Craftsman 320.17235 Operator's Manual

4.8 amp variable speed orbital sabre saw
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Operator's Manual
4.8 Amp
Variable Speed
Orbital Sabre Saw
Model No.
Read, understand
and follow
all Safety Rules and Operating
in this Manual before using this product.
and Co.,
IL 60179
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  • Page 1 • UNPACKING all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions • DESCRIPTION in this Manual before using this product. • ASSEMBLY • OPERATION Sears, Roebuck and Co., • ADJUSTMENTS Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A. • MAINTENANCE Visit our Craftsman website:
  • Page 2 ........Page Sears Repair Parts Phone Numbers ..........Back Cover YEAR FULL WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN ® PRODUCT If this Craftsman product fails due to a defect in material or workmanship within one year from the date of purchase, RETURN IT TO THE...
  • Page 3: Safety Alert Symbol

    ALWAYS wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shield and a full-face shield when needed. 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 Outlets.
  • Page 4 _WARNING: BE SURE to read and understand all instructions in this manual before using this sabre saw. Failure to follow all instructions result in electric shock, fire and/or serious personal injury. WORK AREA SAFETY 1. Keep your work area clean and well lit. Cluttered workbenches and dark areas invite accidents.
  • Page 5: Electrical Safety

    TOOL USE AND CARE SAFETY /_,WARNING" BE SURE to read and understand all instructions before operating this saw. Failure to follow all instructions listed below may r.esult in electric shock, fire and/or serious personal injury. 1. ALWAYS use clamps or other practical ways to secure and support workpiece to a stable platform.
  • Page 6: Extension Cords

    ELECTRICAL SAFETY cont. I /_WARNING: Double insulation DOES NOT take the place of normal safety precautions when operating this tool. 3. BEFORE plugging in the tool, BE •SURE that the outlet voltage supplied is within the. voltage marked on the tool's data plate. DO NOT use "AC only" rated tools with a DC power supply.
  • Page 7: Service Safety

    SAFETY SYMBOLS FOR YOUR TOOL The label on your tool may include the following symbols. V ................Volts A ................Amps Hz ................Hertz W ................Watts min ..... i ............Minutes ................Altemating current ................Direct current no ................No-load speed [] ................
  • Page 8 SAFETY RULES FOR SABRE SAWS cont. 6. MAKE SURE the blade is not contacting the workpiece before the switch is turned on. HOLD TOOL by insulated gripping surfaces (handles) when performing operation where the cutting tool may contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact with a "live"...
  • Page 9 ADDITIONAL RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION 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. • Know your power tool. Read operator's manual carefully. Learn the applications and limitations, as well as the specific potential hazards related to this tool.
  • Page 10 If any of the items mentioned are missing (refer to Fig. 1 on page 11) return the saw to your nearest Sears store or Craftsman outlet to have the saw replaced. WARNING: If any parts are broken or missing, DO NOT attempt to plug in the power cord or operate saw until the broken or missing parts are replaced.
  • Page 11 PARTS LIST =_==:=_:=:;_ 2.Two wood cutting blades (stored in blade ===:::=_::::::=_ storage compartment) (Fig. 1) 3. Edge Guide (stored in case) 1. Saw 4. Vacuum Adapter t/!_I (attached to saw) 5. Impact Resistant Case KNOWYOUR SABRE SAW (Fig. 2) OTE: Before attempting to use your saw, familiarize yourself with all of the operating features and safety requirements.
  • Page 12 This Sabre Saw has the following features: cont. (Fig. 2) Fig. 2 Variable Speed Dial On/Off Trigger Switch Power Lock On Button "Live Tool Indicator" Light 8-ft. Power Cord Vacuum Adapter Worklight Clear Chip Shield/Blade Blade Storage Guard _ Compartment Orbital Control Lever Edge Guide Base Plate...
  • Page 13: Blade Storage

    BLADE STORAGE (Fig. 3 and 4) Your sabre saw comes with 2 wood cutting blades that are stored in the blade storage compartment located on the very back of the saw under the power cord inlet (see Fig. 3). To open blade storage door, remove the vac adapter tube (see Fig. 4). Lift the vac adapter tube up slightly (to release tab from base plate) and pull vac adapter tube straight out to remove.
  • Page 14: Removing The Blade

    TOOL-LESS BLADE INSTALLATION cont. 6. Pull down on the blade to make sure the blade is securely locked in place. 7. Attach the clear chip shield into its mounting slots and snap the shield down to its proper position. NOTE: For use with both "T" and "U" shanked blades.
  • Page 15 POWER ON-OFF TRIGGER SWITCH and POWER "LOCK-ON" BUTTON 1. Connect the plug of your saw to a standard household power outlet. 2. Start the tool by squeezing the on/off trigger switch (see Fig. 10). 3. To stop the tool, release the on/off trigger switch. 4.
  • Page 16 ORBITAL ACTION (Fig. 12) Fig. 12 This saw has an orbital control lever (see Fig. 12) that regulates the three cutting modes of the saw, Positions "1", "2" and "0". The orbital blade action thrusts the blade forward on the cutting stroke (see position 1 and 2), and greatly increases the cutting speed over the normal up and down blade action of position 0.
  • Page 17 GENERAL CU'I-rlNG TIPS 1. Always place the best or "finished" side of your workpiece "face down" so it does not get scraped or abused while sawing. ALWAYS CLAMP workpiece securely before sawing. 2. Draw your cutting lines, patterns or designs on the "backside" facing you. This means they would be reversed or backwards from the way they will appear on the "finished"...
  • Page 18: Cutting With A Straightedge

    CUTTING WITH A STRAIGHTEDGE (Fig. 14) Fig. 14 1. Mark the position of the side edge of the saw base and then clamp the straightedge on the mark and parallel to the cut. 2. As you cut, keep the saw base edge flush against the straightedge and flat on the workpiece.
  • Page 19 TO ADJUST BASE PLATE FOR BEVEL CUTTING (Fig. 16 and 16a) I /_ WARNING: ALWAYS unplug saw from the power source BEFORE making any adjustments or attaching accessories. 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).
  • Page 20 US!NGTHE EDGE GUIDE (Fig. 17 and 17a) WARNING: making any adjustments or attaching accessories. ALWAYS unplug saw from the power source BEFORE 1. Insert the bar of the edge guide through the slots in the base of the sabre saw (see Fig.
  • Page 21 Sears and other Craftsman outlets also offer safety equipment, sawhorses, work stands, straight edges, cutting guides and a large selection of clamps to help you with all your sawing needs. Visit your local Sears store or other Craftsman outlets or shop
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