How to Use a Worm Drive Circular Saw

Circular saws are among the most popular tools for all woodworkers, both professionals and amateurs. The popularity is probably the result of it’s versatility and usefulness. Plus, circular saws are solid back up option for the times when your table saw, or mitre saw break down. They can do almost everything other saws do. It might require some more effort and experienced woodworker, but it’s still very handy tool to have.  For example, a few weeks back, my table saw had some problems and it couldn’t function. But i needed sheets of plywood to be cut. What did i do? I grabbed my circular saw and it did the job perfectly. Cuts were accurate, and the process was fairly convenient, despite the fact that it was supposed to be done by other kind of saw. According to this woodworking expert, most circular saws can also make cross cuts, and can easily stand-in for mitre saw. So if you don’t have money for table saw or mitre saw, circular saw should be your go-to tool.

 But circular saws have advantages too. It’s learning curve is rather steep, so it takes a lot of time to have mastery over using it.  I first got my circular saw two years ago, and i used to make so many silly mistakes. But i slowly improved, largely because of my friends who helped me. And due to a little research on my own, as well. They taught me to use guides to make clean cuts, and gave me many more useful tips. Two years later, now i never use guides, because i don’t need to. Not anymore. One more thing that made my life difficult, was that i was left handed. My model of circular saw was designed for right handed people, so learning how to make clean cuts was a little more difficult for me. Now, i know how to work with both – right handed, and tools for left handed people.

 Worm drive saw is sort of subspecies of circular saw. It’s usually grouped in with circular saws, but i like them better. They’re usually larger and longer in size, compared to regular circular saws. Worm drive is also different in how it’s gears are attached to the motor. I am not aware of the details, but i do know that it’s custom gear arrangement makes it more powerful and effective than it’s regular alternative.

One disadvantage that worm drive has though, is the price. It costs almost twice as much as straight drive circular saw. For me personally, good worm drive saw is definitely worth the investment, even if i have to put in twice as much money. But for some people, especially beginners, it might not make economical sense. You don’t know ins and outs of woodworking yet, so i think the benefits of using worm drive saw will be most likely lost on beginners.

 I should also mention that effectiveness of worm drive saw is widely discussed topic in DIY community. Even some of the pros don’t see any value in it. I don’t think that one kind of saw is superior to the other, i think their effectivity depends on the kind of work you do. Fortunately, modern logistics make it possible to buy thousands of different tools, so it’s easy for everyone to get their favorite.

Corded vs cordless circular saws

Being a woodworking noob isn’t easy. You have to chose tools, find space for those tools, find materials, and all that. But if you do go through all that, the sacrifice is worth it. My favorite method for handling complications is to solve them one problem at a time. And in this article, i wanted to talk about getting tools as a beginner. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, and i wanted to share my perspective. Even though i don’t claim to be woodworking guru, i think my experience has taught me enough to share some tips and tricks.

First of all, let’s talk about cost. Some people might not care about amount of money they spend of particular tool, but for most of us, budgeting is key to getting everything we want. So most beginners’ goal is to get the best circular saw, or best worm drive saw for as little amount of money as possible. Some people may say that it is impossible to get a good tool for cheap, and that you have to pay premium price for quality, which is true. But what they don’t say, is that you can still get quality for low price by sacrificing few of the features that, as a beginner, you wouldn’t need anyway. For example, i always recommend to beginners to get corded circular and worm drive saws, instead of their cordless alternatives. Sure, cordless power tools can be very flexible and comfortable to work with, but you also have to pay two times as much, compared to it’s wired counterpart. According to this tutorial,One of the many other cons of cordless saw is that because of it’s advanced technology, it’s more prone to breaking and malfunctioning. On the other hand, with corded saws, you don’t have to worry about most parts, because they’re simple. I’ve found lack of battery to be especially time-saver, because battery on my last cordless saw was a mess and had to be replaced all the time. I figured it would just be easier to get new one, and i was right.  Corded saws also tend to be more powerful than cordless ones. Of course, there are some exceptions, but they are rare.

To be fair though, cordless tools have a lot of advantages like flexibility. Sometimes you have to make articulate cuts with your circular saw, and cord really gets in your way. But that’s rarely the case for beginners, so i’d say it’s not really an issue.

Best place to buy used circular saws is probably eBay or craigslist. You can also ask around your acquintances and friends, people sell their tools all the time, and unlike those two websites, you won’t even have to worry about shipping.