Power Tools: Finding the Right Saw
power tools, saws, circular saw, jigsaw, miter saw, reciprocating saw April 20, 2010
This is Chris Matt, Managing Editor of Print & E-Media, with Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today's tip is understanding new-generation saw technology.
Saws are among the most versatile and popular power tools in the arsenal of front-line maintenance workers. Here are examples of the most recent advances in saw technology:
Higher-end jigsaws have orbital action and an adjusting knob that turns the blade for a better sawing angle without having to turn the entire saw.
Tasks involving reciprocating saws — teardowns, for example — often require workers to cut different materials in the same cut and in close quarters. Reciprocating saws have variable-speed drives users can adjust up to 3,000 strokes per minute to give just the right speed for the material they are cutting.
The new generation of circular saws features: improved ergonomic handles for firmer grip with less effort; laser-cut mark alignment; and arbor locks for easier blade changes.
Miter saws have new ergonomic features, such as: speeds of more than 5,000 rpm and table extenders for better material support.
Concrete chainsaws and blade saws have diamond-tooth tips that cut through abrasive material quickly. They can make plunge cuts and curve cuts, either wet or dry.