’t the best saw for cutting thicker materials 
  • Risk of slippage along the surface being cut due to the thin blade, meaning more risk of inaccurate cuts

Hack Saw

Pros: 

  • Heavier by design (about 2 pounds) 
  • The blade is wider allowing it to easily slice through thick surfaces with its many teeth per inch 

Cons: 

  • Not as precise because of how wide its teeth are and how few are on each inch of the blade. This means that it requires even more accuracy than a coping saw does since there’s less margin for error! 
  • It will not work on thinner objects like tiles. This is really only good for cutting metal rods with thicker materials. Even if an object isn’t as thick as a metal rod but is very tough, you might want to use a hacksaw since coping saws have thinner blades and might bend or snap.

Conclusion

Coping saw vs hacksaw is a debate that has been around for years. Which one is the best? We’ve looked at the pros and cons of each tool and think that the coping saw is the better choice for most people.

If you have to cut through metal, then the hacksaw would be a better option, but for general use, the coping saw is more versatile and easier to use. Have you tried using a coping saw before? What did you think?