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High Tension Hacksaw Comparison & Buying Guide

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High Tension Hacksaw Comparison & Buying Guide

A hacksaw, in general, is a versatile tool that can accomplish many cutting needs when the appropriate hacksaw blade is selected. You’ll be able to saw through all types of wood (plus tree branches), metal, and plastic based projects.

Stepping up to a high-tension hacksaw provides even better capabilities, and in some cases, more features compared to basic saw models offered by the same manufacturer.

High-Tension Hacksaw Buying Gudie

  • A sturdier frame to remove flex; equating in easier, straighter, and more accurate cutting.
  • Option of a 45°-55° cutting angle along with the standard 90° cutting angle.
  • Want extra blade storage? Most of the models listed provide that feature.

**For local purchasing, home improvement stores should carry at least one of the hacksaw models listed. Also, check the parts department of electrical and plumbing supply stores for tool buying options.

Bahco 325 Professional

Bahco 325 Professional Hacksaw With Ergo Handle
Specifications:

  • Cutting Angles: 90° / 55°
  • Max Tension: 140 kg
  • Blade Storage: No
  • Multi-Tool: No
  • Weight: 1.74 lbs.

The Bahco 325 Professional Hacksaw with Ergo Handle is a well-balanced hacksaw and true example of fundamental engineering done correctly. Highlights include:

  • One-piece body.
  • Rubberized grips.
  • Smooth and easy blade release lever and tension adjuster combination.

Bahco doesn’t incorporate any multi-tool features, but I don’t see the need for them.

Lenox Tools HT50

Lenox Tools HT50 High-Tension Hacksaw
Specifications:

  • Cutting Angles: 90° / 45°
  • Max Tension: 50,000 psi
  • Blade Storage: Yes
  • Multi-Tool: Yes
  • Weight: 1.78 lbs.

The Lenox Tools HT50 High-Tension Hacksaw is a well-built saw I’d happily put in my tool bag.

  • Weighs in on the lighter side of all the saws tested.
  • A reciprocating blade can be installed in the nose to create a jab saw. That same slot allows 5 additional blades to be inserted and stored in the I-beam frame.

DeWALT 5-in-1

DeWalt DWHT20547 5 in1 Multifunction Hacksaw
Specifications:

  • Cutting Angles: 90° / 45°
  • Max Tension: 330 lbs.
  • Blade Storage: Yes
  • Multi-Tool: Yes
  • Weight: 2.29 lbs.

The DeWALT DWHT20547L 5-in-1 Hacksaw is a great option when wanting a multi-purpose saw. If the various saw attachments were never used, I still like the design and feel of this saw as a regular hacksaw. All of the saw combinations can be assembled without any additional tools, which is really handy.

Stanley FatMax® Hacksaw

Stanley FatMax® High Tension Hacksaw
Specifications:

  • Cutting Angles: 90° / 45°
  • Max Tension: 330 lbs.
  • Blade Storage: Yes
  • Multi-Tool: Yes
  • Weight: 2.38 lbs

The FatMax line of tools from Stanley have always delivered for the price and the Stanley FatMax® High Tension Hacksaw is no exception. The single unique feature of this saw is the removable file inside the frame, which aids in putting a burr-free finish on your cut. Also allows a nose-mounted blade when needed.

Klein Tools Hacksaw

Klein Tools 702-12 Hacksaw
Specifications:

  • Cutting Angles: 90° / 45°
  • Max Tension: 30,000 psi
  • Blade Storage: Yes
  • Multi-Tool: Yes
  • Weight: 2.14 lbs

The Klein Tools 702-12 Hacksaw is an acceptable saw design from a company that makes quality electrical tools, but does have its drawbacks.

5 extra blades can be stored in the top tube through the plastic cover while a jab saw can be inserted through a slot in the nose piece.

My biggest complaint is the archaic blade tensioner. A small wingnut design that is very difficult to tighten by hand and slow to use.

Greenlee 333A Hacksaw

Greenlee 333A Die Cast Aluminum Hacksaw
Specifications:

  • Cutting Angles: 90° / 45°
  • Max Tension: 30,000 psi
  • Blade Storage: Yes
  • Multi-Tool: Yes
  • Weight: 2.14 lbs

The Greenlee 333A Die Cast Aluminum Hacksaw is an almost identical saw to the Klein model. The nose has a different design which creates a nice grip for alternative hand positions and different angles of cutting.

Like Klein, the front nose jab saw feature is independent of the extra blade storage, which makes using the jab saw more convenient than other saw models that share blade storage access through the same nose slot.

Nicholson Cushion Grip

Nicholson 12" Cushion Grip High Tension Hacksaw
Specifications:

  • Cutting Angles: 90° / 45°
  • Max Tension: 30,000 psi
  • Blade Storage: Yes
  • Multi-Tool: Yes
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs

The Nicholson Cushion Grip Hacksaw has more wrong than it does right. For blade installation and removal, you have to slide the top collar over the tensioner lever that you hold down with your thumb, which is a literal pain when trying to achieve maximum tension.

The front nose piece, which also serves as a separate jab saw, needs to be completely removed to access the internal blade storage.

All products listed in this buying guide were chosen by DIY House Help based on independent research and analysis performed by our editors. Products were purchased at retail locations and not provided by manufacturers as sponsorship. When a retailer is listed, this is purely a suggestion for the convenience of our readers, but we are not obligated to endorse specific retailers. However, some of the links we provide throughout the site may earn us an affiliate commission when you decide to purchase.
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