How to properly use a Circular Saw and prevent kick back
When using any kind or saw it is important to make sure that your safety is taken care of first. You must make sure that you have on a pair of safety goggles, a good pair of ear muffs and any protective gear that will protect you from injury or harm during the cutting process.
The circular saw is seen as one of the most difficult and dangerous wood cutting instruments on the market but if you follow this guide you will be cutting like a pro in no time.
First things first the blade guard is there for your protection. It can occasionally get in the way or have difficulty retracting when you are working with thin materials but it is important to keep the blade guard on at all times to protect you from the exposed blades of your circular saw. You also need to make sure that your saw blades are not dull as this can cause kick back.
When you start cutting with your circular saw you must make sure that the material you are cutting is secured onto a flat surface. You may use cut offs as a support structure to cut your sheets of wood. There are different types of guides that you can use with your circular saw. For longer cuts, it is advisable to use a straight edge guide. The combination square is great for short cuts and will help to align the blade and the cut line
Once you are done cutting you should release the trigger of the circular saw and wait until the blades have stopped rotating. Placing your saw down before the blades have stopped is dangerous because the spinning blade can put the power cord or even cause serious harm to the operator.