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• Keep shoe firmly against work surface.
• Charge battery for 3 hours before first use.
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INSTRUCTIVO DE OPERACIÓN, CENTROS DE SERVICIO Y
PÓLIZA DE GARANTÍA. ADVERTENCIA: LÉASE ESTE
INSTRUCTIVO ANTES DE USAR EL PRODUCTO.
CAT. NOS. CRS144
FORM NO. 396715-00
GENERAL SAFETY RULES - FOR ALL BATTERY OPERATED TOOLS
WARNING! READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL INSTRUCTIONS.
Failure to follow all instructions listed below, may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
• Keep your work area clean and well lit. Cluttered benches and dark areas invite accidents.
• Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of
flammable liquids, gases, or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or
• Keep bystanders, children, and visitors away while operating a power tool.
Distractions can cause you to lose control.
• Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord to carry the tool. Keep cord away from
heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Replace damaged cords immediately.
Damaged cords may create a fire.
• A battery operated tool with integral batteries or a separate battery pack must be
recharged only with the specified charger for the battery. A charger that may be suitable
for one type of battery may create a risk of fire when used with another battery.
• Use battery operated tool only with specifically designated battery pack. Use of any
other batteries may create a risk of fire.
• 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 influence of drugs, alcohol, or
medication. A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in serious
• Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Contain long hair. Keep your
hair, clothing, and gloves away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair
can be caught in moving parts.
• Avoid accidental starting. Be sure switch is in the locked or off position before
inserting battery pack. Carrying tools with your finger on the switch or inserting the battery
pack into a tool with the switch on invites accidents.
• Remove adjusting keys or wrenches before turning the tool on. A wrench or a key that is
left attached to a rotating part of the tool may result in personal injury.
• Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. Proper footing and
balance enable better control of the tool in unexpected situations.
• Use safety equipment. Always wear eye protection. Dust mask, non-skid safety shoes,
hard hat, or hearing protection must be used for appropriate conditions.
Tool Use and Care
• 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
• 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. A tool that cannot be controlled with the
switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
• Disconnect battery pack from tool or place the switch in the locked or off position
before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing the tool. Such
preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the tool accidentally.
• Store idle tools out of reach of children and other untrained persons. Tools are
dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
• When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from other metal objects like: paper
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clips, coins, keys, nails, screws or other small metal objects that can make a
connection from one terminal to another. Shorting the battery terminals together may
cause sparks, burns, or a fire.
• Maintain tools with care. Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained tools,
with sharp cutting edge 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 tool's operation. If damaged, have the tool serviced
before using. Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained tools.
• Use only accessories that are recommended by the manufacturer for your model.
Accessories that may be suitable for one tool may create a risk of injury when used on
• Tool service must be performed only by qualified repair personnel. Service or
maintenance performed by unqualified personnel may result in a risk of injury.
• 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 shock or injury.
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
• Hold tool by insulated gripping surfaces when performing an operation where the
cutting tool may contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact with a "live" wire will
make exposed metal parts of the tool "live" and shock the operator.
• KEEP HANDS AWAY from cutting area. Never reach underneath the material for any rea-
son. Hold front of saw by grasping the contoured gripping area. Do not insert fingers or thumb
into the vicinity of the reciprocating blade and blade clamp. Do not stabilize the saw by grip-
ping the shoe.
• KEEP BLADES SHARP. Dull blades may cause the saw to swerve or stall under pressure.
CAUTION: 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 inhala-
tion and minimize skin contact.
CAUTION: Use of this tool can generate dust containing chemicals known to cause can-
cer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Use appropriate respiratory protection.
The label on your tool may include the following symbols.
.......................... Class II Construction
........................safety alert symbol
........................Quick Release lock-on symbol
SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS: CHARGING THE SAW
1. This manual contains important safety and operating instructions.
2. Before using battery charger, read all instructions and cautionary markings on (1) battery
charger, (2) battery, and (3) product using battery.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of injury, charge only Black & Decker Power Packs.
