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Production > Handheld Jig Saws
Handheld jig sawHandheld jig saws are useful for precision-cutting intricate curves and patterns on thin stock. They have thin blades that move rapidly up and down. The blade is held in upper and lower chucks that pull it tight and keep it from bending. A hold-down adjusts to the thickness of the wood being cut.

Handheld jig saws generally are not considered to be as dangerous as other saws; however, contact at the point of operation can cause hand and finger injuries. Contact with the blade can also occur below the stock being cut. All portions of the blade must be guarded.


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Potential Hazard:
  • Contact with the moving blade may occur.
Possible Solutions:

Engineering Controls
  • Guard the blade with an adjustable or self-adjusting guard.

  • Guard the portion of the blade below the stock that is being cut.
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Flying Chips Top
Potential Hazard:
  • Wood chips and splinters may be thrown by the cutting action.
Possible Solutions:

Engineering Controls
  • Guard the blade with an adjustable or self-adjusting guard.
Work Practices
  • Make turns slowly

  • Do not make sharp turns with a wide blade

  • Use a narrow blade for sharp turns.
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