Use powerful circular saws for straight cuts may seem challenging on your DIY projects but these simple tools are easy to use once you know the basics. This guide will teach you how to safely use a circular saw so that when making crosscuts and rip cuts you can be confident and comfortable.
The Makita DHS660 Brushless Circular Saw has an indication lamp for Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT). If high torque a green is light on, high speed the lights out and overload alert the light blinks green.
Knowing its parts makes learning how to use a circular saw easier.
Handle and power trigger – While holding the handle to push the saw forward, squeeze the trigger to start the blade; release it to stop sawing.
Trigger lock switch – This safety feature prevents the saw from being turned on if the trigger is accidentally squeezed. Deactivate it with your thumb and simultaneously pull the trigger to start the motor.
Front grip – This secondary handle is for your other hand to help guide the saw along its cutting line.
Blade guard – A retractable guard covers the circular saw blade when it isn’t operating. When the saw is lined up and ready to cut, the guard is lifted using a tab on its side.
Shoe – Sometimes called the base of the saw, this is the metal rectangle that rests on top of the material being cut.
Bevel adjustment knob – Loosen to adjust the angle between the shoe and the saw blade.
Depth lock knob – Loosen this knob to adjust and set the blade depth.
Power source – Depending on the model, this could be a removable battery on cordless models or a power cord connected to an outlet.
Beginners can easily learn how to use a circular saw and safely control it to achieve successful results. Like any power tool, however, it can be dangerous if not used properly. Read more about circular saw safety in Step 5.
- Measure and mark the cut line.
- Clamp the material firmly to a workstation.
- Attach the appropriate blade to the saw.
- Confirm the bevel angle.
- Rest the saw shoe on the edge of the material and near the cutting line.
- Lift the blade guard.
- With the blade next to but not touching the workpiece, press the lock switch and pull the trigger to get the saw to full speed.
- Keep the shoe firmly on the surface and ease the saw forward to the cutting line while keeping the trigger engaged.
- Let the saw do its work. Pushing with too much force can strain the motor.