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Blade Installation - Craftsman 172.17174 Owner's Manual

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USING THE TRIGGER SWITCH TO CONTROL VARIABLE
SPEED cont.
1. To increase the speed, apply more pressure to the trigger switch.
2. To decrease the speed, apply less pressure.
Choosing
the Correct Speed
The speed you use will depend on the type of materials that you are cutting:
1. Use high speeds for cutting wood.
2. Medium speed is best for non-ferrous materials.
3. Low speed is recommended
for cutting metal.
NOTE:Material
thickness and blade selection will also affect your speed
selection. As a general rule, as the material thickness
increases, the speed
should be slower.
I Z_ CAUTION:
Use a veryslowspeedwhenbeginninga cut.Then
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increase speed once the cut is started. Prolonged use at a very slow
speed may damage your saw.
BLADE INSTALLATION
AND REMOVAL
This saw is designed to use all 1/2-in. universal shank blades.
I /_k WARNING:
To prevent personal injury, ALWAYS disconnect the
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plug from power source BEFORE assembling parts, making adjustments
or changing blades.
To Install Blade (Figure 2)
1. Disconnect saw from power source.
2. When installing the blade, extend the
adjustable/pivoting shoe away from the
blade clamp or just remove it for easier
access.
3. Push blade clamp lever up with your
thumb and hold it.
4. Insert the blade into the saw's blade
clamp and make sure that blade
attaches to the blade hub inside clamp.
5. Release blade clamp lever to lock blade
in place. Pull on blade to be sure it is
securely locked in place.
To Remove Blade
1. Disconnect
saw from power source.
2. When removing the blade, extend the
adjustable/pivoting shoe away from the blade
clamp or just remove it for easier access.
3. Push blade clamp lever up with your
thumb and hold it.
4. Pull the blade out of the blade clamp.
Fig, 2
BladeClampLever
_eciprocating
Shaft
Blade Clamp Lever ._
Blade Clamp
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