6 Reasons to Buy a Plunge Saw

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Plunge saws are a big deal, but for many in the UK they aren't seen as being an essential tool in the kit.

For some, the reasoning goes that a circular saw will do what a plunge saw can do, and maybe a jigsaw can sort those fiddly little jobs in between.

However, we'd argue that a plunge saw is an essential power tool for joiners, carpenters, kitchen fitters, anyone who works with laminates, insulation or needs to make lots of cuts in small work pieces.

Yes, a plunge saw is essential.

So, here's the Toolstop Guide to Getting the Most from a Plunge Saw with 6 Easy Tips. In this guide we used the DeWalt DWS520K plunge saw, but these tips will apply to most plunge saws in the market.

1. Using a Plunge Saw and a Guide Rail

This is a marriage made in heaven. The ability to slot your plunge saw into a guide rail, the friction strips on which will keep everything rock solid on the workpiece, is an amazing way to cut quicker and more accurate. Over and over again.

Make sure your plunge saw isn't fitted with a riving knife or that it's a retractable one.

Then mark of where you want to cut, lay the guide rail along the marks, slot the plunge saw onto the rail, and with a quick adjustment of depth (see below), make your cut.

Check out our video guide here.

2. Using a Plunge Saw for Quick, Accurate Cuts, Over and Over Again

Your plunge saw will be easy to set up. That means you shoudn't have to faff about adjusting and readjusting the depth of cut.

The DeWalt DWS520K has an idiot-proof method for depth adjustment.

Check it out in ourvideo guide.

3. How to Use a Plunge Saw for Bevel and Mitre Cuts, Even on Small Workpieces

The ability to make quick cuts in small workpieces is another key asset to owning a plunge saw over a circular saw. All you need is a couple of "sacrificial pieces", a guide rail and the correct depth setting, per above.

Making bevel and mitre cuts in just as easy.

Undo the front and rear bevel clamps on your plunge saw, select the desired angle of cut (the DWS520K bevels up to 47) then make the cut.

Roofers take notice; the make a compound mitre with a plunge saw is ridiculously easy. Check out our video guide to see how it's done.

4. How to Cut Insulation Using a Plunge Saw

Cutting roofing insulation can be a total pest, especially if you're not using the best tool for it. We suggest this is a task best left for a plunge saw, and if you watch our video guideyou'll understand why.

It's not just the mess that's an issue with cutting insulation, it's making sure you make the most accurate cut to guarantee the insulation does what it's intended to. Being able to quickly, cleanly and easily cut insulation at an angle is a massive boon for roofers.

5. Using a Plunge Saw for Cutting Laminates

Making a clean, efficient cut in laminates is one of the hardest jobs for any saw. However, we've added it to our list of jobs ably performed by a plunge saw for good reason, as you'll see when you watch our video how-to guide.

Put away the masking tape, and cut right into the glossy side of the laminate without fear of marking or damaging the surface.

It goes without saying that you should be using the correct blade for cutting laminates, so check out our blade buying guide here.

6. Using a Plunge Saw to Cut Doors While Still on Their Hinges

This is a pest of a job if you don't have the right tool, in this case a plunge saw.

You're laying flooring and you need to trip a few millimeters off the bottom of a door. You've got the choice to either remove the door from its hinges, make the cut then reaffix the door.

This costs you time and money.

However, with a plunge saw and guide rail you can make the desired cut while the door is in situ.

Don't believe us? Watch the video guide.

So that's 6 simple, easy to follow and practical tips from us on why you should own a plunge saw.

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If you're a plunge saw user already, what tips would you add to our list? Let us know in the comments section below.


John Mclaughlin on Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:03:40 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

This plunge saw really seems like something that can be a great addition to anyone's saw collection. I personally think that it is incredible that this kind of saw is able to cut insulation as well. Hopefully this can be something that is part of all different kind of general contractors. Thank you for sharing this incredible saw.

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