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5 Tips for Using a Circular Saw

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Everyone who’s in woodworking business knows how to use basic power tool models found in their workshop.

But what about professional power tools? Do you know how to use one?

The more you know about your equipment, the better you’ll become at using it. This is why we’ve created this neat infographic that will teach you not only the basics of using a circular saw but also some advanced techniques. You’re probably eager to start learning, so without further ado, let’s go right into explaining the details of using a professional circular saw.

Bevel Release (angle cutting)


So, you’ve bought a professional circular saw and placed it in your workshop.

Now it’s time to learn what this power tool is capable of.

You might have noticed that there is a bevel release next to the saw itself. If you haven’t worked with a power tool that has this feature before, you’ll be pleased to know that it can make your woodcutting session even more enjoyable than before. By using this feature, you’ll have full control of the angle of cutting. This particular feature allows its user to adjust the angle of cutting by releasing the aforementioned handle. It will allow you to adjust the attached saw panel as you please.

Be sure to adjust the angle before you start cutting to avoid injuries, damaging parts or tool malfunction in the future.

Saw Brake


This particular feature can be extremely handy when cutting different parts in a row. As you probably know, you’ll need to stop the saw after cutting each part. This is a safety precaution that every woodworker is aware of.

However, it can take a considerable amount of time if you don’t have a saw brake and have to do this manually. This feature basically allows you to pause the saw until you place the next wood piece on your cutting panel.

Use the Cutting Guide


No matter how proficient you are at using a power tool such as a circular saw, you won’t be able to cut straight lines without a couple of accessories.

The first thing that you’ll need is a leveling tool. Using it will allow you to ensure that the cut is aligned with the panel. Next is the cutting guide. Get a decent cutting guide and clamp it to the cutting board. Make sure that it’s attached properly and nick the board with your saw. Then proceed and cut the whole line.

Using this technique will ensure that you cut a perfectly straight line every time you use a circular saw.

Use Support Panels


When performing straight cuts on a thin, medium sized board, you’ll need to use support panels.

Why should you use this you may ask?

Before you can start cutting a panel such as this, you’ll need to ensure that you won’t damage the saw in any way. This can easily happen if you don’t have a support panel underneath the material that you’re cutting. By placing two, or more panels if needed, you’ll avoid saw damage and ensure that nothing goes wrong while you’re performing the cut.

So remember to use these assisting panels every time you’re performing cuts on thin materials to avoid saw breakage.

Changing the Saw


Replacing damaged or broken parts may sound easy, but you won’t know that until you done it yourself.

So what’s the first step when changing a broken or damaged saw on a circular saw?

To make sure that the saw isn’t plugged in, of course. Next, you’ll need to ensure that the brake is on. This will further increase your safety when changing this essential part. Once you’ve removed the saw, place the new one and unblock the brake. Perform the final check-up and plug in the saw.

This is the safest way to change any part on a circular saw, so make sure that you’ve memorized the steps.

5 Tips for Using a Circular Saw

by Tyler Saunders time to read: 4 min
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