Category:Jig Saws

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Jig 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.

The jig saw is best used for cutting curves in relatively thin stock.



Personal Protective Equipment

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

Safe Operation

  • Securely fasten the workpiece so that it does not move during operation, and the saw does not cut through clamps or the work table during the cut
  • Rest shoe against material during the cut, and press firmly down against the saw
  • Keep both hands on the saw, and neither hand on or behind the workpiece
  • Use the appropriate blade for the cutting operation. Blade should be the correct type for the material being cut, should extend beyond the material cut at the saw’s shortest stroke, and have at least 3 teeth in the material at all times
  • Start saw before making contact with the material
  • Install blades by lifting the blade lock lever, fully inserting the blade, and lowering the blade lock lever. Test the new blade before a cut by pulling and pushing on it to make sure it is secure. Ensure the blade is correctly seated in the blade support roller
  • Set orbit adjustment (if feature is available) appropriately for the material and application. Soft woods cut with the highest orbit, hard woods and plastic with less, metal with none
  • Pre-drill or relieve corners to reduce stress on the blade and tool
  • Set the speed of the saw to be appropriate to the material, thickness, and rate of cut to prevent excessive vibration or blade wear

Common Maintenance Operations

  • Store the saw without a blade and with the safety on (if available)

Allowable Materials

  • Blade should be selected according to the material being cut. There are no material restrictions for the saw itself.

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