- Wear approved safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves & Ear Protection)
- Start cut with blade away from material
- Cut in straight line to avoid kickback
- Anticipate completing cut
- Locate cordset before, during and after making cut
- Use two hands when using the saw
- Check surrounding area is safe from flying debris
- Keep bystanders clear of the work area
- Keep the work area clear & uncluttered
- Unplug tool when making any adjustments
eg: changing blades
- Cycle lower guard/never fix guard in open position
- Wide side of shoe on material
- Clamp the work wherever possible
- Use a circular saw for its intended use
- Use accessories designed for circular saws
- Remove or fix back the safety guard
How to Choose a Circular Saw
1. What size Circular Saw do you need?
You need to first establish the largest size of material you will be
working with as the larger the blade diameter, the larger it's cutting
widths & depths.
Blade size range from 160mm to 235mm
General DIY – 185mm
Construction – 185mm to 235mm
2. How much power do you need?
Typically larger blades are associated with higher powered motors.
The higher the power, the more efficiently it will handle tougher
materials. More powerful motors will add additional weight.
950w to 1650w - Soft to medium timbers
1650w to 2400w – Medium to hard timbers
3. What are some common key features to look for?
Usage tips for circular saws
- Weight and balance
- Comfortable handles & grips
- Size of retracting guard lever
- Easy access to adjustments
- Spindle lock
- Laser guide generator
Care & maintenance tips
- Never start the saw with the blade touching the material.
- Always use both hands to grip and hold the saw
- Never force the blade through the material. Allow the blade to do the work.
- Ensure the work is secure from movement
- Support long lengths of material.
- Continue the blade all the way through the cut before switching the motor off.
Circular saw safety
- Regularly check blade for missing or damaged teeth.
- Check and clear any build up of debris within the guard.
- Check and tighten any loose nuts or bolts.
- Check condition of electrical cord .
- Avoid loose wearing clothing and jewellery.
- Ensure the work piece is secure before cutting.
- Never remove or fix back the safety return guard.
- Only use accessories designed for circular saws.
- Wear safety gear applicable to the application.