| In this shot you see my thumb
pushing up on the blade guard handle. Occasionally, you might need to
pull the guard to start a cut. You must use extreme caution while doing
this. This blade wants to act just like a car tire. If you let it, it
will drive itself backwards; towards YOU!!!
| The quarter inch slot in the front
of the base plate is your cutting guide. On e side is used for standard
90 deg cuts. The other is for 45 deg cutting. To the right of the photo
is a wing nut. This adjusts the bevel.
| This is a better shot of the
cutting guide. You can see how the blade lines up with the edge of the
guide; thus taking into account the kerf.
| This lever adjusts the depth of the cut. As with the table saw, you want to set the blade to the correct cutting depth.
| Most of the weight is to one side
of the blade. When you set up your cut, be sure that the bulk of the
weight is supported by the table under your lumber.
| Personally, I dislike circular
saws. I have a couple of them, but I don't use them much for freehand
work. Perhaps my dislike goes back to the Red Cross first aid training
tape showing a construction worker being injured (fake for the tape)
while using one. These things can buck back at you if the wood pinches.
I've seen this happen a few times.