Are circular saws safe?
Any tool is safe if you know how to use it properly while using the correct protective equipment; however, some tools are safer than others. Some can cause less serious injuries and less frequently but this doesn’t mean the tool is safe. If you put any power tool in an idiots’ hands, you’re going to have a problem.
There are many things about a circular saw that make it more dangerous than other tools, for example it’s more likely to get kickback than a jigsaw. Their blades rotate faster, which means they can cause a lot more damage.
Statistically, circular saws cause 30% of all saw related injuries in Australia. That’s a lot of injuries, and although not all of them are serious; unfortunately, some of them are. Of course, that’s only Australia so the percentage in England will be a lot lower, but the fact can’t be disregarded.
How do I improve the safety of a circular saw?
There’s a few pointers to take on board that will make you use your saw safer and reducing the risk of injury. Firstly, you should always clamp down your workpiece. This allows you to keep both hands on the tool, so you’ll have a better grip and faster reaction of kickback does occur. You should also use a sawhorse so you’re working at an optimal height, which will offer the most control and comfort when using your saw. Lastly, always use safety protection. Don’t wear baggy clothing that can get caught in the tool, including gloves that are too big. Safety glasses are a must.