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Craftsman 315.108620 Operator's Manual

7-1/4 in. circular saw with laser guide double insulated
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WARNING: To reduce_herbk of injury,
the user must read and understand the
operator's manual before using this product.
Customer Help Line: 1-800-932-3188
Sears, Roebuck and Co., 3333 Beverly Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 USA
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9-05 (REV:01)
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  • Page 1 Customer Help Line: 1-800-932-3188 Sears, Roebuck and Co., 3333 Beverly Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 USA Visit the Craftsman web page: Save this manual for future reference 983000-B17 9-05 (REV:01)
  • Page 2 SEARS STORE OR PARTS AND REPAIR CENTER OR OTHER CRAFTSMAN OUTLET IN THE UNITED STATES FOR FREE REPAIR. If this Craftsman tool is used for commercial or rental purposes, this warranty applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase, This warranty gives you specific regal rights, and you may a|so have other rights whtch vary from state to state, Sears, Roebuck and Co., Dept.
  • Page 3: Work Area

    before plugging In. Carrying tools with your finger on WARNING! Read and understandall instrue- the switch or plugging in tools that have the switch on 'dons.Failureto follow aJlinstructions listedbelow, invitesaccidents. may resultIn electricshock,fire and/or serious • Remove adjusting keys or wrenches before turning personal injury_ the too! on.
  • Page 4 SERVICE =' When servtc]nga tool, use only Identical replace- ment parts. Followinstructions in the Maintenance [] Tool service must be performedonly by qualified section of this manual. Use of unauthorized partsor repair personnel.Serviceor maintenanceperformed failure to follow MaintenanceInstruct_ons may createa by unqualified personnel c ouldresultin a riskof injury.
  • Page 5 Warnings: Laser Guide fire,or serious injury. The laser guide radiation used in the Craftsman circular saw m Always wear safety glasses. Everyday eyeglasses is Class Ilia with maximum 5mW and 650nm wavelengths, haveonlyimpact-resistant l enses; theyare NOT safety These lasers do not normally present an optical hazard glasses.Following 1hismlewill reducethe risk of serious...
  • Page 6: Symbols

    Some of the following symbols may be used on this tool, Please study them and learn their meaning_ Proper interpreta- tion of these symbols wlll allow you to operate the tool better and safer, SYMBOL NAME DESIGNATION/EXPLANATION Volts Voltage ,11 , ,i,i Amperes Current Hertz...
  • Page 7 The following signal words a nd meanings are intended toexplain thelevels o f risk associated with this product. SIGNAL MEANING SYMBOL DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury. Indicates a potentially hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, coWd WARNING: result in death or serious injury.
  • Page 8: Double Insulation

    EXTENSION CORDS DOUBLE INSULATION Doublelnsulatlon ts a concept tn safety tn electric power When using a power tool at a considerable distance from tools, whicheliminates the need for the usualthree-wire a power source, be sure to use an extension cord that has grounded power cord_All exposed metal parts are the capacity to handle the current the tool will draw.
  • Page 9 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS II Input......120 V,60 Hz, AC Only, 14 Amps Blade Diameter ............ 7-1/4 ino Ii No Load Speed..........5,0O0/min. !1 Blade Arbor ............5/8 in. w Net Weight ............11 Ibs. il Cutting Depth at 90 °,.......... 2-3/8 in. I! LaserGuide ....
  • Page 10: Assembly

    LASER GUIDES KNOW YOUR CIRCULAR SAW See Figure 1. The saw Is equipped withtwo laser guides, the rear laser guide and the Virtual Edge Guide.The laser guides will Before attempting to use thisproduct,familiarizeyourself generate a red coloredlaser bea'n on the work surface in with all operating featuresand safetyruleso front of andbehind the saw when turned on, DUST COLLECTION...
  • Page 11 Re&act the Zowerblade guard into the upper blade WARN|NG: 7-1/4 in. b|ade is the maximum blade guard using the lower blade guard hand(e_ Make sure capacity of the saw. Also, neverusea blade that is the tower guard spring works properly, allowing the too thick to aliow outer blade washer to engagewith guard to move free_y, the flat on the spindle.
  • Page 12: Removing Blade

