Cutting Drywall with a Circular Saw

When people listen about the idea of cutting drywall with by a circular saw, it sounds a bit crazy. The circular saws make a lot of noise while operating, with drywall generates a lot of dust. But let me tell you one thing, “if it works it’s a great idea”. Although circular saws are not designed for cutting drywall, they can chop down your work to a minimum in just matter of minutes.

  • What is a circular saw?

Let me first introduce to a circular saw before telling that how to use it on drywall. The circular saws are powered by electric motors. They have toothed blades or tough abrasive discs which are spanned around the arbor which is coupled to the rotor. When the motor is powered on it provides the very high amount of cutting torque. Today these saws are available in all kinds of shapes and sizes. The most preferred among professionals is the handheld electric type saws.

  • Why go for a Circular saw?

People often tend to ask me that why do we even need a circular saw even though we already have various other options available at our disposal and some of them are even more economic. We advise you to go for a circular saw for cutting drywall only if you have it in your inventory beforehand. If you already own one, just need to switch the blade or discs and you can start working on the project.

  • Where you should use a Circular saw?

Until and unless you are a professional drywall contractor or DIYer who has to deal with a ton of drywall cutting regularly, I would advise against the circular saws. And in rare cases, if you don’t have any other tools, go for the circular saws. Also, if the drywall on which you are going to work is much thicker and not easy to cut with other tools, a circular saw will be perfect for such jobs.

If you come across a job where you need to process a very large number of drywall panels in very less time, circular saws will prove to be an excellent choice. Circular saws come in handy for projects which require drywall roof installation or wall panels in auditoriums, where you are required to make simple straight cuts. The saws are enormously powerful and cut through drywall like a hot knife passing through butter. The only shortcomings of these saws are that they cannot make circular cuts.

  • How to cut drywall using the Circular Saw?

The cutting process is very simple and involves very few steps. All you have to do is to lay the markings, draw the crease and within the blink of an eye, the saw will pass over it without any interruptions. Your drywall is cut into two pieces, just like that.

You can follow the below steps for your convenience

  • With the help of a measuring tape, take the precise measurements of the section that you need to cut
  • Mark it on the drywall with the help of a marker, marking should be accurate and precise as it will help you cut and thus avoiding misfits and wastage
  • As there would be lots of dust generated to make the markings thick, so its visible under the dust
  • Place the panels on the on a workbench or a suitable flat surface
  • Wear the eye and ear protection to save yourself from dust and loud noise created
  • Look for the blade lining of the saw and align it with your markings on the board
  • Power on the saw and slowly start cutting from an edge, pause in middle to check the cutting

Pros & Cons of Drywall cutting with a Circular Saw


  • Great for cutting maximum no of panels in minimum time
  • Can cut drywall of any thickness with ease
  • Easy to operate and utilize
  • They are highly durable and can be used for other cutting tasks also
  • Pretty much ideal for projects with simple and straight cuts


  • Cannot give precise cuts in smaller sections
  • Cannot provide circular or curved cuts
  • Generates a lot of dust and noise while working

Working note

Before starting the cutting process make sure that you are wearing safety eyewear and earplugs. As both the generated dust and noise is not good for you. It would be really helpful if you get a circular saw with inbuilt dust blower, you won’t have to stop in the middle of the cutting process to check back.


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