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How to Use a Track Saw

Science and technology have developed many building tools these days which were used to be manual before.

Such as a track saw which is developed a lot these days and track saw has become very popular among the woodworkers these days. Track saws have replaced the manual saws quite effectively.

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How to Use a Track Saw


Track saws have gained popularity very easily because they are very easy and fast while cutting woods. It also makes perfect and precise cuts and makes the cutting edges more smooth.

Most of the carpenters use track saw because of the efficiency.

You may find it a little difficult if you are using the track saw for the first time. I am going to help you with some important tips about how you can use a track saw in the following article.

Use the Track Saw for Wood Only

You should always use the track saw to cut woods. Because it is designed to cut wood only.

Never experiment with it and try cutting nonwood materials like metal, steel, ceramic, etc. doing this will damage your saw and it will become risky for you and the people around you.

Use the Right Saw Blade

Saw blades are the most important part of the track saw. Good saw blades help to make a quality cut. You need to make sure that the saw blades are always sharp.

Because a sharp blade can cut into the cutting material very easily. But the blades also have to be of proper size.

A perfect-sized sharp blade will easily cut through the cutting material and will help you to reduce your stress and effort. Damaged blades can build stress for you and the quality of cutting will be poor.

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Adjust the Riving Knife Properly

Another important part of the track saw is the riving knife. A riding knife keeps the saw user safe from any damage. It is mainly a safety matter installed in the saw.

Before turning on the saw, adjust the knife properly. Be sure that it is located at the right distance. If you can do these properly, it can come very useful and will prevent kickbacks.

Set the Proper Cutting Depth

Cutting depth means how deep the blade will cut through the cutting material. Before you start cutting the material you need to set the depth.

It will help you to cut more smoothly. Don’t cut too short so that the saw doesn’t kick back and not too deep that you cannot accurately cut your cut.

 Hold the Track Saw Firmly When Cutting

When you start the tool and start cutting with it, hold it tight. Don’t go with the size of the tool!

When you turn on the saw, you can feel the power inside the tool and it can easily kick back anytime if you don’t hold it tight. You can injure yourself if you don’t hold it firmly.

Holding it strong will reduce the chance of losing the cutting track and you will be able to make a smoother cut. There are two handles in a track saw. So, you can have a good grip over it easily.

Track Rails

There is a huge benefit of using a track saw. You can use a guide rail with the track saw. It helps you to make perfectly straight cuts when you are cutting long materials like plywood, doors, etc.

Rail tracks also can be a safety device. When you are cutting, the rubber tips under the guide will protect you from splinters.

Plunge Cuts

Track saws can also make perfect plunge cuts as like straight cuts. Straight cuts are easy because the cutting path is just in the range of your sight.

But if you don’t check the cutting way while you are making a blind plunge cut, then it can be dangerous for you.

So make sure there is nothing that can come in the way of your cutting blade while you are making a plunge cut. That can damage your tool and also can cause huge accidents.

Press the Plunge Release and Power Trigger at the Same Time

While you are using your tool to cut both straight and plunge, you need to pull the power trigger and plunge release at the same time.

If you just press one of them, it will not work.  Press them both to activate the power successfully.

Wait for The Saw To Gain Full Speed

Don’t begin your cut just after switching the power on. Take some time and let the saw gain its full speed. It will prevent kickbacks and will help you to make nicer cuts.

Cutting material at full speed will reduce your stress and effort. It will also help to increase blade life.

Take Safety Precautions and Wear Protective Gears

If you are determined to use a track saw, you must take some safety precautions. Put your hand away from the cutting path.

You also need to wear protective gear while you use a saw. Protective gears can be for your eyes, ears, and feet also.


A track saw is a very useful tool for domestic and professional uses. It might look small in size but it can come in very handy indeed.

To get the most from your track saw, you have to be familiar with the tool. Know your tool more and more and practice cutting with your tool.

I hope the tips described above will help you to know and use your track saw in a much better way.

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