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