How can I use a jigsaw cutter safely

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This is a specialist tool

Answered by Dave, Electrical Safety Expert

This is a specialist tool. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully!

Different materials will require different types of blade – make sure you select the right blade for the job in order to get the best results; the teeth per inch (TPI) should be matched to the thickness of the material that you’re cutting.

You should wear goggles and a dust mask when operating an electric jigsaw, and keep lose clothing and hair well out of the way. You should also consider hearing protection.

Ensure that the material or surface you’re going to cut into is secure and properly supported – ideally by clamps or on a sawhorse – before you start.

If you’re cutting countertops, you’ll need to drill a starter hole.

The ideal cutting technique will vary depending on the material – consult the manufacturer’s instructions for more information – but always take your time.

If sawdust or debris starts to obscure your view of the cut line, stop the jigsaw and clear the debris away before continuing.

Make sure you keep the jigsaw cord is kept well away from the cutting patch at all times.

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