Other types of batteries may burst causing personal injury and damage.
4. Do not expose charger to rain or snow.
5. Use of an attachment not recommended or sold by Black & Decker may result in a risk of
fire, electric shock, or injury to persons.
6. To reduce risk of damage to electric plug and cord, pull by plug rather than cord when dis-
7. Make sure cord is located so that it will not be stepped on, tripped over, or otherwise sub-
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jected to damage or stress.
8. An extension cord should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Use of improper
extension cord could result in a risk of fire, electric shock or electrocution.
a. Two-wire cords can be used with 2-wire or 3-wire extension cords. Only round jacketed
extension cords should be used, and we recommend that they be listed by Underwriters
Laboratories (U.L.). If the extension is to be used outside, the cord must be suitable for
outdoor use. Any cord marked for outdoor use can also be used for indoor work. The let-
ters "W" or "WA" on the cord jacket indicate that the cord is suitable for outdoor use.
An extension cord must have adequate wire size (AWG or American Wire Gauge) for
safety, and to prevent loss of power and overheating. The smaller the gauge number of
the wire, the greater the capacity of the cable; that is, 16 gauge has more capacity than
18 gauge. When using more than one extension to make up the total length, be sure each
extension contains at least the minimum wire size.
CHART FOR MINIMUM WIRE SIZE (AWG)OF EXTENSION CORDS
Total Extension Cord Length (ft)
9. Use only the supplied charger when charging your saw. The use of any other charger
could damage the battery or create a hazardous condition.
10. Use only one charger when charging.
11. Do not attempt to open the charger or the saw. There are no customer serviceable parts
inside. Return to any authorized Black & Decker service center.
12. DO NOT incinerate the saw or battery packs even if they are severely damaged or com-
pletely worn out. The batteries can explode in a fire.
13. A small leakage of liquid from the battery cells may occur under extreme usage, charg-
ing or temperature conditions. This does not indicate a failure. However, if the outer seal
is broken and this leakage gets on your skin:
a. Wash quickly with soap and water.
b. Neutralize with a mild acid such as lemon juice or vinegar.
c. If the battery liquid gets in your eyes, flush them with clean water for a minimum of 10
minutes and seek immediate medical attention. MEDICAL NOTE: The liquid is a 25-35%
solution of potassium hydroxide.
CHARGING THE POWER PACK
THE BATTERIES IN YOUR POWER PACK ARE NOT FULLY CHARGED AT THE
FACTORY. BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO CHARGE THEM, THOROUGHLY READ ALL OF
THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
The 3 hour charger is designed to use standard household 120 volt 60 Hz power.
1. Plug the charger into any standard 120 Volt 60 Hz electrical outlet.
2. Insert the power pack into the charger and let it charge for 3 hours.
3. Remove pack from the charger and place in tool. NOTE: To remove the battery from the
saw, press in on the release buttons on both sides of the battery and pull out.
IMPORTANT CHARGING NOTES
1. After normal usage, your power pack should be fully charged in 3 hours or less. If the
power pack is run-down completely, it may take up to 6 hours to become fully charged.
Your power pack was sent from the factory in an uncharged condition. Before attempting
to use it, it must be charged for at least 3 hours.
2. DO NOT charge the power pack in an air temperature below 40°F or above 105°F. This
is important and will prevent serious damage to the power pack. Longest life and best per-
formance can be obtained if power pack is charged when air temperature is about 75°F.
3. While charging, the charger may hum and become warm to touch. This is a normal con-
dition and does not indicate a problem.
4. If the power pack 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 power pack 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 power pack and charger to your
local Black & Decker service center. See Tools Electric in yellow pages.
5. The power pack should be recharged when it fails to produce sufficient power on jobs
which were easily done previously. DO NOT CONTINUE using saw with its power pack
in a depleted condition.
n o ........................no load speed
.../min ..................revolutions or
NAMEPLATE RATING AMPS – 0 – 10.0