Important Charging Notes
• While charging, the charger transformer may hum and batteries and charger become warm.
This is a normal condition and does not indicate a problem.
• If a battery does not charge properly— (1) Check current at receptacle by plugging in a lamp
or other appliance. (2) Check to see if receptacle is connected to a light switch which turns
power off when you turn out the lights. (3) Move charger and batteries to a surrounding air
temperature of +40°F to +105°F. (4) If the receptacle and temperature are OK, and you do not
get proper charging, take or send the batteries and charger to your local Black & Decker
service center. See "Tools Electric" in yellow pages.
• The batteries should be recharged when they fail to produce sufficient power on jobs which
were easily done previously. DO NOT CONTINUE to use the tool with its batteries in a depleted
• Before using battery charger, read all instructions and cautionary markings on battery charger,
battery and product using battery.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of injury, charge only nickel cadmium rechargeable batteries.
Other types of batteries may burst causing personal injury and damage.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Insert the metal end of the VersaPak battery into the charger. The indicator light will glow indi-
cating that charging is taking place and will remain on as long as the battery is in the charger.
Continuous charging is not a safety concern.
NOTE: VersaPak batteries are sent from the factory in an uncharged condition. Before
attempting to use them for the first time, they must be charged for 6 hours. Subsequent
charging for most fix up jobs will require 3-6 hours.
SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS: CIRCULAR SAWS
Use of this tool can generate dust containing chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects
or other reproductive harm. Use appropriate respiratory protection.
Remove batteries before changing blades, inspecting, or cleaning saw.
•KEEP GUARDS IN PLACE AND IN WORKING ORDER.
Never wedge or tie lower guard open. Check operation of lower guard before each use. Do not use if lower
guard does not close briskly over saw blade.
If saw is dropped, lower guard may be bent, restricting full return.
Snagging the lower guard on a surface below the material being cut can momentarily reduce operator
control. The saw can lift partially out of the cut increasing the chance of blade twist. Ensure there is sufficient
clearance under the workpiece.
When necessary to raise lower guard manually, use the retracting handle.
•KEEP THE BLADES CLEAN AND SHARP.
Sharp blades minimize stalling and kickback. The use of dull and/or dirty blades can increase the saw
loading causing the operator to push harder which promotes twisting.
KEEP HANDS AWAY FROM CUTTING AREA.
Keep hands away from blades. Never place hands in front or behind the path of the blade while cutting. Do
not reach underneath work while blade is rotating. Do not attempt to remove cut material when blade is
Blades coast after turn off. When cut is completed, allow blade to stop before removing
saw. The telescoping lower guard will close as the saw is lifted.
NOTE: This saw is equipped with a Black & Decker general purpose 3 3/8" saw blade. Cutting particle
board or plastic with this blade is not recommended. For particle board, use a Black & Decker 3 3/8"
carbide saw blade (Cat. No. 73-699 or 73-339VP). For plastic, use a Black & Decker 3 3/8" smooth cut
saw blade (Cat. No. 73- 698).
•SUPPORT LARGE PANELS
Large panels must be supported as shown (Fig. 3) in this manual to minimize the risk of blade pinching and
When cutting operation requires the resting of the saw on the workpiece, the saw shall be rested on the larger
portion and the smaller piece cut off.
•USE RIP FENCE
Always use a rip fence (Cat. No. 73-501) or straight edge guide when ripping.
•USE ONLY CORRECT BLADES AND BLADE ASSEMBLY COMPONENTS IN MOUNTING
Do not use blades with incorrect size holes. Never use defective or incorrect blade washers or bolts. Follow
blade assembly procedures.
•SUPPORT AND SECURE THE WORK PROPERLY
Insure that the material to be cut is clamped (Fig. 5) and solidly supported and balanced on a strong, stable
and level work set-up.
Support the work so that the wide portion of the saw shoe is on the portion of the material that doesn't fall
after the cut is made.
Never hold cut off piece by hand (Fig. 6). Kickback from blade pinch can result. Keep both hands on saw at
•STAY ALERT AND EXERCISE CONTROL
Keep body positioned to one side of blade. Always maintain a firm grip and control of saw with both hands.
Do not change hand grip or body position while saw is running.
Take precaution to avoid injury from cut off pieces and other falling material during operation.
When sawing into walls, floors, or wherever "live" electrical wires may be encountered,
DO NOT TOUCH ANY METAL PARTS OF THE TOOL! Hold the saw only by its plastic
handles to prevent electric shock if you accidentally saw into a live wire.
Guard Against Kickback
•WHAT IS KICKBACK?
