FAQ: best circular saw

The depth of cut is determined by the capacity of the blade. The bigger the blade, the deeper the cut. The most commonplace blade comes in at 7 ¼-inch diameter. You can get smaller blades as well. Even 6-inch blades will rip through 2 inches of timber with one pass.

The key difference is the positioning of the motor and the transfer of power to the gears then blade. With a sidewinder, the blade shaft and motor shaft are lined up. Worm drives have a spiral thread on the shaft at right-angles to the blade shaft.

You can but you will need a dedicated blade suitable for metal. Beyond this, it’s not recommended that you use the same saw to cut wood and metal.

A dado blade, also called a dado set, is a type of circular saw blade. It’s usually used with a radial arm saw or a table saw. These blades are used to cut grooves for your woodworking projects.

A rip cut is when you cut a piece of wood parallel to the grain. Cross-cuts, on the other hand, are cuts perpendicular to the grain. This tends to shear the fibers of the wood whereas a rip cut will lift up small splinters.

Kickback is a potential menace when using power saws. The wood becomes jammed in between the blade and the fence. It then catches on the teeth of the blade and can flick back toward you. An adjustable riving knife will move in harmony with the blade to reduce kickback.

No. You can get by perfectly well without one. If you want superior accuracy, though, a laser guide helps to cut straight with absolute ease.

They certainly are. If you are making this type of cut on a regular basis, there’s no excuse not to invest in a plunge saw. If, on the other hand, you will only plunge cut from time to time, a circular saw makes a good fist of a job. Be very careful when making plunge cuts. Safety should always come first.

No, it’s really rather simple. Watch out for models equipped with a shaft lock or spindle lock. This will simplify the process further. Take your time to choose a suitable blade and keep one in stock so you don’t get caught short.

If you want to cut multiple pieces of plywood to the same size, clamp them together and cut through the stack with a single pass. This is gang cutting and it’s a great time saver.

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