This is the content required for an introduction to our handheld circular saws - reading this does NOT replace the mandatory session with a tutor! It will make it a lot quicker though ;-)
If you need this introduction, please reach out to the following tutors: Patrick, Lukas, Martin, Keno, Johannes, Luzian, Utis
Let's begin! First off, make sure you have read the machine's manual:
(a dust mask could also be necessary depending on your material)
|sharp and rotating exposed blade - will keep spinning for a bit after turning the power off!
- keep the saw secure after your cut until is has come to a complete stop
- make sure the cutting path is free of obstacles (except your workpiece of course)
|kickback: if the blade binds with the material it can push the saw back towards the user - this usually happens when the blade is pinched or the saw is started while already touching the wood (see video)
- let the saw start before the blade touches the workpiece
- plunge saw (Festool TS 75):
- when doing a plunge cut, make sure the rail/workpiece can't move sideways. This could cause the blade to bind and kickback.
- attach the endstop to the rail to reduce the chance of kickback
- use an appropriately sized riving knife (DE: Spaltkeil) for the blade you're using
|sawdust and small splinters can fly towards the operator and others
- hook up a shop vac, taking care that the hose can move freely when you push the saw
- wear goggles
- dust mask: depending on the material you're cutting
Whenever you are cutting larger pieces, get a helper who can hold your cutoff so it doesn't fall down!
The tutor will show you these steps in detail:
Festool TS 75:
- change cutting angle
- change cutting depth