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Chop Saw Safety

  1. For operation of the chop saw, a full face shield and safety glasses are required. Operators should always wear safety glasses under a full face sheild.
  2. Gloves, loose clothing, jewelry, or any dangling objects including long hair should not be worn as they may catch in the rotating parts of the saw.
  3. All guards must be in place and operating. If a guard seems slow to return to its normal position or hangs up, adjust it or repair it immediately. Unplug or lockout power when making repairs.
  4. Hands and fingers must be kept clear of the path in which the blade travels.
  5. Clean the lower guard frequently to help visibility and movement. Unplug before adjusting or cleaning.
  6. Use only the recommended RPM and sizes of blades.
  7. Regularly check and tighten the blade and the blade-attachment mechanism.
  8. Prior to installing or changing a blade, be sure to lockout or unplug equipment. Ensure that the blade and its related washers and fasteners are correctly positioned and secured on the saw's arbor.
  9. To avoid losing control or placing hands in the blade path, hold or clamp all material securely against the fence when cutting. Do not perform operations freehand.
  10. Never re-cut small pieces. Long material should be supported at the same height as the saw table.
  11. Never place hands or fingers in the path of the blade or reach in back of the fence.
  12. Use the brake if one is provided. To avoid contact with a coasting blade, do not reach into the cutting area until the blade comes to a full stop.
  13. After completing a cut, release the trigger switch and allow the blade to come to a complete stop, then raise the blade from the workpiece. If the blade stays in the cutting area after the cutting is complete, injury can result from accidental contact.