Proper Inspection & Usage of Handheld Cut-Off Saws

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Cut-off saws are powerful tools for contractors to cut concrete, metal, and other materials. Before using your cut-off saw (aka quickie saw), make sure to do a quick inspection to ensure you are making your cuts safely. 

Cut-Off Saw Inspection Tips

1) Check the machine for loose or missing fasteners

2) Make sure to replace and/or tighten all screws and bolts.

3) Check the throttle trigger, trigger interlock, and stop switch to make sure they are functioning properly.

4) Inspect the wheel guard to make sure it is properly mounted and doesn't have any cracks or other damage. Never alter your cutoff machine's blade guard.

5) Inspect the diamond blade/wheel you are using. Make sure it is the proper blade/wheel for the work you are doing. Look for: missing segments, cracks in the blade's core, and water saturation of abrasive wheels.

6) Make sure that your blade flanges are in good condition, and make sure the blade is properly mounted on the saw.

7) Make sure that your belt has been properly tensioned.

While Operating Your Cut-Off Saw

1) Hold the machine firmly with both hands.

2) Maintain good balance and stable footing.

3) Do not stand directly behind the plane of the blade.

4) Allow the blade to do the grinding, do not force the blade into the material.

5) Do not attempt to change the direction of the cut while the blade is in the cut, this can cause the blade to pinch and kickback.

6) Avoid cutting with the upper quadrant of the blade, this will result in a higher chance of kickback.

7) Do not cut above your head.


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