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Circular saw with a powerful motor to provide the torque for cross cuts and rip cuts in all woods, plywood, hardboard and wood-based materials. Quick depth of cut adjustment with a maximum depth of cut of 2-7/16 in. thick at 90 degrees; 1-13/16 in. thick at 45 degrees. Die cast aluminum blade guards for extra strength and durability. Includes 20T HSS blade and blade changing wrench.

* Permanently lubricated bearings provide long, service free life

* Large stamped steel base

* Extended length trigger switch with lock off

* Ergonomically-designed handles

* Heavy-duty machined gearing

* Operates on 120V, 60Hz AC only

* 6 foot cord


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Owner's Manual 71 / 4 - in . CIRCULAR SAWS Model Nos . 172.10855 ( 12 Amp ) 172.10856 ( 13 Amp ) • SAFETY • OPERATION CAUTION : Read , understand and follow • MAINTENANCE all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions • ESPANOL in this manual before using this product . Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Hoffman Estates , IL 60179 U . S . A .
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Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2 Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 3 - 10 Safety Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 10 Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 11 Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 12 - 13 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 14 - 22 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 23 - 24 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 24 Service Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 26 FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN CIRCULAR SAW If this CRAFTSMAN Circular Saw fails to give complete satisfaction within one year from the date of purchase , RETURN ITTO THE NEAREST SEARS STORE IN THE UNITED STATES , and Sears will replace it , free of charge , If this CRAFTSMAN Circular Saw is used for commercial or rental purposes , this warranty applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase . This warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state . Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Dept . 817 WA , Hoffman Estates , IL 60179 SAVETHESE INSTRUCTIONS ! READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS ! 2
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Z _ WARNING : BE SURE to read and understand all instructions . Failure to follow all instructions listed below may result in electric I shock , fire and / or serious personal injury . WORK AREA SAFETY 1 . ALWAYS keep your work area clean and well lit . Cluttered benches and dark areas invite accidents . 2 . DO NOT operate power tools in explosive atmospheres , such as in the presence of flammable liquids , gases , or dust , Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes , 3 . ALWAYS keep bystanders , children , and visitors away while operating a power tool . Distractions can cause you to lose control . ELECTRICAL SAFETY 1 . Double insulated tools are equipped with a polarized plug ( one blade is wider than the other . ) This plug will fit in a 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 a polarized outlet . Do not change the plug in any way . 2 . Double insulation [ ] eliminates the need for the three - wire grounded power cord and grounded power supply system . Applicable only to Class II ( double insulated ) tools . 3 . Before plugging in the tool , BE SURE that the outlet voltage supplied is within the voltage marked on the tool's data plate . DO NOT use " AC only " rated tools with a DC power supply . 4 . ALWAYS avoid body contact with grounded surfaces , such as pipes , radiators , ranges and refrigerators . There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is grounded , 5 . If operating the power tool in damp locations is unavoidable , ALWAYS use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter to supply power to your tool . ALWAYS wear electrician's rubber gloves and footwear in damp conditions . 6 . DO NOT expose power tools to rain or wet conditions . Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock . 7 . DO NOT abuse the cord . NEVER use the cord to carry the tools or pull the plug from the outlet . Keep cord away from heat , oil , sharp edges or moving parts . Replace damaged cords immediately . Damaged cords increase the risk of electric shock . 3
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ELECTRICAL SAFETY cont . 8 . When operating a power tool outside , ALWAYS use an outdoor extension cord marked " # V - A " or " W " . These cords are rated for outdoor use and reduce the risk of electric shock . NOTE : The extension cord must have adequate wire size AWG ( American Wire Gauge ) for safe , efficient use . Smaller gauge wires , have greater capacity ( 16 gauge wire has more capacity than 18 gauge wire ) . Minimum Gauge for Extension Cords ( AWG ) Volts Total Length of Cord in Feet 120V 0 - 26 - 51 - 101 - 25ft . 50ft . 100 ft . 150 ft . Ampere Rating AWG AWG AWG AWG More than 0 16 16 16 14 Not more than 6 More than 6 16 16 14 12 Not more than 10 More than 10 Not more than 12 16 16 14 12 More than 12 Not more than 16 14 12 Not Recommended PERSONAL SAFETY 1 . ALWAYS stay alert , watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power tool . DO NOT use tool while tired or under the influence of drugs , alcohol , or medication . A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in serious personal injury . 