Crosscut saws are manually operated saws with handles at one or both ends, which are used for wood-cutting jobs. Two-man saws are used to fell trees, and bucking saws are used to cut trees that have already been felled. They are lightweight compared to chain saws, and they’re more environmentally friendly. Other types of saws are used for smaller gardening jobs, carpentry and woodwork.
Saw blades of any kind are extremely dangerous if left unguarded (uncovered), and precautionary measures are exceptionally important. The blade must always be guarded and held away from the body. You can make blade guards for crosscut saws from rubber-lined fire hose cut by cutting to the diameter of the blade and then slitting lengthwise. They can be attached to the saw blade with Velcro fasteners for quick and easy removal. Blade guards can also be made of wood, metal or plastic. Never carry a saw without protective blade guards. Crosscut saws should have added protection when they are transported, and covering the blade with pieces of plywood on both sides cut to the length and width of the blade and bolted together is a good method to ensure secure travel and prevent damage to the blade’s teeth. When you purchase a crosscut saw, you usually get a plastic blade guard to fit the size of the saw; if you don’t, you can order new ones or make your own.
Blade guards are a protective measure when the saw is stationary, and they do not replace the usual protective gear that you should wear while cutting, including high-top boots and safety goggles. Standard protocol for protection while transporting a saw includes carrying the blade flat over your shoulder with the blade away from your neck.