What are the parts of a saw?

 
     
     
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 There are many different types of saw, but most have the same basic parts.

 
     

 

Parts of a saw: blade, handle, heel, back, toe, teeth, front 
     
   

Saw handle

 
 Handle of hand saw 

The handle is the portion that's gripped by the user and is used to move the saw back and forth through material in order to cut it. 

 

Handles comes in several different shapes depending on the saw's application. 

 
     
   

Saw blade

 
 Blade and teeth of hand saw  

The blade is typically made from steel and has a number of sharp teeth running along its bottom edge. 

 

The teeth are the part that penetrate the material first when cutting 

 
     
 When viewed from the side, the bottom edge of the blade where the saw’s teeth are, is called the front, and the opposite edge is called the back. 

Front & back

When viewed from the side, the bottom edge of the blade where the saw’s teeth are, is called the front, and the opposite edge is called the back.

 
     
 Heel and toe of hand saw

 

 

Heel & toe

The end of the blade closest to the handle is called the heel, and the opposite end is called the toe. 

 
     
   

Saw frame

 
 Frame Saw: frame, handle and blade 

Some types of saw, like this hacksaw, also have a frame which extends out of the handle and attaches to the other end of the blade.

 

All frame saws have removable blades.

 
     
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