2 . ALWAYS dress properly . DO NOT wear loose clothing or jewelry . Pull back long hair . Keep your hair , clothing , and gloves away from moving parts . Loose clothes , jewelry , or long hair can be caught in moving parts . 3 . ALWAYS avoid accidental starting . BE SURE switch is " Off " before plugging in . Carrying tools with your finger on the switch or plugging in tools that have the switch in the " On " position invites accidents . 4 . ALWAYS remove adjusting keys or wrenches before turning the tool " On " . A wrench or a key that is left attached to a rotating part of the tool may result in personal injury . 5 . DO NOT overreach . ALWAYS keep proper footing and balance at all times . Proper footing and balance enables better control of the tool in unexpected situations . 6 . ALWAYS use safety equipment . Always wear eye protection . Dust mask , non - skid safety shoes , hardhat , or hearing protection must be used for appropriate conditions . 4
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TOOL USE AND CARE SAFETY 1 . ALWAYS use clamps or other practical ways to secure and support the workpiece to a stable platform . Holding the work by hand or against your body is unstable and may lead to loss of control . 2 . DO NOT force tool . Use the correct tool and blade for your application . The correct tool and blade will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it is designed . 3 . DO NOT use tool if switch does not turn it " On " or " Off " . Any tool that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired . 4 . ALWAYS disconnect the plug from the power source before making any adjustments , changing accessories , or storing the tool . Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the tool accidentally . 5 . ALWAYS store idle tools out of reach of children and other untrained persons . Tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users . 6 . ALWAYS maintain tools with care . Keep cutting tools sharp and clean . Properly maintained tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control . 7 . ALWAYS check for misalignment or binding of moving parts , breakage of parts , and any other condition that may affect the tool's operation . If damaged , have the tool serviced before using . Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained tools . RECOMMENDED FOR USE WITH THIS TOOL MAY CREATEOT I WARNING : USE OF ACCESSORIES THAT ARE N I A HAZARDOUS CONDITION . 8 . Only use accessories that are recommended for this tool . Accessories that may be suitable for one tool may become hazardous when used on another tool . SERVICE SAFETY 1 . Tool service MUST BE performed only at a Sears Service Center . Service or maintenance performed by unqualified personnel could result in a risk of injury . 2 . When servicing a tool , Only use identical replacement parts . Follow instructions in the Maintenance section of this manual . Use of unauthorized parts or failure to follow Maintenance Instructions may create a risk of electric shock or injury . 5
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SAFETY RULES FOR CIRCULAR SAWS Z _ DANGER ! Keep hands away from cutting area and blade . Keep your second hand on the auxiliary handle or motor housing . I If both hands are holding the saw , they cannot be cut by the blade . 1 . ALWAYS keep your body positioned to either side of the saw blade , but not in line with the saw blade . Kickback could cause the saw to jump backwards . ( See Kickback . . . What Causes It and Ways to Prevent It on pages 7 - 8 ) . 2 . DO NOT reach underneath the work . The guard cannot protect you from the blade beneath the work . 3 . ALWAYS check lower guard for proper closing BEFORE each use . DO NOT operate the saw if the lower guard does not move freely and close instantly . Never clamp or tie the lower guard in the open position . If the saw is accidentally dropped , the lower guard may be bent . Raise the lower guard with the retracting handle . Make sure that it moves freely and does not touch the blade or any other part in all angles and depths of cut . 4 . ALWAYS check the operation and condition of the lower guard spring . If the guard and the spring are not operating properly , they MUST be serviced before use . The lower guard may operate sluggishly , due to damaged parts , gummy deposits , or a buildup of debris . 5 . The lower guard should be retracted manually ONLY for making special cuts , such as pocket or compound cuts . ALWAYS raise the lower guard by retracting the handle . As soon as the blade enters the material , the lower guard MUST be released . For all other sawing , the lower guard should operate automatically . 6 . ALWAYS make sure that the lower guard is covering the blade BEFORE placing the saw down on a work bench or floor . An unprotected moving blade will cause the saw to walk backwards , cutting whatever is in its path . Make note of the time it takes for the blade to stop spinning after the switch is released . 7 . NEVER hold the piece being cut in your hands or across your legs . It is important to support the work properly in order to minimize body exposure , blade binding , or loss of control . 8 . ALWAYS hold tool by insulated gripping surfaces when performing an operation where the cutting tool may contact hidden wiring or its own cord . Contact with a ' live " wire will make the exposed metal parts of the tool " live " and shock the operator . 9 . When ripping , ALWAYS use a rip fence or straight edge guide . This improves the accuracy of the cut and reduces the chance of the blade binding . 10 . ALWAYS use blades that have the correct size and shape ( diamond vs . round ) arbor holes . Blades that do not match the mounting hardware of the saw will run erratically and will cause loss of control . 6
