How to Use a Circular Saw

Do you know how dangerous a power tool could be? It could kill you if you handle it incorrectly. Yes, you heard it right! And, if you search for the list of most dangerous power tools then you will find the circular saw on the top part of the list. The 120 mph spinning tool can destroy your hands with its brutal kickback.

But, it doesn’t mean that we have to leave using this dominant cutter. It’s a super handy device that can be utilized in any small, medium, or large projects.

The secret is if you know how to use a circular saw properly and stick to some basic rules, you will never be harmed by this ripper.

Guess what? In this article, I will help you to learn using a circular saw.

How to Use a Circular Saw: Thoroughly Explained

You could have the best circular saw of the marketplace, but if you don’t know the proper usage of them, then it will bring no benefit for you. Rather, it can create many troubles for you if you try to use it without proper knowledge. So, let’s understand how it works…

Step 01: Know your Cutter

Knowing your weapon before jumping into the battlefield is a good practice and that’s why; you should know each and every part of your circular saw.

There are many kinds of circular saws available in the market; the basic functionalities of all models are almost identical. All you need to do is to know the name and purpose of different parts of the circular saw. You can better understand these things by having a glance at the instruction manual that comes with the device.

Always remember, you have to operate the saw with both hands. Otherwise, you may face serious issue handling the ruthless device

Step 02: Determining blade size


The blade is the most important part of a circular saw. Choosing the most suitable blade for an object ensures smooth cutting. Moreover, there is a lesser chance of blade drift if you get a fine blade with appropriate thickness.

In the marketplace, you will find 3 different sizes of blades. If you want to cut thin and small lumber, you should apply a 17 cm blade.

However, for the industrial cutting job, use a 25 cm wide blade and a 19.4 cm blade is perfect for ripping average-sized plywood or wood board. 

In short, you need to determine the blade size according to the size of your workpiece.

Step 03: Safety first

As we all know circular saw can be pretty dangerous. So, as a beginner, you need to be very cautious while operating this power tool.

Needless to say, you must wear hand gloves, face mask, ear protector, and eye-protective glass before starting your cutting process. Also, wear loose-fit cloth for free movement while cutting.  

Moreover, if you are using a corded circular saw, make sure that you don’t mess up with the electricity-related issue.

Remember, proper protection will boost your confidence and help to make your cut more precise.

Step 04: Prepare the workpiece

This step will play a vital role in setting a perfect cutting environment.

After selecting the blade size according to the depth of the wood, you have to place the workpiece properly on the saw table. Make sure that the table is not rough and nothing remains underneath it.

One thing I would like to warn you that never set the wood piece on the floor. It can damage the saw, floor, and even your hands. By the way, it is also a good practice to place the wood between two sawhorses.

After placing the workpiece properly, you need to measure and mark the cutting area of the wood with measuring tape and pencil. To make the cut line straight, you can use a long and straight scale. Moreover, you need to draw the line clearly so that you can follow it precisely.

Step 05: Adjust the cutter setting


Now, it’s time to set the circular saw settings so that you can cut conveniently. First of all, use the central lever to fix the depth of the blade. To do that, pull out the shoe lever of the saw to let the baseplate move smoothly.

After that, bring the baseplate of the cutter beside the wood piece & tilt the cutting blade until it goes beneath the workpiece.

Remember, the blade should not go more than 0.64 cm below the wood. If you insert the blade further inside, it can create friction problems while cutting.

Again, if you wish to make a bevelled cut, you can also adjust the saw setting for that.  This knob is situated on the front part of your saw.  Just turn the knob of the pivoting scale, slide the scale for setting the angle, and after getting your desired setting, lock the knob by rotating it clockwise.

Step 06: Start cutting

Before turning the saw on, place the baseplate on the previously drawn mark. Place the “0” labelled indicator notch line of the saw on the cut line. After that, press the trigger/switch to turn the saw on. Wait 10-20 seconds until the saw gets its maximum speed.

After the saw reaches its full speed, guide the cutter steadily towards the cut line. Ensure that the cutter marches forward at a natural speed. I mean, don’t provide extra pressure on the circular saw to cut rapidly.

Finally, turn off the saw when your cutting is complete. Unplug the circular saw and store it in a secure place.

Final Thought

Here, I have explained how to use a circular saw. Now, it’s your turn to reflect upon my instruction and learn this new skill. Don’t worry, you will master this art very soon if you use this device 3-4 times using my guide. Best wishes for your next DIY project.