the trigger and hold the saw motionless
in the material until the blade comes to a
complete stop. Never attempt to remove
the saw from the work or pull the saw
backward while the blade is in motion or
kickback may occur. Investigate and take
corrective actions to eliminate the cause of
c) when restarting a saw in the
workpiece, center the saw blade in the
kerf and check that saw teeth are not
engaged into the material. If saw blade is
binding, it may walk up or kickback from the
workpiece as the saw is restarted.
d) Support large panels to minimize the
risk of blade pinching and kickback.
Large panels tend to sag under their own
weight. Supports must be placed under the
panel on both sides, near the line of cut and
near the edge of the panel.
e) Do not use dull or damaged blades.
Unsharpened or improperly set blades
produce narrow kerf causing excessive
friction, blade binding and kickback.
f) blade depth and bevel adjusting
locking levers must be tight and secure
before making cut. If blade adjustment
shifts while cutting, it may cause binding
g) use extra caution when making a
"plunge cut" into existing walls or other
blind areas. The protruding blade may cut
objects that can cause kickback.
lower guard Safety inStructionS
a) Check lower guard for proper closing
before each use. Do not operate the
saw if lower guard does not move freely
and close instantly. Never clamp or tie
the lower guard into the open position.
If saw is accidentally dropped, lower guard
may be bent. Raise the lower guard with the
retracting handle and make sure it moves
freely and does not touch the blade or any
other part, in all angles and depths of cut.
b) Check the operation of the lower
guard spring. if the guard and the spring
are not operating properly, they must be
serviced before use. Lower guard may
operate sluggishly due to damaged parts,
gummy deposits, or a buildup of debris.
c) Lower guard should be retracted
manually only for special cuts such
as "plunge cuts" and "compound
cuts." Raise lower guard by retracting
handle and as soon as blade enters
the material, the lower guard must be
released. For all other sawing, the lower
d) Always observe that the lower guard
is covering the blade before placing saw
down on bench or floor. An unprotected,
coasting blade will cause the saw to walk
backwards, cutting whatever is in its path.
Be aware of the time it takes for the blade
to stop after switch is released.
ADDiTiONAL SAfETy iNSTRuCTiONS
• use clamps or another practical way to
secure and support the workpiece to a
stable platform. Holding the work by hand
or against your body leaves it unstable and
may lead to loss of control.
• keep your body positioned to either
side of the blade, but not in line with the
saw blade. KICKBACK could cause the
saw to jump backwards (see Causes and
Operator Prevention of kickback and
• Avoid cutting nails. inspect for and
remove all nails from lumber before
• Always make sure nothing
interferes with the movement of the
lower blade guard.
• Accessories must be rated for at
least the speed recommended on the
tool warning label. Wheels and other
accessories running over rated speed
can fly apart and cause injury. Accessory
ratings must always be above tool speed
as shown on tool nameplate.
• Always make sure the saw is clean before
• Stop using this saw and have it properly
serviced if any unusual noise or abnormal
• Always be sure all components are
mounted properly and securely before
• Always handle the saw blade with care
when mounting or removing it or when
removing the diamond knockout.
• Always wait until the motor has reached
full speed before starting a cut.
• Always keep handles dry, clean and free
of oil and grease. Hold the tool firmly with
both hands when in use.
• Always be alert at all times, especially
during repetitive, monotonous operations.
Always be sure of position of your hands
relative to the blade.
• Stay clear of end pieces that may fall after
cutting off. They may be hot, sharp and/or
heavy. Serious personal injury may result.
• Replace or repair damaged cords.
Make sure your extension cord is in good
condition. Use only 3-wire extension
cords that have 3-prong grounding-
type plugs and 3-pole receptacles that
accept the tool's plug.