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SAFETY RULES FOR CIRCULAR SAWS cont . 11 . ALWAYS BE SURE that all adjusting screws and the blade holder are fastened tightly BEFORE making a cut . Loose adjusting screws and holders can cause the tool or blade to slip and loss of control may result . 12 . When removing the blade from the tool , ALWAYS avoid contact with skin and ALWAYS wear protective gloves when grasping the blade or accessory . Accessories may be hot after prolonged use . KICKBACK . . . WHAT CAUSES IT AND WAYS TO PREVENT IT The Causes of Kickback 1 . Kickback is a sudden reaction to a pinched , bound or misaligned saw blade , which causes the uncontrolled saw to lift up and out of the workpiece and towards the operator . 2 . When the blade is pinched or bound tightly by the kerf closing down , the blade stalls and the motor reaction drives the unit rapidly back towards the operator . 3 . If the blade becomes twisted or misaligned in the cut , the teeth at the back edge of the blade can dig into the top surface of the wood . This causes the blade to climb out of the kerf and jump back towards the operator . 4 . Kickback is a result of tool misuse and / or incorrect operating procedures or conditions . It can be avoided by taking the proper precautions , as listed below . Ways to Prevent Kickback 1 . ALWAYS maintain a firm grip with both hands on the saw and position your body and arms to allow you to resist KICKBACK forces . KICKBACK forces can be controlled by the operator , if the proper precautions are taken . 2 . If the blade is binding , or when you are interrupting a cut for any reason , ALWAYS release 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 . ALWAYS check and be ready to take corrective action to eliminate the cause of blade binding . 3 . When restarting the saw in the workpiece , ALWAYS center the blade in the kerf and check to be sure that the saw teeth are not engaged into the material . If the saw blade is binding , it may walk up or KICKBACK from the workpiece when the saw is restarted . 4 . ALWAYS 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 . 7
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Ways to Prevent Kickback cont . 5 . DO NOT use a dull or damaged blade . Unsharpened or improperly set blades produce narrow kerf which causes excessive friction , blade binding and KICKBACK . 6 . ALWAYS be sure that the blade depth and adjusting locking levers are tight and secure BEFORE making a cut . If blade adjustment shifts while cutting , it may cause binding and KICKBACK . 7 . ALWAYS use extra caution when making a " Pocket Cut " into existing walls or other blind areas . The protruding blade may cut objects that can cause KICKBACK . 8 . ALWAYS have saw blade at full speed before contacting workpiece . ALWAYS hold tool by insulated gripping surfaces when performing an operation where the cutting tool may contact hidden wiring or its own cord . Contact with a ' live " wire will make the exposed metal parts of the tool " live " and shock the operator . ADDITIONAL RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION Failure to follow all instructions listed below may result in electric shock , I _ WARNING : BE SURE to read and understand all instructions . I fire and / or serious personal injury . 1 . Know your power tool . Read operator's manual carefully . Learn the applications and limitations , as well as the specific potential hazards related to this tool . Following this rule will reduce the risk of electric shock , fire or serious injury . 2 . ALWAYS wear safety glasses or eye shields when using this saw . Everyday eyeglasses have only impact - resistant lenses ; they are NOT safety glasses . Following this rule will reduce the risk of serious personal injury . 3 . ALWAYS protect your lungs . Wear a face mask or dust mask if the operation is dusty . Following this rule will reduce the risk of serious personal injury . 4 . ALWAYS protect your hearing . Wear hearing protection during extended periods of operation . Following this rule will reduce the risk of serious personal injury . 5 . ALWAYS inspect the tool cords periodically and if damaged have them repaired at your nearest Sears Service Center or other Authorized Service Facility . ALWAYS be aware of the cord location . Following this rule will reduce the risk of electric shock or fire . 8
