DeWalt DW715 Instruction Manual

12" (305 mm) compound miter saw
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DEWALT Industrial Tool Co., 701 Joppa Road, Baltimore,
MD 21286
(AUG09)
Part No. N039232
DW715
Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009 DEWALT
The following are trademarks
for one or more DEWALT power tools: the yellow and black color scheme;
the "D" shaped air intake grill; the array of pyramids on the handgrip; the kit box configuration;
and the
array of lozenge-shaped
humps on the surface of the tool.
Definitions:
Safety
Guidelines
The definitions below describe the level of severity for each signal word. Please read the
manual and pay attention to these symbols.
_ DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result
in death or serious injury.
WARNING: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result
in death or serious injury.
CAUTION: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in
minor or moderate
injury.
NOTICE: Indicates a practice not related
to personal
injury
which, ff not avoided, may
result in property
damage.
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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS OR ANY DEWALT TOOL,
CALL US TOLL FREE AT: 1-800-4-DEWALT (1-800-433-9258)
IMPORTANT
SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS
_
WARNING: Read all instructions before operating product. Failure to follow all
/instructions listed below may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious
Injury
READ
ALL INSTRUCTIONS
Double
Insulation
Double insulated tools are constructed throughout with two separate layers of electrical insulation
or one double thickness of insulation between you and the tool's electrical system. Tools built
with this insulation system are not intended to be grounded. As a result, your tool is equipped
with a two prong plug which permits you to use extension cords without concern for maintaining
a ground connection.
NOTE: Double insulation does not take the place of normal safety precautions when operating
this tool. The insulation system is for added protection against injury resulting from a possible
electrical insulation failure within the tool.
i_CAUTION:
WHEN SERVICING USE ONLY IDENTICAL REPLACEMENT
PARTS. Repair or
replace damaged cords.
Polarized
Plugs
Polarized plugs (one blade is wider than the other) are used on equipment to reduce the risk of
electric shock. When provided, this plug will fit in the 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 the proper outlet. Do not change the plug in any way.
Safety
Instructions
For All Tools
This miter saw accepts the DEWALT worklight and laser attachments.
AWARNING:
To reduce the risk of eye injury, ALWAYS use eye protection
when operating
the miter saw.
KEEP GUARD IN PLACE and in working order.
REMOVE ADJUSTING
KEYS AND WRENCHES. Form habit of checking to see that keys
and adjusting wrenches are removed from spindle before turning tool on. Tools, scrap pieces,
and other debris can be thrown at high speed, causing injury.
KEEP WORK AREA CLEAN. Cluttered areas and benches invite accidents.
DO NOT USE THE MACHINE IN A DANGEROUS
ENVIRONMENT.
The use of power tools
in damp or wet locations or in rain can cause shock or electrocution. Keep your work area
well-lit to avoid tripping or placing arms, hands, and fingers in danger.
KEEP CHILDREN AWAY. Aft visitors should be kept at a safe distance from work area. Your
shop is a potentially dangerous environment.
MAKE WORKSHOP CHILDPROOF
with padlocks, master switches or by removing starter
keys. The unauthorized start-up of a machine by a child or visitor may result in injury.
DON'T FORCE TOOL. It will do the job better and be safer at the rate for which it was
designed.
USE RIGHT TOOL. Don't force tool or attachment to do a job for which it was not designed.
Using the incorrect tool or attachment may result in personal injury.
WEAR PROPER APPAREL.
No loose clothing, gloves, neckties, rings, bracelets or other
jewelry to get caught in moving parts. Non-slip footwear is recommended.
Wear protective
hair covering to contain long hair. Air vents may cover moving parts and should also be
avoided.
ALWAYS USE SAFETY GLASSES.
Everyday eyeglasses are NOT safety glasses. Also
use face or dust mask ff cutting operation is dusty. ALWAYS WEAR CERTIFIED SAFETY
EQUIPMENT:
• ANSI Z87.1 eye protection (CAN/CSA Z94.3)
• ANSI $12.6 ($3.19) hearing protection
• NIOSH/OSHA/MSHA
respiratory protection
SECURE THE WORKPIECE.
Use clamps or a vise to hold the workpiece on the table
and against the fence or when your hand will be dangerously
close to the blade [within
6" (152 mm)]. It is safer than using your hand and it frees both hands to operate tooL
DON'T OVERREACH.
Keep proper footing and balance at all times. Loss of balance may
cause personal injury.
MAINTAIN TOOLS WITH CARE. Keep tools sharp and clean for best and safestperformance.
Follow instructions
for lubricating and changing accessories. Poorly maintained tools and
machines can further damage the tool or machine and/or cause injury.
TURN THE MACHINE "OFF';
AND DISCONNECT THE MACHINE FROM THE POWER
SOURCE before installing or removing accessories, before adjusting or changing set-ups,
when making repairs or changing locations. An accidental start-up can cause injury. Do not
touch the plug's metal prongs when unplugging or plugging in the cord.
