Basic Hole Saw Tips

  1. Enter your workpiece with the teeth perpendicular – not at an angle. You want all the saw teeth to engage the workpiece at the same time. Hold your drill firmly – the tool will want to twist clockwise when the cutting begins.
  2. When working with hard to cut metals, such as stainless steel, use a lot of cutting fluid. A useful technique is to cut a sponge with the hole saw so that the sponge fits up into the saw. You can then saturate the sponge with the cutting fluid. This extra fluid will help keep the saw cool during cutting.
  3. In thick materials, use your Hole Saw to scribe on outline fo the hole to be cut. Then with a drill, make clearance holes around the circumference of the hole to be cut. These drilled holes become clearance holes that will allow chips from the hole saw to clear more easily – allowing you to cut faster.
  4. To prevent splinters or burn marks when cutting wood, stop sawing as soon as the hole saw’s pilot drill breaks through the workpiece. Then finish the job by cutting through from the opposite side using the drill hole and the pilot drill as a guide.