Category:Circular Saws

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Circular Saws

A tool species is a logical grouping of tools based on similarity of function, use, and safety.

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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required

Safe Operation

  • Set saw blade depth to 1⁄2” below the workpiece by loosening the shoe tilt lock, tilting the shoe until the saw is in position, and tightening the shoe tilt lock
  • Set saw blade bevel to the desired bevel by loosening the shoe bevel lock, tilting the shoe until the shoe is in position, and tightening the shoe bevel lock
  • Ensure the workpiece is well supported and clamped to a work table. Make sure the saw is well clear of cutting into any clamps, supports, or table tops before starting the cut
  • Position work so that waste material is to the operator’s right
  • Turn on the saw by depressing the safety, then squeezing the trigger. Ensure the saw is not in contact with the work before starting the blade
  • ALWAYS use two hands to control the saw during a cut

Common Maintenance Operations

  • To change the saw blade, remove battery and remove the nut and bolt assembly with the appropriate wrenches. Change the blade, replace the nut and bolt assembly, and turn it until snug

Allowable Materials

  • Material restrictions dependent on the blade used, and the shop in which the saw is used.

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