How to Work Safely with a Saw as a Beginner?

Safety is First. Whenever you go or whatever you do, don’t forget the safety measures. We often forget to consider the most important part when buying a product.

How safe the product is for you? and What are the precautions you should take before using it? These questions should be vexed twice when the task is related to sharp tools like saws.

how to work safely with a saw

Saws can cut anything, and this “ANYTHING” includes your body parts also. So, before you head into the work with a saw, go through this safety guide and make sure you are well equipped with the safety materials. Let’s get started.

1. Use Proper Safety Equipment

  • Protective Eye Glasses
  • Hearing Protection
  • Face shields
  • Gloves

Before you start cutting with a saw, wear the above-mentioned safety equipment. A pair of eye protective glasses will protect your eyes from getting hit by any objects coming out of the machine.

Though in most cases, you can proceed without hearing protection, placing it in place will reduce the annoyance made from the constant noise coming out of the saw.

When you pick gloves, pick one of the best quality. A pair of gloves can prevent the saw from cutting your fingers into pieces. As you are well aware of the safety equipment now and can go for the next step, you should know the procedural tips to work safely with a saw.

2. Be Confident When You Work

Whenever you are making your mind to cut a thing using a saw, be confident about what you are doing. If in any position you are not feeling confident or hesitate to decide the proper way to make the cut, Stop there.

There are many ways of cutting a thing and proceeding without confidence can make you vulnerable to accidents.

3. Do not place Your Hand in the Saw Line

Most of the injuries out of the saw occurs when people place their hand in the cutting line.

So, before starting a cut, imagine the way of the cut. On which way you are cutting and where will be your hand on the way. Don’t proceed without thinking about the cutting line and the atmosphere.

4. Pick the Right Blade

This is a common mistake 90 percent of the amateur saw guy does. Cutting almost everything with the default cutting blade.

You can pick a general-purpose saw blade for the simplest of works but there are other types also. A combination blade, 40 teeth, or 80 teeth blade, all serves different purposes, and not going with the right blade increases the risk of kickbacks.

5. Take Precaution For Kickbacks

When you are using a table saw, kickback is the most dangerous thing that can happen to you. Though most of the modern table saws have protective teeth or a riving knife to hold the wood when it tries to kickback. But you should be cautious about your safety.

The best practice is not to stand on the line of kickback. Generally, the kickback happens on the opposite of the side you are holding.

Suppose, you are holding the wood in your right hand pressing it towards the saw by the left. If the wood kickback, it will kickback from the left-hand side as your holding pressure is on the right side of the wood.

Adding to that, a properly measured table saw stand should help you minimize the risk of getting hit by a kickback.

6. Use Gripper When Possible

When you are working on a table saw or a band saw, you can use a gripper to cut the wood or board.

Using the gripper certainly reduces the risk of cutting your hands by the saw. The sawing grippers have handles and a straight grip for holding the object to be cut.

Some of the modern grippers have a flexible grip which allows you to make a precise cut holding the wood pallet with the gripper.

If the gripper is not available, you can buy a push stick or even can make one for you with the hand saw.

Don’t push the wood towards the saw with bare hands, Never ever!

7. Organize The Small Working Particles

When working with any type of saw, it is mandatory to have an organizer for small particles. Not doing so can mess things up around the setup.

Small cut pieces randomly scattered on the floor increase the risk of making your legs injured. Stepping on those can be hazardous, I am sayin’ it.


Before the closing words, I would recommend you to learn before you do anything.

Going without knowledge can cost you a lot, especially on the sawing tasks.

So, as you have gone through the whole article and have basic knowledge about the safety precautions of the sawing works, you should be able to keep yourself safe from any hazardous consequences out of the saw machine.

And last but not least! If I have missed anything here, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

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