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Plunge Cut Saw

Festo TS 55 Plunge Cut Saw
Machine Workshop (Room G24)
Level 03 - Machine Certification


Plunge saws use a circular saw blade which plunges into material from above to cut it. The plunge saw acts much like a hand held table saw that cuts from above rather than below. The saw is capable of cutting mitres and bevels as well as straight cuts.

Video of Operation

Health and Safety

  • The plunge cut saw is a power tool that has the potential to cause serious injury if used incorrectly. Always exercise extreme caution when using the equipment. NEVER touch the blade or other moving parts during use. The blade can easily cut fingers and other body parts.
  • Familiarise yourself with the emergency stop buttons on the machine. Always turn the machine off when not in use. NEVER leave the machine unattended while in use.
  • Ensure the dust extractor gate is opened before use and closed when finished.
  • Use fences and safety guards wherever possible.
  • Ensure material is clamped firmly in place before cutting.
  • Do not wear loose articles of clothing and/or jewelry when operating the plunge cut saw.
  • Do not try to remove jammed pieces while machine is still running.
  • Do not attempt to cut round or uneven objects.
  • Please see workshop staff if there are any issues with the machines operation. Please do not attempt to make any adjustments without prior approval.

Operation Instructions

  • Turn on dust extractor: Turn on dust extractor/vacuum.
  • Prepare the workspace: Ensure work area is clear and that all settings are correctly set. Firmly secure material to be cut on the saw. If clamps are used they must be firmly attached and not removed during operations.
  • Cut material: Begin by starting the saw first before plunging into the material. Cut the material in a controlled and smooth motion. Always cut away from yourself and in a forward motion. Do not reverse the saw while it is running.
  • Shut down and remove material: Use the on/off switch on the vacuum to turn off the machine.Return the machine to its previous state before removing the material and clearing away any dust and offcuts from both the machine and floor.

Workmanship Considerations

  • The plunge cut saw is able to cut mitres (ie cuts less than 90 degrees) and beveled edges. This is extremely useful for joining two pieces of timber together at acute angles such as those found in a picture frame.
  • An old proverb says it is best to ‘measure twice and cut once’. Make sure to double check your measurements before cutting as incorrect cuts will lead to wasted time and material. Always indicate which side of the material is to be kept by marking it with a pencil.
  • Having the ability to slot the plunge saw saw into a guide rail allows for Quick, Accurate Cuts, Over and Over Again
  • Remember when cutting that the blade has a thickness. As such is always best to cut your material to the side of the marking line on the offside of the material rather that on the centreline of the marking.