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Can't remember how much access there is at the back on that model, on some you have to take the main hinge pin out to get to it and move the top arm assembly out of the way. Not always the easiest of jobs.
If I understand correctly, your saw arm is all the way down and it won't raise so you can cut wood?
There is usually a small pin located at the pivot ... it is usually a steel cylinder about 1/4" in diameter that pushes in and out, sometimes it has a ring on the end ... use your fingers and pull it out. The lock pin is used when transporting or storing the chop saw.
One of my old chop saws, the pin got stuck and we had to tear it out with vice grips. And now the thing is hard to carry around or store because it's always open.
If this is a new saw >>> i want you to understand something about safety that I learned >>> there is a strong human instinct to reach in with your hand >>> to avoid this instinct takes practice >>> train you mind to be very slow with these saws >> no rush >> plenty of time to be deliberate >> wait for the saw to come to a full stop >> hope this helped > fyi, I hear that it doesn't hurt when cutting off a finger because it happens so fast, but that's what I've heard.
You do not have to drill anything out, if you are talking about the hold-down locking pin that keeps the blade assy locked down when not in use. I have created a tutorial for replacing the locking pin, you can find it here, http://mgfic.com/dewalt708_lockingpin.htm
If you look on the back of the saw where the pivot is, there should be a bolt on either side that should adjust how much bevel there is . As for a 90 degree angle, there should be a locking pin or stop to keep it from leaning out of square. Be sure that it is accepting the pin properly and that it is clean. Not sure if there is an adjustment on the sliding saw, but i know there wasn't on my dual compound mitre saw