Catalog Numbers FS1400CS, FS1300CS
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KEY INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW:
• A sharp blade will improve performance dramatically.
• A dull blade will cause slow, inefficient cutting.
• Always support work properly. (See illustrations on work support in this manual.)
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Cat. # FS1400CS, FS1300CS Form. # 623521-01 (APR-04-1) Copyright © 2004 Black & Decker Printed in Mexico
GENERAL SAFETY RULES
WARNING! Read and understand all instructions. Failure to follow all instructions listed
below, may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious personal injury.
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• Keep your work area clean and well lit. Cluttered benches and dark areas invite acci-
• 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
• Keep bystanders, children, and visitors away while operating a power tool.
Distractions can cause 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 electri-
cian to install a polarized outlet. Do not change the plug in any way. Double insulation
eliminates the need for the three wire grounded power cord and grounded power sup-
• Avoid body contact with grounded surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges and
refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is grounded.
• Don't expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water entering a power tool will
increase the risk of electric shock.
• 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 moving parts. Replace dam-
aged cords immediately. Damaged cords 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.
• 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 per-
• 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. Air vents cover moving parts and should be avoided.
• Avoid accidental starting. Be sure switch is off before plugging in. Carrying tools with
your finger on the switch or plugging in tools that have 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 enables 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
• 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. Any tool that cannot be controlled
with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
• Disconnect the plug from the power source before making any adjustments, chang-
ing accessories, or storing the tool. Such preventative safety measures reduce the risk
of starting the tool accidentally.
• Store idle tools out of reach of children and other untrained persons. Tools are dan-
gerous in the hands of untrained users.
• 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.
• Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts, and any other
condition that may affect the tools 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 become hazardous when used on
• Tool service must be performed only by qualified repair personnel. Service or mainte-
nance performed by unqualified personnel could 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 electric shock or injury.
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
DANGER! Keep hands away from cutting area and blade. Keep your second hand
on auxiliary handle, or motor housing. If both hands are holding the saw, they cannot be
cut by the blade.
• Keep your body positioned to either side of the saw blade, but not in line with the saw
blade. KICKBACK could case the saw to jump backwards. (See "Causes and Operator
Prevention of Kickback.")
• Do not reach underneath the work. The guard can not protect you from the blade below
• Check lower guard for proper closing before each use. Do not operate saw if lower
guard does not move freely and close instantly. Never clamp or tie the lower guard
into the open position. If saw is accidentally dropped, the lower guard may be bent. Raise
the lower guard with the Retracting Handle 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 operating properly, they must be serviced before use. Lower guard may
operate sluggishly due to damaged parts, gummy deposits, or a buildup of debris.
• Lower guard should be retracted manually only for special cuts such as "Pocket
Cuts" and "Compound Cuts." Raise lower guard by Retracting Handle. As soon as
blade enters the material, lower guard must be released. For all other sawing, the lower
guard should operate automatically.
• Always observe that the lower guard is covering the blade before placing saw down
on bench or floor. An 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
• NEVER hold piece being cut in your hands or across your leg. It is 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 operation where the cut-
ting tool may contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact with a "live" wire will also
make exposed metal parts of the tool "live" and shock the operator.
• When ripping, always use a rip fence or straight edge guide. This improves the accura-
cy of cut and reduces the chance for blade binding.
• Always use blades with correct size and shape (diamond vs. round) arbor holes.
Blades that do not match the mounting hardware of the saw will run eccentrically, causing
loss of control.
• Never use damaged or incorrect blade washers or bolts. The blade washers and bolt
were specially designed for your saw, for optimum performance and safety of operation.
CAUSES AND OPERATOR PREVENTION OF KICKBACK:
• Kickback is a sudden reaction to a pinched, bound or misaligned saw blade, causing an
uncontrolled saw to lift up and out of the workpiece toward the operator.
• When the blade is pinched or bound tightly by the kerf closing down, the blade stalls and the
motor reaction drives the unit rapidly back toward the operator.
• If 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 kerf and jump
back toward operator.
• Kickback is the result of tool misuse and/or incorrect operating procedures or conditions and
can be avoided by taking proper precautions as given below.
a. Maintain a firm grip with both hands on the saw and position your body and arm to
allow you to resist KICKBACK forces. Kickback forces can be controlled by the opera-
tor, if proper precautions are taken.
b. When blade is binding, or when interrupting a cut for any reason, release the trig-
ger and hold the saw motionless in the material into the blade comes to a complete
stop. Never attempt to remove the saw from the work or pull the saw backward
while the blade is in motion or KICKBACK may occur. Investigate and take corrective
actions to eliminate the cause of blade binding.
c. When restarting a saw in the workpiece, center the saw blade in the kerf and check
that the saw teeth are not engaged into the material. If saw blade is binding, it may
walk up or KICKBACK from the workpiece as the saw is restarted.
d. Support large panels to minimize the risk of blade pinching and KICKBACK. Large
panels tend to sag under their own weight. Support must be placed under the panel on
both sides, near the line of cut and near the edge of the panel.
e. Do not use dull or damaged blade. Unsharpened or improperly set blades produce nar-
row kerf causing excessive friction, blade binding, and KICKBACK.
f. Blade depth and bevel adjusting locking levers must be tight and secure before
making cut. If blade adjustment shifts while cutting, it may cause binding and KICKBACK.
g. Use extra caution when making a "Pocket Cut" into existing walls or other blind
areas. The protruding blade may cut objects that can cause KICKBACK.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY RULES: CIRCULAR SAWS
WARNING: Some dust created by power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling, and other con-
struction activities contains chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other repro-
ductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:
• lead from lead-based paints,
• crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products, and
• arsenic and chromium from chemically-treated lumber (CCA).
Your risk from these exposures varies, depending on how often you do this type of work. To
reduce your exposure to these chemicals: work in a well ventilated area, and work with
approved safety equipment, such as those dust masks that are specially designed to filter out
• Avoid prolonged contact with dust from power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling, and
other construction activities. Wear protective clothing and wash exposed areas with
soap and water. Allowing dust to get into your mouth, eyes, or lay on the skin may promote
absorption of harmful chemicals.
WARNING: Use of this tool can generate and/or disperse dust, which may cause seri-
ous and permanent respiratory or other injury. Always use NIOSH/OSHA approved res-
piratory protection appropriate for the dust exposure. Direct particles away from face and
CAUTION: Wear appropriate hearing protection during use. Under some conditions
and duration of use, noise from this product may contribute to hearing loss.
• 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 lever.
• 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.
DANGER: KEEP HANDS AWAY FROM CUTTING AREA. Keep hands away from blades.
Never place hands in front of 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
• SUPPORT LARGE PANELS. Large panels must be supported as shown (Fig. 1) in this
manual to minimize the risk of blade pinching and kickback. 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.
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