The Evolution of Power Saws Through The Years

Mar 30, 2022 | 0 comments

One of the very first tools that men used to survive is actually saws. They don’t know it at that time, but the stones and the sharp-edged blades they used to cut up things are known as saws. But of course, like all things, in time, men have innovated the look and the functions of what used to be a regular ancient tool used for cutting. Believe it or not, the very first sighting of saws is made up of wood and a sturdy string. Yes, that is the roots of how power saws came to be.

The Influence of Saws During Ancient times

Resources were scarce but men were inventive and had an aptitude to survive. They needed to build homes, they needed to hunt, and they needed to fend for themselves. This led them to make use of what they had and what is available to them. Back then, it was wood, stones, mud, and cloth. It doesn’t seem plentiful, does it? But back then, you really don’t need a lot to survive, just enough for you to go through the day.

As civilization grew, houses and other means of living became necessary. And what more could they use to build these strong wooden houses but their woodworking carpentry tools.

During the middle ages…

According to research by Home Steady, the earliest tools sighting dated back to 1500BC. To give you a brief refresher, this is the time pyramids were built. Technically, construction tools date way back to the time of the Homo Erectus, but the properly built ones are probably from the 15th century. 

In light of the saws, the one sighted in the 15th century is made out of a wooden frame holding sharp-edged steel. Its simplistic nature makes it easier for construction men (at that time) to navigate the tool in a certain cutting direction.

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During the 16th and 17th Century

Rolled steel hand saws were becoming popular. Their development began during the 16,000 and 17,000. From carrying heavy bulky wood, the innovation of saws came in the form of rolled steel which combines the toughness, flexibility, and firmness of saws. And because of this, their regular production was made certain in the years to come. 

Not only did people see the potential in the tool, but it also provided ease of use without the bulky features. But aside from the rolled steel, bow saws are still widely saturated.

The variety of saws during the 18th Century

People indeed placed great value on saws during the 18th century. Not only did they realize that it is one of the most essential tools to build homes and other establishments, but they also addressed that there are different kinds needed to achieve a certain standard of perfection. Therefore, there were a number of saws introduced during the 18th-century era. Let’s just say every household probably has at least one saw in their basement or garage by this time.

Different kinds of saws introduced in the 18th century:

  • Whip or Two-Man Saws
  • Frame saws
  • Tenant (Tenon) saw

19th Century to 20th Century Saws

As men become more and more inventive, saws at this point are available everywhere. Also, different kinds and variants were already introduced. However, one variant is present in most construction sites. And this is the saw with a single handle at the bottom. This is probably the most common one yet. 

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But people wanted something more convenient, and eventually, this paved way for making power saws. Power saws are electrically powered saws that require minimal effort from men who are working. 

Here are some benefits of power tools:

  • Better performance
  • Speed and efficiency
  • Precision and accuracy
  • Convenient 

It’s no secret how power tools have changed the name of the game. It is actually considered one of the most saturated tools in construction these days because of its known benefits. Several models have actually been included. At this point in time, there are handheld power saws, table saws, circular saws, and a whole lot more to choose from. 

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