Consisting of a thin piece of wire attached to a u-shaped metal frame, a coping saw is an invaluable tool for anyone looking to make intricate cuts in plastic or wood such as carpenters and woodworkers. While there’s some debate over whether the best fret saw can beat the best coping saw, It’s still an important tool to keep in one’s toolkit or on their bench.
What are some of the projects which can be done with this type of saw? Well, they can be used for any job where precision and accuracy is required and can do many of the jobs that a scroll saw can accomplish. In fact, some people go as far as to call this tool the poor man’s scroll saw. Some of the jobs it can be used for include making cuts on molding, sawing tight curves and removing waste in joinery. All of which makes it an indispensable tool and one that’s inexpensive to own.
Most people don’t spend a whole lot of time doing their research before buying one of these saws, although there is a pretty big gulf between the worst models and the best coping saw models. That’s why I’ve decided to list some models that I feel are the better models currently available. Any of these saws would prove a good tool for a professional carpenter or DIY enthusiast to add to their personal tool collection. All of them are made with quality components, have nice designs and are easy-to-use. Many of them are also ergonomically designed so users won’t overly fatigue their hands while they are working with them.
7. Irwin Tool Pro Touch (2014400)
Manufactured with a flat-bar frame, an ergonomic handle and put together with dura-steel pins, this Pro Touch saw is designed to be as durable as it is strong. This model can be used for a variety of woodworking jobs and has a 5.5-inch frame depth, a 6.5-inch blade length and has a 17-point tooth count. It has an ergonomic design that makes it simple to use and also comfortable to use, even if it’s being used on a regular basis. All in all, this tool is ideal for anyone looking for a great saw that will handle very detailed cuts using a high-quality blade and do it with precision.
6. Pro-Grade 6.75-Inch Saw With Wood Handle (31963)
The Pro Grade 31963 is a well designed and well-constructed saw that can handle a multitude of different projects. It has a hardwood handle that fits well in the handle and is ergonomic so that it’s easy to use, even for extended periods of time. This saw also has a precision blade that’s heat-treated so that it stays sharp for long periods of time. And to top it off, it also has a carbon-steel frame that’s designed to hold up to even tough jobs and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. It’s a tool that’s a welcome addition to any woodworker’s or carpenter’s tool collection.
5. Bahco 6.5-Inch Saw (301)
This Bahco 301 saw is approximately 6.5-inches long and has a nickel plated steel frame with a wooden beech handle that’s been coated in an orange lacquer. It is equipped with a blade that’s hardened and made out of tempered carbon so it can hold up to a lot of use. This blade can also be swapped out with other bladed and fit on the tool using retaining pins. It’s a professional-grade tool that’s perfect for the job site or workshop but can also be used by amateurs and DIY woodworking enthusiasts.
4. Stanley FatMax (15-104)
Carpenters know that a tempered and hardened blade provides a cutting action that’s smooth and controlled every time and that’s exactly why this saw is equipped with one. However, blade strength and reliability isn’t the only good things about this tool. It also has an ergonomic handle that’s comfortable to hold and comfortable to use during long work projects. Its handle is made of plastic and rubber so that it’s nice and cushioned but is also durable, too. This tool has an overall blade length of 6.5-inches, a throat depth of 4.75-inches and an overall length of 13.25-inches.
3. Stanley FatMax (15-106A)
This Stanley FatMax is designed to handle professional jobs and to provide the tool bearer with the quality and strength they need out of a saw. It has a frame depth of 6.75-inches and an overall length of 6.3-inches, so it’s a good size for using in the workshop. It’s designed with a steel-back that prevents bending and allows the blade to achieve a nice straight cut. Its blades are made out of high-quality carbon steel and its soft grip handle is designed for comfort and to allow the user to maintain a good grip on the tool at all times.
2. Robert Larson 540-2000
This German made saw has been designed and manufactured to be a high-quality tool that can be used for all kinds of projects and still be easy to use at the same time. It accepts blades with pins and its blades can be adjusted to just about any angle. This model also has a nice wood handle that fits smoothly in the hand and gives the user the quality grip they need to get their job done. This is a tool that’s designed to not only finish today’s work but to do work for many years to come.
1. Olson Saw Deluxe Saw (SF63510)
Designed to be a professional saw that’s versatile enough to be used on big projects but can also be used for amateur projects, the Olson Saw SF63510 is made using quality materials. It has a saw blade that can be tensioned at both ends and can be turned 360-degrees so that it can be used in a number of ways. It has a hardwood handle, a 15-teeth per inch blade and can be used as either a push stroke or a pull stroke saw. This makes it ideal for any carpentry or woodworking project and should provide the user with years of service.