Tool Use and Care
■ Use clamps or another practical way to secure
and support the workpiece to a stable plat-
form. Holding the work by hand or against your
body is unstable and may lead to loss of control.
■ Do not force tool. Use the correct tool for your
application. The correct tool will do the job better
and safer at the rate for which it is designed.
■ Do not use tool if switch does not turn it on or
off. Any tool that cannot be controlled with the
switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
■ Disconnect the plug from power source before
making any adjustments, changing accesso-
ries, or storing the tool. Such preventive safety
measures reduce the risk of starting the tool
■ Store idle tools out of the reach of children and
other untrained persons. Tools are dangerous in
the hands of untrained users.
■ Maintain tools with care. Keep cutting tools
sharp and clean. Properly maintained tools with
sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind and are
easier to control.
Specific Safety Rules for Circular Saws
■ DANGER! Keep hands away from cutting
area and blade. Keep your second hand on
the auxiliary handle or motor housing. If
both hands are holding the saw, they cannot
be cut by the blade.
■ Keep your body positioned to either side
of the saw blade, but not in line with the
saw blade. Kickback could cause the saw to
jump backwards. (See "Causes and Operator
Prevention of Kickback.")
■ Do not reach underneath the work. The
guard cannot protect you from the blade
below the work.
■ Check lower guard for proper closing
before each use. Do not operate saw if
lower guard does not move freely and
close instantly. Never clamp or tie the
GENERAL SAFETY RULES
■ Check for misalignment or binding of moving
■ Use only accessories that are recommended
■ Tool service must be performed only by quali-
■ When servicing a tool, use only identical
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
■ Check the operation and condition of the
■ Lower guard should be retracted manually
parts, breakage of parts, and any other condi-
tion that may affect the tool's operation. If
damaged, have the tool serviced before using.
Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained
by the manufacturer for your model. Accesso-
ries that may be suitable for one tool, may become
hazardous when used on another tool.
fied repair personnel. Service or maintenance
performed by unqualified personnel could result in
a risk of injury.
replacement parts. Follow instructions in the
Maintenance section of this manual. Use of
unauthorized parts or failure to follow Maintenance
Instructions may create a risk of electric shock or
lower guard into the open position. If saw
is accidentally dropped, lower guard may be
bent. Raise the lower guard with the
retracting handle. Make sure it moves freely
and does not touch the blade or any other
part, in all angles and depths of cut.
lower guard spring. If the guard and the
spring are not operating properly, they
must be serviced before use. Lower guard
may operate sluggishly due to damaged
parts, gummy deposits, or a buildup of
only for special cuts, such as "Pocket
Cuts" and "Compound Cuts." Raise lower
guard by retracting handle. As soon as
blade enters the material, lower guard
must be released. For all other sawing, the
lower guard should operate automatically.