Top 10 Circular Saw Tips archive

Friday 29 August 2008

Alan Holtham says safety is the watchword for success with this useful workshop machine

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1. LOCK SOLID

Always make sure that the riving knife is in place and locked securely, with the correct amount of clearance from the blade

2. POWER OFF

Remove the plug to isolate mains saws from the power supply before making any adjustments. With cordless tools remove the battery

3. LOOK SHARP

Make sure the blade is sharp and clean, and fitted so that it rotates in the correct direction

4. AVOIDING RAGGING

The cut will always rag on the top face of the board, particularly when crosscutting veneered panels, so always cut with the good side underneath. If you need a clean cut on both sides, scribe along the cut line with a craft knife. Alternatively, stick a strip of duct tape along the top line before cutting

5. NO FORCING

Do not force the saw, particularly on deep cuts, and always use both hands to maximise control and stability

6. BLADE DEPTH

For maximum safety, set the blade depth so that it protrudes no more than about 6mm (1/4in) below the cut

7. UP TO SPEED

Keep the blade clear of the work as you switch on and allow it to reach full speed before starting the cut

8. ON GUARD

The guard will often snag on bevel cuts so lift it clear, using the lug provided, as you start the cut

9. SUPPORT

Wherever possible, cut with the largest area of the saw base supported on the workpiece rather than on the offcut

10. KNOT WORK

Check the cut line is clear of loose knots that can be thrown back at you by the revolving blade. Always wear safety glasses for this reason


David Preece

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"Keep the blade clear of the work as you switch on and allow it to reach full speed before starting the cut"