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Craftsman Professional 320.27311 Operator's Manual

15 amp 7 1/4-in, circular saw with laser trac
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15 Amp
7 /4=Jn,Circular
with Laser Trac T"
Model No.
Read, understand
and fellow
all Safety Rules and Operating
in this Manual
before using this producL
Sears, Roebuck and Co.,
Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U°S.A.
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  • Page 1 • WARRANTY • SAFETY all Safety Rules and Operating instructions • UNPACKING in this Manual before using this producL • DESCRIPTION Sears, Roebuck and Co., ° OPERATION Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U°S.A. - ADJUSTMENTS Visit our Craftsman website: • MAINTENANCE...
  • Page 2 ON CRAFTSMAN PROFESSIONAL TOOL If this Craftsman Professional Toot fails due to a defect in material or workmanship within one year from the date of purchase, RETURN IT TO ANY SEARS STORE OR PARTS AND REPAIR CENTER OR OTHER CRAFTSMAN OUTLET IN THE UNITED STATES FOR FREE REPAIR (OR REPLACEMENT IF REPAIR PROVES IMPOSSIBLE).
  • Page 3: Damage Prevention And Information Messages

    We recommend a Wide Vision Safety Mask for use over eyeglasses or standard safety glasses with side shield, available at Sears Stores or other Craftsman OuUets_...
  • Page 4: Safety Precautions

    z_WARNING: BE SURE to read and understand all instructions in this manual before using this circular saw° Failure to follow all instructions may result in hazardous radiation exposure, electric shock, fire and!or serious personal injury. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR LASERS This circular saw has a buitt-in laser light. The iaser is a Class ilia and emits output power of a maximum 2.,5mW and 635-665nm wavelengths.
  • Page 5: Work Area Safety

    SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR LASERS cont. 6 DO NOT use on surfaces such as sheet steel that have a shiny, reflective surface The shiny surface could reflect the beam back at the operator_. Be aware that laser light reflected off of a mirror or any other reflective surfaces can also be dangerous 7 ALWAYS turn the laser beam off when not in use.
  • Page 6 PERSONAL SAFETY cont. 5 AVOID accidental starting Be sure switch is in "OFF" position before plugging in, DO NOT carry tools with your finger on the switch Carrying tools with your finger on the switch or plugging in tools that have the switch in the "ON"...
  • Page 7: Electrical Safety

    ELECTRICAL SAFETY installing or removing the plug from the outlet. _WARNING: Do not permit fingers to touch the terminals of plug when i, Double insulated tools are equipped with a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other),This plug will fit in a polarized outlet only one way. if the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug_.If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install a polarized outieL Do not change the plug in any way 2.
  • Page 8: Extension Cords

    EXTENSION CORDS Use a proper extension cord. ONLY use cords listed by Underwrilers Laboratories (UL). Other extension cords can cause a drop in line voltage, resulting in a loss of power and overheating of tool.. For this tool an AWG (American Wire Gauge) size of at least 14-gauge is recommended for an extension cord of 254£...
  • Page 9: Safety Rules For Circular Saws

    SAFETY RULES FOR CIRCULAR SAWS _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, the blade cannot cut them° Z_ CAUTION: Blades coast after saw is switched off. I, KEEP your body positioned to either side of the saw blade and not in direct line with the saw blade.
  • Page 10 SAFETY RULES F OR CIRCULAR SAWS c onL 12, NEVER use damaged or incorrect blade washers or bolts. The blade washers and bolts were specially designed for your saw, for optimum performance and safely of operation. 13 NEVER cut more than one piece at a time. DO NOT STACK more than one workpiece on the worktable at a time.
  • Page 11 ADDITIONAL RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION cont. 6 INSPECT the tool cords periodically and if damaged have them repaired at your nearest Sears Service Center or other Authorized Service Facility. BE AWARE of the cord location° 7 ALWAYS check the tool for damaged parts. Before further use of the tool, a guard or other part that is damaged should be carefully checked !o 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 12 6 inspect the saw carefully to make sure that no breakage or damage has occurred during shipping, if any of the items mentioned are missing (refer to PARTS LiST on page 13), return the saw to your nearest Sears store or Craftsman outlet to have the saw replaced+...
  • Page 13: Parts List