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ADDITIONAL RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION cont . 6 . ALWAYS check for damaged parts . Before further use of the tool , a guard or other part that is damaged should be carefully checked ttoion . determine if it will operate properly and perform its intended func Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts , breakage of parts , and any other condition that may affect the tool's operation . A guard or other part that is damaged , should be properly repaired or replaced at a Sears Service Center . Following this rule will reduce the risk of electric shock , fire or serious injury . 7 . DO NOT abuse the cord . NEVER use the cord to carry the tool or pull the plug from the outlet . Keep cord away from heat , oil , sharp edges or moving parts . Replace damaged cords immediately . Damaged cords increase the risk of electric shock . Following this rule will reduce the risk of electric shock or fire . 8 . ALWAYS make sure that your extension cord is in good condition . When using an extension cord be sure to use one that is heavy enough to carry the current that your tool will draw . A wire gauge0 size ( A . W . G . ) of at least 16 is recommended for an extension 10 feet or less in length . Using an extension cord that is over 100 feet in length is not recommended . If in doubt , use the next heavier gauge . Smaller gauge wires , have greater capacity ( 16 gauge wire has more capacity than 18 gauge wire ) . An undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage , resulting in loss of power and overheating . 9 . ALWAYS inspect and remove all nails from lumber before sawing . Following this rule will reduce the risk of serious personal injury . 10 . DO NOT use the tool while tired or under the influence of drugs , alcohol or any medication . Following this rule will reduce the risk of electric shock , fire or serious personal injury . 11 . SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS . Refer to them frequently and use them to instruct others who may use this tool . If someone borrows this tool , make sure they have these instructions also . WARNING : The operation of any circular saw can result in foreign objects being thrown into your eyes , which can result in severe eye damage . Before beginning power tool operation , ALWAYS wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shield and a full face shield when needed . We recommend A Wide Vision Safety Mask for use over eyeglasses or standard safety glasses with side shield , available at Sears Retail Stores . 9
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ADDITIONAL RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION cont . WARNING : Some dust particles created by power sanding , sawing , grinding , drilling and other construction jobs contains chemicals known to cause cancer , birth defects or other reproductive harm . Some examples of these chemicals are : • Lead from lead - based paints . • Crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products . • Arsenic and chromium from chemically - treated lumber . Your risk from these exposures varies , depending upon how often you do this type of work . To reduce your exposure to these chemicals : • Work in a well - ventilated area . • Work with approved safety equipment , such as those dust masks that are specially designed to filter out microscopic particles . The label on your tool may include the following symbols . V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Volts A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amperes Hz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hertz W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Watts min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alternating current . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Direct current no . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No - load speed [ ] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Class II construction . . . / min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Revolutions or Strokes per minute _ k . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Indicates danger , warning or caution . It means attention ! Your safety is involved . IMPORTANT ! READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS 10
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Before attempting to use any tool , be sure to familiarize yourself with all the operating features and safety instructions . KNOWYOUR SAW ( See Fig . 1 ) Your circular saw has many built - in convenience features for fast , efficient cutting . These features include easy to operate adjustments for depth - of - cut and bevel cutting . Electrical Connection Your circular saw has a precision - built electric motor and it should only be connected to a 120 - volt , 60 - Hz . power supply ( normal household current ) . DO NOT operate on direct current ( DC ) . This large voltage drop will cause a loss of power that will overheat the motor . If your saw does not operate when plugged into an outlet , check the power supply . Trigger Switch To turn on the saw , push lock button with your thumb , then squeeze trigger switch . Release switch to shut it off . _ _ djustment Knob Lower Blade Guard - - _ indle Wrench Blade Wrench Storage Area Input 12Amp or 13Amp Blade Diameter 7 1 / 4in . ( 184mm ) Blade Arbor 5 / 8 - in . ( 16mm ) Cutting Depth at 90o 2 7 / 16in . ( 61.97mm ) Cutting Depth at 45o 1 13 / 16in . ( 47.24mm ) 120 volts , 60 Hz AC Rating No Load Speed 4800 RPM ( 12 Amp ) 5200 RPM ( 13 Amp ) 11
