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CRAFTSMAN 171.926501 Owner's Manual Page 4

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Read and understand table and router
manual and accessory warnings. Failure to
follow all instructions
and warnings may
result in serious personal injury.
Fully assemble and tighten all fasteners
required for this table and for mounting
the router to the plate. Do not use the
router table until all assembly and
installation steps have been completed.
Check the stand and the router to make
sure fasteners
are still tight before each
use. A loose stand is unstable and may
shift in use.
Make certain the router is not plugged
into a power outlet when installing into
the table, removing from table, making
adjustments
or changing accessories.
Router could accidentally start. Power tool
switches and controls need to be within your
reach in emergency situations.
Before operating, make sure the entire unit
(table with router installed) is placed on
and secured to a solid, flat, level surface
and will not tip. Use of auxiliary in-feed
and out-feed supports is necessary for
long or wide workpieces.
Long workpieces
without adequate support can flip off the table
or cause the table to tip over.
Be certain router motor is fully and
securely clamped in the router base.
Periodically check the base fastener
clamping tightness. Router motor can
vibrate loose from the base during use and
fall from table.
Do not use the router table without the
overhead guard or auxiliary bit guard.
Remove all dust, chips, and any other
foreign particles that can affect its
function. Adjust the guard height so that
it clears the router bit and the workpiece.
The guard will aid in keeping hands from
unintended contact with rotating bit.
Never place your fingers near a spinning
bit or under the guard when router is
plugged in. Never hold the workpiece
on the out-feed side of bit. Pressing the
workpiece against the out-feed side of the
fence may cause material binding and
possible kickback, pulling hand back into bit,
Guide workpiece by the fence to maintain
control of workpiece.
Do not place material
behveen router bit and fence while routing
the edge. This placement will cause the
material to become wedged, making kickback
possible.
Routers are intended for working with
wood, woodlike products and plastic
or laminates, not for cutting or shaping
metals. Be sure workpiece does not
contain nails, etc. Cutting nails may
cause loss of control.
Do not use bits that have a cutting
diameter that exceeds the clearance hole
in the tabletop insert. Bit could contact the
insert, throwing fragments.
Install bit in accordance with instructions
in router manual and securely clamp the
router bit in the collet chuck before
making any cuts to avoid bit becoming
loose during operation.
Never use dull or damaged bits. Sharp bits
must he handled with care. Damaged bits
can snap during use. Dull bits require more
force to push the workpiece, possibly causing
the bit to break or the material to kickback.
The router table is designed to cut flat,
straight and squared materials. Do not
cut material that is warped, wobbly, or
otherwise unstable. If the material is
slightly curved but otherwise stable, cut
the material with the concave side against
the table or fence. Cutting the material with
the concave side up or away from table may
cause the warped or wobbly material to roll
and kick back, causing user to lose control.
Never start the tool when the bit is
engaged in the material. The bit cutting
edge may grab the material, causing loss
of control of the workpiece.
Feed the workpiece against the rotation of
the bit. The bit rotates counterclockwise
as viewed from the top of table. Feeding
the work in the wrong direction will cause the
workpiece to =climb" up on the bit, pulling the
workplace and possibly your hands into the
rotating bit.
Use push sticks, vertically and horizontally
mounted feather
boards (spring sticks),
and other jigs to hold down the workpiece.
Push sticks, feather boards, and jigs eliminate
the need to hold the workpiece near the
spinning bit.
Do not use the table as a workbench or
work surface. Using it for purposes other
than routing may cause damage and make
it unsafe to use in routing.
Never stand on the table or use as ladder
or scaffolding. Table could tip or the cutting
tool could be accidentally contacted,
Use only Craftsman replacement
parts.
Any others may create a hazard.
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