immediately. Check to assure spring loaded return action
of guards. NEVER USE THE TOOL IF THE BLADE
GUARDS OR SPRING ARE DAMAGED, FAULTY OR
REMOVED. DOING SO IS HIGHLY DANGEROUS AND
CAN CAUSE SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY.
If the see-through blade guard becomes dirty, or sawdust
adheres to it in such a way that the blade is no longer
easily visible, unplug the saw and clean the guard
carefully with a damp cloth. Do not use solvents or any
petroleum-based cleaners on the plastic guard.
If the blade guard is especially dirty and vision through
the guard is impaired, use the supplied hex wrench to
loosen the hex socket bolt holding the center cover.
Loosen the hex socket bolt by turning it counterclockwise
and raise the blade guard and center cover. With the
blade guard so positioned, cleaning can be more
completely and efficiently accomplished. When cleaning
is complete, reverse procedure above and secure bolt.
Do not remove spring holding blade guard. If guard
becomes discolored through age or UV light exposure,
contact a Makita service center for a new guard. DO NOT
DEFEAT OR REMOVE GUARD.
Positioning kerf board
This tool is provided with the kerf boards in the turn base
to minimize tearing on the exit side of a cut. The kerf
1. Blade guard
1. Thumb screw
2. Kerf board
1. Saw blade
2. Blade teeth
3. Kerf board
4. Left bevel cut
5. Straight cut
boards are factory adjusted so that the saw blade does
not contact the kerf boards. Before use, adjust the kerf
boards as follows:
First, unplug the tool. Loosen all the screws (2 each on
left and right) securing the kerf boards. Re-tighten them
only to the extent that the kerf boards can still be easily
moved by hand. Lower the handle fully and push in the
stopper pin to lock the handle in the lowered position.
Loosen two clamp screws which secure the slide poles.
Pull the carriage toward you fully. Adjust the kerf boards
so that the kerf boards just contact the sides of the blade
teeth. Tighten the front screws (do not tighten firmly).
Push the carriage toward the guide fence fully and adjust
the kerf boards so that the kerf boards just contact the
sides of blade teeth. Tighten the rear screws (do not
After adjusting the kerf boards, release the stopper pin
and raise the handle. Then tighten all the screws
Before and after changing the bevel angle, always
adjust the kerf boards as described above.
Maintaining maximum cutting capacity
This tool is factory adjusted to provide the maximum
cutting capacity for a 190 mm saw blade.
When installing a new blade, always check the lower limit
position of the blade and if necessary, adjust it as follows:
First, unplug the tool. Push the carriage toward the guide
fence fully and lower the handle completely. Use the hex
wrench to turn the adjusting bolt until the periphery of the
blade extends slightly below the top surface of the turn
base at the point where the front face of the guide fence
meets the top surface of the turn base.
1. Adjusting bolt
2. Turn base
3. Guide fence
1. Top surface of
2. Periphery of
3. Guide fence