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UNPACKING Your circular saw has been shipped completely assembled , except for the blade , which is packed unassembled . Inspect the saw carefully to make sure that no breakage or damage has occurred during shipping . If any parts are damaged or missing , return the saw to your nearest Sears Store to have it replaced . IJ A . L _ WARNING : IF ANY PARTS ARE MISSING , DO NOT OPERATE THIS SAW UNTIL THE MISSINNG PARTS ARE REPLACED . FAILURE TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN POSSIBLE SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY . I MOUNTING THE BLADE TO SAW Carefully remove the blade from its packing and thoroughly inspect it to be sure that it is not cracked or damaged . z _ WARNING : Your saw should NEVER be connected to the power source when you are assembling parts , making adjustments , installing or removing blades , cleaning or when it is not in use . Disconnecting the saw will prevent accidental starting , which could cause serious personal injury . / _ WARNING : A 7 1 / 4 - in . blade is the maximum blade capacity for your saw . NEVER use a blade that is too thick to allow the outer blade washer to engage with the flat side of the spindle . Larger blades will come into contact with the blade guards , and thicker blades will prevent the blade screw from securing the blade on the spindle . Either of these situations could result in serious personal injury . Your saw has a spindle lock button for locking the spindle on your saw in a stationary position . Push and hold the spindle lock button when mounting , changing or removing the blade . 1 . Remove blade wrench from shoe . 2 . Place saw on its side on a flat surface . 3 . Use blade wrench to loosen blade screw by turning it in a counterclockwise direction . Completely remove blade screw ( See Fig . 2 ) . 4 . Remove outer " D " washer ( See Fig . 2 ) . 5 . The part remaining is the inner bushing ( See Fig . 2 ) . It does not need to be removed . 6 . Wipe a drop of oil onto the inner bushing and outer " D " washer where they will touch blade . 7 . Place the saw blade inside the lower blade guard , onto the spindle and against the inner bushing ( See Fig . 2 ) . NOTE : The teeth of the blade should point upward at the front of the saw as shown in Fig . 2 . 8 . Place saw on the edge of a flat surface so the blade is not in contact with anything . 12
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MOUNTING THE BLADE TO SAW cont . 9 . Raise lower blade guard using the blade guard handle and hold it in the raised position for the next steps . 10 . Replace the " D " washer ( See Fig . 2 ) . 11 . Firmly hold down spindle lock button as you replace blade screw and hand tighten it in a clockwise direction ( See Fig . 2 ) . Then use blade wrench to tighten blade screw thoroughly . 12 . Place blade wrench back in shoe . NOTE : Always place angled portion of blade wrench upwards . IMPORTANT : NEVER use a blade that is too thick to allow the " D " washer to engage with the flat side of the spindle . Fig . 2 REMOVING THE BLADE 1 . Unplug the saw . Z _ WARNING : Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental I starting causing possible serious personal injury . I 2 . Raise the lower blade guard using the guard handle , hold down the spindle lock button . 3 . Follow Steps 1 through 4 on Mounting Blade to Saw . 4 . Carefully remove blade . 13
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careless . Remember that a careless fraction of a second is sufficient I _ k CAUTION : DO NOT let familiarity with your saw make you 1 to cause severe injury . SAW BLADES All saw blades need to be kept clean , sharp and properly set in order to cut efficiently . Using a dull blade places a heavy load on the saw and increases the danger of kickback . Keep extra blades on hand , so sharp blades are always available . Gum and wood pitch hardened on the blade slows the saw down . Use gum and pitch remover , hot water or kerosene to remove them . DO NOT use gasoline . BLADE GUARD SYSTEM The lower blade guard , attached to your circular saw , is there for your protection and safety . It should NEVER be altered for any reason . If it becomes damaged or begins to return slowly or sluggishly , DO NOT operate your saw until the damage has been repaired or replaced . ALWAYS leave the guard in its correct operating position when using the saw . DANGER : When sawing through a workpiece , the lower blade guard does not cover the blade on the underside of the workpiece . Since the blade is exposed on the underside of the workpiece , ALWAYS keep your hands and fingers away from the cutting area . Any part of your body coming in contact with the moving blade will result in serious injury ( see Fig . 3 ) . CAUTION : NEVER use the saw when the guard is not operating properly . The guard should be checked for correct operation before each use . If you drop your saw , check the lower blade guard and bumper for damage at all depth setting before using . NOTE : The guard is operating properly when it moves freely and then readily returns to the closed position . If , for any reason . your lower blade guard does not close freely , take it to your nearest Sears Repair Center for service before using it . 14
