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Plunge Cutting; To Make Sharp Corners; To Adjust Base Plate For Bevel Cutting - Craftsman 320.17234 Operator's Manual

4.5 amp variable speed sabre saw
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PLUNGE CUTTING
(Fig. 14)
One of the most useful features of this type of
tool is the ability to start a cut anywhere on the
workpiece surface _ without the need of drilling
a starting ho]e. Plunge cutting is useful and time
saving for making rough openings in soft
materials. It makes it unnecessary to drill a hole
for an inside or pocket cuL
I, Draw lines for the opening you want to cuL
2 Hold saw firmty and tilt it forward so only the
toe of the saw base rests on the workpiece.
3, MAKE SURE that the blade is well clear of the
workpieceo
Fig. 14
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4, Start the saw and then gradually lower the blade into the workpiece, firmly holding the
toe of the saw base to prevent side wobble,,
5, Slowly pivot the saw downward tike a hinge until the blade cuts through and the base
rests flat on the workpiece.
6, Begin sawing in the usual manner along the cut line.
l NOTE: DO NOT use a scroll blade for plunge cutting.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT try to plunge cut into hard materials, such as hardwoods like oak
or maple, or metals such as steel.
TO MAKE SHARP CORNERS
1_ Cut up to the corner, then back up slightly before rounding short of the corner°
2. After the opening is complete, go back to each corner and cut from the opposite
direction to square it off.
TO ADJUST BASE PLATE FOR BEVEL CUTTING (Fig. 15 and 15a)
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WARNING:
ALWAYS unplug saw from the power source BEFORE
making any adjustments
or attaching
accessories.
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I NOTE: ALWAYS remove the blade before adjusting the cutting angle.
1. After removing the blade from the saw, remove the vac adapter from under the base
(see Sawdust Removal, Page 16)_
2. To adjust the cutting angle, first turn the tool upside down and use the hex key provided
on the power cord to loosen the hex screws that hold the blade guide/rollers assembly
and saw base in place (Fig° 15),,
3. Move the base of the saw slightly forward and tilt it to the desired angle between (7
and 45" left or right, using the scale marked on the base brackeL
4, Install a cutting blade
5_ Slide the blade guide/rollers assembly until the blade guide!ro!lers rest against the back
edge of the blade.
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