Safety Rules and Operating Instructions before first use of • Maintenance this product. • Parts List Customer Help Line: 1-800-932-3188 Sears, Roebuck and Co., 3333 Beverly Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 USA Visit the Craftsman web page: www.sears.com/craftsman 983000-026 3-02...
GENERAL SAFETY RULES ■ Check for misalignment or binding of moving Tool Use and Care parts, breakage of parts, and any other condi- ■ Use clamps or another practical way to secure tion that may affect the tool’s operation. If and support the workpiece to a stable plat- damaged, have the tool serviced before using.
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES Specific Safety Rules for Circular Saws causing the blade to climb out of the kerf and jump back toward the operator. (continued) ■ Kickback is the result of tool misuse and/or ■ Always observe that the lower guard is incorrect operating procedures or conditions covering the blade before placing saw and can be avoided by taking proper...
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES AND/OR SYMBOLS Hold tool by insulated gripping surfaces when performing an operation where the cutting tool may con- tact hidden wiring or its cord. Contact with a “live” wire will make exposed metal parts of the tool “live” and shock the operator.
SYMBOLS SYMBOL NAME DESIGNATION/EXPLANATION Volts Voltage Amperes Current Hertz Frequency (cycles per second) Minutes Time Alternating Current Type or a characteristic of current Direct Current Type or a characteristic of current No Load Speed Rotational speed, at no load Class II Construction Designates Double Insulated Construction Tools .../min...
UNPACKING Your circular saw has been shipped completely WARNING: If any parts are missing, do not assembled except for the blade. Inspect it carefully to operate this tool until the missing parts are make sure no breakage or damage has occurred replaced.
FEATURES SWITCH TRIGGER UPPER LOWER BLADE BLADE GUARD GUARD HANDLE BEVEL CUT DUST CHUTE ADJUSTMENT (BEVEL ADJUSTMENT KNOB) SPINDLE LOCK BUTTON BASE ASSEMBLY LOWER BLADE GUARD BLADE DEPTH OF CUT SCALE DEPTH OF CUT ADJUSTMENT (DEPTH ADJUSTMENT KNOB) BLADE WRENCH STORAGE AREA Fig.
ASSEMBLY ■ Replace "D" washer and spring washer. TO ASSEMBLE OR REMOVE BLADE Note: "Cupped" side of spring washer goes See Figures 2, 3, and 4. against "D" washer. See Figure 3. ■ Unplug your saw. OUTER BLADE WASHER ("D" WASHER) WARNING: Failure to unplug your saw could result in accidental starting causing possible...
OPERATION SAW BLADES KICKBACK See Figure 6. The best of saw blades will not cut efficiently if they are not kept clean, sharp, and properly set. Using a dull blade will place a heavy load on your saw and increase the danger of kickback. Keep extra blades on hand, so that sharp blades are always available.
OPERATION ■ When making a cut use steady, even pressure. TO LESSEN THE CHANCE OF KICKBACK: Never force cuts. ■ Always keep the correct blade depth setting – the ■ Do not cut warped or wet lumber. correct blade depth setting for all cuts should not ■...
OPERATION STARTING A CUT TO HELP MAINTAIN CONTROL: ■ Always support your workpiece near the cut. Know the right way to use your saw. See Figure 11. ■ Support your workpiece so the cut will be on your right. ■ Clamp your workpiece so it will not move during the cut.
OPERATION Hold your saw firmly with both hands. CAUTION: When lifting your saw from the See Figure 14. workpiece, the blade is exposed on the underside of your saw until the lower blade guard closes. Make sure lower guard is closed before setting your saw down on work surface.
OPERATION TO BEVEL CUT When making a bevel cut hold your saw firmly with both hands as shown in Figure 17. The angle of cut of your saw may be adjusted to any Rest the front edge of the base on the workpiece. desired setting between zero and 51.5°.
OPERATION ° POSITIVE 0 BEVEL STOP TO ADJUST See Figure 18. ■ Unplug your saw. BEVEL ADJUSTMENT WARNING: Failure to unplug your saw could SCREW ADJUSTMENT result in accidental starting causing possible KNOB serious personal injury. ■ Loosen bevel adjustment knob. ■...
OPERATION TO POCKET CUT C-clamps, firmly clamp a straight edge to the workpiece and guide the saw along the straight edge See Figure 20. to achieve a straight rip cut. Do not bind the blade in the cut. If using the rip guide provided, see the LOWER following instructions and Figure 22.
OPERATION UPPER OPTIONAL DUST NOZZLE KIT BLADE GUARD See Figure 23. An optional dust nozzle kit, part no. 982829-001, is available for purchase at your nearest Sears Retail Store. As shown in Figure 23, the adapter fits over the dust chute which is located on the upper blade guard.The nozzle attaches to the adapter.
WARNING: The use of attachments or accessories not listed might be hazardous. WARRANTY FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN CIRCULAR SAW If this Circular Saw fails to give complete satisfaction within one year from the date of purchase, RETURN IT TO THE NEAREST SEARS STORE OR SEARS SERVICE CENTER IN THE UNITED STATES, and Sears will repair it, free of charge.
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