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KICKBACK Kickback occurs when the blade stalls rapidly and the saw is driven back towards you . Blade stalling is caused by any action which pinches the blade in the wood . IMPORTANT : The best guard against kickback is to avoid dangerous practices . binds or the saw stalls . Kickback could cause you to lose control of the saw . I DANGER : ALWAYS release trigger switch immediately if the blade I Loss of control can lead to serious injury . I F , g . , KICKBACK _ _ T - _ / Blade usSet Too Deep Kickback is Caused By : 1 . Incorrect Blade Depth Setting ( See Fig . 4 ) . Fig . 5 i 2 . Sawing into knots or nails in the workpiece . 3 . Twisting the blade while making a cut . 4 . Making a cut with a dull , gummed up , or improperly set blade . 5 . Not providing proper support for workpiece ( See Fig . 5 ) . 6 . Forcing a cut . 7 . Cutting warped or wet lumber . 8 . Tool misuse or incorrect operating procedures . 9 . Contacting the workpiece with blade at less than full speed . To Lessen the Chance of Kickback : 1 . ALWAYS use the correct blade depth setting . The correct blade depth setting for all cuts should not be more than 1 / 4 - inch below the material to be cut Correct Blade Depth Setting = ( see Fig . 6 ) . Blade Exposed 1 / 4 - in . or less on underside of workpiece 15
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To Lessen the Chance of Kickback : cont . 2 . ALWAYS inspect the workpiece for knots or nails BEFORE beginning to cut . NEVER saw into a knot or nail . 3 . Make straight cuts . ALWAYS use a straight edge guide when rip cutting . This will help prevent twisting the blade in the cut . 4 . ALWAYS use clean , sharp and properly set blades . NEVER Fig . 7 make cuts with dull blades . 5 . ALWAYS properly support the workpiece before beginning a cut . This will help you avoid pinching the blade . The right and wrong ways to support large workpieces are shown in Figures 5 and 7 . I I 6 . ALWAYS use steady , even pressure when making a cut . NEVER force the cut . Right _ _ J 7 . DO NOT cut wet or warped lumber . 8 . ALWAYS hold the saw firmly with both hands and keep your body in a balanced position . This will help you resist the forces of kickback , should it occur . IMPORTANT : When using your saw , ALWAYS stay alert and exercise control . DO NOT remove your saw from the workpiece , while the blade is moving . DEPTH - OF - CUT ADJUSTMENT ALWAYS use the correct blade depth setting . The correct blade depth setting for all cuts should not be more than 1 / 4 - inch below the material being cut . Allowing more depth will increase the chance of kickback and cause the cut to be rough . Your saw is equipped with a depth - of - cut scale on the upper blade guard that will provide increased depth - of - cut accuracy ( See Fig . 8 ) . Fig . 8 16
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TO ADJUST BLADE DEPTH 1 . Unplug the saw . starting causing possible serious personal injury . i _ WARNING : Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental I I 2 . Raise depth adjust lever to loosen . ( See Fig . 8 ) . 3 . Determine the desired depth of cut . 4 . Locate the depth - of - cut scale on the back of the upper blade guard . 5 . Hold the base of saw flat against the workpiece and then raise or lowerthe saw until the indicator mark on the bracket aligns with the notch on the blade guard . 6 . Lower depth adjust lever to tighten . STARTING A CUT 1 . ALWAYS use your saw with your hands positioned correctly ( See Fig . 9 ) . sawing safer and easier . Loss of control of the saw could cause an accident i _ WARNING : ALWAYS maintain proper control of the saw to make i resulting in possible serious injury . NEVER use the saw with your hands positioned as shown , _ Fig . 9 in Fig . 107 TO HELP MAINTAIN CONTROL 1 . ALWAYS support the workpiece Q © near the cut . 2 . ALWAYS support the workpiece so the cut will be on your right . 3 . ALWAYS clamp the workpiece so itwill not move during the cut . Place the workpiece with the good side down . NOTE : The good side is the side where appearance is important . Before starting a cut , draw a guideline along the desired line of cut . Then place the front edge of the saw base on that part of the workpiece , that is solidly supported ( See Fig . 9 ) . 4 . NEVER place the saw on the part of the workpiece that will fall off when the cut is made ( see Fig . 10 ) . 5 . ALWAYS keep the cord away from the cutting area . ALWAYS place the cord so it does not hang up on the workpiece when making a cut . 17
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TO HELP MAINTAIN CONTROL cont . the trigger switch immediately . Unplug the saw and move the cord to prevente I / K DANGER : If the cord hangs up on the workpiece during a cut , releas it from hanging up again . injury or death . If the cord has been damaged , have it replaced before using I DANGER : Using the saw with a damaged cord could result in serious the saw again . Hold the saw firmly with both hands ( See Fig . 11 ) . Squeeze the trigger switch to start lthel saw . ALWAYS let the blade reach fu speed before you begin the cut into the workpiece . reaches full speed , it could cause the saw to kickback towards you , resulting I WARNING : If the blade comes in contact with the workpiece before it I in serious injury . I When making a cut , ALWAYS use steady , even pressure . Forcing the saw causes rough cuts and could shorten the life of the saw or cause kickback . DANGER : When sawing through the workpiece , the lower blade guard does not cover the blade . The blade is exposed on the under side of the workpiece . ALWAYS keep your hands and fingers away from the cutting area . Any part of your body coming in contact with the moving blade will result in serious injury . After completing your cut , release the trigger switch and allow the blade to come to a complete stop . DO NOT remove the saw from the workpiece while the blade is moving . is exposed on the under side of the saw until the lower blade guard closes . ALWAYS MAKE SURE that the lower blade guard is closed before setting I CAUTION : Whenever you lift your saw from the workpiece , the blade the saw down on work surface . 18
