Hand circular saw or diving saw?

When it comes to the acquisition of tools for woodworking, many do-it-yourselfers are faced with the question: circular saw or dip saw? Which saw is suitable for which work, and when one and when the other is the cheaper alternative, read in detail in this post.

Constructive differences between circular saw and dip saw

The most important difference between the two saws lies in the design: A classic circular saw can only be pushed through the workpiece, while a submersible saw practically and figuratively "dips" from above into the workpiece.

The classic circular saw relies on a firm connection of motor and saw blade. The pendulum hood (therefore also: pendulum hood saw) folds back during the sawing process. On the submersible saw, on the other hand, the motor and saw blade can move freely downwards.


Basically, it can be said that circular saws are made more for "rough" cutting work, diving pliers, however, rather for fine work when cutting. In the commercial sector, therefore, the "pendulum hoist saws" come rather for the cutting of roof battens and the cutting of coarse wood panels used - for all other work that must be performed to millimeter precision, you only use immersion saws.

In conjunction with a guide rail, a high quality dip saw is quite capable of keeping up with the precision of a (much more expensive) table saw. It is also much more flexible. Important for such fine work is always an existing splinter protection, which helps to avoid fraying the cut edge effectively.


In contrast to the classic pendulum saw, the submersible saw is significantly less powerful and often less robust. This will be in the home improvement but in most cases only a small disadvantage.

Further advantages of the dip saw

The design features of the submerged saw also allow a start of cut anywhere on the workpiece (by "dipping" the saw) - with a circular saw can only be started on an outer edge of the workpiece with sawing. An additional properly used jigsaw could partially compensate for this disadvantage of the circular saw - but the dive saw works more accurately and faster, above all, the cuts are much cleaner than with a guided jigsaw, especially for larger cutting depths.

Price differences

The difference in price between a classic pendulum saw and a diving saw is not as big as one might expect. Good hand-held circular saws for the DIY sector are priced between around 100 and 200 EUR, from 200 EUR you get mostly already professional devices with high performance.

The diving saw is priced at around 200 EUR for relatively good devices, which in many cases already a guide rail is integrated. Higher-quality devices then cost between 300 and 400 EUR, but are often also already for professional use or bring at least extensive accessories for all sorts of bevel and miter cuts.

Tips & Tricks

If you often have to cut very precise mitres, the submersible saw is the tool of choice in any case. Precise miter cuts are always a big problem with the circular saw, usually only with trial cuts and multiple readjustments. With the dipping saw you cut exactly from the outset.

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