Whether you are a pro-user or a beginner, safety should be your number one priority when working with sharp and powerful tools like a circular saw. No matter how high-end circular saw you are using, the fact that they operate so close to the hands and body makes it a real threat to you and the people working near you. The most people use mini circular saw for light-duty work such as cutting through peg, drywall, and particleboard but still you can’t take them lightly when it comes to safety.
According to many statistics, a circular saw is the most dangerous power tool in a woodworker’s workshop due to its debilitating injuries. So, to prevent any accidents and injuries, you must follow some safety tips while operating a circular saw.
How to Use Circular Saw- 5 Safety Rules
- Put on proper safety equipment before starting the saw.
As mentioned earlier, safety is paramount when working with tools like circular saws even if you are using a mini circular saw. Accidents can happen anytime, no matter how careful were you while using the tool.
So, you must follow the safety tips given below every time you use this saw.
- Safety glasses: to prevent your eyes from sawdust and debris
- Helmet: to prevent your head from accidentally falling off any material during cutting and flying debris
- Ear protection: chainsaws are loud machines that can damage your hearing if used for longer periods of time.
- leg chaps or long pants: to prevent your legs from accidental cuts and flying wood scraps
- Long sleeve shirt: to prevent your arms from any injuries while cutting
- Non-slip gloves: to get a good grip on the chainsaw and prevent any cuts from the blade and flying scraps.
- Steel-toed shoes: wood is a hard and heavy material, and these shoes will protect your feet from getting crushed or injured.
- Set the depth of the cut
Before operating and start cutting, set the cut’s depth in such a way that the blade is close to 1/4-inch underneath the base edge of the board. Having a 2-inch blade exposed underneath a cut on a 1/2 inches broad piece of plywood makes no sense. Not exclusively can the additional blade underneath the cut catch on something different underneath the cutting board; however, the angle of the blade when it will cut the wood will provide a precise cut if the cutting edge reaches the board more sharply. Making adjustments in your blade from exposing it less from the beneath makes it safer and provides you with more precision.
- Blade guards
Blade guards can sometimes seem unnecessary as they come in the way while cutting anymaterial. It sometimes cannot be adequately retracted from the material after it gets caught. So if you want to withdraw the guards manually to make your saw keep moving forward, then use the off-hand for reaching and grabbing the blade guard. After holding the guard, lift the handle for moving the saw forward. Try not to use anything to prop the blade into an open situation, because this will expose the blade.
- Saw blade
Before operating the circular saw, always make sure that the saw blade is sharp. A dull blade can be dangerous as it can lead to kickbacks and can bind to the material easily. A sharp blade will give you cleaner and fast cuts.
- How to safely cut with a saw
The safety tips of the circular saw also include how to cut safely with it. Many of the circular saws come with the blade placed on the right-hand side of the motor. Due to this feature, the right-handed user gets less visibility of the cut line, and to see it; the user has to lean over the saw.
In a worm drive saw, the blade is present at the left side of the saw’s body due to which you get clear visibility of the cut line as compared to the blade present at the right side. Before starting to cut, place the plywood board on a stable surface so that it gets secure in one place, and it does not bind with the blade while cutting. It is suggested to use larger sheets or boards to give proper support to the workpiece.
Also, circular saws are lightweight saws and can cut easily quickly through more than just wood material. Because of this feature, many users attempt to operate their circular saw to cut a board while holding it in the off-hand instead of supporting it on a lumber stack or sawhorse. This habit is hazardous as if the blade gets bind to the material, then the saw can be pushed back at you with a high speed rotating blade, and the board being cut may get flung, which can hit the operator or any onlookers.
Additionally, make sure to not use your circular saw for the tasks it is not designed for. Using your saw on unintended materials can be very harmful and can also damage your saw.