What is a saw's throat depth?

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 Throat depth of a saw 

The space inside the frame is called the ‘throat’.


The measurement from the top of the frame to the saw’s teeth is called the ‘throat depth’. This measurement determines how far you can cut into a material before it hits the frame.

 Frame saw used to cut into material 

The deeper the saw’s throat, the deeper the saw will cut into material.

Some frame saws have a variety of different throat depths to choose from. These are the most common depths but they may not apply to every model:


Junior hacksaws

 Junior hacksaw 

100mm (3.9" approx.)

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100-150mm (3.9-5.9" approx.)

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Coping saws

 Coping Saw 

120mm (4.7" approx.) 

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Fret saws

 Fret Saw 

130mm (5.11" approx.)

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Bow saws

 Bow Saw 

150-300mm (5.9-11.9" approx.)

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