Choosing A Power Saw
Power saws can be used for all sorts of projects, small or large. Power saws come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and power levels ensuring that you can always find the right saw for the project at hand. Some newer models even come with an infrared light that you follow as you cut making each cut as straight as can be. So, let's discuss some of the types of saws out there...
Common Power Saw Types
The most common type of power saw is the chainsaw, used to cut down timber. They work well if you need to trim your trees or cut them down for firewood. On draw back of chainsaws is that the cut is often ragged so there is a great deal of splintering.
Circular saws are used for a variety of home improvement projects. They are very versatile, so it is a great choice if you don't want to have to purchase several saws that you only use occasionally. Circular saws are powerful enough to cut through very thick wood. Make sure you choose one that has a high level of power and comes with the on/off location in an easy to reach location in the event you need to turn it off in a hurry.
A mitre saw is a type of circular saw that works well for crosscutting. It is used to cut at exact angles, dimensions, and lengths. For very detailed work, a scroll saw works great. These are both very common tools used in woodworking.
A saber saw works well to cut paneling and other thin, flexible materials. It is commonly referred to as a jigsaw. You want one that is sturdy and fits well in your hand. The quality of the saber saw isn't that important, but the quality of the blades you use in one is a very important issue that will impact your cuts.
A table saw is used for bigger jobs or long pieces of material. It consists of a table with the saw blade located in the center of the table. This is a great way to have a surface to hold the other end of the material.
A band saw is the best option when you need to cut something in the middle or away from the edge of a piece of material. The band saw has a small table with a very thin blade that comes down from the top. Clamp your material in place to line up with the bland and pull the top part of the band saw down. This is great for cutting out wall plugs and door knobs.
Smaller Power Saws
There are several very small power saws as well. The crosscut saw is used when it is necessary to cut across the grain. A rip saw operates similar to a circular saw but it is smaller. A keyhole saw is used to make curved cuts or to put round holes in paneling and dry wall.
Most saws are long lasting and durable. It is very important that you store them where the blade won't be a safety hazard. Make sure you unplug them after every use if you don't have a cordless saw. Since the last so long, it is important that you protect the blade. They can become rusty if you don't clean them after use. Never operate a saw with a rusty or bend blade. It is a potential safety hazard.
Saws are very powerful tools. You should always were safety glasses while operating any type of saw. You also need to use any guards that come with the saw for your own protection. Make sure you fully understand how to operate the particular saw you are using. Take some time to investigate the right saw to use for your particular project. Some saws are very versatile and can be used for many different things.