How to Use a Masonry Saw

What You'll Need
Masonry saw
Safety goggles
Dust mask
Ear protectors
Steel toe boots
Chalk box

A masonry saw is intended to cut stone, brick and concrete. That means it has a powerful motor and blade, so it needs to be used with great care so you don’t injure yourself. It’s also important to know how to use a masonry saw safely. You need to be aware of the correct way to hold the saw, to cut with it, and what safety equipment to wear.

Step 1 - The Masonry Saw

Before you think about starting the masonry saw, you need to check the fuel. Most types of saw that you’ll use at home will run on a mix of gasoline and two-stroke oil. Read the manual in order to know the proportions you need for mixing them, and follow the guidelines very carefully.

Don all your safety gear. Wear safety goggles, not glass, as there will be tiny fragments of masonry flying around that can injure your eyes. A dust mask will protect your throat. Gloves will keep you hands a great deal safer, while steel toe boats will help ensure that your keep your toes if you accidentally drop the saw. Finally, as the masonry saw is loud, ear protectors will help your hearing.

Step 2 - Starting the Saw

So you know where to cut, you’ll need to use a chalk box or chalk line on the masonry to give you a guide. This ensures you’ll end up with a clean cut that’s straight. With the masonry saw resting on the ground, turn the blade away from you. Click the switch to “On.” After this, take the knob for the throttle control and move it into the choke position.

If you saw has a primer, you can press it to inject extra fuel to bring about more rapid starting. Keep the saw on the ground, holding the handle. Pull on the cord to start the engine. Once it’s started, switch the throttle control to “Run.”

Step 3 - Cutting

Keep the saw in front of you. You need to hold it tight, but keep your index finger on the throttle control, pressing down so the masonry saw is at full power. Line the blade up with the masonry, but don’t press it in. Instead you need to let it go in of its own accord. What you really have to do is keep the saw at full power and ensure it stays straight on the line you’ve made. Attempting to turn or twist it can end in a blade that’s warped and useless to you. It could even cause the blade to break.

Step 4 - Completing the Cut

Move forward, letting the blade do the work. Always cut away from you. Keep a firm hold on the masonry saw with both hands, raising it or lowering it if necessary until you complete the cut. Don’t let go of the trigger until the saw is all the way through the masonry.