Properly use a hand saw, jigsaw, circular saw, and chainsaw

With the necessary basic knowledge, using a hand, chain or jigsaw will be child’s play, to be carried out safely. We explain how to hold the different types of saws in your hand and how to make a perfect cut – each saw needs a different technique. More about saws here

By respecting a few simple basic rules you will reduce the risk of injury. Don’t forget to stay focused on the work you are doing and wear safety clothing. Specific gloves also reduce the risk of injury when in contact with the blade. Protective goggles prevent dust and a few small chips from getting into the eyes. When you work with noisy tools such as a circular or chain saw, we also recommend the use of special hearing protection devices.

1. Handsaw – Step 1: How to properly hold a saw

When buying a saw we advise you to pay attention to the handle, which must be comfortable to hold. When working with the saw, remember not to bend your wrist, to avoid getting tired too quickly.

2. Handsaw – Step 2: How to Cut Safely

To achieve perfect results it is recommended to use the full length of the blade and start sawing with very light pressure. After a few moments you can press harder. Use the force for the forward thrust movement and relax your wrist during the reverse movement. To prevent the saw from getting stuck, you can use a key or screwdriver.

3. Jigsaw – Step 1: How to position the jigsaw

To work with the dogfish it is of fundamental importance to correctly position the wooden board to be cut. The blade must be able to work and move freely. This means that it is necessary to remove pit and various tools from the work area. In order to make a precise cut, the piece to be cut must be carefully fixed with clamps as the vibrations produced by the jigsaw could also compromise the cut.

For the execution of shaped cuts it is advisable to first make holes: start by making a hole in the internal part of the table, with a diameter at least equal to that of the blade; at this point you can insert the blade, with the tool in off mode, and start cutting from there.

4. Jigsaw – Step 2: How to properly handle the jigsaw

The jigsaw must be positioned perpendicular to the object to be cut out. Do not press too hard while working, but guide the saw in the direction of the cut. Do not twist the blade sideways to avoid bending or overheating or the cut being crooked. To make curved cuts or to change the cutting direction, rotate the back of the jigsaw but avoid pressing sideways on the tool.

5. Circular saw with guide

With a specific guide made to a manual circular saw you can make perfect cuts to the millimeter. Make sure that the guide protrudes slightly from both ends. Position the unlit saw so that it is not in contact with the object to be cut. Turn on the chainsaw and wait until it has reached the maximum number of revolutions. Move the saw carefully forward and proceed with the cut.

A guide facilitates the work.

6. Chainsaw – Phase 1: Preparation

Before starting to work with the saw, impregnate it with a mixture of oil and petrol. Read the instructions of the power saw to prevent the motor from being damaged. Check the chain tension and increase the tension if the chain is too loose. Check the condition of the chain: if it is ticked it must be sharpened or replaced. Put on safety clothing before you start sawing.

Engage the saw brake. In case the saw is cold, pull the choke. For a safe start place the saw on the ground, grab the handle and pull the string. As soon as the engine starts, lift the saw and release the brake.

7. Chainsaw – Step 2: Safe Use

The chainsaw must be used with two hands and it is important that the thumbs are placed securely on the handle. If possible, lean the base against your thigh. Always observe the safety distance, acquire a stable and safe position so as not to lose your balance. It is recommended to always work with the saw at maximum speed. 

8. Chainsaw – Step 3: Make perfect cuts

Before starting to saw it is advisable to “shred” the object in question. To do this, cut a groove in the object using the underside of the saw tip. To proceed with this work do not use the upper part of the tip to prevent the chain from bouncing!

Always use the underside of the blade. This process is simpler and safer. If it is impossible to avoid cuts with the upper part of the saw, place the base on the thigh and press into the piece of wood.

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