Craftsman 172.10853 Owner's Manual page 21

7 1/4-in. circular saw
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TO MAKE POCKET CUTS
/K WARNING:
ALWAYS adjust bevel setting to zero before making a
pocket cut. Attempting a pocket cut at any other setting can result in a loss
of control of the saw, possibly causing serious injury.
1. Adjust the bevel setting to zero, set the blade to the correct blade depth setting,
and swing the lower blade guard up, using the lower blade guard handle.
I /_ WARNING:
ALWAYS
raise the lower blade guard with the handle
to avoid serious injury.
2. While holding the lower blade guard by the handle, firmly
rest the front of the
shoe flat against the workpiece with the rear handle raised so the blade does
not touch the workpiece
(See Fig, 16).
3. Squeeze
the trigger switch to start the
saw. ALWAYS let the blade reach full
speed, then slowly lower the blade onto
the workpiece until the shoe is flat
against
the workpiece.
4. After you complete the cut, release the
trigger switch and allow the blade to
come to a complete stop. After the
blade has stopped,
remove it from the
workpiece.
Corners
can then be cleared
out with a hand saw or sabre saw.
Z_ WARNING:
NEVER
tie the lower blade guard in the raised position.
I
Leaving the blade exposed could result in serious
injury.
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MAKING
RIP CUTS
ALWAYS
use a guide when making long or wide rip cuts with your saw. 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
rip guide
by clamping
a straight
edge to your
workpiece.
(See Fig.17)
1. Secure the workpiece.
2. Use C-clamps
to firmly attach
straight
edge to the workpiece.
3. Carefully
guide the saw along the
straight
edge for a straight
rip cut.
4. DO NOT bind
the blade
in the cut.
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