The circular saw is one of the most popular tools among DIY craftsmen and professional carpenters. These versatile power tools allow you to cut wood quickly and easily. They can cut precise straight lines across sheet materials, chop lumber, and trim doors and floors, leaving smooth, finished edges. At first, glance, using a track saw may seem confusing, but with a few simple tips, you can safely and effectively use your new tool for a variety of woodworking projects. Try using a track saw now.
What kind of material can you cut?
The first thing you should keep in mind is that track saws, also called plunge-cut saws, are designed to cut wood-based materials such as plywood, lumber, trim, and melamine. Never try to use your tool to cut non-wood materials such as ceramics, steel, or aluminum. Doing so can damage the saw and endanger the operator’s safety.
The next step is to select the correct cutting blade. Since the blade will cut into your workpiece, you need to make sure it is suitable for the job. For general use, a 14-tooth blade is fine, but a 48-tooth blade is ideal for working with melamine and plywood and for achieving a more finished, smoother edge.
Adjust the depth of cut
Then set the depth of cut for your blade. This will determine how deep the blade cuts. Some manufacturers suggest avoiding cutting wood that is less than 1/8 inch deep. But the most important thing to keep in mind is that the depth should not be so deep that it interferes with accuracy, but it should be deep enough to eliminate the risk of blade damage and kickback.
One of the main advantages of using a track saw is that a guide rail can be used with it. The guide rail allows perfect straight cuts along long sheet materials such as plywood, doors and melamine. It attaches to your workpiece with strips or F-clamps, allowing the saw to move smoothly along the cut line.
Another advantage of the track saw is that they can also do plunge work. This allows you to position the blade over any area of the workpiece, even in the middle, and plunge right into it. Before making plunge cuts, keep in mind that, unlike straight cuts, you will not see the cut path. This means that if you want to be safe, you must make sure that there are no obstacles in your cutting path before driving the blade into the material.
Running your tool
Track saws require you to engage both the descent and the power trigger. First, you will press the release button, which pushes the blade out of the tool body. Then simply pull the trigger to activate the engine before releasing the unlock button. By pressing both switches, you will successfully turn on your saw and be ready to begin your cutting project.
Let your blade reach the speed you want
After your tool is activated, do not insert it into the workpiece. Operating at the wrong speed can damage your workpiece and cause safety risks such as kickback. Instead, pull the trigger and let the blade reach its ideal speed before cutting. A blade that spins at the correct speed will cut faster, cleaner, and more accurately.