REDUCE THE RISK OF UNINTENTIONAL
STARTING. Make sure that the switch is in the
"OFF"position
before plugging in the power cord.
USE PROPER EXTENSION CORD. Make sure your extension cord is in good condition, ff
your product is equipped with a cordset, use only 3-wire extension cords that have 3-prong
grounding-type
plugs and 3-pole receptacles that accept the tool's plug. When using an
extension cord, be sure to use one heavy enough to carry the current your product will draw.
An undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage resulting in loss of power and overheat-
ing. The following table shows the correct size to use depending on cord length and name-
plate ampere rating, ff in doubt, use the next heavier gauge. The smaller the gauge number,
the heavier the cord.
Ampere Rating
More
Than
0
6
10
12
Not More
Than
6
10
12
16
Minimum Gauge for Cord Sets
Volts
Total Length of Cord in Feet (meters)
120V
25 (7.6)
50 (15.2)
100 (30.5)
150 (45.7)
240V
50 (15.2)
100 (30.5)
200 (61.0)
300 (91.4)
AWG
18
16
18
16
16
16
14
12
16
14
14
12
14
12
Not Recommended
CHECK for DAMAGED PARTS. Before further use of the tool, a guard or other part that is
damaged should be carefully checked to determine that it will operate properly and perform
its intended function--check
for alignment of moving parts, binding of moving parts, breakage
of parts, mounting and any other conditions that may affect its operation. A guard or other
part that is damaged should be properly repaired or replaced. Do not use tool if switch does
not turn it on and off.
USE RECOMMENDED
ACCESSORIES.
Use only accessories
that are recommended
by the manufacturer for your model Accessories
that may be suitable for one tool may be
hazardous
when used on another tooL Consult the instruction manual for recommended
accessories. The use of improper accessories may cause risk of injury to persons.
NEVER STAND ON TOOL. Serious injury could occur if the tool is tipped or if the cutting tool
is unintentionally contacted.
NEVER LEAVE TOOL RUNNING UNATTENDED. TURN POWER OFF. Don't leave tool until
it comes to a complete stop. Serious injury can result.
DO NOT OPERATE ELECTRIC TOOLS NEAR FLAMMABLE
LIQUIDS OR IN GASEOUS
OR EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES.
Motors in these tools may spark and ignite fumes.
STAY ALERT, WATCH WHAT YOU ARE DOING, AND USE COMMON SENSE. DO NOT
USE THE MACHINE WHEN YOU ARE TIRED OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE
OF DRUGS
or ALCOHOL.
A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in injury.
Additional
Safety
Rules
For Miter
Saws
AWARNING:
Do not allow familiarity (gained from frequent use of your saw) to replace safety
rules. Always remember that a careless fraction of a second is sufficient to inflict severe injury.
DO NOT OPERATE THIS MACHINE until it is completely assembled and installed according
to the instructions. A machine incorrectly assembled can cause serious injury.
OBTAIN ADVICE from your supervisor, instructor, or another qualified person if you are not
thoroughly familiar with the operation of this machine. Knowledge is safety.
STABILITY. Make sure the miter saw is placed on a secure supporting surface and does not
slip or move during use. ff the mobility kit is installed, raise the moveable caster(s) so saw is
in its stationary position.
FOLLOW ALL WIRING CODES and recommended electrical connections to prevent shock
or electrocution.
Protect electric supply line with at least a 15 ampere time-delay fuse or a
circuit breaker."
MAKE CERTAIN the blade rotates in the correct direction. The teeth on the blade should
point in the direction of rotation as marked on the saw.
TIGHTEN ALL CLAMP HANDLES, knobs and levers prior to operation. Loose clamps can
cause parts or the workpiece to be thrown at high speeds.
BE SURE all blade and blade clamps are clean, recessed sides of blade clamps are against
blade and arbor screw is tightened securely. Loose or improper blade clamping may result in
damage to the saw and possible personal injury.
ALWAYS USE A SHARP BLADE.
Check the blade to see if it runs true and is free from
vibration. A dull or a vibrating blade can cause damage to the machine and/or serious
injury.
DO NOT OPERATE ON ANYTHING
OTHER THAN THE DESIGNATED VOLTAGE for the
saw. Overheating, damage to the tool and personal injury may occur.
DO NOT WEDGE ANYTHING AGAINST THE FAN to hold the motor shaft. Damage to tool
and possible personal injury may occur.
DO NOT force cutting action. Stalling or partial stalling of motor can cause damage. To the
machine or blade and/or serious injury.
ALLOW THE MOTOR TO COME TO FULL SPEED prior to starting cut. Starting the cut too
soon may cause damage to the machine or blade and/or serious injury.
NEVER CUT FERROUS METALS (Those with any iron or steel content) or masonry. Either
of these can cause the carbide tips to fly off the blade at high speeds causing serious
injury.
DO NOT USE ABRASIVE
WHEELS. The excessive heat and abrasive particles generated
by them may damage the saw and cause personal injury.
NEVER have any part of your body in line with the path of the saw blade. Personal injury will
occur.
