How to get the most out of your circular saw?

Circular saws are the power saws that use either a toothed or abrasive disc to chop a variety of material. Circular saws are mostly used in the sawmills and were first introduced in the early eighteenth century. These saws are widely used as cutting tools for materials such as wood, metal, masonry, and plastic. They can be used as hand-held devices and can be mounted to a machine for heavy duty tasks. Circular saws are best suited for home improvement projects and a must-have tool for all carpenters.

In woodworking projects, circular saws are the preferred handheld devices. Circular saws can produce a wide variety of cuts from rip-cuts, cross-cuts, or a mix of both. Electricity powers most of the circular saws but gasoline or hydraulic powered circular saws are as commonplace as electric ones. Depending upon project requirements, DIYers shuffle between gasoline-powered and electric circular saws.

As a professional or amateur, one would continuously look for ways to maximize productivity through the efficient use of tools at disposal. When coupled with the right blade, a circular saw can work wonders and cut lumber, roofing metal and masonry with effortless ease.

Saw Types:  Worm drive and sidewinder are the two significant saw designs available in both corded as well as cordless variants. Beveling capacity, depth control, and laser lines are some of the features you might need to pay attention to while choosing the circular saw for your project. For angled cuts, you need to tilt the base for efficient and precision cutting. Depth control is mostly a function of blade diameter.

Worm Drive Saw
Side Winder Saw

Quick tips for making smooth cuts using circular saws:

a) First and foremost, do not get overboard with aggression and push the circular saw into the work.

b) Use a straight edge clamp to guide the saw for precision cutting.

c) Always use masking tape on the cut line to minimize splintering as the circular saw makes its way into wooden materials.

d) For smoother cuts, choose the blade with more teeth.

e) For deck rails and boards, smooth angle cuts are recommended.

f) For baseboards and fascia, choose right-angle bevel cuts.

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