Pocket Cutting - Craftsman 172.17174 Owner's Manual

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METAL CUTTING (Figure 6)
This saw has different metal cutting capacities depending
upon the
type of blade being used and metal being cut.
1. ALWAYS clamp the work down to
prevent it from slipping.
2. Use a finer blade for ferrous metals and a
coarse blade for non-ferrous
metals.
3. When cutting thin gauge sheet metals,
ALWAYS clamp wood on both sides of the
sheet. This will give you a c_ean cut without
excess vibration or tearing of the metal.
4. DO NOT force the cutting blade. Forcing
the blade will reduce blade life and cause
the blade to break.
NOTE: We recommend
that you spread a thin film of oil or other coolant along
the line of cut ahead of the saw. This will allow easier operation
and help extend
blade life. When cutting aluminum,
use kerosene.
POCKET CUTTING:
Wood Only
(Figure
7)
1. Measure the surface area to be
cut and mark it clearly using a pen,
pencil or chalk.
2. Install a pocket cutting blade
into saw.
3. Tip the saw backwards
until the back
edge of the adjustable shoe is resting
on the work surface.
4. To avoid breaking the blade, start
the saw and use the slowest speed
to begin the cut. Then gradually
increase the speed as you start to cut.
5. Hold the saw handle firmly and begin
to make a slow, deliberate
upward swing
with the handle of the saw.
Rock tool up to normal cutting
posiP, on after blade has cut
through material.
6. The blade will begin to feed into the material.
7. ALWAYS be sure that the blade is completely through the material before
continuing with the pocket cut.
NOTE: In areas where blade visibility is limited, use the edge of the saw
guard as a guide.
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