B. Cutting through material supported at the outer ends only can
cause kickback. As the material weakens it sags, closing down
the kerf and pinching the blade.
C. Cutting off a cantilevered or overhanging piece of material from
the bottom up in a vertical direction can cause kickback. The
falling cut off piece can pinch the blade.
D. Cutting off long narrow strips (as in ripping) can cause kickback.
The cut off strip can sag or twist closing the kerf and pinching
E. Snagging the lower guard on a surface below the material
being cut momentarily reduces operator control. The saw can
lift partially out of the cut increasing the chance of blade twist.
2. IMPROPER DEPTH OF CUT SETTING ON SAW
To make the most efficient cut, the blade should protrude only far
enough to expose 1/2 of a tooth as shown in Figure 9. This allows
the foot plate to support the blade and minimizes twisting and
pinching in the material. Refer to Cutting Depth Adjustment.
3. BLADE TWISTING (MISALIGNMENT IN CUT)
A. Pushing harder to cut through a knot, a nail, or a hard grain
area can cause the blade to twist.
B. Trying to turn the saw in the cut (trying to get back on the
marked line) can cause blade twist.
C. Over-reaching or operating the saw with poor body control (out
of balance), can result in twisting the blade.
D. Changing hand grip or body position while cutting can result in
E. Backing up the saw to clear blade can lead to twist if it is not
4. MATERIALS THAT REQUIRE EXTRA ATTENTION
A. Wet lumber
B. Green lumber (material freshly cut or not kiln dried)
C. Pressure treated lumber (material treated with preservatives or
5. USE OF DULL OR DIRTY BLADES
Dull blades cause increased loading of the saw. To compensate,
an operator will usually push harder which further loads the unit
and promotes twisting of the blade in the kerf. Worn blades may
also have insufficient body clearance which increases the chance
of binding and increased loading.
6. LIFTING THE SAW WHEN MAKING BEVEL CUTS
Bevel cuts require special operator attention to proper cutting
techniques – especially guidance of the saw. Both blade angle to
the foot plate and greater blade surface in the material increase the
chance for binding and misalignment (twist) to occur.
7. RESTARTING A CUT WITH THE BLADE TEETH JAMMED
AGAINST THE MATERIAL
The saw should be brought up to full operating speed before
starting a cut or restarting a cut after the unit has been stopped
with the blade in the kerf. Failure to do so can cause stalling and
Any other conditions which could result in pinching, binding, twisting,
or misalignment of the blade could cause kickback. Refer to
Additional Safety Instructions and Operation for procedures and
techniques that will minimize the occurrence of kickback.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, turn unit off and
disconnect it from power source before installing and removing
accessories, before adjusting or when making repairs. An
accidental start-up can cause injury.