Of all the Electric Power Tools available to you today, electric saws present the most diverse and inventive range of all. Let your mind boggle at names like Reciprocating Saws (it gets you in the end), Sliding Mitre Saws (used by all self-respecting bishops everywhere) not to mention one I puzzle over most – the Jigsaw. You can tell that there was no woodworking class at my school. All I know I learned in the school of hard knocks and cuts.

Probably the most common electric saw found in the homes of most DIYers is the Circular Saw. These can be free standing or bench mounted, depending on the amount of woodworking you do. The free standing ones can of course be placed on your workbench so you can feed your wood onto the blade for cutting. All have adjustable guides, which enable you to easily obtain precise cuts to whatever width the job in hand requires.

At the other end of the range, non-precision cutting of logs, small trees and stumps is ideally served (or severed) by electric chainsaws. These are my favourites. They are great for practicing sword fighting too, although care must be taken to ensure nobody is watching. The very real problem with chainsaws is that they can easily turn on you when they encounter a knotty area in an otherwise passive log. This is when your superpowers of split second reaction will be tested to the limit. Let’s not go down that road because the bloody consequences are all too obvious. Tempting though it is.

Saws are so important to us. Long John Silver would not have had a leg to stand on were it not for a saw. There – we have got that out of the way. Back to assessing electric power saws. Oops, no more space left. I hope your appetite for exploring the fascinating world of electric saws has been whetted. Don’t come limping back to me if it all goes wrong .