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Re: circular saw Safety question
Circular saws, like other power tools, can cause serious injuries if they are not used properly. Familiarize yourself with the owner's manual before attempting your first project. Make sure you are wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris and ear protection to guard against hearing damage caused by the noise of the motor.
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Fun Fact: The craftsman 10871 does not have a safety switch. That position is now occupied by the on off switch for the laser trac light. BE EXCEEDINGLY CAREFUL. A moment of complacency when you grab the saw with a finger in the trigger guard could easily filet your leg open or set it down with the blade guard open could relieve you of some unneeded digits.
Yes, Did you buy it new? It has two heavy plastic seen through plate that
are attached to each other. This safety shield is gravity fed. That mean as one
pull down the saw the safety guard will pivot into the upper shield. As the saw
go back up after cutting a piece of wood. The safety shield will drop back into
it safety position covering the 12" blade. GB...stewbsion
Some furniture shops used 7 1/4 circular saw blade for other brands of circular saw. Based on my experienced it's applicable as long their is clearance for the blade not touch the adjustable safety cover of the unit. Thanks for asking FixYa.
If you are left-handed, you must be extremely cautious when operating a circular saw, since most saws are designed for right-handed operation. But if you can, you'll be better off with a left-handed model or an adjustable one (suitable for right-handed and left-handed as well).