How to use a circular saw: 14 tips and tricks for great cuts

Close-up of circular saw in action
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Knowing how to use a circular saw may seem straightforward. But if you're new to the world of circular saws there’s plenty of subtle secrets and tips to make sure you get the best from it. And, to help make sure you don’t get any serious injuries that can cut your DIY career short.

A circular saw is undoubtedly one of the types of power saw DIYers should have in their tool collection. It’s useful for all sorts of home improvement projects where you need quick cuts of timber and board. Just remember don't push too hard and use a smooth motion.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.