Question about Ryobi 18v Cordless 5-1/2" Circular Saw P501 18 Volt

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I'm trying to figure out if I need to hold the lower blade guard up while the saw is running...there is no lock for it

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    Craig Butler May 11, 2010

    It's supposed to stay down (to protect your fingers) and as you run the saw blade into the wood it pushes it up.

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No you do not need to holde the lower blade guard up. It should be spring loaded and move upward as it engages to piece being cut. depending on what you are cutting, you may need to hold it up to start the cut, but then it can be let back down while cutting. It is a safety feature designed to keep as much of the blade covered as possible during use.

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