    REMOVING BLADE ATTACHING DUST CHUTE ADAPTER AND DUST See Figure4_ NOZZLE m Unplugthe saw. See Figure5, II Depressspindle lock button, NOTE: tf you use thedust nozzle,you should always connect it to a standard vacuum hose. II Removeblade screw by turning it counterclockwise with the wrench.
  • Page 13 To guard against kickback, avoid dangerous practices ,_& WARNING: Do not allow familiarity with tools such as the following: to make you careless, Rememberthat a careless m Setting blade depth incorrectly fraction of a second is sufficient to inflict serious •...
  • Page 14: Saw Blades

    SAW BLADES To lessen the chance of kickback, follow these safety practices, The best of saw bladeswill not cut efficiently if they are not kept clean, sharp, and properly set. Using a dull Keep the blade at the correct depth setting. The depth blade wit1placo a heavy load on the saw an6 increasethe se_ng should not exceed 114in.
  • Page 15: Adjusting Blade Depth

    STARTING/STOPPING THE SAW WARNING; Nways unplug the toot when chang- See Figure 10, [ngoperation settings or when the tool is not in use. Tostart the sam Depressthe switch trigger. Failure1o unplug the tool may result in accidentaK Ah_ayslet the b_adereach f,j_) speed, then gu)dethe saw starting and sedous persona_ Injury.
  • Page 16: Operating The Saw

    OPERATING THE SAW See Figures 12 - 14,, It is important to understand the correct method for operating the sawnRefer to the f/gums in this section to learn the correct and incorrect ways for handling the saw, WARNING: To make sawingeasier andsafer, always maintain propercontrolof the saw°...
  • Page 17 LASER GUIDE DUTTDN WARNING: Do not stare into thetaserbeams or turn the laserson when the tool is not in use, Failure to do so couldresult in possible serious personal tnjur/_ USING THE LASER GUIDES See Figures 15- 16. The laser guides will generate a red colored laser beam on the work surface in front of and behind the saw when turned on, The front laser or Virtual Edge Guide can be ad}usted for use as an edge guide w_h a scale of 0 - 6 ino...
  • Page 18 BEVEL CUTTING CROSS CUI-I'ING/RIP CUTTING See Figures 19 - 2& See Figure17", ! Align the lineof cut with the innerblade guide notch on Whenmakinga crosscut or rip cut, alignthe lineof cut the base when making 45" bevel cuts. withthe outer blade guide notch on the base as shown in the figure.
  • Page 19 CHECKING POSITIVE 0° BEVEL STOP MAKING A BEVEL CUT See Figure20 [] Unplug the circular sawr " HoTd the saw firmlywith bothhandsas shown, = Placethe saw in an upside downposition on a work- bench, Restthe front edge ofthe baseon the workpieceo Startthe saw and let the blade reach full speed°...
  • Page 20 PLUNGE cUTrlNG See Rgums 22.23. WARN|NG: Ahvaysadjust bevel se_ng to zero before making a plunge cut. Attempting a plunge cut at any other settingcan resuff in ioss of control of the saw possibly causingserious personal injury, m Adjust the bevel setting to zero, LOWER BLADE GUARD m Set the blade to the correct blade depth setting°...
  • Page 21 REMOVE DUSTKNOZZLE WARNING: Before performing any adjustment, remove blade from saw. Failure to do so could result in possible serious personal injury, WARNING: DO NOT point the laserat yourself or others,Class Ilia lasers willbum the retinas and could cause sedous injuryto the eyes. \iS/N CAUTION: Use of controls or adjustments or...
  • Page 22: General Maintenance

    WARNING: When servicing, use one,' }dentica} spacPJ{ng compounds, or plaster are subject to Craftsman replacement parts. Use of any other parts accelerated wear and possible premature failure because may create a hazard or cause product damage. the fiberglass chips and gdnd[ngs are highly abrasive to bearings, brushes, oommutators, etc..
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  • Page 24: Parts List

    CRAFTSMAN CIRCULAR SAW - MODEL NUMBER 315.108620 ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, The model number will be found on a plate attached to the motor housing. Always mention the model number in all correspondence regarding your CIRCULAR SAW or when ordedng repair parts.