It could seem overwhelming to use a circular saw for straight cuts on your DIY designs. But once you know the basics, these simple tools are easy to use. This guide will show you how to securely use a circular saw. So that when making straight cuts, crosscuts, and rip cuts, you can be confident and relaxed.
A DHS660Z circular saw is a utilitarian workhorse and helpful addition to DIYers’ toolkits. Its most common purpose is to make cuts on pieces of lumber in a straight line. Knowing the sections makes it easy to use a circular saw.
Fundamentals of Circular Saw:
- Handle and power button: grip the trigger to start the blade while holding the handle to drive the saw forward; release it to avoid sawing.
- Trigger lock switch: When the trigger is unintentionally squeezed, this safety feature prevents the saw from being switched on. Disable it with your thumb and pull the lever simultaneously to start the engine.
- Front grip: To help direct the saw along its cutting line, this secondary handle is for your other hand.
- Blade shield: When it is not working, a retractable guard protects the circular saw blade. The guard is lifted using a tab on its side when the saw is lined up and ready to cut.
- Shoe: Often referred to as the saw’s base, this is the rectangle of metal that lies on top of the cut material.
How To Use a Circular Saw
To achieve good outcomes, beginners can easily learn how to cut with a circular saw and safely handle it. However, like any power tool, if not used properly, it can be hazardous.
- Measure the cut line and mark.
- Firmly clamp the content to a workstation.
- Connect a suitable blade to the saw.
- Click the lock button and pull the trigger to bring the saw to full tilt, with the blade parallel to but not hitting the workpiece.
- Hold the shoe firmly on the board, and while holding the trigger engaged, ease the saw forward to the cutting line.
How to Cut Straight with a Circular Saw
On a piece of wood, there are two types of straight cuts that a circular saw can make.
- A crosscut is a cut against the grain of the wood, such as a length of board to size when trimming.
- A rip cut goes with the wood grain and is generally a longer cut. For example, the term “ripping” could also describe trimming a standard piece of plywood 4-feet x 8-feet to 3-feet x 7-feet in size.
Protection from Circular Saw:
The most significant component of learning how to use a circular saw is safe operation. It is simple to use these power tools, but caution should be taken to avoid serious injury.
- While it is cutting, never push the saw. Enable it to cut at a pace of its own.
- On the cutting board, keep the circular saw shoe firmly fixed flat.
- Before raising the saw from a slash, wait for the blade to fully stop.
- To shield the eyes from dust or airborne particles, wear protective glasses, use adequate ear protection to dampen the noise, and a dust mask to prevent sawdust inhalation.
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