The 8 Best Hacksaws In 2021 (Complete Guide)

Hacksaws have been in use for over a century as they are amazing tools for cutting even the toughest materials. That’s why workshops all over the world aren’t complete without a hacksaw. As such, if you are looking for a hacksaw that you can use for a wide variety of purposes to complete your toolbox in the workshop, I have compiled the best hacksaws that you can buy in 2021.

Quick overview

In case you want to skip the long detailed reviews of each hacksaw, here is a quick overview that will allow you to know which ones I believe are the best:

My recommendations

I tested several hacksaws on several materials such as steel pipes, wood, and bolts so that I can give good recommendations based on my own personal experience. And, to that end, I made sure to give a guide that is as comprehensive as possible.

So, for simplicity’s sake, I have listed down all of the different options you can choose from while providing a good review of why I love these hacksaws.

But if you are still unsure how to choose the right hacksaw, you can use our buyer guide on how to choose a good hacksaw depending on your needs.

Now that we have that out of the way let’s look at the best hacksaws you can buy in 2021.

Best Overall – Lenox 12132HT50 Hacksaw

When it comes to overall quality and design, no hacksaw could probably stand up to what the Lenox 12132HT50 can do. This saw has everything you need from comfort, versatility, and overall effectiveness.

The Lenox 12132HT50 comes with a good no-nonsense approach that allows it to work like a charm even though it might not come with the amazing features and the high price tag that some of the other hacksaws have.

But, for you to understand why I think the Lenox 12132HT50 is the best, take a look at the amazing features that this hacksaw comes with:

  • Rubberized thumb grip and rounded handle allow it to feel comfortable.
  • Comes with a good line of sight when it comes to its design.
  • Amazing blade tension that can reach 50,000 psi.
  • A large enough frame allows it to have 5 spare blades.
  • Can be used and handled easily in any kind of environment.

What’s Included?

  • 1 Lenox 12132HT50 

My Favorite Feature: Everything

It isn’t an exaggeration on my part to say that the Lenox 12132HT50 has everything I need in a great hacksaw. The saw is very comfortable in your hand and can be used in various situations and environmental conditions.

On top of how comfortable it is, the Lenox 12132HT50 also comes with a no-nonsense approach that will allow you to saw your way through different materials with ease. It is very stable with a tension of up to 50,000. Of course, it comes with enough space for 5 spare blades.

In that regard, there is no other hacksaw that comes close to its overall perfection, as the Lenox 12132HT50 is ideal for any situation.

Most Versatile Hacksaw – Nicholson MSA 80975 Hacksaw 

Nicholson has always been known for delivering premium tools as the company has been around since the 1860s. Because of that, they were able to produce great hacksaws such as the MSA 80975, which is known for its amazing blade tensioning system.

Because the Nicholson MSA 80975 has a great blade tensioning system and comes with the kind of comfort that would make you want to use it on any material, I regard this as the most versatile hacksaw in the market today.

Here is why I think the Nicholson MSA 80975 is more versatile or probably better than all of the other hacksaws you can find anywhere else:

  • Good for general use with its 90-degree position.
  • Can be angled at 45 degrees if you want to use it for flush cuts.
  • High-tension blade tightening system at about 30,000 psi.
  • A low-profile position can be used for cutting in tight spaces.
  • Very comfortable in the hand with its cushioned grip.
  • Weighs only a third of a pound.

What’s Included?

  • 1 Nicholson MSA 80975

My Favorite Feature: Low-Profile Position

The low-profile position system that this hacksaw comes with makes it a good hacksaw for a wide variety of different cuts. You can use it in tight spaces by simply folding the front of the frame. It is a versatile hacksaw with multiple positions that you can use for multiple ways of cutting different materials depending on your position and the available space.

Best Heavy-Duty Hacksaw – DeWalt DWHT20547L 5-in-1 Multifunction Hacksaw

DeWalt is also a very popular name in the tools industry as this brand is known for producing high-quality tools capable of delivering what you need when it comes to some of the heaviest tasks.

The DeWalt DWHT20547L delivers in terms of its construction as it feels heavy-duty in your hand while delivering an amazing blade-tightening system that assures that your hacksaw won’t wobble around while you are using it.

