How Does a Circular Saw Work

Last Updated on September 20, 2020

A Circular saw is the tool that can turn your tough task into an easier task. No doubt that in the present time the circular saw is being used in a wide range and I am sure that you would love to work with a circular saw.

But before getting started with a circular saw, you need to have a clear idea about it and its working criteria.

In this article, I am going to describe how does a circular saw work. If you are going to deal with a circular saw, then you should go through this article.

In the first part, I would like to introduce you to the parts of the circular and its feature.

Part-1 :

Base plate: The Baseplate is a piece of metal. It is connected to the leading edge of your circular saw. The base plate is located on the opposite of the handle and perpendicular to the blade. As this is a circular saw, most of the measurements are in a circular motion. The Baseplate can be adjusted anywhere from 45 to 90 degrees.

Blade: The most important part of a circular saw is the blade. All the circular saw comes with a sharp blade. The standard size of a blade is 7ΒΌ inches although smaller and larger blade exists. You can set the depth of the blades up to 0.3 inches in depth. The blade can be installed at the rear of the motor.

Blade guard: Blade guard is another important part of your circular saw that cares about your safety. You should not use a circular saw without a blade guard. Generally, a blade guard has two parts: The fixed guard and the floating guard.

The fixed guard is located on the above of the blade and it can’t be removed. On the other hand, the floating guard can be removed when you will be moving your blade into the place.

Ripping fence: Almost all the circular saw offers a ripping face except some exceptional. The ripping cut is used for guiding the blade while cutting wooden material. The ripping fence allows you to have straight and smooth cuts only, not the angled ones.

Dust Ejector: The Dust protector does not come with all circular saws. It is available with some of them. Dust ejector is the part that cleans all the debris of wood from your face while spinning.


Support your Materials: If you are going to cut down a wooden plank with your circular saw, then you can’t cut it by just holding it with your hand. You should place it on a surface that is stable such as a saw table or a sawhorse.

Mark your Materials: Before starting the cutting process, it is better to mark the areas on your plank of wood using pencil, pen or measuring tape. It will help you in order to achieve your expected accuracy.

Set the depth: While setting the depth, always keep it in mind that you should not set the depth too much. For example, Suppose you have a wooden plank with 30 mm thickness, then set your circular saw at 25 mm. This trick will help you to have better accuracy.

Checking the saw guard: Ensure that the saw blade is working properly. Whenever you will be starting the cutting process, it should be pushed up. The saw guard is used for safety purposes.

Get started with cutting: Set the base plate as per the marks that you have made earlier with a pencil or pen. Pay attention to the guide and be natural in your position.


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