Kickback is the sudden movement of the saw, during a cut, back toward the operator which may cause
serious personal injuries.
RELEASE SWITCH IMMEDIATELY IF BLADE BINDS OR SAW STALLS.
•KICKBACK CAN BE CAUSED BY:
The saw blade becoming pinched, twisted or bound while cutting or the saw stalls.
When the blade becomes twisted or misaligned in the cut, the teeth at the back edge of the blade can dig into
the top surface of the wood causing the blade to climb out of the cut and move suddenly back toward the
•TO REDUCE THE RISK OF KICKBACK:
• Keep a firm grip on saw with both hands at all times.
• Stay alert – exercise control.
• Support long overhanging materials. As the material is cut and weakens, it will sag, causing a pinched
• Support large panels as shown (Fig. 3). Material supported only at the ends (Fig. 4) will lead to blade
• Avoid sawing overhead. Material can sag and will pinch blade.
• Keep blades sharp and clean.
• Use fence or straight edge guide when ripping. Be careful as the cut off strip can sag or twist, closing the cut
and pinching the blade, leading to kickback.
• Don't force tool. Wood variables such as knots, hardness, toughness, wetness, pressure treated and freshly
cut green lumber can heavily load the saw which can lead to stalling. Push the saw slower when this occurs.
• Don't remove saw from work during a cut while the blade is moving.
• Allow saw to reach full speed before blade contacts material to be cut. Starting the saw with the blade
against the work or pushed forward into cut can lead to stalling or sudden backward movement of saw.
• Always secure work to prevent workpiece movement during cut.
• Do not try to force saw back on line if your cut begins to go off line. This can cause kickback. Stop saw,
withdraw from cut and start a new cut on line.
• Do not back up a rotating blade in the cut. Twisting the saw can cause the back edge of the blade to dig into
the material, climb out of the work and run back toward the operator.
• Avoid cutting nails. Inspect for and remove all nails from lumber before cutting.
• Never pull the saw backwards through the kerf while the saw blade is still rotating.
OTHER IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
• Some wood contains preservatives such as copper chromium arsenate (CCA) which can be toxic. When
cutting these materials, extra care should be taken to avoid inhalation and minimize skin contact.
• Blade depth is not adjustable. Ensure there is ample room underneath the workpiece.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Always remove batteries from saw before any of the following operations.
•ATTACHING AND REMOVING BLADES
1. Place inner clamp washer on spindle.
2. Retract the lower blade guard and place blade over the inner clamp washer. The direction of the blade
rotation arrows must match the direction of the arrows on the upper guard (Fig. 7)
3. Place the outer clamp washer onto the spindle and tighten the the clamping screw by hand (the screw has
left-hand threads; turn counterclockwise to tighten).
4. Insert a screwdriver or long nail through one of the holes in the blade to prevent the blade from rotating
5. Firmly tighten the blade clamping screw with the blade wrench (counterclockwise) (Fig.8).
To reduce the risk of serious personal injury, read, understand and follow all important
safety warnings and instructions prior to using tool.
• IMPORTANT: Read safety warnings and instructions. GUARD AGAINST KICKBACK.
• With batteries removed, follow all assembly, adjustment and set up instructions. Make sure lower guard
operates. Select the proper blade for the material to be cut.
• Measure and mark work for cutting.
• Support and secure work properly (See Safety Warnings and Instructions).
• Use appropriate and required safety equipment (See Safety Instructions).
• Secure and maintain work area (See Safety Instructions).
• Make sure switch turns saw on and off.
It is important to support the work properly and to hold the saw firmly to prevent loss of
control which could cause personal injury. Fig. 5 illustrates typical hand support of the saw.
• Place the front of the saw shoe flat on the material to be cut.
• Align the blade with the line of cut to be made making sure blade clears material.
• Pull trigger switch, allow blade to attain full speed. Never lock the trigger on by any means.
• Move the saw forward across the material, keeping the saw shoe flat until the cut is completed.
• Release trigger, allow blade to stop before removing saw.
•POCKET CUTTING (SEE FIG. 9)
Pocket cutting is used to cut a hole in a piece of material without cutting from the side.
• Tilt saw forward and rest front of the shoe on material to be cut. Align so that cut will begin at the back of
the drawn rectangle.
• Using the retracting lever, retract blade guard to an upward position, with the blade just clearing the
material, start motor and gradually lower the saw into the material.
As blade starts cutting the material, release the retracting lever immediately.
• Never tie the blade guard in a raised position.
• When the shoe rests flat on the material being cut, complete the cut in forward direction.
• Allow the blade to come to a complete stop before lifting saw from material.
