Potential Circular Saw Safety Mistakes
It is statistically shown that more severe, debilitating injuries occur from the table saw than any other woodworking machine or power tool. When it comes to handheld woodworking power tools, the circular saw may take that crown as the most dangerous.
While using a circular saw always remember to wear the safety equipment. Never forget things like
- Wearing a dust mask.
- Using hearing protection.
- Wearing safety glasses.
- Avoid loose-fitting clothing.
- Don’t wear any kind of jewellery.
- Don’t let your hair stay loose.
These common safety protections will reduce the chances of accidents. Don’t take them too lightly. They sound silly, but one of the most major facts of the circular saw safety guard.
1) You’re Placing the Saw Upright, Not on It’s Side
If put down incorrectly, the user could get injured. Do not put the saw down before it has stopped moving. Place the saw on its side, and you’ll avoid this problem entirely.
2) When Carrying the Saw, Your Finger Is on the Trigger
I feel like this one is obvious once you think about it, but not something we ever stop and actually think about. If your finger is on the trigger and you trip and fall, you might press the trigger and start the saw, which would probably have bad consequences. Find another way to carry your saw.
3) You’re Supporting Your Piece on Both Sides
This seems like a good idea. If your piece is supported and clamped on both sides, then nothing will fall to the floor when you’re done cutting. I suppose that logic is technically correct, but you’ll rarely be able to finish cutting without encountering kickback. The two pieces sag toward the middle as you finish the cut, pinching the blade and causing kickback.
4) You’re Standing Directly Behind Your Saw/Cut
If kickback occurs, the saw will fly right into you. Stand a little to the left or right, therefore if kickback occurs, you wont be directly hit by the saw.
5) You’re Cutting with Dull Blades
This increases the likelihood of kickback. Enough said.
6) You’re Setting the Saw Depth Too Deep
This is bad for a couple reasons: A) The more saw that needs to go through the wood, the harder the saw has to work. The harder the saw has to work, the more likely it is to kickback. Keeping the saw at the appropriate depth therefore reduces kickback. B) The deeper the saw, the more the blade will be exposed. This increases the likelihood that it will come in contact with a human appendage.
The appropriate saw depth is 1/4″ more than the piece you’re cutting. Any deeper, and you’re setting is too deep!
7) You’re Wearing Gloves
Yes, wood has splinters, and gloves seem like a good idea. But they increase the risk of your hands getting caught in the saw, so they are a big no-no when operating any power tool.
I hope there was at least one thing on this list you learned about operating a circular saw, and the circular saw safety mistakes people commonly make. If so, make sure to subscribe to my email list; I plan to do a whole sequence of posts for all sorts of power tools, so make sure you don’t miss out!
- Always remember to wait for the circular saw blade to stop. When it stops completely, only then you can do whatever you want to do with it.
- Never forget to check the whole set of the circular saw you’re going to use for cutting any element. Make sure that all of its parts are working properly.
- Don’t forget to check the material you’re going to cut. Check carefully if there’s any screws or nails already on the material. If so, remove them before starting to cut.
- Keep the blade always safe by leaving the blade guard to pivot.
- Don’t act over smart. Keep maintaining a perfect balance of your full body and also on the cutting board.
- Use both hands while cutting with a circular saw so that you get more comfort and stability.
- Always remember to consult the new manual whenever you’re going to replace the saw equipment.
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