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MAKING CROSS CUTS OR RIP CUTS 1 . When making cross or rip cuts , align your line of cut with the outer blade guide notch on the base of the saw ( See Fig . 12 ) . Fig . 12 2 . Since blade thicknesses vary , ALWAYS make a trial cut in scrap material along the guideline to determine how much , if any the guideline must be offset to get an accurate cut . Align Outer Blade Guide Notch MAKING BEVEL CUTS on Saw Base with Line of Cut 1 . Your saw can be adjusted to cut at any ( as shown ) When Making Cross angle between 0 ° and 45 ° . When Cuts or Rip Cuts making 45 ° bevel cuts , there is a notch in the saw base to help you line up the Fig . 13 blade with the line of cut ( See Fig . 13 ) . 2 . Align your line of cut with the inner blade guide notch on the base of the saw when making 45 ° bevel cuts . 3 . Since blade thicknesse can vary and different angles require different settings , ALWAYS make a trial cut in scrap materials along a guideline to determine how much you should offset the guideline Align Inner Blade Guide Notch on on the board to be cut . Shoe with Line of Cut ( as shown ) When Making 45 ° Bevel Cuts 4 . When making a bevel cut ALWAYS hold your saw firmly with both hands ( See Fig . 14 ) . 5 . Rest the front edge of the base on the workpiece . Then squeeze the trigger switch to start the saw . ALWAYS let the blade reach full speed , then guide the saw into the workpiece . reaches full speed , it could cause the saw to kickback towards you , resulting I WARNING : If the blade comes in contact with the workpiece before it I in serious injury . I After completing your cut , release the trigger switch and allow the blade to come to a complete stop . DO NOT remove the saw from the workpiece while the blade is moving . 19
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TO ADJUSTTHE BEVEL SETTING 1 . Unplug the saw . WARNING : Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental I starting causing possible serious personal injury . 2 . Loosen Knob ( See Fig . 15 ) . 3 . Raise the motor housing end of the saw until you reach the desired angle setting on the bevel scale See Fig . 15 ) . 4 . Tighten Knob securely . I / K WARNING : Attempting a bevel cut without the knob being securely I tightened can result in serious injury . I POSITIVE 0 ° BEVEL STOP ( See Fig . 15 ) Your saw has a positive 0 ° bevel stop , it was adjusted at the factory to assure 0 ° angle of the saw blade for 90 ° cuts . However shipping can cause misalignment . To Check 1 . Unplug the saw . I Z _ WARNING : Failure t ° unplug the saw could result in accidental I starting causing possible serious personal injury . 2 . Place saw in an upside down position on workbench ( See Fig . 15 ) . 3 . Use a carpenter's square to check the squareness of the saw blade to the shoe on your saw . To Adjust 1 . Unplug the saw . I Z _ WARNING : Failure to unplug the saw could result in accidental I starting causing possible serious personal injury . 2 . Loosen knob . 3 . Loosen hex nut securing adjustment screw . 4 . Turn screw and adjust shoe until square with saw blade . 5 . Tighten hex nut and knob securely . I WARNING : Attempting to make cuts without knob securely tightened I can result in serious injury . I 2O
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TO MAKE POCKET CUTS pocket cut . Attempting a pocket cut at any other setting can result in a loss I iK WARNING : ALWAYS adjust bevel setting to zero before making a I of control of the saw , possibly causing serious injury . I 1 . Adjust the bevel setting to zero , set the blade to the correct blade depth setting , and swing the lower blade guard up , using the lower blade guard handle . I _ WARNING : ALWAYS raise the lower blade guard with the handle I to avoid serious injury . I 2 . While holding the lower blade guard by the handle , firmly rest the front of the shoe flat against the workpiece with the rear handle raised so the blade does not touch the workpiece ( See Fig . 16 ) . 3 . Squeeze the trigger switch to start thell saw . ALWAYS let the blade reach fu speed , then slowly lower the blade onto the workpiece until the shoe is flat against the workpiece . 4 . After you complete the cut , release the trigger switch and allow the blade to come to a complete stop . After the blade has stopped , remove it from the workpiece . Corners can then be cleared out with a hand saw or sabre saw . I / ! ' k , WARNING : NEVER tie the lower blade guard in the raised position . I Leaving the blade exposed could result in serious injury . I MAKING RIP CUTS ALWAYS use a guide when making long or wide rip cuts with your saw . You can use either a straight edge or use the Optional Rip / Edge Guide with a 5 - inch scale ( sold separately at your local Sears store or Craftsman outlet ) . Using a Straight Edge Fig . You can make an efficient rip guide by clamping a straight edge to your workpiece . ( See Fig . 17 ) 1 . Secure the workpiece . 2 . Use C - clamps to firmly attach straight edge to the workpiece . 3 . Carefully guide the saw along the straight edge for a straight rip cut . 4 . DO NOT bind the blade in the cut . 21