NEVER apply blade lubricant to a running blade. Applying lubricant could cause your hand
to move into the blade resulting in serious injury.
DO NOTplace either hand in the blade area when the saw is connected to the power source.
Inadvertent blade activation may result in serious injury.
DO NOT PERFORM FREE-HAND
OPERATIONS
(workpiece not supported by table and
fence). Hold the work firmly against the fence and table. Free-hand operations on a miter saw
could cause the workpiece to be thrown at high speeds, causing serious injury.
NEVER REACH AROUND or behind the saw blade. A blade can cause serious injury.
DO NOT reach underneath the saw unless it is unplugged and turned off. Contact with saw
blade may cause personal injury.
SECURE THE MACHINE TO A STABLE SUPPORTING SURFACE. Vibration can possibly
cause the machine to slide, walk or tip over, causing serious injury.
USE ONLY CROSSCUT SAW BLADES recommended
for miter saws. For best results, do
not use carbide tipped blades with hook angles in excess of 7 degrees. Do not use blades
with deep gullets. These can deflect and contact the guard, and can cause damage to the
machine and/or serious injury.
USE ONLY BLADES
OFTHE CORRECT SIZE AND TYPE specified for this tool to prevent
damage to the machine and/or serious injury.
INSPECT BLADE FOR CRACKS or other damage prior to operation. A cracked or damaged
blade can come apart and pieces can be thrown at high speeds, causing serious injury.
Replace cracked or damaged blades immediately.
CLEAN THE BLADE AND BLADE
CLAMPS prior to operation. Cleaning the blade and
blade clamps allows you to check for any damage to the blade or blade clamps. A cracked
or damaged blade or blade clamp can come apart and pieces can be thrown at high speeds,
causing serious injury.
DO NOT use lubricants or cleaners (particularly
spray or aerosol) in the vicinity of the
plastic guard. The polycarbonate
material used in the guard is subject to attack by certain
chemicals.
ALWAYS USE THE KERF PLATE AND REPLACE THIS PLATE WHEN DAMAGED. Small
chip accumulation under the saw may interfere with the saw blade or may cause instability of
workpiece when cutting.
USE ONLY BLADE CLAMPS specified for this tool to prevent damage to the machine and/
or serious injury.
CLEAN THE MOTOR AIR SLOTS of chips and sawdust. Clogged motor air slots can cause
the machine to overheat, damaging the machine and possibly causing a short which could
cause serious injury.
KEEP ARMS, HANDS, AND FINGERS away from the blade to prevent severe cuts. Clamp
all workpieces that would cause your hand to be within 6" (152 mm) of the saw blade.
NEVER LOCK THE SWITCH IN THE "ON"position.
Severe personal injury may result.
TURN OFF THE MACHINE and allow the blade to come to a complete stop before raising
the arm and prior to cleaning the blade area, removing debris in the path of the blade, before
servicing or adjusting tooL A moving blade can cause serious injury.

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  • Page 1 OBTAIN ADVICE from your supervisor, instructor, or another qualified person if you are not The following are trademarks for one or more DEWALT power tools: the yellow and black color scheme; thoroughly familiar with the operation of this machine. Knowledge is safety.
  • Page 2 A voltage decrease of 10 percent or more will cause a loss of power and overheating. DEWALT tools are factory tested. If this tool does not operate, check the power supply. Accessories _WARNtNG.* Since accessories, other than those offered by DEWALT. have not been tested...
  • Page 3 Unpacking Your Saw Check the conten_ el your r_er saw ca_on b mahe _re _at you have _b_ed aI! p_ a_ion b _ia in_c_©n m_n_ the carton sho_id contain: * One No. D_ZZf5 mRe_ _w - One D_WALT t2 _/305 ram} @a, _w b_a_ * ORe b_ade wrench in wrench pocket show_ in Fv#ure 2.
  • Page 4 1/2" (12.7 mm), the spring will no longer exert pressure and they must be replaced. Use only identical DEWALT brushes. Use of the correct grade of brush is essential for proper operation of electric brake. New brush assemblies are available at DEWALT service centers.
  • Page 5 For best results use the DW7082 clamp made for use with your saw. It is available for purchase NO. SIDES ANGLE MITER OR BEVEL at your local retailer or DEWALT service center. 45 ° Other aids such as spring clamps, bar clamps or C-clamps may be appropriate for certain sizes 36 °...
  • Page 6 90 °. Most, but not all, crown molding has a top rear angle (the section that fits DEWALT will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use, for free, any time flat against the ceiling) of 52 ° and a bottom rear angle (the part that fits flat against the wall) during the first year after purchase.
  • Page 7 Troubleshooting Guide BE SURE TO FOLLOW SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS TROUBLE! WHAT'S WRONG? WHAT TO DO Saw will not start 1: Saw not plugged in 1! Plug in saw. 2. Fuse blown or circuit breaker tripped 2. Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker. &cord damaged Have Cord replaCed by authorized service centerl...