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before connecting saw to power source. Stand slightly
to the side of the blade path to reduce the chance of
injury should kickback occur.
WARNING: Do not use blades rated less than the
speed of this tool. Failure to heed this warning could
result in personal injury.
Use the miter gauge when making cross, miter, bevel,
and compound miter cuts. To secure the angle, lock the
miter gauge in place by twisting the lock knob
clockwise. Always tighten the lock knob securely in
place before use.
WARNING: Never use the fence and miter gauge
together. This may cause a kickback condition and
injury to the operator.
CAUTION: It is recommended that you place the
piece to be saved on the left side of the blade and that
you make a test cut on scrap wood rst.
Types of cuts (Fig. 26)
There are six basic cuts: 1) the cross cut, 2) the rip cut, 3) the
miter cut, 4) the bevel cross cut, 5) the bevel rip cut, and 6)
the compound (bevel) miter cut.
CAUTION: All other cuts are combinations of these
basic six. Operating procedures for making each kind
of cut are given later in this section.
WARNING: Always make sure the blade guard is in
place and working properly when making these cuts
to avoid possible injury.
Cross cuts are straight 90° cuts made across the grain of the
workpiece. The wood is fed into the cut at a 90° angle to the
blade, and the blade is vertical.
Rip cuts are made with the grain of the wood. To avoid
kickback while making a rip cut, make sure one side of the
wood rides rmly against the rip fence.
Miter cuts are made with the wood at any angle to the
blade other than 90°. The blade is vertical. Miter cuts tend to
"creep" during cutting. This can be controlled by holding
the workpiece securely against the miter gauge.
WARNING: Always use a push stick with small pieces
of wood, and also to nish the cut when ripping a
long narrow piece of wood, to prevent your hands
from getting close to the blade.
Bevel cuts are made with a blade set at an angle. Bevel
cross cuts are across the wood grain, and bevel rip cuts are
with the grain.
Compound (or bevel) miter cuts are made with a blade set
at an angle on wood that is angled to the blade. Be
thoroughly familiar with making cross cuts, rip cuts, bevel
cuts, and miter cuts before trying a compound miter cut.
Fig. 26
Cross cut
Miter cut
Bevel rip cut
Making a cross cut (Fig. 27)
WARNING: Make sure the blade guard assembly is
installed and working properly to avoid possible
serious injury.
WARNING: Using the rip fence as a cuto gauge
when cross cutting will result in kickback which can
cause serious personal injury.
Remove the rip fence.
Set the blade to the correct depth for the workpiece.
Set the miter gauge to 0° and tighten the lock knob.
Make sure the wood is clear of the blade before turning
on the saw.
To turn saw on, press the green "I"-Button on the on/o
To turn saw OFF, press the red "0"-Button on the on/o
Let the blade build up to full speed before moving the
workpiece into the blade.
Hold the workpiece rmly with both hands on the miter
gauge and feed the workpiece into the blade.
NOTICE: The hand closest to the blade should be placed on
the miter gauge lock knob and the hand farthest from the
blade should be placed on the workpiece.
When the cut is made, turn the saw o . Wait for the
blade to come to a complete stop before removing the
Fig. 27
Rip cut
Bevel cross cut
Compound (bevel)
miter cut

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