How to Store a Circular Saw: Proper and Safe Methods

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It is your duty as a craftsman to take care of your tools. You may have been practicing proper usage and maintenance of your circular saw for it to last long. 

However, knowing how to store a circular saw is a vital part of the process. So, our pro woodworkers have listed some things to consider below.

Why You Need to Properly Store Your Saw

The following are the benefits of properly keeping your circular saw after use.

Porter Cable circular saw

Best Storage Ideas to Secure Your Circular Saw And Its Blades

Don’t know what to do? Here are a few ideas to inspire you create a secure and proper storage space for your circular saw.

milwaukee m18 circular saw

#1: Case

An ideal case intended for your saw has protections inside shaped to hold the tool in place. Some are even shock absorbent. The original carrying case can get the job done if you have one already.

#2: Shelf

The great thing about having shelves is accessibility. Shelves are usually open and attached to walls. With its creative possibilities, you can use it as a wall decoration and organize your saw blades properly.

#3: Wall-Mounted Rack

Racks, similar to shelves, are open and hung on walls. But they are often sturdier and have multiple layers and divisions, giving you better organization while easily grabbing tools.

wall mounted storage for circular saw

#4: Cabinet

Storing tools in the cabinet keeps them further from exposure than other storage spaces because it’s enclosed and immobile. Cabinet drawers with the proper knob placement are well-secured and can save a lot of space. 

#5: DIY or Custom Storage Holder

Having customized storage holders gives you the freedom to store your saw as conveniently to you as possible. If you’re resourceful, this can be economical. 

#6: CD Style Box for Your Blades

This storage type works similarly to storing CDs. It’s a small and portable way of organizing your blades.

circular saw blade storage

#7: Knife Block for the Blades

Knife blocks store blades by inserting them into grooves, especially after you sharpen your circular saw blade. This type of storing blade gives you quicker way of grabbing one if needed.

#8: Magazine Storage Blade Rack

Magazine storage blade racks are like magazine/book racks. However, they are sturdier, usually made of wood, with slots to hold the blades. It’s the best choice to move the rack wherever you want.

Storage Considerations for Circular Saws

To properly store and keep your circular saw, keep the following things in mind:

circular saw holder

Accessibility

We all want a more efficient workflow. After you use it, storing your circular saw in an accessible drawer or toolbox makes your work run smoothly. Consider storing it away from your workbench for safety yet within reach. Best keep your drawer simple, so you can easily grab it whenever you want.

Organization

Organizing your tools is also important. You can categorize your tools by their uses. Have a rack, for instance, then arrange the blades by size and type. Sort the tools along with their accessories. 

Makita circular saw and other tools mounted on a wall

You don’t want them to get mixed up with something else. Better yet, sort your tools according to what works for you best. An organized inventory will help you keep track of everything in your workplace. 

Safety and Protection

Unplug your tools when not in use. Clean the blades and check the condition before and after use. Also, secure it firmly upon storing. 

Place added protection, tighten the tools, have it hung, or place it in a strong case because you don’t want it wobbling and sliding inside the cabinet. 

(Take a look at the heavy-duty drawer slides here!)

Weather and Temperature

Consider weather patterns in your area. Even the finest saw blades are prone to corrosion when exposed to moisture. There are parts other than the blade that contain iron, too, so keep it in a dry place — preferably indoors. 

circular saw arbor

To maintain longevity after use, don’t store it in places that are too warm so its motor can naturally cool down.

Maintenance

Always check for leaks/holes in your storage space. Water can enter from the hole if it rains. It can damage the electrical circuitry of your saw, and moisture will add up, leading to rust forming on your blade. Dust can damage moving parts, so keep your storage space neat and clean.  

Tips to Avoid Saw Damage or Blade Corrosion

First, make sure you install compatible blades. Do not force the blade beyond its capability, and do not overheat the motor. The blades might break or get detached from the body, leading to potential accidents. 

circular saw on a stand

To avoid corrosion, clean your blades regularly. You can brush it with nylon or brass, or spray it with penetrating oil. When storing, you can also put silica gel [1].  

How to Avoid Blade Chipping

Set the blades on soft surfaces like plastic or wood to avoid chipping. Blades get chipped or scratched when rubbed against harder materials. You can hang them or store them in a dedicated box or drawer. 

You can also wrap them in paper or place cartons between two blades for added protection. 

Keep The Tools Away From Others

Consider locking your cabinet after use. Circular saws are unsafe for people who don’t know how to use them. 

circular saw on storage box

You can also have your storage space out of reach of children or simply hide it in a dedicated toolbox. Just don’t let anyone tamper with your tools without proper knowledge, supervision, and safety gear. 

Safety Tips and Reminders

Conclusion

How you store your circular saw for maintenance largely decides its longevity and durability. These machines are very useful and can help you create products multiple times their cost, so you must take maintenance seriously. 

These tools have functions that hugely impact your daily life, from home repairs to DIY projects and more.

Robert Johnson is a woodworker who takes joy in sharing his passion for creating to the rest of the world. His brainchild, Sawinery, allowed him to do so as well as connect with other craftsmen. He has since built an enviable workshop for himself and an equally impressive online accomplishment: an extensive resource site serving old timers and novices alike.
Robert Johnson
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