What is a junior hacksaw used for?

by Sam Wood | Last Updated: 22/10/2020

As the name suggests a junior hacksaw is the little brother of the hacksaw. A junior hacksaw is a small, simple saw with a tensioned blade. They are mainly used for odd jobs and metal sawing. They are also dirt cheap, coming in around £3 quite often. It is probably the most basic form of saw you will find and is a way young DIY’ers usually get started. I vividly remember my dad letting me join in on projects with my little junior hacksaw.

What is a junior hacksaw used for

Cutting Wood

This is what most users will be doing with their junior hacksaw. Just little odd jobs that don’t require a bigger saw. There are definitely better wood saws out there, but a junior hacksaw will do the job

Cutting Plastic

A junior hacksaw is excellent for cutting plastics such as PVC piping. This is one reason you may find a junior hacksaw in the toolbag of a plumber. They slice through PVC piping with ease and take up very little room in the toolbag, which is a significant advantage.

Cutting Metal

The humble junior hacksaw can also be used to cut metal. As long as you only attempt thin metal, the saw will cut it. It will blunt out the blade reasonably quickly though so make sure you bear that in mind.

Small Spaces

A junior hacksaw is a very small saw and can fit in a lot of places a larger saw just won’t fit. This is one reason a lot of people always like to have a junior hacksaw in the tool bag, for those odd jobs where your go-to saw just won’t fit.

Precision Sawing

The blade on a junior hacksaw is tiny, and for this reason, you can actually achieve exact cuts despite the low cost of a junior hacksaw.

If you are planning on purchasing a hacksaw, make sure to read our best hacksaw guide!

Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified joiner and have been involved in the joinery game for over a decade now. In fact, I am an award-winning joiner, winning the Ribble Valley joiner of the year 2019. I have an NVQ level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery. I received my Qualification from a Centre of vocational excellence. I am still working as a professional joiner as well as running this site with Dan!