Miners understand the importance of having the right tools for the job, and that is as true for home improvement projects as their time spent at work. Many people unfamiliar with construction mistakenly think that one saw can go every task they may need, but that simply isn’t the case. Before you begin your next home improvement project, make sure you have the right saws available for the job ahead.
The best circular saw makes straight cuts with professional-quality results. The blades are specifically designed for wood, MDF, plywood, and other similar materials. This makes them handy when doing wood-based construction projects.
Circular saws can be used numerous ways. They can be directed freehand, used with a parallel guide fence, or mounted to create a table saw. The thickness of the blade dictates the thickness of the material that can be cut. Some circular saws even come with dust collection attachments to help limit the mess in your work area.
When using a circular saw, make sure the guard is working properly and always cut away from your body.
If you need to cut shapes and not just straight lines, then a jigsaw is an excellent choice. As the name suggests, the cutting capabilities allow you to cut a variety of paths, just like the edges of jigsaw puzzle pieces.
The blade is slim and somewhat flexible. It operates in a reciprocating manner, with cuts being created on each upstroke. The size of the blade dictates the thickness of the material that can be cut, and choosing models with adjustable soleplates allow you to cut beveled edges up to 45 degrees. Corded and cordless models are available, allowing you to choose the powering method that best meets your needs.
For heavier-duty jobs beyond the capabilities of a jigsaw, a reciprocating saw allows you to make rough cuts that require more power but also provides less accuracy. If you need to remove items like decking and fence posts, reciprocating saws can help speed the job along.
Unlike circular saws, reciprocating saws are also suitable for a wider range of materials. This includes wood, metals, and plastics. The saw features an oscillating motion, allowing cuts to be completed faster, but the end result will be less polished than some other options. That means a reciprocating saw should not be used for finish work or anything where a delicate touch or a high-level of accuracy is required.
Additionally, reciprocating saws are meant to be used with two hands. However, the design does make overhead and vertical cuts possible, making them a great selection for a project that begins with demolition of an existing structure.
It is important to recognize that using any saw is potentially dangerous. Eye protections and ear protection should be worn at all times, and cuts would always be made away from the body. Make sure clothing isn’t too loose so that it will not get caught up in the mechanisms. Always use included guards per the manufacturer’s instructions, and review any operating procedures and tips prior to your first use of a new tool.
When not in use, or when changing blades, always disconnect the saw from any power source. Only use compatible saw blades and never attempt to cut anything the saw was not designed to handle. There are many other safety tips that should be reviewed, so check the information provided in the included documentation provided by the manufacturer.…