Keep Hands Away From Cutting Area And Blade
-Keep your second hand on the auxiliary handle or the work piece away from the blade path.
-Sharp blades are especially important.
-Keep your body positioned to either side of the saw blade.
-Do not reach underneath the work.
-Check under the work piece so you do not cut support piece.
Check Operation And Condition Of The Lower Guard
-Check the guard for proper closing before each cut.
-Service immediately if lower guard is not working properly.
-Only retract the lower guard manually for special cuts.
-Always make sure the guard is covering the blade before placing the saw down on a bench or the floor.
Never Hold Piece To Cut In Your hand Or On Your Lap
-Hold the saw by the insulated gripping surface while cutting.
-When ripping, use a rip fence or straight edge guide.
-Only use specified blade size and shape.
-Check the blade for damage prior to use.
-Never use damaged or incorrect blade washers or bolts.
Be Aware Of Kick-Back
-Maintain a firm grip on the saw.
-Position your body and arm to resist kick-back forces.
-When the blade is binding, release the trigger.
Causes of kick-back
- Twisted or misaligned blades
- Cutting too fast
- Not cutting in a straight line