    9 Soft-grip ergonomicaily designed contoured rear handle and front assist handle for positive gripping, control, balance and comforL 10 Includes Craftsman e 24 tooth carbide-tipped steel general purpose blade for fast, smooth cuts...
  • Page 14 This Circular Saw has the following features (conL): Top mounted blade spindle lock for easy blade changes 12, Includes edge guide to help produce accurate cuts. 13, Built-in Sawdust ejection chute helps direct dust and chips away from operator. 14, Permanently lubricated t00% ball bearings for smooth operation and long life.
  • Page 15: Saw Blades

    15 Amps Rating 5200 RPM No-load Speed .., ,,, Blade Diameter 71/4-in. (184ram) Blade Arbor 5/8-in,, (t 6mm) 23/s-in. (60.38mm) Cutting Depth at 90 ° Cutting Depth at 45 ° t Wl_-in. (46ram) Maximum Bevel Angle 56 o Input t20-V, 60Hz AC Z_ WARNING: A 71/4-inch blade is the maximum blade capacity of your saw.
  • Page 16 KICKBACK,,.WHAT CAUSES IT AND WAYS TO HELP PREVENT IT (Fig. 4) The Causes of Kickback Blade is Set Too Correct Blade Depth Deep Fig,, 4 KICKBACK 1, Kickback is a sudden reaction to a pinched, Fig, 5 bound or misaligned saw blade, which causes an uncontrolled saw to lift up and out of the workpiece and toward the operator,, 2 When the blade is pinched or bound tightly...
  • Page 17 Ways to Help Prevent Kickback ALWAYS release trigger switch immediately if the blade binds or the saw stalls. Kickback could cause you to lose control of the saw. Loss of control can lead to serious lnjury_ 1. ALWAYS maintain a firm grip with both (see Fig, 6) hands on the saw and position your body and arms to allow you to resist Kickback forces,...
  • Page 18 MAKING DEPTH-OF-CUT ADJUSTMENTS (Fig. 7) ALWAYS use the correct blade depth setting The correct blade depth setting for al! cuts should not be more than 1/4-inch below the material being cui (see Fig, 4), Allowing more depth will increase the chance of kickback and cause the cut to be rough, Your saw is equipped with a depth-of-cut scale that provides increased depth-of-cut accuracy, The depth-of-cut scale is located on the inside back of the upper blade guard Fig.
  • Page 19: Led Worklight

