Power Cutting Tools


5 hours

  Course Prerequisites:
Trades Safety: Getting Started (186001)
Basic Industrial Math (Block X21)
Practical Measurements (Block X22)

  What Students Learn:
Power cutting tools fall into two categories: portable and stationary. Portable and stationary cutting tools perform many similar operations, but portable tools, carried easily by hand, are used most often at the job site. Stationary tools are used in workshops and on plant tools. Stationary saws range in size from small shop jigsaws to huge band saws used in paper mills to saw large trees into lumber. This unit introduces students to the most common portable power saws used in construction and repair work, namely circular, saber, jig-, and reciprocating saws, and the stationary cutting tools found in most maintenance and fabrication shops.

When a student completes this study unit, he and she will be able to:
  • Identify the most common portable and stationary power saws.
  • Identify the various parts of a saw and explain how they work.
  • Discuss the types of cuts made by each type of saw.
  • Choose the most appropriate saw and blade for the type of work being done.
  • Recognize a portable circular saw, name its parts, and (with practice) operate it safely.
  • Select and (with practice) use the proper saw; saber saw, portable band saw, reciprocating saw, cut-out saw, cut-off saw, for a given application.
  • Operate (with practice) the stationary circular, radial, band and scroll saws safely.
  • Observe the various safety precautions when using power saws and stationary power tools.

    Power Saw Safety; Portable Power Saws; Stationary Circular Power Saws; Other Stationary Power Saws.



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