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What is the cutting stroke?

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 a push stroke and a pull stroke The actual process of sawing involves a push stroke and a pull stroke.

The ‘cutting’ stroke refers to the stroke on which the cutting action actually takes place

A brief history…

Push stroke Traditionally, most European saws cut on the push stroke.
Japanese saw which cuts on the pull stroke However, towards the end of the 20th century, the Japanese saw, which cuts on the pull stroke, was introduced to Europe.

This type of saw proved very popular with users, as its thinner blade and pull stroke action allowed the user to make finer cuts with greater control over each stroke.

saw teeth that are able to cut on both push and pull stroke. These days, saw technology has come a long way, and many European designs of saw have been re-modelled so that they cut on the pull stroke instead. As well as this, manufacturers have produced saw teeth that are able to cut on both the pull and push stroke. These are often referred to as “universal” saws.

For more information, see our section: Push stroke saws vs. pull stroke saws 

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