    USING THE LASER TRAC LASER LIGHT FEATURE (Fig° 8) WARNING: LASER LIGHT. LASER RADIATIONo Avoid Direct Eye Exposure. DO NOT stare into beam. Only turn laser beam on when the saw is on the workpieceo Class itla laser° NOTE:Your circular saw has a built-in laser light.To activate laser light switch, saw must be plugged into power source.
  • Page 20 STARTING A CUT (Fig. 10) Z_ WARNING: ALWAYS clamp and support workpiece securely° ALWAYS maintain proper control of saw, Failure to clamp and support workpiece and loss of control of saw could result in serious injury° 1, ALWAYS use your saw with your hands positioned correctly, with one hand operating the trigger switch and the other on the front assist handle (see Fig.
  • Page 21 TO HELP MAINTAIN CONTROL cont.: 10. Squeeze the trigger switch to start the saw. ALWAYS let the blade reach full speed before you begin the cut into the workpiece. 11 When making a cut, ALWAYS use steady, even pressure. Forcing the saw causes rough cuts and could shorten the life of the saw or cause Kickback.
  • Page 22 INTEGRATED CROSSCUT RULER Marked on the base across the front (see Fig, 12a) is a handy ruler for measuring repetitive cuts., It is marked 1-inch to the right of 0_and 5-inches to the left of 0°, MAKING RIP CUTS ALWAYS use a guide when making long or wide rip cuts with your saw You can use either a straight edge or use the edge guide that was included with your saw USING A STRAIGHT...
  • Page 23 Fig, 14 INSTALLING A ND USING THE EDGE GUIDE conto Ptace the edge guide firmly against the edge of the workpiece (See Fig, t4a) Doing this will give you a true cut without pinching the blade., 7, BE SURE that the guiding edge of the workpiece is straight so you can get a straight cut.,...
  • Page 24 MAKING BEVEL CUTS (Figs. 16 and 16a) _Line of Cut 45 ° Indicator Fig. 16a Fig. 16 WARNING: ALWAYS clamp and support workpiece securely. ALWAYS maintain proper control of saw. Failure to clamp and support workpiece and loss of control of saw could result in serious injury° "four saw can be adjusted to cut at any angle between 0_ and 56 _.
  • Page 25 MAKING POCKET CUTS (Fig. 17) WARNING: WARNING: ALWAYS adjust bevel setting to zero before making a pocket cut, Attempting a pocket cut at any other setting can result in a loss of control of the saw, which can result in serious injury, Adjust the bevel setting to zero, set the blade to the correct blade depth setting, then use the lower blade guard lever to swing the guard up..
  • Page 26 POSITIVE i)_' BEVEL STOP 'four saw has a positive 0° bevel stop and it was adjusted at the factory to assure 0° angle of the saw blade for 90 ° cuts However, shipping can cause rnisalignment, HOWTO CORRECTTHE 0 ° ANGLE SETTING (Fig.
  • Page 27: Routine Maintenance

    WARNING: To ensure safety and reliability, all repairs - with the exception of the externally accessible brushes _ should be performed by a qualified service technician at a Sears Service Center, WARNING: For your safety, ALWAYS turn off switch and unplug circular saw from the power source before performing any maintenance or cleaning.
  • Page 28 CHANGING THE BLADE (Figs. 19 and 19a) WARNING: BE SURE to wear protective work gloves while handling a saw blade.The blade can injure unprotected hands, 1. Unplug the saw_. WARNING: To prevent personal injury, ALWAYS disconnect the plug from power source BEFORE assembling parts, making adjustments or changing blades.
  • Page 29 CHANGING THE BLADE cont. (Figs. 19 and 19a) 6.. Raise lower blade guard using the blade guard lever and hold it in the raised position for the next steps_. 7. Completely remove the spindle clamping screw "A" and the outer "D" washer and the blade (see Fig..
  • Page 30 The use of attachments or accessories that are not and could result in serious injury. Sears and other Craftsman outlets have a large selection of 7 1/4-inch Craftsman steel carbide-tipped blades designed for specific cutting applications. Contractor butk packs are also available.
  • Page 32 71/4-in.CIRCULAR SAW - MODEL NUMBER 320.27311 The Model Number will be found on the Nameplate Always mention the Model Number in air correspondenceregarding your tool, Item Parts Nor ..Part Description QtY- 2780040000 Laser 3420489000 Gear Case 3420490000 Upper Guard ........!....
  • Page 33 71/4-in.CIRCULARSAW - MODEL NUMBER 320.27311 The Model Number will be found on the Nameplater Always mention the Model Number in atl correspondence regardingyour toot Item No. PaNs Part Description ..QtY- ... 5610057000 Thread Forming Screw Oil fmpreging Bearing ......5700041000 5700015000 Bail' Bearing GB_276-94...
  • Page 34 7114-in.CIRCULAR SAW- MODEL NUMBER 320.27311 The Model Number will be found on the Nameplate_ AIways mention the Model Number in all correspondence regarding your tool Item Parts Part Description Qty. 3120563000 ..Dust Seal .... 1..... 4870036000 Switch ... 8 2 4810002000 Power Cord &...
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