Craftsman 172.10853 Owner's Manual

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Owner's Manual
Model No.
172.10853 (13 Amps)
Read, understand
and follow
all Safety Rules and Operating
in this manua_ before using this product,
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.



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  • Page 1 Owner's Manual 71/4-in. CIRCULAR SAW Model No. 172.10853 (13 Amps) • SAFETY • OPERATION CAUTION: Read, understand and follow • MAINTENANCE all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions • ESPANOL in this manua_ before using this product, Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.
  • Page 2 23-24 Accessories ..........Page Service Numbers ........Page ONE FULL YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN CIRCULAR If this product fails to give complete satisfaction within one year from the date of purchase, RETURN ITTOTHE NEAREST SEARS STORE INTHE UNITED STATES, and Sears will replace it, free of charge.
  • Page 3 Failure to follow all instructions listed below may result in electric /_ WARNING: BE SURE to read and understand all instructions. shock, fire and/or serious personal injury. WORK AREA SAFETY 1, ALWAYS keep your work area clean and well lit. Cluttered benches and dark areas invite accidents.
  • Page 4 ELECTRICALSAFETYcont. 8. When operating a power tool outside, ALWAYS use an outdoor extension cord marked "W-A" or "W". These cords are rated for outdoor use and reduce the risk of electric shock. NOTE: The extension cord must have adequate wire size AWG (American Wire Gauge) for safe, efficient use.
  • Page 5 TOOL USE AND CARE SAFETY 1. ALWAYS use clamps or other practical ways 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 of control, 2.
  • Page 6: Safety Rules For Circular Saws

    SAFETY RULES FOR CIRCULAR SAWS Keep your second hand on the auxiliary handle or motor housing. I Z_ DANGERI Keep hands away from cutting area and blade, If both hands are holding the saw, they cannot be cut by the blade, 1.
  • Page 7 SAFETYRULESFORCIRCULARSAWScont. 11. ALWAYSBE SUREthatall adjusting screws and the blade holder are fastened tightly BEFORE making a cut. Loose adjusting screws and holders can cause the tool or blade to slip and loss of control may result. 12. When removing the blade from the tool, ALWAYS avoid contact with skin and ALWAYS wear protective gloves when grasping the blade or accessory.
  • Page 8: Rules For Safe Operation

    Ways to Prevent Kickback cont. 5. DO NOT use a dull or damaged blade. Unsharpened or improperly set blades produce narrow kerr which causes excessive friction, blade binding and KICKBACK. 6. ALWAYS be sure that the blade depth and adjusting locking levers are bght and secure BEFORE making a cut.
  • Page 9 ADDITIONAL RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION cont. 6. ALWAYS check for damaged parts. Before further use of the tool, a dguard or other part that is damaged should be carefully checked etermine if it will operate properly and perform its intended function.
  • Page 10 ADDITIONAL RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION cont. WARNING: Some dust particles created by power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling and other construction jobs contains chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are: • Lead from lead-based paints.
  • Page 11 Before attempting to use any tool, be sure to familiarize yourself with all the operating features and safety instructions. KNOWYOUR SAW (See Fig. 1) Your circular saw has many built-in convenience features for fast, efficient cutting. These features include easy to operate adjustments for depth-of-cut and bevel cutting.
  • Page 12 UNPACKING Your circular saw has been shipped completely assembled, except for the blade, which is packed unassembled, inspect the saw carefully to make sure that no breakage or damage has occurred during shipping. If any parts are damaged or missing, return the saw to your nearest Sears Store to have it replaced. SAW UNTIL THE MISSINNG PARTS ARE REPLACED.
  • Page 13: Removing The Blade

    MOUNTING THE BLADE TO SAW cont. 9. Raise lower blade guard using the blade guard handle and hold it in the raised position for the next steps. 10. Replace the "D" washer (See Fig. 2). 11. Firmly hold down spindle lock button as you replace blade screw and hand tighten it in a clockwise direction (See Fig.
  • Page 14: Saw Blades

    careless. Remember that a careless fraction of a second is suff=cient /1 CAUTION: DO NOT let familiarity with your saw make you to cause severe injury. SAW BLADES All saw blades need to be kept clean, sharp and properly set in order to cut efficiently.
  • Page 15 KICKBACK Kickback occurs when the blade stalls rapidly and the saw is driven back towards you. Blade stalling is caused by any action which pinches the blade in the wood. IMPORTANT:The best guard against kickback is to avoid dangerous practices. binds or the saw stalls.
  • Page 16 To Lessen the Chance of Kickback: cont, 2. ALWAYS Inspect the workpiece for knots or nails BEFORE beginning to cut, NEVER saw into a knot or nail, 3. Make straight cuts. ALWAYS use a straight edge guide when rip cutting. This will help prevent twisting the blade in the cut.
  • Page 17: To Adjustblade Depth

    TO ADJUSTBLADE DEPTH 1. Unplugthe saw. WARNING: starting causing possible serious personal injury, Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental 2. Raise depth adjust lever to loosen. (See Fig. 8). 3. Determine the desired depth of cut. 4, Locate the depth-of-cut scale on the back of the upper blade guard.
  • Page 18 TO HELP MAINTAIN CONTROL cont. the trigger switch immediately. Unplug the saw and move the cord to prevent I Z_ DANGER: If the cord hangs up on the workpiece dunng a cut release it from hanging up again. injury or death. If the cord has been damaged, have it replaced before using DANGER, Using the saw with a damaged cord could result in serious the saw again.
  • Page 19: Making Bevel Cuts

    MAKING CROSS CUTS OR RIP CUTS 1. When making cross or rip cuts, align your line of cut with the outer blade _suide notch on the base of the saw ee Fig. 12). 2. Since blade thicknesses vary, ALWAYS make a trial cut in scrap material along the guideline to determine how much, if any the guideline must be offset to get an accurate cut.
  • Page 20 TO ADJUSTTHE BEVEL SETTING 1. Unplug the saw. I A_ WARNING: Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental starting causing possible serious personal injury. 2. Loosen Knob (See Fig. 15). 3. Raise the motor housing end of the saw until you reach the desired angle setting on the bevel scale See Fig.
  • Page 21 You can use either a straight edge or use the Optional Rip/Edge Guide with a 5-inch scale (sold separately at your local Sears store or Craftsman outlet). Using a Straight Edge You can make an efficient...
  • Page 22 MAKING RIPCUTS cont. Using The Rip/Edge Guide (sold separately) To Attach the Rip/Edge Guide 1. Unplugthe saw, I Z_ WARNING: NEVER Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental starting causing possible serious personal injury. 2. Place edge guide through holes in the shoe of the saw (See Fig, 18).
  • Page 23 SERVICE personnel may result in misplacing of internal wires and components, WARNING: Preventive maintenance performed by unauthorized which could cause a serious hazard. • All service that requires opening the saw MUST only be performed by a Sears Service Center. All motor part represent an important part of the double insulation system and MUST only be serviced by a Sears Service Center.
  • Page 24: Double Insulation

    DOUBLE INSULATION Double insulation is a concept in safety in electric power tools, which eliminates the need for the standard 3-wire grounded power cord. All exposed metal parts are isolated from the internal motor components with protecting insulation. Double insulated tools do not need to be grounded. The following recommended accessories are currently available at your local Sears Store.
  • Page 25 NOTES...
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