Tools And Products For DIY Home Improvement Projects

Your circular saw is probably one of the most impressive power tools in your workshop, so it’s worth knowing how to use it to its full potential. Oddly enough we’ve had a HF recip in our shop to offset all our cordless recips in the event you need to make long duration cuts and it’s going on somewhere around 6 years of pretty heavy use. When ready to cut, plug the saw into an electrical outlet, firmly hold the handle, align the blade near (not touching) the mark to be cut, press the safety switch, then press the trigger switch.

As a marketing professional, I have a special appreciation for B2B and B2C e-commerce sites that are well designed, easy to navigate and most importantly, a customer order process that works fast and efficiently.Ordering the saw was easy and it arrived much sooner than expected. The saw blades used are quite large in diameter and operate at low rotational speeds, and linear feeds.

I’m just going to throw in there that unless you build the whole thing out of free reclaimed wood from shipping pallets or something, the material cost (and your time, not that it matters on HaD) are going to cost WAY more than the $150 it costs to get a real table saw which probably won’t try to fly apart and kill you. A jig saw can cut 2x4s and other 2x boards with reasonable ease and straightness, and you can just use a rafter square or similar as a basic straightedge cutting guide.

Refer to our table below which will, at a glance, allow you to compare and contrast the various offering from Hitachi, Makita, Bosch and DeWalt. Injuries and ‘near-miss’ incidents associated with the use of battery saws are increasing. Use the wood wedge and push it into the trigger switch of the circular saw so the saw will run all the time. Failing to use the proper type and gauge of cord can shorten the life of the saw’s motor.

This should be considered an essential safety feature on any saw, and has two parts, the fixed guard over the top of the blade, and the floating guard, which rolls out of the way as the saw is pushed into the work piece. Strips, but if you have to cut narrow strips often, build the jig shown on p. 32. For this method, you must nail the board directly to the sawhorses with finish nails (Photo 1). Use 4d finish nails for 3/4-in. Remove the saw from the plunge cut and make another cut alongside the first cut line.

You cannot use metal-cutting blades with a wood-cutting circular saw, or at least that’s what I’ve read, due to the motor design and what-not. However, if you find yourself having to perform the occasional plunge cut on the job site, then a circular saw can ably tackle this for you, as long as the circular saw doesn’t have a riving knife, or the riving knife can be removed. If you use a guide hand keep it in front of the saw and off to the side, not in the path of the cut of course! But the problem with that is that the board is usually too thick to allow the saw motor to pass over it, or, the board is warped a bit.

To keep the saw blade as much in your control as possible, start the blade away from the wood and don’t make contact until the blade has reached full speed. Press the fence of the combination square snug against the board as you slide it along. There’s that old story about having used a shovel with a twisted handle for so many years, the farmer allowed as how he probably couldn’t use one that had a straight handle anymore. Flipping a low-cost circular saw upside down and attaching it to a table is old hat – we’ve seen plenty of examples of that before, including this recent post Where Seumas’s idea shines is in the integration of the fence and the table.

The most important thing is to check that the blade guard is in place and you have a guide to run the edge of the saw along. Guide the saw along the edge of the square, this step has two purposes, first if the saw goes out of line during the cut, the blade could bind and the saw could kick back at you. If the saw starts to labor, you should know it. That may be a sign of the blade binding and stalling.

WorkSafe does not warrant the information in this report is complete or up-to-date, and does not accept any liability to any person for the information in this report, or its use. That way, the saw’s base plate, or shoe, will be fully supported throughout the cut and you won’t have to hold up the weight of the saw as the severed piece drops away. Then put your guide board in place and lock it down and then remove the narrow board. Shop our selection of table saws, reciprocating saws, jig saws and circular saws. With the projects I have been doing I use the circular saw far more than the jig saw.