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MAKING RIP CUTS cont . Using The Rip / Edge Guide ( sold separately ) To Attach the Rip / Edge Guide 1 . Unplug the saw . WARNING : NEVER Failure to unplug the saw could result in I accidental starting causing possible serious personal injury . 2 . Place edge guide through holes in the shoe of the saw ( See Fig , 18 ) . ' 4 Fig . 18 3 . Adjust edge guide to the desired length of cut . 4 . Tighten the knob that holds the edge guide securely . R _ / eG _ , uide \ / " _ _ / - Place Rip / Edqeh Guide Throug Holes Using the Rip / Edge Guide 1 . Place the face of the edge guide firmly against the edge of the workpiece ( See Fig . 18 ) . Doing this will give you a straight cut without pinching the blade . 2 . BE SURE that the guiding edge of the workpiece that the edge guide is riding on is straight so you get a straight cut . 3 . DO NOT bind the blade in the cut . 22
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SERVICE WARNING : Preventive maintenance performed by unauthorized personnel may result in misplacing of internal wires and components , which could cause a serious hazard , 1 . Tool service MUST BE performed only by a Sears Service Center . Service or maintenance performed by unqualified personnel could result in a risk of injury . IMPORTANT NOTE : All service that requires opening the saw should only be performed at a Sears Service Center . 2 . When servicing a tool , ALWAYS use only identical replacement parts . Follow instructions in the Maintenance Section of this manual . Use of unauthorized parts or failure to follow Maintenance Instructions may create a risk of electric shock or injury . GENERAL WARNING : To avoid accidents , ALWAYS disconnect the tool from the power source BEFORE cleaning or performing any maintenance . All parts represent an important part of the double insulation system and should be serviced only at a Sears Service Center . Avoid using solvents when cleaning plastic parts . Most plastics are susceptible to damage from various types of commercial solvents and may be damaged by their use . Use clean cloths to remove dirt , carbon dust , etc . Z _ WARNING : DO NOT at any time let brake fluids , gasoline , petroleum - based products , penetrating oils , etc . to come in contact with plastic parts . They contain chemicals that can damage , weaken or destroy plastic . It is a known fact that electric tools are subject to accelerated wear and possible premature failure when they are used to work on fiber glass wallboard , spackling compounds or plaster . Thechips and grindings from these materials are highly abrasive to electrical tool parts , such as bearings , brushes , commutators , etc . Consequently , it is not recommended that this tool be used for extended work on any fiber glass material , wallboard , spackling compound , or plaster . During any use on these materials , it is extremely important that the tool is cleaned frequently by blowing with an air jet . LUBRICATION All of the bearings in this tool are lubricated with a sufficient amount of high - grade lubricant for the life of the tool under normal operating conditions . Therefore , no further lubrication is required . WARNING : ALWAYS wear safety goggles or safety glasses with or side shields when using this tool or blowing dust . If operation is dusty , I also wear a dust mask . 23
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DOUBLE INSULATION Double insulation is a concept in safety in electric power tools , which eliminates the need for the standard 3 - wire grounded power cord . All exposed metal parts are isolated from the internal motor components with protecting insulation . Double insulated tools do not need to be grounded . IMPORTANT The servicing of a tool with double insulation requires extreme care and knowledge of the system and should be performed only by a qualified service technician . For service , we recommend that you return the tool to your nearest Sears Service Center for repair . ALWAYS use identical replacement parts when servicing . EXTENSION CORDS The use of any extension cord will cause some loss of power . To keep the loss at a minimum and to prevent overheating , use an extension cord that is heavy enough to carry the current that the tool will draw . A wire gauge ( AWG ) of at least 16 is recommended for an extension cord 100 feet or less in length . When working outdoors ALWAYS use an extension cord that is suitable for outdoor use . The cord's jacket will be marked WA . CAUTION : Keep extension cords away from the cutting area , and position the cord so it will not get caught on lumber , tools , etc . during the cutting operation . WARNING : Check extension cords before each use . If damaged , replace it immediately . NEVER use a tool with a damaged cord because touching the damaged area could cause electrical shock , resulting in serious injury . Sears offers a large selection of extension cords that help extend your working range . The followinged 7 1 / 4 - in . 40 - Tooth General - Purpose Cut - Off Blade recommend 7 1 / 4 - in . 35 - Tooth Master Combination Blade accessories are currently 7 1 / 4 - in . 200 - Tooth Plywood Blade available at your local 7 1 / 4 - in . 18 - Tooth Carbide Blade Sears Store . 7 1 / 4 - in . 18 - Tooth Mach II Silver Series Carbide Blade 7 1 / 4 - in . 24 - Tooth Mach II Silver Series Carbide Blade 7 1 / 4 - in . 24 - Tooth Combination Carbide Blade Rip / Edge Guide I not reWcoAmRmeNndINedG : mTihgeht ubsee doafnagtetarocuhsmenatsnd coorualdccersessourltiesin stehraiotusareinjury . 24
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