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Using a Jig or Saber Saw

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Using a Jig or Saber Saw

The powered saber saw uses a reciprocating motor to move a small saw blade up and down across the object to be cut. Blades available include those for wood (coarse or fine cut), metal, drywall/plaster, or plastic. Many saber saws come with an assortment of specialized blades, or they can be purchased individually for specific tasks. The handle includes a safety button and trigger switch. The blade holder has a blade lock. The shoe is a plate that keeps the blade at a specified distance from the work. A guide fence also is available for cutting straight lines.

Portable jig/saber saws are light weight and generally easy to
handle. For this reason, carelessness can easily enter the picture.

Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields complying with current national standard, and a full face shield when needed. Use a dust mask in dusty work conditions. Wear hearing protection during extended periods of operation.

Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry or any dangling objects that may catch in moving parts or accessories. Tie back long hair.

The tool should be unplugged before checking or installing blades or accessories.

Check carefully that the blades are adequately secured in position before plugging in. Make sure the cord is out of your way and not in the line of cut.

Firmly position the tool's base plate/shoe on the work piece before turning on the tool.

Keep your hands and fingers well clear of moving parts.

When ready to cut, plug the saw into an electrical outlet, firmly hold the handle, align the blade near (not touching) the mark to be cut, press the safety switch, then press the trigger switch. Slowly follow the cut mark. When nearly done, make sure the end of the material being cut is held and will not splinter due to the unsupported weight

After making partial cuts, turn the tool off and remove the blade from the work piece only after the blade has fully stopped.

Know what is behind a cut before you make it. Be sure that hidden electrical wiring, water pipes, hazardous objects of any kind are not in the path of the cut. If wires are present, they must be disconnected by a qualified person at their power source to prevent the possibility of lethal shock. Water pipes must be drained and capped. Always hold the tool by the insulated grasping surfaces.

When plunge (pocket) cutting uses a blade designed for that purpose and follow the manufacturer's recommended procedures. Maintain firm contact between the base and the material being cut, throughout cutting procedures.

Remember that the blade and blade clamp may be hot immediately after cutting. Keep your hands away until cooled down.

Never overreach. It can be hazardous with small tools.

Do not leave saws unattended - unplug and secure the tool
immediately after use. It is the type of tool that children can
readily pick up and cause injury.