Best Drywall Saw?

Posted on 2012-09-13
Last Modified: 2012-10-02
Question by:Pancake_Effect
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    On Amazon I always look at reviews.
    The cheapest one (Stanley) has more reviews than others. As it would have been bought by more people.
    All 3 are good brands.
    I use/used many years Stanley cutters - very good steel.
    I know DeWalt for drill machine - also very good.

    If you need a folding one (do you need?) then you go with DeWalt. If not then I would not pay almost double price.
    I would better buy Stanley and if you need to cut a lot then is still better to buy 2 Stanley than one DeWalt - from price point of view and wearing.

    Difference in quality between Shark and Stanley I cannot say, but i guess is not a big one.
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    I've used the Stanley one before, it's great.  I wouldn't worry about it getting dull before you're done unless you're doing the electrical for more than one house.  Personally I'd recommend this one.

    Haven't used the other ones before, the folding one is probably good quality, but you really don't need that unless you want to put it on a tool belt or something.

    If there's a Home Depot/Lowes/OSH/similar store near you, they usually have people who can tell you which saw is best for what you need. (and if it's ridiculously expensive in the store, you can order it on amazon)
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    I have one of the Stanleys and it hogs through drywall fast, if that's all you're dealing with... but the one I carry in my pouch is a Dewalt DWHT20540 because it cuts through paneling better than any other single-blade drywall saw I've tried... and when doing network retrofits, you'll run into paneling quite often.  It doesn't punch through paneling like drywall, but the same bit I use in 2x4 studs for two cat5e's makes a hole in 2 corners of the opening for the low voltage ring (you can get those at Home Depot for about half that) which that saw can finish from (I use a 1.25'' double blade auger in my right-angle milwaukee for joists... but that's too big for 2x4 studs...  single blade augurs load up with chips too fast going through 2x joists, in my experience).

    It's possible the folding Dewalt you linked has the same tooth pattern as that one, but I've never used that folding one so I'm not sure.
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    I've tossed all my folding saws for drywall.  When the locking mechanism fails, Murphy's Law states that your fingers _will_ be in the path of most injury.

    I have the Stanley FatMax.  It's thick...doesn't bend when you're jabbing through doubled-up drywall (commercial fire rating), or drywall+plaster (my 1950s house).

    A cheap generic saw like from Harbor Freight will still do the job.  But for a few bucks more, I opted for the thicker blade and sheath, so I don't stab myself while digging in my toolbox or bag.  I have snapped the tips of thinner saws before.  The cheaper ones also rust faster.  My FatMax has been three years without a spritz of WD-40, and there's no rust.  The sheath helps with that too.
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    Did you buy one?
    What did you find as good?
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    I got the Stanley, and works great! I'm sure the others you guys mentioned works good too. But thanks for the help everyone.

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