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Safety instructions for saws with a pendulum blade guard
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.
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 build-up of debris.
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
guard should operate automatically.
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 for all saws with riving knife
Use the appropriate riving knife for the blade being
used. For the riving knife to work, it must be thicker than
the body of the blade but thinner than the tooth set of the
Adjust the riving knife as described in this instruction
manual. Incorrect spacing, positioning and alignment can
make the riving knife ineffective in preventing kickback.
Always use the riving knife except when plunge
cutting. Riving knife must be replaced after plunge cutting.
Riving knife causes interference during plunge cutting and
can create kickback.
For the riving knife to work, it must be engaged in
the workpiece. The riving knife is ineffective in
preventing kickback during short cuts.
Do not operate the saw if riving knife is bent. Even a
light interference can slow the closing rate of a guard.
Additional safety instructions for circular saws
Wear ear protectors. Exposure to noise can cause hearing
Preferably wear a dust mask.
Do not use blades of larger or smaller diameter than
recommended. For the proper blade rating refer to the
technical data. Use only the blades specified in this
manual, complying with EN 847-1.
Never use abrasive cut-off wheels.
Electrical safety
This tool is double insulated; therefore no earth wire
is required. Always check that the power supply
corresponds to the voltage on the rating plate.
This appliance is not intended for use by young or infirm
persons without supervision. Children must be supervised
to ensure they do not play with the appliance.
If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the
manufacturer or an authorised Black & Decker Service
Centre in order to avoid a hazard.
1. On/off switch
2. Lock-off button
3. Main handle
4. Secondary handle
5. Locking knob for depth of cut adjustment
6. Depth of cut scale
7. Locking knob for mitre angle adjustment
8. Mitre angle scale
9. Saw blade guard
10. Retracting lever for saw blade guard
11. Saw shoe
12. Parallel fence
13. Riving knife
14. Window (KS65K)
15. Sight guide (KS65K)
16. Spindle lock (KS65K)
17. Saw dust outlet
Warning! Before attempting any of the following operations,
make sure that the tool is switched off and unplugged and
that the saw blade has stopped.
Removing and fitting a saw blade (fig. A)
Insert a screwdriver into the hole (18) to prevent the saw
blade from rotating. KS65K: keep the spindle lock (16)
Loosen and remove the blade retaining screw (20) by
turning it counterclockwise using the spanner supplied.

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