In this guide, we’ll cover what a plunge cut saw is and what it’s used for. For our 6 Reasons to Own a Plunge Saw guide, click/tap here.
Oftentimes tradespeople may think that simply using a circular saw will be enough for making some plunge cuts. And while many circular saws don’t have riving knives, therefore making plunge cuts possible, a circular saw won’t give you the clean, accurate cut that a plunge saw will.
What Does a Plunge Saw Allow You to Do?
While a circular saw will typically need to start it’s cut from the end of the material, a plunge cut saw will let you start the cut anywhere in the material. This makes it the best tool to use when cutting out worktop for sinks or hobs. And when the quality of the finish of the cut matters, a plunge saw will always provide the highest quality of cut possible with no splintering, something hard to achieve with a circular saw.
Using a plunge saw on guide rails ensures clean, accurate cuts
Another important detail about plunge saws is the ability to mount them onto guide rails. By so doing you are absolutely guaranteed that the cut will be 100% true to the line of cut. Using a guide rail gives you huge amounts of control over the saw and is especially beneficial when cutting through tough laminates where more than one pass of the blade is required to make the cut. Simply adjust the depth of cut incrementally per pass.
Is a Plunge Saw Safer than a Circular Saw?
We need to face facts, no power tool that features a sharp blade spinning at high speeds is going to be completely safe. Yes, the saws are designed and engineered to ensure your safety while you work, but 9 times out of 10, operator error or negligence is behind accidents. That being said, could a plunge saw be a safer option over a circular saw?
We need to remember that a circular saw is essentially a fairly basic tool. It’s a motor with a spinning blade and a blade guard that moves out of the way while cutting. Dust control is haphazard, with a port at the back of the saw trying to draw away dust and debris from the front of the blade. It’s not ideal.
Plunge saws, on the other hand, have an enclosed blade with the depth of cut being controlled via a slider at the front of the machine. The blade spins and when the hand is pressed down, the blade plunges from within the guard into the material. This design makes a plunge saw inherently safer to use. And because the blade is spinning within the guard, drawing the dust away from the cut is much more efficient. Mount the plunge saw on guide rails, and the cut will be safe and accurate.
If you think you’re ready to move from a circular saw to a plunge saw, then click/tap here to see the choices available, both corded and battery powered.