Are hand saws worth the investment?
A lot of beginners romanticize the idea of buying hand tools and exclusively using them on their woodworking projects, without any use of power tools at all. I know this, because I’ve seen many beginners do this, and i made this mistake myself as well. The truth is that using hand saw or other hand tools seems like a good idea but when you practically apply it, it just doesn’t work. Learning curve is much steeper, and it can sometimes take years to master a hand tool and complete even simple project using it. Not having the built-in measuring and accuracy features that power tools have can also be a struggle. To use hand tool properly, you’ll need tons of additional measuring accessories just to get straight cut. I’m not saying that it can’t be done, it’s just very hard for someone as lazy as me to spend that much energy on simple things that power tools can solve. If you’re hand tool purist, who doesn’t like using technology for some reason, then I’d say go for it. But otherwise, if you’re regular human looking for the most efficient tool to do the job, I’d advise to stay away from hand tools and use table saw or good worm drive saw instead.
A lot of people realize how unefficient these tools are only after spending hundreds of dollars on them. And that’s another myth I should tackle : the price. Unlike common belief, I must say that hand tools aren’t cheap, not even close. Let’s take circular saw as a comparison. You can buy good dewalt circular saw for about hundred bucks or slightly more. And it can do ton of things much faster and more efficiently than any hand tool out there. Now compare that to hand saw, which can take even few days and still not be as good as the circular saw. And they’re not that cheap either. Buying hand saws, which are expensive by themselves, isn’t even enough. It needs additional measuring tools and some other stuff, which can cost two or three times more than how much you would’ve spent if you just stuck with regular tools. If you’re very tight on a budget, you can consider getting used dewalt tools, or check out tools from cheaper brands like Ryobi. I’ve never had Ryobi circular saw myself, but people say that despite it’s price, it’s pretty good and even though it’s not as tough as dewalt tools are, it can last at least year or two. And for the price, I think that’s awesome. When a product costs half of what other, higher quality product costs, you shouldn’t expect it to be as awesome, but instead be thankful that option of buying something like Ryobi circular saw is available to you.