circular saws

green band sawAre you worried about using a circular saw? Maybe it’s due to the fact that it cuts in a circular motion. It might be due to the fact it’s a power tool. In fact, you might just be uncomfortable about using tools in general. However, you shouldn’t worry at all about using a circular saw. Here are some safety tips for using the power tools:

1. Avoid having loose clothing, jewelry, hair

It’s important that clothing, jewelry, and clothing not be loose when operating circular saws as discussed over at The reason is that they could get caught in the saw, which could cause accidents. If you have long hair, make sure that it’s tied back. If you have sleeves, make sure you roll them up so they don’t get in the way. Ideally you should remove any jewelry when operating the circular saw. However, if you don’t do that then you should certainly avoid allowing any loose jewelry get in the way of the machine’s blades or other components. The main issue about such loose items is that they can cause problems if you’re careful, so it’s best to keep them out of the way.

2. Wear safety glasses/hearing protection

It’s important to use both types of safety equipment when using circular saws. They’ll help to protect your eyes and ears while operating the power tool. Keep in mind that by definition power tools are powered by electricity, gasoline, etc. Thus, there’s more debris produced and higher noise levels when they’re operated. The tools are able to do more work than manual tools, which is definitely a plus. However, it’s just as important for operators to protect themselves when they use such tools. That’s why they should use the right safety equipment.

3. Change the blade if it’s dull

In the case that the blade gets dull you should definitely replace it. The reason is that a dull blade can cause many problems. The most obvious one is that it will be more difficult to get a clean cut when you operate the circular saw, which can cause various safety hazards. It might seem that this only affects the functionality of the saw. However, it can also cause safety issues.

4. Make sure guard moves between open/closed position

It’s important that the guard can move freely between the open and closed positions. The reason is that it should be clear to the operator that the guard is definitely switched on or off. On the other hand, if there’s any question then it can cause a problem because the guard might only partially be in place. That’s certainly a case you should avoid because it can cause various safety problems of protecting the operator from the power of the saw.

5. Cut on a stable surface

It’s always important to do any cutting with a circular saw on a stable surface. This will help to make sure that the cutting itself is steady and proper. On the other hand, if the table is wobbly or cluttered it can cause safety issues. For example, the circular saw could be difficult to operate or the material could move around a lot during the cutting.

6. Set the saw’s depth to 1/8” thicker than the material

This might seem illogical at first. However, it will help to make sure that you get a clean cut while operating the saw. When the saw doesn’t make a clean cut it can cause some safety issues in terms of you needing to check the material, the material jumping up, and so on. You can avoid such problems by simply setting the saw’s depth a little thicker than the material you’re cutting.