Indicating the remaining battery
Only for battery cartridges with the indicator
► Fig.5: 1. Indicator lamps 2. Check button
Press the check button on the battery cartridge to indi-
cate the remaining battery capacity. The indicator lamps
light up for a few seconds.
NOTE: Depending on the conditions of use and the
ambient temperature, the indication may differ slightly
from the actual capacity.
Before installing the battery car-
tridge into the tool, always check to see that the
switch trigger actuates properly and returns to
the "OFF" position when released.
► Fig.6: 1. Lock-off button 2. Switch trigger
To prevent the switch trigger from being accidentally
pulled, a lock-off button is provided. To start the tool,
press the lock-off button and pull the switch trigger.
Release the switch trigger to stop.
NEVER defeat the lock-off button
by taping down or some other means. A switch with
a negated lock-off button may result in unintentional
operation and serious personal injury.
NEVER use the tool if it runs when
you simply pull the switch trigger without press-
ing the lock-off button. A switch in need of repair
may result in unintentional operation and serious
personal injury. Return tool to a Makita service center
for proper repairs BEFORE further usage.
Do not pull the switch trigger hard
without pressing in the lock-off button. This can
cause switch breakage.
75% to 100%
50% to 75%
25% to 50%
0% to 25%
Load status indicator
The load status indicator shows the level of the load on
the motor during cutting operation. As the load on the
motor increases, the number of lighting lamp increases.
► Fig.7: 1. Load status indicator
If the motor is operated with excessive load, all lamps of
the load status indicator will blink. In this case, reduce the
load on the motor. If you continue to load the motor while
the load status indicator is blinking, the tool will automati-
cally stops in few seconds due to overload protection.
NOTE: If an excessive load is generated at once, the
tool automatically stops without blinking of the load
Interval between vise and guide plate
After adjusting the interval
between the vise and the guide plate, make
sure that the guide plate is properly secured.
Insufficient fixing may result in personal injury.
The following interval settings of the vise are available:
0 - 170 mm (original setting)
35 - 205 mm
70 - 240 mm
If your work requires different setting, proceed as fol-
lows to change the spacing or interval.
Loosen the screw on the guide plate. Move the guide
plate to the desired position then tighten the screw.
► Fig.8: 1. Screw 2. Guide plate
Cutting angle adjustment
After adjusting the angle of the guide
plate, make sure that the guide plate is properly
secured. Insufficient fixing may result in personal injury.
Do not operate the tool when
the material is not firmly secured with the vise
because of the cutting angle.
Turn the lever counterclockwise. Move the guide plate
to the desired angle and fully tighten the lever.
► Fig.9: 1. Guide plate 2. Lever
NOTE: The scale on the guide plate is only a rough
indication. For more accurate angle, use a protractor
or triangle ruler. Keep the handle down so that the
cut-off wheel extends into the base. At the same time,
adjust the angle between the guide plate and the cut-
off wheel with a protractor or triangle ruler.
Spark guard adjustment
The spark guard is factory-installed with its lower edge contact-
ing the base. Operating the tool in this position will cause many
sparks to fly around. Loosen the screw and adjust the spark
guard to a position at which minimum sparks will fly around.
► Fig.10: 1. Screw 2. Spark guard