Craftsman 315.108240 Owner's Manual page 6

7-1/4 inch circular saw double insulated
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OPERATION
SAW
BLADES
The best of saw b_adeswill not cut efficiently if they are not
kept ciean, sharp, and properly set
Using a dull blade will
place a heavy load on your saw and increase the danger of
kickback
Keep extra blades on hand, so that sharp blades
are always available
Gum and wood pitch hardened onb!ade _ W[I!Slow your saw ._
down Use gum and pitch remover, hot water, or kerosene to
remove these accumulations
DO NOT USE GASOLINE.
BLADE
GUARD
SYSTEM
See Figure 4,
The lower blade guard attached to your circular saw is
there for your protection and safety. It should never be
altered for any reason,, if It becomes damaged, do not
operate your saw until the damage has been repaired or
replaced.
Always leave guard In operating position
when using your saw.
Never use saw when guard ts not operating correctly.
Guard should be checked for correct operation before
each use. NOTE: The guard Is operating correctly when
It moves freely and readily returns to the closed posltlono
If you drop your saw, cheek the lower blade guard lot
damage at all depth settings before reuse°
KICKBACK
See Figure 5.
THE BEST GUARD AGAINST KICKBACK IS TO AVOID
DANGEROUS PRACTICES.
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
KICKBACK
IS CAUSED
BY:
1 incorrect blade depth setting
See Figure 5.
2 Sawing into knots or nails in work
3 Twisting b_adewhile making a cut,
4 Making a cut with a dull, gummed up, or improperry set
blade
5 incorrectlysupporiing work See Figure 6
6 Forcing a cul
7 Cutting warped or wet [umber
8 Tool misuse or incorrect operaling procedures.
LOWER BLADE GUARD
IS IN UP POSITIO_
MAKING A CUT
BLADE EXPOSED ON UNDERSIDE OF WORK Fig. 4
WRONG
Fig 6
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