~A Stanley branded hand saw~
When carrying out various DIY jobs around the home, good tools are something that can help to create a more professional end result, which is why I have often bought products from the Stanley product range including this Stanley branded hand saw. I have found that this hand saw has a smooth sided cutting blade, a well positioned handle grip and a working blade face that has a sharp and fine toothed cutting edge to it. The saw was relatively cheap to buy in my opinion when compared to other similar products I saw on sale at the time of purchase.
As this saw was made by a trusted brand I felt it would be a good choice for use with a range of DIY jobs. I have found the saw to be able to cope with cutting curtain poles to size (although it took a little while to cut through completely), to trimming wooden/ laminate skirting trims (which it handles with ease). I have also used the saw to trim slim profiled plastic and upvc trims which the saw cut through quite quickly, as well as with a range of other materials. In my opinion this saw may not look to be the best of its type as it is fairly basic in appearance, yet in use I found this product to be very serviceable, as it works well enough (in most cases) when used across a range of materials.
The fine toothed cutting blade has remained nice and sharp even after repeated usage, meaning that even after having used the saw to cut through a range of materials, I have found that it is still able to handle a variety of jobs with relative ease. The angle of the grip handle feels ok and the added soft grip section that is detailed in black does help to cushion your hand a little when holding the saw and working with it, although it doesn't totally cut down on hand strain in my opinion. The fixings on the handle section have held up well and have not come away at all.
The saw is branded as being a heavy duty type of product and in use I feel that it has proven to be durable and reliable when in use. Over time I do expect that the cutting blade will dull a little, in line with other similar products I have owned and used, although so far the saw has remained fairly sharp. The saw came in a simple card type storage sheath that protected the cutting blade when not in use and this proved handy for keeping the saw blade in when not being used, although it had a limited life span. Storing the cutting blade end of the saw in a protective cover does help to protect the blade in my opinion.
~Product rating/ price~
The cost of the saw was just under £6 at the time of purchase which I feel is fair for a branded product such as this one. Having checked recent prices I can see that they have remained very similar and this product still provides fair value for money. The saw can still be bought from a wide number of online and high street stores. I have used this as a general purpose hand saw and found that it handled most jobs without letting me down and in my opinion it has worked as it should. My rating for this product is 4 stars.
The last time I used a saw it was for chopping up an old wicker chair to put in the bin which was a couple of days ago. We have had this Stanley saw for a while now as it was bought back when we first moved in to tackle some of the more simple DIY products. It does the job but it does it very poorly and it was such a pain to use the other day. I was only cutting through thin wood and it kept sticking and causing me problems, it felt like the handle is going to come off at any moment! It is a good job we hardly need a saw for anything as this really is not good for much.
==Price and availability==
The Stanley saw comes in a variety of sizes. This one is 20inches and has small teeth for a fine finish. It costs £6.99 brand new but we have had this one for a while and I can't remember what w epaid for it. You can buy it from Screwfix, B&Q and Homebase.
The handle of the saw is yellow and made from plastic. It has a ridged black section that is rubberised so it is easier to hold and is rounded for comfort. This is deisnged for you to wrap your fingers around and is a sort of handle. The blade is attached to the handle by screws and is 20 inches long and made from tough steel with induction hardened teeth. The blade is thin and wobbly and does not stay as rigid as I would have liked. When we bought the saw, it was really sharp but I think now time has taken its toll and it has started to get a little corroded and the blade is not as sharp as I would have liked.
The blade made a good neat cut but it kept sticking and then the saw would bend and it would twist my arm. I can 100% say that the handle is not comfortable to hold at all and every impact with felt in my hand and it was not comfortable to hold. The rubber rubbed against my skin and I could have not done much more with it as it was getting quite painful. The saw has lost its shiny new look and has a dull coating to the metal. The teeth are not as sharp as before but you are still able to use it, it just seems to stick rather that cut continuously.
When we first bought it, there were not so many complaints. It still felt a bit wobbly and poorly constructed but as it was sharp and the blade was shiny, it sailed though the wood without too much resistance.
We must have used the saw a handful of the times and the rest of the time it has been stored hung up in the garage. I cannot understand why it has got so blunt and dull looking as it is hardly ever used. You expect a product such as this to last a long time and I feel that this one has been a bit of a let down really.
"Bi-material handle, welded and screwed for comfort and security / Fine finish / Features: Induction Hardened Teeth; Triple-Ground."