Here are some of the good things that I like about the DeWalt DWHT20547L and why I think it is the best heavy-duty hacksaw in the market:

  • The high-tension system can be tensioned up to 330 pounds.
  • Can be used in different angles to provide you with different cuts.
  • Great for low-profile cutting when used in tight spaces.
  • Can make use of a pistol grip for easy jab cutting.
  • Feels strong and premium.

What’s Included?

  • 1 DeWalt DWHT20547L Hacksaw

My Favorite Feature: High-tension tightening

One of the most important qualities a hacksaw should have is to deliver precision cuts without the blade wobbling around. This means that the hacksaw should have a good tension system that tightens the blade well enough so that the blade won’t move around while you are using it. 

That is why I believe the DeWalt DWHT20547L is amazing when used in heavy-duty tasks, as the blade tightens well enough to deliver those precision cuts without worrying about it loosening up while you are in the middle of heavy tasks.

Best Value – Craftsman CMHT20138 Hacksaw

Even though Craftsman is on the cheaper side of tools, you shouldn’t have any problems with this brand in terms of quality. This is why, when you are looking for a valuable product despite its price, the Craftsman CMHT20138 delivers.

The Craftsman CMHT20138 may look as simple as it does, but it is a no-nonsense hacksaw that should be able to cut efficiently at a price that will not hurt your budget.

With that said, let’s look at some of the reasons why the Craftsman CMHT20138 is a great hacksaw when it comes to the overall value and quality:

  • Provides up to 225 pounds of tension in the blade to ensure stability.
  • Great for deep cuts with its 12-inch blade.
  • Can also be used for flush cuts because the blade can be adjusted from 90 to 180 degrees.
  • Its handle feels comfortable enough for its price level.
  • The tension knob is large and comfortable to use and turn.

What’s Included?

  • 1 Craftsman CMHT20138 Hacksaw

My Favorite Feature: Tension knob

Even though the Craftsman CMHT20138 is at the lower end of the price spectrum, it does come with a good tension knob that feels comfortable to use. Remember that tension knobs are important when it comes to blade security.

The fact that the tension knob on the Craftsman CMHT20138 is large and easy enough to use allows you to tighten the saw well enough for that added security that you need when handling heavy-duty tasks.

Best for Comfort – Klein Tools 702-12 Hacksaw

Using a hacksaw for an extended period of time during heavier tasks can easily fatigue your muscles. That’s why, if you want a good hacksaw that is comfortable enough in your hand even when used during extended periods, the Klein Tools 702-12 hacksaw should be a good choice.

When the Klein Tools 702-12 is in your hands while you are sawing your way through different materials, you won’t end up getting tired real fast because of how comfortable the grip is and how it blends comfort and a lightweight build all in one.

In that regard, let’s take a good look at what makes this hacksaw as good and as comfortable as it is:

  • An aluminum build allows it to stay light.
  • The soft grip and its lightweight build won’t fatigue your muscles.
  • It’s a 2-in-1 saw that comes with a hacksaw and a reciprocating blade.
  • Offers precise cuts with a tension of 30,000 psi in its blade.
  • The blade can be stored conveniently and easily in the handle.

What’s Included?

  • 12-Inch x 24 TPI bi-metal hack saw blade
  • 6-Inch x 24 TPI bi-metal reciprocating saw blade

My Favorite Feature: Comfortable grip

You can say all you want about the Klein Tools 702-12 and its 2-in-1 design, but what I really love about this saw is that it comes with a very comfortable grip that feels nice in your hand.

The thing about the grip is that it is soft but not too soft to the point that you won’t be able to properly grip the handle anymore. And because the saw is only about 1.5 pounds, it is very light in your hand and won’t end up tiring your muscles out even with prolonged use.

Best in Simplicity – Starrett K145 Hacksaw

The Starrett K145 hacksaw is one of the simplest hacksaws you can find on the market today. Of course, it wasn’t built to have the same standout features that some of the other hacksaws have, but it does make up for it with how it is so perfectly simple.

Its simplicity comes in the fact that it can do its job very well even though it comes with the same kind of no-nonsense, old-school design that most hacksaws have. And the way it functions makes all the difference when it comes to cutting a piece of metal or wood in one pass rather than looking for another angle to cut your way through the material.

