INSTRUCTIONAL AIDS, MATERIALS OR TOOLS NEEDED: Access to a Classroom and Shop facilities. If possible have two of these tools on hand for a demonstration


  1. Attendance: An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of the session to acquire proper spelling of each student’s name
  2. Announcements:
    Lesson content:
  3. Personal Protective Equipment or other required equipment or other safety considerations:
    • Safety guard • Hearing protection
    • Safety glasses • No open toed footwear
  4. Hazards while working with this Tool:
    • Loose knots or foreign materials in wood • Dust/debris irritation
    • Cuts, lacerations and amputations • Noise
  5. Steps to be taken to complete task safely:
    • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • Check the retracting lower blade guard frequently to make certain it works freely.
    • Make all adjustments with power cord unplugged.
    • Set the depth of the blade and lock it at a depth so that the lowest tooth does not extend more than about 3 mm (1/8 inch) beneath the wood.
    • Secure stock being cut to avoid movement.
    • Keep all cords clear of cutting area.
    • Circular saws are designed for right-hand operation; left-handed operation will demand more care to operate safely.
    • Use two hands to operate saws – one on a trigger switch and the other on a front knob handle.
    • Allow the saw to reach full power before starting to cut.
    • Allow it to cut steadily. Do not force it. Do not twist the saw to change, cut or check alignment.
    • Keep motor free from accumulation of dust and chips.
    • Turn saw OFF and let blade come to a rest before removing work piece.
    • Check that the retracting lower blade guard has returned to its starting position before laying down the saw.