Circular saw diamond blade cutting into wood.

For both your DIY projects and maintenance work at home, you’re going to need a circular saw with a sturdy diamond blade to do all that cutting. With proper saw use, you can finish your maintenance or DIY work more effectively and efficiently.

There are several tips and techniques for you to maximize circular saw use. Here’s what you should consider:

Set the Right Depth Before Cutting

It can be dangerous to set the blade too deep because more of it is exposed while you’re cutting. To prevent any accidents, first determine the blade depth by holding the unplugged saw alongside the board you’re going to cut. Retract the blade guard so you can see how deep you should cut.

Once that’s determined, begin cutting at the appropriate depth. Aside from safety, cutting at the right depth allows your blade to cut more efficiently.

Let the Cutoff Fall Freely

Saw cutting into wood.

When you’re cutting on one end of the board, make sure that the piece is free to fall off or move away. To avoid splintering, support the board that you’re cutting but don’t clamp or restrict the cutoff piece.

Support the Material Being Cut

If you’re going to crosscut plywood, make sure that there is sufficient support for the entire length of the board. Use sawhorses if necessary. This will prevent unnecessary splintering or tearing.

Don’t Cut Wood That’s Supported on Two Ends

If you do this, the board is sure to kick back because the board is going to bow downwards. The saw and board are going to buck which can make this dangerous.

Secure the Board for Rip Cutting

Although ripping is ideally done with the table saw, if you don’t have one, a circular saw will suffice with the right support. Keep the board in place by tacking the board down to your sawhorse while you rip cut with your circular saw.

Hold the Blade Guard for Angled Cuts

Some saws have blade guards that are retractable when you’re sawing at an angle. Once you’ve cut a few inches into the material, retract the guard so it can rest on the board.

Start Over If the Cut is Off Track

Straight cuts take time to master. If you find that your cut is off track, don’t hesitate to start over. With continuous practice, you can ensure that you’ll be cutting straight.

Cut Heavier Boards Without a Sawhorse

Circular saw on top of wood.

If you’re cutting heavy pieces of wood or cutting joists, it’s a good idea to cut them where they lie instead of using a sawhorse. Just rest the board on your toe and lean it on your shin. Mark where you’re going to cut and then begin cutting.

With these tips, you can make better use of your circular saw whenever you use it. For more information about saws and diamond blade use, check out!


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