Reciprocating Saw -- DeWalt DC385K

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DeWalt Reciprocating Saw

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Blade Installation and Removal

WARNING: To reduce the risk of serious personal injury, turn tool off and disconnect tool from power source before making any adjustments or removing/ installing attachments or accessories. Different blade lengths are available. Use the appropriate blade for the application. The blade should be longer than 3-1/2" and should extend past the shoe and the thickness of the workpiece during the cut. Do not use jigsaw blades with this tool.

WARNING: Cut hazard. Blade breakage may occur if the blade does not extend past the shoe and the workpiece during the cut (Fig. 5). Increased risk of personal injury, as well as damage to the shoe and workpiece may result.

To Install Blade Into Saw

  1. Open blade clamp release lever (C) up (Fig. 6).
  2. Insert blade shank from the front.
  3. . Closebladeclampreleaseleverdown.
  4. Note blade can be installed upside-down to assist in flush-to cutting, see Figure 10.

To Remove Blade From Saw

CAUTION: Burn hazard. Do not touch the the blade immediately after use. Contact with the blade may result in personal injury. 1. Open up blade clamp release lever. 2. Remove blade. Cutting with Blade in Horizontal Position (Fig. 7) Your saw may or may not be equipped with a horizontal blade clamp. Installing a blade in the horizontal orientation allows cutting close to floors, walls or ceilings where limited clearance is available. Ensure that the shoe is pressed against the framing to avoid kickback. Adjustable Shoe (Fig. 8)

Your saw may or may not come with an adjustable shoe. The shoe will adjust to limit the depth of cut. Hold the saw with the underside facing up. Push the button on the hand grip and slide the shoe out to one of the three settings and release the button. CAUTION: Cut hazard. To prevent loss of control, never use tool without shoe. Cutting (Fig. 9)

WARNING: Always use eye protection. All users and bystanders must wear eye protection that conforms to ANSI Z87.1.

WARNING: Exercise extra caution when cutting towards operator. Always hold saw firmly with both hands while cutting. Before cutting any type of material, be sure it is firmly anchored or clamped to prevent slipping. Place blade lightly against work to be cut, switch on saw motor and allow it to obtain maximum speed before applying pressure. Whenever possible, the saw shoe must be held firmly against the material being cut. This will prevent the saw from jumping or vibrating and minimize blade breakage. Any cut which puts pressure on the blade such as angle or scroll cuts increase potential for vibration, kickback, and blade breakage.

WARNING: Use extra caution when cutting overhead and pay particular attention to overhead wires which may be hidden from view. Anticipate the path of falling branches and debris ahead of time.

WARNING: Inspect work site for hidden gas pipes, water pipes, or electrical wires before making blind or plunge cuts. Failure to do so may result in explosion, property damage, electric shock, and/or serious personal injury.


Flush-To Cutting

The compact design of the saw motor housing and spindle housing permits extremely close cutting to floors, corners and other difficult areas.

Pocket/Plunge Cutting - Wood Only

The initial step in pocket cutting is to measure the surface area to be cut and mark clearly with a pencil, chalk or scriber. Use the appropriate blade for the application. The blade should be longer than 3-1/2" and should extend past the shoe and the thickness of the workpiece during the cut. Insert blade in blade clamp. Next, tip the saw backward until the back edge of the shoe is resting on the work surface and the blade clears the work surface. Now switch motor on, always permitting blade to attain maximum speed. Grip handle steadily and begin a slow, deliberate upward swing with the handle of the saw. Blade will begin to feed into material. Always be sure blade is completely through material before continuing with pocket cut.

NOTE: In areas where blade visibility is limited, use the edge of the saw shoe as a guide. Lines for any given cut should be extended beyond edge of cut to be made.

Metal Cutting

This unit has different metal cutting capacities depending upon type of blade used and the metal to be cut. Use a finer blade for ferrous metals and a coarse blade for non-ferrous materials. In thin gauge sheet metals it is best to clamp wood to both sides of sheet. This will insure a clean cut without excess vibration or tearing of metal. Always remember not to force cutting blade as this reduces blade life and causes costly blade breakage. NOTE: It is generally recommended that when cutting metals you should spread a thin film of oil or other lubricant along the line ahead of the saw cut for easier operation and longer blade life.

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