How to Use a Circular Saw


The circular saw is one of the handiest portable power tools, but it is potentially very dangerous. Be sure you understand how to use this tool safely.

Things You'll Need

  • Work Gloves
  • Measuring Tapes
  • Circular Saws
  • Dust Masks
  • Safety Goggles
  • Saw Blades - Circular
  • Make sure you are using the correct blade and that it's properly seated and tightened. Always use a sharp blade. Dull blades bind and overheat.

  • Check the blade guard. Is it in good shape and functioning properly?

  • Set the depth of the blade to no more than 1/4 inch more than the thickness of the wood to be cut. The workpiece is more likely to kick back if you have too much blade exposed.

  • Support the work on both sides. Clamp it on one side if you have to.

  • Look for knots and nails before you begin. Avoid them if possible; if they cannot be avoided, be cautious when approaching them.

  • Start the blade before it meets the work.

  • Stand to the side when you saw in case the wood is kicked back, and don't over-reach. You should always have both feet planted firmly on the floor.

  • Don't push the saw, just guide it with a little pressure.

  • Let go of the trigger if the blade binds, and stick a wooden shim in the cut to release it.

  • Wait for the blade to stop before removing it from the wood.

Tips & Warnings

  • Familiarize yourself with your saw. Read the owner's manual carefully and heed all safety suggestions.
  • Wear goggles and a dust mask when operating your circular saw.
  • Never saw wet wood.

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