• When starting each new cut, repeat the above steps.
If you have any questions on how to properly operate tool, call: 1-800-54-HOW-TO (544-6986)
REMOVING AND INSTALLING THE BATTERIES
NOTE: VERSAPAK™ BATTERIES ARE NOT FULLY CHARGED AT THE FACTORY.
• To install the batteries into the tool, slide them into the handle until they click into place.
• To remove the VersaPak™ batteries from the tool, press the release buttons, as shown in Fig. 10, and pull
the batteries out of the tool handle. Note: Battery caps are provided for use when carrying batteries or while
battery is stored in a pocket, tool box, etc. Remove cap before placing battery in charger or tool.
Install the battery cap, (see Fig. 2), by snapping it in place. To remove the cap, simply pull it off. Note: Only
operate tool with both VersaPak™ batteries installed.
Saw is equipped with a switch lock-off feature to prevent unintentional running. To operate the tool, first slide
the switch lock-off button and hold it as you depress the trigger, (Fig. 11). After you have depressed the
trigger and the tool is running, release the switch lock-off button. The tool will continue to run as long as the
trigger is depressed. To turn the tool off, release the trigger switch. When you release the trigger (each time)
the switch lock-off button will engage, locking the trigger off.
There is no provision for locking the tool on, and the switch should never be locked on by any other means.
KERF AND BLADE TIP-IN INDICATOR
The front of the shoe has two markings which act as kerf indicators. The indicators help in guiding the saw
along pre-marked cutting lines. The markings are located 1" and 3" from the shoe's edge.
The outer edge of the shoe has one marking which acts as a blade tip-in indicator. This helps in anticipating
when the blade contacts the workpiece.
Use only mild soap and damp cloth to clean the tool. Never let any liquid get inside the tool; never immerse
any part of the tool into a liquid. IMPORTANT: To assure product SAFETY and RELIABILITY, repairs,
maintenance and adjustment should be performed by authorized service centers or other qualified service
organizations, always using identical replacement parts.
THE RBRC™ SEAL
The RBRC™ (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) Seal on the nickel-cadmium battery
(or battery pack) indicates that the costs to recycle the battery (or battery pack) at the end of
its useful life have already been paid by Black & Decker. In some areas, it is illegal to place
spent nickel-cadmium batteries in the trash or municipal solid waste stream and the RBRC
program provides an environmentally conscious alternative.
RBRC in cooperation with Black & Decker and other battery users, has established programs in
the United States and Canada to facilitate the collection of spent nickel-cadmium batteries. Help protect our
environment and conserve natural resources by returning the spent nickel-cadmium battery to an authorized
Black & Decker service center or to your local retailer for recycling. You may also contact your local recycling
center for information on where to drop off the spent battery, or call 1-800-8-BATTERY.
Recommended accessories for use with your tool are available from your local dealer or authorized service
center. If you need assistance regarding accessories, please call: 1-800-54-HOW-TO (544-6986).
The use of any accessory not recommended for use with this tool could be hazardous.
Never use abrasive, masonry, tile or metal cutting blades. Always use 3 3/8" (85.7mm)
Black & Decker offers a full network of company-owned and authorized service locations throughout North
America. All Black & Decker Service Centers are staffed with trained personnel to provide customers with
efficient and reliable power tool service.
Whether you need technical advice, repair, or genuine factory replacement parts, contact the Black & Decker
location nearest you. To find your local service location, refer to the yellow page directory under "Tools—
Electric" or call: 1-800-54-HOW TO (544-6986).
FULL TWO-YEAR HOME USE WARRANTY
Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. warrants this product for two years against any defects in material or
workmanship. The defective product will be replaced or repaired at no charge in either of two ways.
The first, which will result in exchanges only, is to return the product to the retailer from whom it was
purchased (provided that the store is a participating retailer). Returns should be made within the time period
of the retailer's policy for exchanges (usually 30 to 90 days after the sale). Proof of purchase may be
required. Please check with the retailer for their specific return policy regarding returns that are beyond the
time set for exchanges.
The second option is to take or send the product (prepaid) to a Black & Decker owned or authorized Service
Center for repair or replacement at our option. Proof of purchase may be required. Black & Decker owned
and authorized Service Centers are listed under "Tools-Electric" in the yellow pages of the phone directory.
This warranty does not apply to accessories. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have
other rights which vary from state to state and province to province. Should you have any questions, contact
the manager of your nearest Black & Decker Service Center. This product is not intended for commercial use.
Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc.,
701 E. Joppa Rd.
Towson, MD 21286 U.S.A.
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