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Craftsman 973.113121 Operator's Manual

5-1/2 in., 18 volt cordless trim saw
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5-1/2 in., 18 VOLT
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• Safety
• Features
• Operation
• Maintenance
• Parts List
Help Line: 1-800-932-3188
and Co., 3333
Rd. Hoffman
IL 60179
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  • Page 1 Safety Rules and • Parts List Operating Instructions before first use of this product. Customer Help Line: 1-800-932-3188 ® Sears, Roebuck and Co., 3333 Beverly Rd. Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 Visit the Craftsman web page: 983000-054 3-02...
  • Page 2 FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN CORDLESS TRIM SAW If this I;RRFI"$MRN Cordless Trim Saw fails to give complete satisfaction within one year from the date of pur- chase, RETURN IT TO THE NEAREST SEARS STORE OR SEARS SERVICE CENTER IN THE UNITED STATES, and Sears will repair it, free of charge.
  • Page 3 The purpose of safety symbols is to attract your attention to possible dangers, The safety symbols, and the explanations with them, deserve your careful attention and understanding. The safety warnings do not by themselves eliminate any danger. The instructions or warnings they give are not substitutes for proper accident prevention measures.
  • Page 5 RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION (Continued) Make sure cord is located so that it will not be • KEEP BLADES CLEAN AND SHARP. Sharp stepped on, tripped over, or otherwise subjected blades minimize stalling and kickback. to damage or stress. KEEP HANDS AWAY FROM CUTTING AREA. An extension cord should not be used unless Keep hands away from blade.
  • Page 6 WARNING: Some dust created by power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling, and other construction activities contains chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are: • lead from lead-based paints, • crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products, and •...
  • Page 7 BATTERYPACK CHARGER See Figure 2. Your charger has a "key hole" hanging feature for convenient, space saving storage. Screws should be installed so that center distances are 1-7/16 inches apart. YELLOWANDGREENLIGHTS INDICATE SOFT STARTMODE GREENLIGHT"ON" INDICATES SLOWCHARGING MODEOR FULLYCHARGED REDLIGHT"ON" INDICATESFAST 1-7/16in.
  • Page 8 SWITCH KNOW YOUR TRIM SAW See Figure 3. See Figure 3. Your saw is equipped with a lock-off button which Before attempting to use any tool familiarize yourself reduces the possibility of accidental starting. The lock- with all operating features and safety requirements. off button is located on the handle above the switch Features include easily operated bevel cut and depth trigger.
  • Page 9 • Normally, the yellow and green lights on charger WARNING: Always wear safety goggles or will come on. This indicates charger is in soft start safety glasses with side shields when operating mode and should switch to fast charge mode within tools.
  • Page 10 WARNING: Always remove battery pack from WARNING: A 5-1/2 in. blade is the maximum your saw when you are assembling parts, making blade capacity of your saw. Never use a blade that is too thick to allow outer blade washer to adjustments, assembling or removing blades, cleaning, or when not in use.
  • Page 11 • Fitsawbladeinsidelowerbladeguard andonto SAW BLADES spindle. N ote:The saw teeth point upward at the The best of saw blades will not cut efficiently if they front of saw as shown in figure 5. are not kept clean, sharp, and properly set. Using a dull blade will place a heavy load on your saw and •...
  • Page 12 KICKBACK TO LESSEN THE CHANCE OF KICKBACK: See Figure 8. • Always keep the correct blade depth setting - the correct blade depth setting for all cuts should not exceed 1/4 in. below the material to be cut. See Figure lO. One blade tooth below the material to be cut works best for most efficient cutting action.
  • Page 13 • Whenmaking a cutusesteady, evenpressure. STARTING A CUT Never f orcecuts. Know the right way to use your saw. • Donotcutwarped or wetlumber. See Figure13. • Always holdyoursawfirmlywithbothhands and keepyourbodyin a balanced position soas to resist t heforces of kickback s houldit occur. When using your saw, always stay alert and exercise control.
  • Page 14 TO HELP MAINTAIN CONTROL: Hold your saw firmly with both hands. See Figure 16. • Always support your workpiece near the cut. • Support your workpiece so the cut will be on your left. • Clamp your workpiece so it will not move during the cut.
  • Page 15 TOPVIEW OFSAW GUIDELINE RIP GUIDE (EDGE GUIDE) Use the rip guide provided with your saw when FRONTOFSAW making wide rip cuts. A five inch scale has been provided on the rip guide. When using the width of cut scale on the base in combination with the rip guide, cuts can be made up to 6 in.
  • Page 16 ALTERNATIVE RIP METHOD Align your line of cut with the inner blade guide notch on the saw base when making 45 ° bevel cuts. See Figure 20. Since blade thicknesses vary and different angles Using C-clamps, firmly clamp a straight edge to the require different settings, always make a trial cut workpeice and guide the saw along the straight edge in scrap material along a guideline to determine...
  • Page 17 POSITIVE 0 ° BEVEL STOP • Turn screw and adjust base until square with saw See Figure 23. blade. • ]3ghten hex nut and bevel adjustment knob securely. ADJUSTMENT BEVEL WARNING: Attempting to make cuts without SCREW ADJUSTMENT bevel adjustment knob securely tightened can KNOB result in serious injury.
  • Page 18 Do not abuse power tools. Abusive practices can WARNING: When servicing, use only identical Craftsman replacement parts. Use of any other damage tool as well as workpiece. part may create a hazard or cause product Only the parts shown on parts list, page 21, are damage.
  • Page 20 CRAFTSMAN 18 VOLT CORDLESS TRIM SAW - MODEL NUMBER 973.113121 "26 21 22 "2...
  • Page 21 CRAFTSMAN 18 VOLT CORDLESS TRIM SAW - MODEL NUMBER 973.113121 The model number will be found on a plate attached to the motor housing. Always mention the model number in all correspondence regarding your CORDLESS TRIM SAW or when ordering repair parts.
  • Page 22 Get it fixed, at your home or ours! For repair of major brand appliances in your own home... no matter who made it, no matter who sold it! 1-800-4-MY-HOME Anytlrne, day or night (1-800-469-4663) To bring in products such as vacuums, lawn equipment and electronics for repair, call for the location of your nearest Sears Parts &...