Now, let’s look at the qualities that make the Starrett K145 so simple yet so effective at the same time:

  • Firm and stable tension in the blades with a 28,000 psi tension force.
  • The blades are capable of cutting deep at about 4 3/8 inches deep.
  • Impressive design and build that gives justice to its price.
  • Comfortable rubber handle and thumb hold.
  • Great for straight and angled cutting.

What’s Included?

  • 1 Starrett K145 hacksaw
  • Bi-metal unique ground tooth blade

My Favorite Feature: Simple design

Overall, the Starrett K145 doesn’t give you the same features that you see in the other hacksaws. However, it is very simple yet just as effective as all of the other hacksaws on the market allows it to stand out on its own.

The simple design that the Starrett K145 comes with is what I really like about this hacksaw. It’s just a no-nonsense approach that will allow the saw to deliver deep and precise cuts with simple strokes that won’t fatigue your muscles or force you to put in a ton of effort.

That said, if you want a simple yet high-quality product that does what a hacksaw is supposed to do, the Starrett K145 should be right up there on the list.

Best Compact Saw – Lenox 20975975 Compact Saw

There are times when you might want to use a simple and compact hacksaw when the task is small and simple. That means that a simple and compact jab saw is all that you need. In that regard, nothing does better than the Lenox 20975975.

The Lenox Tools 20975975 follows the same perfect design and functionality that the Lenox 12132HT50 comes with, except that it is smaller. This makes it a great saw that you can use for simple remodeling works and when you need to cut something that doesn’t require a 12-inch hacksaw.

That said, let’s look at what makes the Lenox 20975975 such an amazing compact saw that stands up against bigger saws.

  • Amazing lightweight and comfortable aluminum design.
  • Very light at less than half a pound.
  • Compact enough to be carried around without trouble.
  • Amazingly efficient in tight spaces.

What’s Included?

  • 1 Lenox 20975975 saw

My Favorite Feature: Compact build

Hacksaws are supposed to be light and compact. But the Lenox 20975975 is amazingly light and compact even compared to some of the smaller mini hacksaws out there. And the best part is that it doesn’t sacrifice its ability to cut through tough yet small tasks despite its small size.

Something as simple as the Lenox 20975975 will allow you to easily cut through tight spaces and small tasks that bigger hacksaws may not be able to handle. Of course, this saw fits nicely in your hand and is very light to the point that it is as if you are holding nothing while you are sawing your way through different materials.

Easiest Hacksaw to Use – Milwaukee 48-22-0012 Compact Saw

We have another compact saw here as the Milwaukee 48-22-0012 is what I believe is the easiest hacksaw to use, especially if you want to breeze your way through different tasks that require a simple compact saw.

Like any other compact saw, the Milwaukee 48-22-0012 prides itself on being very easy to use due to its lightweight build and comfortable handle. It even allows you to change the blade faster than most other saws, which only adds to how easy it is to use.

Without further words, let’s look at why I believe the Milwaukee 48-22-0012 is the simplest and easiest hacksaw to use if you are just after quick and simple tasks.

  • Allows for fast blade replacement of up to 10x faster.
  • The blade length can be adjusted from shorter than its standard 10 inches.
  • Very durable.
  • Feels light and easy to handle in your hand.
  • Its compact design allows for versatile cutting.

What’s Included?

  • 1 Milwaukee 48-22-0012 Compact Saw

My Favorite Feature: Quick Blade Replacement

So, when you want to breeze your way through a quick cutting or sawing job, there is nothing that can beat how fast the Milwaukee 48-22-0012 is at allowing you to change its blade. 

This is what I love about this product as it reportedly says that you can change its blade up to 10x faster than most products, but, in reality, you wouldn’t even notice that because of how easy it is to do.

In that regard, you won’t be spending a lot of time on a very small and simple task when using the Milwaukee 48-22-0012 because it makes things so simple and easy for you to do.

Summary

There you have it. That’s my list of the best hacksaws that you can buy in 2021. These hacksaws are all standout choices in their own right, and it is now up to you to choose which between them is the best for you in terms of your needs, preferences, and budget.

However, if you think I missed out on one of the products that should be on the list, just let me know. I’ll do my best to answer any of your questions or address any of your concerns or issues regarding any of the products I mentioned on this list.

James Thomas

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