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Craftsman 172.10851 Owner's Manual

71/4-in. circular saws


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Owner's Manual
Model Nos.
Read, understand
and follow
all Safety Rules and Operating
in this manual
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 SAWS Model Nos. 172.10851 172.10852 • SAFETY • OPERATION CAUTION: Read, understand and follow • MAINTENANCE all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions • ESPANOL in this manual before using this product. Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.
  • Page 2 Page Service Numbers ........Page FULL ONEYEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN CIRCULAR If 1his CRAFTSMAN Circular Saw 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: Work Area Safety

    /_, WARNING: BE SURE to read and understand all instructions. Failure to follow all instructions listed below may result in electric 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 ELECTRICAL SAFETY cont. 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 CARESAFETY 1. ALWAYSuse clamps or other practical ways to secure and support the workplece to a stable platform. Holdingthe work by hand or againstyour body is unstable and may lead to loss of control. 2. DO NOT force tool. Use the correct tool and blade for your application. The correct tool and blade will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it is designed.
  • Page 6: Safety Rulesforcircularsaws

    SAFETY RULESFORCIRCULARSAWS Keep your second hand on the auxihary handle or motor housing. I Z_ DANGER! Keep hands away from cutting area and blade. If both hands are holding the saw, they cannot be cut by the blade. 1. ALWAYS keep your body positioned to either side of the saw blade, but...
  • Page 7 SAFETY RULES FOR CIRCULAR SAWS cont. 11. ALWAYS BE SURE that all a.diustingscrews 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.
  • Page 8: Rules For Safe Operation

    Waysto Prevent Kickback cont. 5. DONOTuse a dull or damaged blade. Unsharpened or improperly blades produce narrow kerf which causes excessive friction, blade binding and KICKBACK. 6. ALWAYS be sure that the blade depth and adjusting locking levers are tight and secure BEFORE making a cut. If blade adjustment shifts while cutting, it may cause binding and KICKBACK.
  • Page 9 ADDITIONAL RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION cont. 6. ALWAYS check for damaged parts. Before further use of the tool, a guard or other part that is damaged should be carefully checked to determme if it will operate properly and pe.rform its intended function. Check for mlsalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts, and any other condition that may affect the tool's operation.
  • 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: •...
  • Page 11 Before attempting to use any tool, be sure to familiarize with all the operating features and safety instructions. careless. Remember that a careless fract on of a second is sufficient WARNING: DO NOT let familiarity with your saw make you to cause severe injury.
  • 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 missing, return the saw to your nearest Sears Store to have it replaced. missing _arts are replaced.
  • Page 13: Removing The Blade

    MOUNTING THE BLADETO 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

    SAW BLADES All saw blades need to be kept clean, sharp and properly set in order to cut efficiently. Using a dull blade places a heavy load on the saw and increases the danger of kickback. Keep extra blades on hand, so sharp blades are always available.
  • 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: Depth Of Cut

    To Lessen the Chance of Kickback: cont. 2. ALWAYS inspect the workpiece for knots or nails BEFORE beginning to out. NEVER saw into a knot or nail. 3. Make straight cuts. ALWAYS use a strai_]htedge guide when rip cutting, This will help prevent twisting the blade =nthe cut. 4.
  • Page 17: To Adjustblade Depth

    TO ADJUSTBLADE DEPTH 1. Unplug the saw. WARNING: starting causing possible Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental serious personal injury. 2. Raise depth adjust lever to loosen, (See Fig. 8). 3. Determine the desired depth of cut. 4.
  • Page 18 TO HELP MAINTAIN CONTROL cont. DANGER: If the cord hangs up on the workpiece during a cut, release I the trigger switch immediately. Unplug the saw and move the cord to prevent it from hanging up again. Z_ DANGER: Using the saw with a damaged cord could result in serious injury or death.
  • 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...
  • Page 20 TO ADJUSTTHE BEVEL SETTING 1. Unplug the saw. I/t_ 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 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 5oinch scale (sold separately at your local Sears store or Craftsman outlet). Using a Straight Edge...
  • Page 22 MAKINGRIP CUTScont, Using The Rip/Edge Guide (sold separately) To Attach the Rip/Edge Guide 1. Unplugthe saw, WARNING: NEVER Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental starting causing possible serious personal injury. 2. Place guide through holes in shoe of saw (See Fig.
  • Page 23: Double Insulation

    GENERAL Z_ WARNING: To avoid accidents, ALWAYS disconnect the tool from the power source BEFORE cleaning or performing any maintenance. All parts represent an important part of the double insulation system and should be serviced only at a Sears Service Center. Avoid using solvents when cleaning plastic parts.
  • Page 24: Extension Cords

    EXTENSION CORDS The use of any extension cord will cause some loss of power.To keep the loss at a minimum and to prevent overheating, use an extension cord that is heavy enough to carry the current that the tool will draw. A wire gauge (AWG) of at least 16 is recommended for an extension cord 100 feet or less in length.
  • Page 25 NOTES...
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