Circular Saws are power tools that help you cut through material quickly and accurately. They can either be corded or cordless depending on the type you choose. Corded tools are more powerful than the cordless variety. The best cordless circular saws are great for DIY enthusiasts and are powerful tools that are convenient and portable.
How to use a Circular saw to cut Straight?
In order to cut straight with your cordless or corded circular saw is simple if you follow the following steps. First you must set the depth of your cut. To do this you set the length the blade sticks out from the base of the saw. Always cut your material with the good side facing down. This way you will have a smooth top surface when done. Cutting tends to create splinters from the rotating teeth.
Align your saw with the line on the material. When preparing to cut you must bring the saw to full speed before you make contact with your material. You will then advance the circular saw smoothly along the line. Do not push too hard, if you do you may jam the blade. If it does jam, back your saw off slightly and then move it forward again at a slower rate.
If you are making and angled cut, you will adjust not only the depth of your cut but also the base of the saw should be changed to the desired pitch. One of the most difficult to perform in a straight line is crosscutting. When attempting this use a speed square or combination square to make sure you get a straight cut. Remember to wear your safety gear, plan your cut carefully and position your circular saw with care.
Circular saw basics
There are some basic principles to get your circular saw performing at its best and we go through them here. First make sure you have purchased not only a good blade but also a good saw. One of the factors that will affect the performance of your circular saw is which blade you choose. The thin-kerf, carbide tipped blades are great all-round blades that will not only cut quickly but stay sharp for a long time.
Before you start cutting with your saw make sure you have protection for your eyes. The most common injuries incurred from using a circular saw is eye injuries along with cuts, always were the best safety goggles you can get. Make sure that you have selected the right blade depth, by adjusting the length that the blade protrudes from your base or shoe. This will also limit the amount of kickback you get when cutting.
Try to always hold your circular saw with two hands. This is a powerful machine and controlling it is paramount to getting the cut you need. As long as the material you are using does not need to be held, use both hands on the saw. If you do this you will find that it is easier to make longer cuts easier. If you are cutting a piece of material that is not heavy enough to stop it from moving when cutting, clamp it down or nail it down in order to keep them in place while cutting.
How to use a Circular saw Without a Table?
If you do not have table on which to secure your material, you will have to clamp it down to hold it in place, it is never advisable to hold your material in one hand and use the saw with the other hand as this can lead to serious injury. Also if your material is not secured properly either on a table or between to sawhorses or by using a g-clamp you will not be able to make accurate straight cuts.
Circular saw kickback
Using the correct blade depth will minimize the amount of kickback you experience when using your circular saw. Kickbacks are caused by a few different things like incorrect depth, cut-offs not falling away from the saw, and blade binding. And even the best and most accomplished circular saw users experience it. By standing at the right angle, setting the correct depth and keeping your cut-off held securely you can prevent a lot of kickback.
Circular saw Safety
Circular saws are powerful tools with sharp cutting edges and taking the best safety precautions when using them is paramount. Being distracted or careless can lead to serious injury including amputation of fingers and toes, or damage to your eyes. Below are some basic safety precautions you should take when using your circular saw.
Wear personal protective equipment. These will include safety glasses, face shields and hearing protection such as ear plugs. Before you even turn your circular saw on make sure that the guards are in working order. Ensure they are clean and clear or debris and if they are not it can lead to kickback. Make sure that the blade of your circular saw is sharp, if they are blunt you will tend to try to force your blade through causing many issues such as blade binding and kickback.
If you are using a corded circular saw or any saw for that matter, keep all live wires and cords away from the cutting area. Make sure the lower blade guard goes back to its starting position before you put the saw down. Turn your saw off before trying to adjust or change its blade. Always make sure you are well positioned with a sturdy footing before you work with your circular saw.
Circular saws are designed for right handed operators so if you are left-handed you will need to be more careful when using the saw. Do not carry the saw with your finger on the trigger, force the saw when cutting and always check the material you will be cutting to make sure it does not contain any obstructions such as nails or screws.
There are certain basic techniques when using a circular saw whether it is corded or cordless, that will minimise the risk of injury and enable you to get the best and straightest cuts. The best cordless circular saws are easy to use and if you follow best practice principals no matter which one you use you will get the best out of it.