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Craftsman 172.108510 Owner's Manual page 6

7 1/4-in. circular saws
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SAFETY
RULES
FOR CIRCULAR
SAWS
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DANGER!
Keep hands
away from cutting
area and blade.
Keep your second
hand on the auxiliary
handle
or motor housing.
If both hands are holding the saw, they cannot be cut by the blade.
1. ALWAYS
keep your body positioned
to either side of the saw blade, but
not in line with the saw blade. Kickback could cause the saw to jump
backwards.
(See Kickback...What
Causes It and Ways to Prevent It on pages 7-8).
2. DO NOT reach underneath
the work. The guard cannot protect you from
the blade beneath the work.
3. ALWAYS
check lower guard for proper closing
BEFORE
each use.
DO NOT operate
the saw if the lower guard does not move freely and
close instantly.
Never clamp or tie the lower guard in the open position.
If the saw is accidentally
dropped, the lower guard may be bent. Raise the
lower guard with the retracting
handle.
Make sure that it moves
freely and
does not touch the blade or any other part in all angles
and depths of cut.
4. ALWAYS
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. The lower guard may operate sluggishly,
due to
damaged
parts, gummy
deposits,
or a buildup
of debris.
5.The
lower guard should
be retracted
manually
ONLY for making
special
cuts, such as pocket
or compound
cuts. ALWAYS
raise the lower guard
by retracting
the handle.
As soon as the blade enters the material,
the
lower guard MUST
be released.
For all other sawing, the lower guard
should
operate
automatically.
6. ALWAYS
make sure that the lower guard is covering
the blade BEFORE
placing
the saw down on a work bench
or floor.
An unprotected
moving
blade will cause the saw to walk backwards,
cutting
whatever
is in its path.
Make note of the time it takes for the blade to stop spinning
after the
switch is released.
7. NEVER hold the piece being cut in your hands or across your legs.
It is important to support the work properly in order to minimize body
exposure, blade binding, or loss of control.
8. ALWAYS 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 the exposed metal parts of
the tool "live" and shock the operator,
9.When ripping, ALWAYS use a rip fence or straight edge guide. This
improves the accuracy of the cut and reduces the chance of the blade binding.
10. ALWAYS use blades that have the correct size and shape (diamond
vs. round) arbor holes. Blades that do not match the mounting hardware
of the saw will run erratically and will cause loss of control,
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