How To Use A Circular Saw

If you want a versatile saw that can cut almost everything then you should put your trust on a circular saw.

Whether you are a professional worker, DIY or a beginner, a circular saw can provide immense support to finish your project. This dominating saw never fail to produce optimal output every time.

However, you can’t achieve a precise cut unless you know the process of operating this powerful machine. Besides, inappropriate applications of this saw can lead to dangerous outcomes.

Don’t feel panic! Here, I am going to discuss how to use a circular saw so that you can be a circular saw specialist.

How To Use A Circular Saw: Step By Step Procedure

Whether you pick a corded circular saw or a wireless circular saw, both types of saws have almost similar operating process. Thankfully, you can easily learn to use a circular saw if you strictly follow the steps discussed in the article. So, let’s begin our journey...

Use A Circular Saw

Step 01:  Know Your Saw

You need to have proper knowledge about the saw that you are going to use. Yes, there are several models of circular saw in the marketplace, but the majority of them have similar features and functions. You need to identify the on/off switch and know the names and necessities of different supportive tools that come with the device.

Additionally, you need to hold the circular saw by both hands, switching it on to adjust the control of the device.

Step 02: Choose The Right Blade

There are mainly 3 different sizes of circular saw blades in the marketplace. For cutting thinner objects like tin or small lumber, you need to use a 17 cm blade. And, for medium-sized up to 5.5 cm thick wood and plywood, you should use 18.4 cm blades. But, you must use a 25 cm circular saw for intensive industrial cutting tasks.

Step 03: Take Safety Measure

Before starting to operate the machine, you should wear protection equipment like eye protective glass, hand gloves and mask. These safety precautions not only protect yourself from harmful incidents but also increase your confidence while sawing.

Also, it’s a good practice to wear loose-fitting clothing to move safely while doing an important project.

Step 04: Mark And Measure

Now, it’s time to mark and measure the workpiece that you are going to cut. To do that, you need a measuring tape and a pencil. Or, you can use a straight edge ruler too. You simply need to draw a line to the place where you need to have a cut. This line will ensure that you get a straight cut. You have to put these marks cleanly so that you can clearly see them at the time of cutting.   

Step 05: Place The Object Properly

You must put the thing on a saw table properly. Or, place it between two sawhorses. Never keep the object on top of any normal household table or floor. Make sure there is nothing under the material that you are going to cut. Anything beneath the cutting material will reduce your speed and accuracy while causing a great deal of damage to the blade.

Step 06: Set The Cutting Depth

In this step, you need to use the central lever to determine the cutting depth of the blade. Pull the shoe lever to let the baseplate move freely. Now, place the baseplate beside the object and tilt the blade until it reaches the bottom of the object.

To reduce friction, you should set your blade 0.32 cm to 0.64 cm below the cutting object. Never insert the blade further deeper because it will put negative effects on your cutting task.

Step 07: Set The Tool For Bevelled Cut

Adjust the pivoting scale by turning the knob counterclockwise. You will find this knob on the front part of the circular saw. By doing so, you will unlock the pivoting scale. Now, slide the scale to set the angle and after setting the angle lock the scale by rotating the knob clockwise. This feature will allow you to make a custom cut.

Step 08: Place The Baseplate On The Marked Area

On the front part of the circular saw, you will find a small indication mark or notch surrounded by two bold lines. The left line near the notch is the starting position which is labelled “0”. You need to position this labelled “0” line of the saw over the marked line or cut line.  

Step 09: Switch On The Saw

You will find a trigger or switch on the rare handle of the saw. Pull this trigger to turn the saw on. Immediately the blade will start spinning. Wait until the blade reaches its maximum speed.

For right-handed operation, you should put your left hand on the front handle while holding the rear handle with your right hand. However, you should do the opposite, if you are left-handed.

Step 10: Cutting

After the blade achieves full speed, you need to guide the saw slowly following the cut line. Use your both hand to cut more precisely. Make sure that the saw march forward naturally. Do not apply extra pressure on the saw to cut quickly.

Release the trigger to turn off the rotation of the blade after your cutting is done. Within a few seconds, the blade will stop moving. Now, unplug the saw and store it in a safe place.

Some Useful Tips

Useful Tips
  • Work in a dirt-free and properly lit area
  • Keep your children and pet away during the full process
  • Avoid  abusing the cord of the saw
  • Stay alert and use your common sense while operating the device
  • Do not overreach
  • Keep your blade sharp and cleaning

Final Words

A circular saw is a handy tool. And, you can apply this super cutter for different types of cutting tasks. So, you need to know the appropriate way to operate this power tool.

I believe this discussion about how to use a circular saw will help you to handle this amazing machine smoothly. Have a nice day!!

Vera Watson

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