GENERAL SAFETY RULES
instructions. Failure to follow all
WARNING: Read and understand all
instructions listed below, may result in
electric shock, fire and/or serious personal
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
lit. Cluttered benches and dark areas
• Keep your work area clean and well
• Do not operate power tools in
explosive atmospheres, such as in
gases, or dust. Power tools create
the presence of flammable liquids,
sparks which may ignite the dust or
• Keep bystanders, children, and
power tool. Distractions can cause
visitors away while operating a
you to lose control.
• Double insulated tools are equipped
with a polarized plug (one blade is
wider than the other.) This plug will
fit in a polarized outlet only one way.
If the plug does not fit fully in the
outlet, reverse the plug. If it still
does not fit, contact a qualified
electrician to install a polarized
any way. Double insulation
outlet. Do not change the plug in
eliminates the need for the three wire
grounded power cord and grounded
power supply system.
• Avoid body contact with grounded
ranges and refrigerators. There is an
surfaces such as pipes, radiators,
increased risk of electric shock if your
body is grounded.
wet conditions. Water entering a
• Don't expose power tools to rain or
power tool will increase the risk of
• Do not abuse the cord. Never use
the cord to carry the tools or pull
the plug from an outlet. Keep cord
away from heat, oil, sharp edges or
cords immediately. Damaged cords
moving parts. Replace damaged
increase the risk of electric shock.
• When operating a power tool
outside, use an outdoor extension
cord marked "W-A" or "W." These
cords are rated for outdoor use and
reduce the risk of electric shock.
Minimum Gage for Cord Sets
Total Length of Cord in Feet
(0-7,6m) (7,6-15,2m) (15,2-30,4m) (30,4-45,7m)
(0-15,2m) (15,2-30,4m) (30,4-60,9m) (60,9-91,4m)
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American Wire Gage
• Stay alert, watch what you are doing
and use common sense when
operating a power tool. Do not use
tool while tired or under the
medication. A moment of inattention
influence of drugs, alcohol, or
while operating power tools may result
in serious personal injury,
• Dress properly. Do not wear loose
clothing or jewelry. Contain long
hair. Keep your hair, clothing, and
Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can
gloves away from moving parts.
be caught in moving parts. Air vents
cover moving parts and should be
• Avoid accidental starting. Be sure
Carrying tools with your finger on the
switch is off before plugging in.
switch or plugging in tools that have
the switch on invites accidents.
before turning the tool on. A wrench
• Remove adjusting keys or wrenches
or a key that is left attached to a
rotating part of the tool may result in
• Do not overreach. Keep proper
Proper footing and balance enables
footing and balance at all times.
better control of the tool in unexpected
eye protection. Dust mask, non-skid
• Use safety equipment. Always wear
safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing
protection must be used for appropriate
Tool Use and Care
• Use clamps or other practical way
to secure and support the
Holding the work by hand or against
workpiece to a stable platform.
your body is unstable and may lead to
loss of control.
tool for your application. The correct
• Do not force tool. Use the correct
tool will do the job better and safer at
the rate for which it is designed.
turn it on or off. Any tool that cannot
• Do not use tool if switch does not
be controlled with the switch is
dangerous and must be repaired.
• Disconnect the plug from the power
source before making any
or storing the tool. Such preventative
adjustments, changing accessories,
safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the tool accidentally.
• Store idle tools out of reach of
persons. Tools are dangerous in the
children and other untrained
hands of untrained users.
• Maintain tools with care. Keep
Properly maintained tools, with sharp
cutting tools sharp and clean.
cutting edges are less likely to bind and
are easier to control.
• Check for misalignment or binding
of moving parts, breakage of parts,
and any other condition that may
affect the tools operation. If
before using. Many accidents are
damaged, have the tool serviced
caused by poorly maintained tools.
• Use only accessories that are
for your model. Accessories that may
recommended by the manufacturer
be suitable for one tool, may become
hazardous when used on another tool.
by qualified repair personnel. Service
• Tool service must be performed only
or maintenance performed by
unqualified personnel could result in a
risk of injury.
• When servicing a tool, use only
identical replacement parts. Follow
section of this manual. Use of
instructions in the Maintenance
unauthorized parts or failure to follow
Maintenance Instructions may create a
risk of electric shock or injury.
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
DANGER! Keep hands away from
cutting area and blade. Keep your
motor housing. If both hands are
second hand on auxiliary handle, or
holding the saw, they cannot be cut by
• Keep your body positioned to either
with the saw blade. KICKBACK could
side of the saw blade, but not in line
case the saw to jump backwards. (See
"Causes and Operator Prevention of
The guard can not protect you from the
• Do not reach underneath the work.
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.
into the open position. If saw is
Never clamp or tie the lower guard
accidentally dropped, the lower guard
may be bent. Raise the lower guard
with the Retracting Lever and make
sure it moves freely and does not touch
the blade or any other part, at all angles
and depth of cut.
• Check the operation and condition
of the lower guard spring. If the
guard and the spring are not
serviced before use. Lower guard may
operating properly, they must be
operate sluggishly due to damaged
parts, gummy deposits, or a buildup of
• Lower guard should be retracted
manually only for special cuts such
as "Pocket Cuts" and "Compound
Cuts." Raise lower guard by
Retracting Lever. As soon as blade
must be released. For all other
enters the material, lower guard
sawing, the lower guard should operate
• Always observe that the lower guard
saw down on bench or floor. An
is covering the blade before placing
unprotected, coasting blade will cause
the saw to walk backwards, cutting
whatever is in its path. Be aware of the
time it takes for the blade to stop after
switch is released.
hands or across your leg. It is
• NEVER hold piece being cut in your
important to support the work properly
to minimize body exposure, blade
binding, or loss of control.
• Hold tool by insulated gripping
surfaces when performing an