Craftsman 172.10856 Owner's Manual

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Model Nos.
172.10855 (12 Amp)
172.10856 (13 Amp)
Read, understand and follow
all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions
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. 172.10855 (12 Amp) 172.10856 (13 Amp) • 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 Pages 14-22 Maintenance ..........Pages 23-24 Accessories ..........Page Service Numbers ........Page FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN CIRCULAR If this CRAFTSMAN Circular Saw fails to give complete satisfaction within one year from the date of purchase, RETURN ITTO THE NEAREST...
  • Page 3: Work Area Safety

    Z_ 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: Personal Safety

    ELECTRICAL SAFETY cont. 8. When operating a power tool outside, ALWAYS use an outdoor extension cord marked "#V-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: Service Safety

    TOOL USE AND CARE SAFETY 1. ALWAYS use clamps or other practical ways to secure and support the workpiece to a stable platform. Holding the work by hand or against your body is unstable and may lead to loss of control. 2.
  • Page 6: Safety Rules For Circular Saws

    SAFETY RULES FOR CIRCULAR SAWS Z_ DANGER! Keep hands away from cutting area and blade. Keep your second hand on the auxiliary handle or motor housing. If both hands are holding the saw, they cannot be cut by the blade. 1.
  • Page 7 SAFETY RULES FOR CIRCULAR SAWS cont. 11. ALWAYS BE SURE that all adjusting screws 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 Ways to Prevent Kickback cont. 5. DO NOT use a dull or damaged blade. Unsharpened or improperly set 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...
  • 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 determine if it will operate properly and perform its intended function. Check for misalignment 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: • Lead from lead-based paints. •...
  • Page 11 Before attempting to use any tool, be sure to familiarize yourself with all the operating features and safety instructions. KNOWYOUR SAW (See Fig. 1) Your circular saw has many built-in convenience features for fast, efficient cutting. These features include easy to operate adjustments for depth-of-cut and bevel cutting.
  • 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 or missing, return the saw to your nearest Sears Store to have it replaced. .L_WARNING: IF ANY PARTS ARE MISSING, DO NOT OPERATE THIS SAW UNTIL THE MISSINNG...
  • Page 13: Removing The Blade

    MOUNTING THE BLADE TO 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...
  • Page 14: Saw Blades

    careless. Remember that a careless fraction of a second is sufficient _k CAUTION: DO NOT let familiarity with your saw make you to cause severe injury. SAW BLADES All saw blades need to be kept clean, sharp and properly set in order to cut efficiently.
  • 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.
  • Page 16: Depth-Of-Cut Adjustment

    To Lessen the Chance of Kickback: cont. 2. ALWAYS inspect the workpiece for knots or nails BEFORE beginning to cut. NEVER saw into a knot or nail. 3. Make straight cuts. ALWAYS use a straight edge guide when rip cutting. This will help prevent twisting the blade in the cut.
  • Page 17 TO ADJUST BLADE DEPTH 1. Unplug the saw. WARNING: starting causing possible serious personal injury. Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental 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. the trigger switch immediately. Unplug the saw and move the cord to prevent I /K DANGER: If the cord hangs up on the workpiece during a cut, release it from hanging up again. injury or death. If the cord has been damaged, have it replaced before using DANGER: Using the saw with a damaged cord could result in serious the saw again.
  • Page 19: Making Bevel Cuts

    MAKING CROSS CUTS OR RIP CUTS When making cross or rip cuts, align your line of cut with the outer blade guide notch on the base of the saw (See Fig. 12). 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: Bevel Setting

    TO ADJUSTTHE BEVEL SETTING 1. Unplug the saw. 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 5-inch scale (sold separately at your local Sears store or Craftsman outlet). Using a Straight Edge Fig.
  • Page 22 MAKING RIP CUTS cont. Using The Rip/Edge Guide (sold separately) To Attach the Rip/Edge Guide 1. Unplug the saw. WARNING: NEVER Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental starting causing possible serious personal injury. 2. Place edge guide through holes in the shoe of the saw (See Fig, 18).
  • Page 23 SERVICE WARNING: Preventive maintenance performed by unauthorized personnel may result in misplacing of internal wires and components, which could cause a serious hazard, 1. Tool service MUST BE performed only by a Sears Service Center. Service or maintenance performed by unqualified personnel could result in a risk of injury.
  • Page 24: Extension Cords

    DOUBLE INSULATION Double insulation is a concept in safety in electric power tools, which eliminates the need for the standard 3-wire grounded power cord. All exposed metal parts are isolated from the internal motor components with protecting insulation. Double insulated tools do not need to be grounded.
  • Page 25 NOTES...
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