The Best Hacksaws for Home Improvement
When you need to cut a metal bar or rod, you’ll appreciate this tried-and-true handsaw. It’s not much to look at, but it gets the job done.
Designed to cut metal, the lowly hacksaw is a time-tested and highly useful hand tool. Although you might prefer the speed of a reciprocating power saw, you won’t always have access to a plug-in, so it’s a good idea to keep a hacksaw handy for cutting through metal materials such as pipes, metal studs, and rebar. A great hacksaw should be strong and durable, and the user should be able to change blades and adjust blade tension with ease. Ahead, see our list of favorites!
Our Top Picks
BEST OVERALL: LENOX Tools High-Tension Hacksaw
The advanced tension control on the LENOX Tools High-Tension Hacksaw will have you effectively cutting through bars and metal thresholds. Turn the tension knob on 12-inch saw blades to increase the tension up to 50,000 psi for making clean, sharp cuts. With its durable frame and rubberized, secure-grip handle, the LENOX hacksaw is one of the best overall hacksaws for most users. The saw weighs about 1.6 pounds, hefty enough to hold up to metal cutting, but not too heavy. It comes with one blade with 24 teeth per inch (TPI) and room to store 5 blades in the saw’s handle. The LENOX saw will also convert to a jab saw when fitted with a 6-inch LENOX reciprocating blade (not included).
BEST FOR LIGHT DUTY: Superior Tool 37700 Mini Hacksaw
Lightweight and versatile, the Superior Tool 37700 Mini Hacksaw is a perfect size and shape for cutting through a variety of thin metals, such as aluminum and copper tubing, and it even can cut wood and plastic dowels. The hacksaw accepts a 6-inch blade and it comes with one, carbon steel 32 TPI blade. Squeezing the top and bottom of the saw frame together releases the blade so the user can insert another blade. After a new blade is in, releasing pressure on the top and bottom frame naturally increases tension on the blade. While the small Superior Tool hacksaw isn’t suited to cutting large metal materials, it’s the perfect size and design for crafters.
BEST FOR HEAVY DUTY: Stanley 0-20-108 5 in 1 Hack Saw
From a name synonymous with quality tools comes the Stanley 0-20-108 5 in 1 Hack Saw. The saw accepts 12-inch blades and one, 24 TPI blade comes with the saw purchase. You can store additional blades in the body of the saw. The comfort grip handle on the Stanley reduces hand fatigue and helps the user to get and maintain a firm grip for the lengthy task of cutting metal. Blade tension adjusts up to 220 psi, and pros or DIYers can remove the front section of the saw to turn it easily into a jab saw for reaching into tight spots. Tension adjustment requires a Phillips-head screwdriver.
HONORABLE MENTION: Capri Tools Mini Hacksaw
For metal cutting in tight spaces, you’ll love the Capri Tools Mini Hacksaw. Its slightly adapted design accommodates either 10-inch or 12-inch hacksaw blades. Though this mini saw doesn’t feature a tension adjustment because most of the blade extends in front of the frame, it holds the blade securely for clean cutting action. The saw comes with a 12-inch, 24 TPI blade and it features an ergonomic padded grip to reduce hand fatigue and ensure a tight hold on the saw. It’s lightweight (less than 7 ounces) but durable. The Capri Tools saw is a standout for cutting bars and poles in areas where a standard hacksaw just won’t fit.