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Maintain a firm grip with both hands on the Blade depth and bevel adjusting locking
saw and position your body and arm to knobs must be tight and secure before
allow you to resist KICKBACK forces. making cut. If blade adjustment shifts while
KICKBACK forces can be controlled by the cutting, it may cause binding and KICKBACK.
operator, if proper precautions are taken.
Using the saw with an excessive depth of cut
setting increases loading on the unit and
susceptibility to twisting of the blade in the kerf.
It also increases the surface area of the blade
available for pinching under conditions of kerf
When blade is binding, or when interrupting
a cut for any reason, 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 Use extra caution when making a “Pocket
motion or KICKBACK may occur. Investigate Cut” into existing walls or other blind areas.
and take corrective action to eliminate the cause The protruding blade may cut objects that can
of blade binding. Wet lumber, green lumber or cause KICKBACK.
pressure treated lumber require special
Some dust created by
power sanding, sawing,
grinding, drilling, and other construction
activities contains chemicals known to
attention during cutting operation to prevent
KICKBACK. Avoid cutting nails. Inspect for and
remove all nails from lumber before cutting.
When restarting a saw in a workpiece, cause cancer, birth defects or other
center the saw blade in the kerf and check reproductive harm. Some examples of
that saw teeth are not engaged into the these chemicals are:
material. If saw blade is binding, it may walk up
Lead from lead-based paints,
or KICKBACK from the workpiece as the saw is
Crystalline silica from bricks and cement
and other masonry products, and
Support large panels to minimize the risk of
blade pinching and KICKBACK. Large panels
tend to sag under their own weight. Supports
Arsenic and chromium from chemically-
must be placed under the panel on both sides, Your risk from these exposures varies,
near the line of cut and near the edge of the depending on how often you do this type of
panel. See “Cutting Large Sheets” in this work. To reduce your exposure to these
chemicals: work in a well ventilated area, and
work with approved safety equipment, such
as those dust masks that are specially
designed to filter out microscopic particles.
Do not use dull or damaged blade.
Unsharpened or improperly set blades produce
narrow kerf causing excessive friction, blade
binding and KICKBACK.