When the tool is shipped, the handle is locked in the
lowered position by the handle latch. Release the han-
dle latch by lowering the handle slightly and turn the
handle latch to the released position.
► 1. Handle latch
This tool should be bolted with four bolts to a level and
stable surface using the bolt holes provided in the tool's
base. This will help prevent tipping and possible injury.
12.0 x 4
► 1. Bolt
Always be sure that the tool is switched off and
unplugged before adjusting or checking function
on the tool.
► 1. Blade guard
When lowering the handle, the blade guard rises auto-
matically. The guard is spring loaded so it returns to
its original position when the cut is completed and the
handle is raised. NEVER DEFEAT OR REMOVE THE
BLADE GUARD OR THE SPRING WHICH ATTACHES
TO THE GUARD.
In the interest of your personal safety, always maintain
the blade guard in good condition. Any irregular opera-
tion of the blade guard should be corrected immediately.
Check to assure spring loaded return action of guard.
NEVER USE THE TOOL IF THE BLADE GUARD OR
SPRING ARE DAMAGED, FAULTY OR REMOVED.
DOING SO IS HIGHLY DANGEROUS AND CAN
CAUSE SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY.
If the see-through blade guard becomes dirty, or saw-
dust adheres to it in such a way that the blade is no lon-
ger easily visible, unplug the saw and clean the guard
carefully with a damp cloth. Do not use solvents or any
petroleum-based cleaners on the plastic guard.
If the blade guard is especially dirty and vision through
the guard is impaired, use the supplied socket wrench
to loosen the hex bolt holding the center cover. Loosen
the hex bolt by turning it counterclockwise and raise
the blade guard and center cover. With the blade guard
so positioned, cleaning can be more completely and
efficiently accomplished. When cleaning is complete,
reverse procedure above and secure bolt. Do not
remove spring holding blade guard. If guard becomes
discolored through age or UV light exposure, contact
a Makita service center for a new guard. DO NOT
DEFEAT OR REMOVE GUARD.