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Blade Selection - Craftsman 351.228030 Operator's Manual

10" and 12" left-tilting arbor saw
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Never operate saw without blade guards in
place. Be sure blade is not in contact with workpiece when
motor is started. Start motor and allow saw to come to full
Make sure the electrical characteristics
of motor
nameplate and power source are the same.
Saw is fitted with a safety ON/OFF switch on front of
To turn saw on, stand to either side of the blade--never
line with it. Push green START. Always allow saw blade to
come up to full speed before cutting.
Do not turn motor switch ON and OFF rapidly. This action
overheats the motor and may cause saw blade to loosen.
Never leave saw while the power is on.
To turn saw off, push red STOP. Never leave saw until cut-
ting tool has come to a complete stop.
For your own safety, lower blade or cutting tool
below table surface. If blade is tilted, return it to vertical posi-
tion. Turn off safety disconnect or circuit breaker when saw is
not in use.
Blade selection is based on type of material being cut and
how it will be cut. There are three general types of saw
blades: rip saw blades cut with grain of wood, cut-off saw
blades cut across grain, and combination saw blades cut with
grain, across grain and any angle to grain.
Blades vary in many aspects. When selecting a blade, the fol-
lowing blade characteristics
should match up with operation
to be performed and type of material to be cut: type of steel;
quality of steel; tooth style; tooth set; carbide tipped; grind;
number of teeth and size.
IMPORTANT: Your saw is only as accurate and efficient as
blade or cutting tool used.
First, be certain to use the appropriate type of cutting tool for
the operation to be performed. Second, it is strongly recom-
mended that high-quality blades and cutting tools be used. Be
certain blades and cutting tools are kept sharp and in good
working order. Check blades periodically and replace or
sharpen if necessary.
Do not attempt under any circumstances,
service, repair, dismantle, or disassemble any mechanical
or electrical components without physically disconnecting
power sources.
Clean off any preservative on bright (machined)
with appropriate solvent (mineral spirits). Avoid getting
cleaning fluid on any rubber parts as they tend to deterio-
rate rubber.
Use soap and soft water on rubber and plastic parts.
After cleaning, lubricate unpainted surfaces with a light
application of medium consistency machine oil. This lubri-
cation should be repeated at least once every six months.
NOTE: Instead of oil, a good quality paste wax can be
applied to rip fence and table surface. Paste wax will enhance
movement of workpieces. In addition to providing lubrication,
paste wax will help prevent rusting.
Keep your machine and your workshop clean. Do not
allow sawdust to accumulate on saw or inside cabinet.
Frequently vacuum or blow out any sawdust that may
accumulate within cabinet.
Be certain motor and internal mechanisms are clean and
are frequently vacuumed or blown free of any dirt.
For motor maintenance, follow instructions
provided with
All bearings on the arbor are shielded ball bearings. These
bearings are permanently
lubricated at the factory.
As needed, clean the grease off the rack and worm gears
of height and tilt mechanism. Lubricate rack and gears
with a medium viscosity machine oil.
Be sure to lubricate trunnion ways and all bushings.
Occasionally oil all other bearing points, including blade
guard assembly, miter gauge and rip fence.
For motor lubrication, follow instructions
provided with the
Replace belts and worn parts as needed. If power cords
are worn, cut, or damaged in any way, have them
replaced immediately.
Make sure teeth of antikickback pawls are always sharp.
Sharpen dull teeth using a few light strokes of a smooth
cut flat file.
Service motor according to the instructions provided. The
motor should be serviced only by a qualified electrician.



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