Often also referred to as jigsaws, sabre saws are handy, versatile tools that can be used to quickly cut and shape plastic, wood, or metal. Using a reciprocating motor to move small saw blades up and down while moving across the object that needs to be cut or shaped, sabre saws often come with an assortment of specialised blades (which can also be purchased separately) designed for use on wood (fine cut or coarse), metal, plastic, or plaster/ drywall. Selecting the right blade for the job at hand and following a few simple safety guidelines helps prevent potentially serious personal injuries.
Sabre saw basics
Featuring a trigger switch and a safety button in the handle, sabre saws have blade holders with blade locks and shoes (plates) designed to keep blades at specified distances from work pieces. As a rule, guide fences allowing the cutting of straight lines are also available. Proper functioning of the safety button and the blade lock are vital to prevent accidental injuries.
Preventing accidents at work or at home
To avoid potential eye injuries when using sabre saws at work or for DIY projects, it is important to always wear safety glasses or goggles. Other steps to prevent injuries at work or home through sabre saw accident include firmly attaching blades to blade holders with the help of blade locks and adjusting shoes to the correct height or level before connecting the saw to the power outlet. Once ready to commence work:
- Plug saw in
- Hold handle firmly
- Align blade close to, but not touching, the mark where the object needs to be cut
- Press safety button
- Press trigger switch
- Slowly follow cut mark or line
When nearing the end of the cut, it is necessary to hold the unsupported end of the material to prevent splintering. Obviously, this should be done carefully, avoiding getting fingers close to the rapidly moving and extremely sharp saw blade.
Sabre saw maintenance
To ensure sabre saws remain in good working order and do not cause DIY or work–related accidents through mechanical or electrical failure, it is necessary to:
- Periodically clean saw and remove saw dust using a paint brush (unused) or air hose
- Replace dull and broken blades
- Avoid cutting and pulling on wires
If you were injured at work or home within the last 36 months by a defective saw or another accident involving sabre saws due to someone else’s fault, you may be able to claim for injury compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline online or call one of their advisers through their helpline on 0800 689 0500 to learn more.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown