Sawhorses: remodeling tools of a different color

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ March 18, 2013

So you've decided to enter the exciting world of tackling your own home improvement jobs … what's the first thing on your "to do" list? If you're like many beginning DIYers, it's probably figuring out what new tools are needed for your first projects.

You may already have your eye on a particular drill or circular saw that should make the jobs a little easier. Or perhaps you're going to take the leap and spring for big ticket item such as a compound miter saw. They can make just about any DIYer feel like a professional contractor.

But before you get carried away, there's a tool that should be at the top of any DIYer's wish list. They're an important part of every remodeling contractor's tool collection and are so versatile that they can be a big help on almost any type of project. The next time you're at your favorite home improvement store, ask a salesperson on which aisle their sawhorses can be found.

What you need to know about sawhorses

While they're available in numerous styles and configurations, all sawhorses are basically platforms that allow you to work more efficiently and safely. The best models are tough enough to support just about any type of material, but also lightweight and easy to carry.

Many manufacturers design the tops of their sawhorses with predrilled holes so a piece of framing lumber can be easily attached with bolts. The lumber serves two purposes: it permits tacking material to the top of the sawhorse so it's held secure during an intricate cut and the wood prevents damage to the sawhorse or saw blade if the cut is too deep.

Contractors and DIYers used to build their sawhorses from wood and while sturdy, the devices were also fairly heavy and took up a lot of room when not in use. Tool manufacturers had the answer: sawhorses constructed from lightweight plastics and metals that were tough enough for just about any job, but could be folded up when the project was complete. Here are a few to consider for your DIY tool collection:

  • DeWalt -- The DeWalt DWST11031 weighs less than 11 pounds but a pair can support up to 2,500 pounds. The legs can be adjusted for uneven surfaces.
  • Stanley -- The Stanley 060582R folding sawhorses are budget-friendly and can be purchased in pairs. Each set has a weight capacity of up to 1,000 pounds.
  • Crawford -- This company's SH38A sawhorses have adjustable legs and feature all-steel construction. They're only 19 pounds each, but a pair will support up to 1,200 pounds.
  • Rockwell -- If you want a little more than a basic sawhorse, Rockwell's JawHorse should fit the bill. Each unit features an adjustable clamp that holds your material in place while working. The JawHorse is constructed from steel, has legs that can be adjusted for uneven surfaces, and is easily folded up when not being used.

Drills and saws may get the accolades, but just about any home improvement project is easier if sawhorses are a part of your remodeling tool collection.

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