Take care to avoid setting your circular saw down on concrete or masonry! These rough, stony surfaces can scratch the underside of your saw’s “sole plate” (the metal platform that provides a square base for your saw to rest on). These scratches will in turn scuff any lumber you cut! Instead, try to set your saw down on pieces of wood, soft dirt, or even in the circular saw carrying case.

If you’re looking for a new saw, I recommend the Makita 7 1/4″ 5007Mg. These saws are rugged and powerful, but because they are magnesium instead of steel, they are also pretty light.

Remember to always think safety when using a circular saw. They will bind and come get you if are not careful!

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