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HOW TO USE YOUR SAW CORRECTLY FOR BEST PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY

Tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts use a variety of power tools to bring designs to life. A circular saw is one such tool. Using a circular saw correctly will ensure efficient and precise work.

In this post, we will discuss the benefits of circular saws, using them safely, and most importantly, how to use circular saws. 

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WHAT IS A CIRCULAR SAW

A circular saw is a powerful tool commonly used in carpentry. It gets its name from its disc-shaped blade with razor-sharp edges.

The circular blade rotates around an arbor, allowing you to cut different materials like wood, metal, or plastic, depending on the blade used. Circular saws can be corded or cordless and come in different sizes.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CIRCULAR SAW?

Circular saws offer several advantages, which are primarily versatility and convenience. Their compact size makes them portable and perfect for on-site work. With the right blade, they can cut through almost any material, not only wood.

Circular saws produce precise cuts, straight, angled, or bevelled; ensuring an unmatched finish. The power in both corded and cordless models provides consistent performance, making them suitable for heavy-duty work in trade or ambitious DIY projects.

A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO USE A CIRCULAR SAW

To produce precise and clean cuts, there are various steps involved in using a circular saw.

Here's how to use a circular saw:

  1. Prepare Your Material: Secure the material you plan to cut. Using clamps or a vice is ideal for securing your workpiece.
  2. Mark Your Cut: Decide where to make your cut and mark it using a pencil and ruler or a square.
  3. Set the Blade Depth: Ensure the saw is unplugged, then adjust the blade depth so that it extends roughly a quarter-inch beyond the thickness of the material.
  4. Adjust the Angle: Adjust the angle of the saw by setting the bevel angle and locking it into place to achieve bevelled cuts.
  5. Line Up Your Saw: Line up the saw with the marked line, ensuring the edge guide is aligned with your cutting line.

  6.  Start Your Cut: Start your saw, wait for the blade to reach its full speed, then smoothly push it through the material along your marked line.

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Set the blade depth according to your job

CIRCULAR SAW SAFETY PRACTICES

When using a circular saw, safety should be a top priority. Wear safety glasses and ear protection to protect against debris and noise. Avoid loose clothing that could get tangled in the saw. Always use both hands to operate the saw — one on the trigger, the other on the guide knob.

Ensure the blade is not in contact with the material before starting your saw. Use sharp blades for better control and cleaner cuts. Maintain stable footing, don't force the saw, and allow it to cut at its own pace.

 

ESSENTIAL CIRCULAR SAW ACCESSORIES

To get the most out of your saw, you’ll need a few important accessories.

Accessories that can enhance the functionality of your circular saw:

  • Guide Rail: This is a physical guide to help you make straight, accurate cuts.
  • Clamps: These are used to secure a guide rail to your workpiece.
  • Different Blades: The blade determines what material you can cut. Having a variety of blades allows you to work with different materials.
  • Adjustable Angle Bevel or Adjustable Angle Stop for Angled Cuts: These accessories allow you to make accurate angled cuts.
  • Dust Collection Accessories: Keeping your workplace clean helps maintain your circular saw and enhances visibility and safety during work.

Circular saws are essential for professional tradespeople and DIY fanatics. Whether you're building a deck or furniture, or involved in a full construction project, knowing how to use a circular saw will streamline your projects significantly. By following the outlined steps and safety practices in this post, you are on your way to mastering the circular saw. 

 

 

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Always wear correct safety gear when using a circular saw

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