14. Use safety equipment. Always wear eye
protection. Dust mask, non-skid safety shoes,
hard hat, or hearing protection must be used for
appropriate conditions. Ordinary eye or sun
glasses are NOT eye protection.
Tool Use and Care
15. Use clamps or other practical way to secure
and support the workpiece to a stable platform.
Holding the work by hand or against your body is
unstable and may lead to loss of control.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Disconnect the plug from the power source
before making any adjustments, changing
preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the tool accidentally.
19. Store idle tools out of reach of children and
other untrained persons. Tools are dangerous in
the hands of untrained users.
20. 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.
21. Check for misalignment or binding of moving
parts, breakage of parts, and any other
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
DO NOT let comfort or familiarity with product (gained
from repeated use) replace strict adherence to portable
band saw safety rules. If you use this tool unsafely or
incorrectly, you can suffer serious personal injury.
Use only blades which are 1,140 mm (44-7/8")
long, 13 mm (1/2") wide, and 0.5 mm (.020")
Check the blade carefully for cracks or
damage before operation. Replace cracked or
damaged blade immediately.
Table 1: Minimum gage for cord
Not More Than
condition that may affect the tool's operation.
If damaged, have the tool serviced before
using. Many accidents are caused by poorly
22. Use only accessories that are recommended
Accessories that may be suitable for one tool, may
become hazardous when used on another tool.
23. Tool service must be performed only by
maintenance performed by unqualified personnel
could result in a risk of injury.
24. When servicing a tool, use only identical
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
USE PROPER EXTENSION CORD. Make sure your
extension cord is in good condition. When using an
extension cord, be sure to use one heavy enough to
carry the current your product will draw. An
undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage
resulting in loss of power and overheating. Table 1
shows the correct size to use depending on cord
length and nameplate ampere rating. If in doubt, use
the next heavier gage. The smaller the gage number,
the heavier the cord.
Secure the workpiece firmly. When cutting a
bundle of workpieces, be sure that all
workpieces are secured together firmly before
Cutting workpieces covered with oil can cause
the blade to come off unexpectedly. Wipe off
all excess oil from workpieces before cutting.
Never use the cutting oil as a cutting lubricant.
Use only Makita cutting wax.
Do not wear gloves during operation.
Hold the tool firmly with both hands.
Keep hands away from rotating parts.
Total length of cord in feet