RIDGID R3121 Operator`s manual

OPERATOR’S MANUAL
ORBITAL JIG SAW
VARIABLE SPEED
DOUBLE INSULATED
R3121
A
B
Your jig saw has been engineered and manufactured to our high standard for dependability, ease of operation, and operator
safety. When properly cared for, it will give you years of rugged, trouble-free performance.
WARNING:
To reduce the risk of injury, the user must read and understand the operator’s manual before using this product.
Thank you for buying a RIDGID product.
SAVE THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................................... 2
 General Safety Rules .....................................................................................................................................................3-4
 Specific Safety Rules ........................................................................................................................................................ 4
 Symbols .........................................................................................................................................................................5-6
 Electrical ........................................................................................................................................................................... 7
 Features .........................................................................................................................................................................8-9
 Assembly .......................................................................................................................................................................... 9
 Operation ...................................................................................................................................................................10-15
 Maintenance ................................................................................................................................................................... 16
 Warranty ......................................................................................................................................................................... 17
 Customer Service Information ........................................................................................................................................ 18
INTRODUCTION
This tool has many features for making its use more pleasant and enjoyable. Safety, performance, and dependability have
been given top priority in the design of this product making it easy to maintain and operate.
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GENERAL SAFETY RULES
 Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning
the power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to
a rotating part of the power tool may result in personal
injury.
 Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance
at all times. This enables better control of the power tool
in unexpected situations.
 Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry.
Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away from moving
parts. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can be caught
in moving parts.
 If devices are provided for the connection of dust
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are
connected and properly used. Use of these devices can
reduce dust-related hazards.
 Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Contain long
hair. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can be drawn
into air vents.
 Do not use on a ladder or unstable support. Stable
footing on a solid surface enables better control of the
power tool in unexpected situations.
WARNING:
Read all instructions. Failure to follow all
instructions listed below may result in electric
shock, fire and/or serious injury. The term “power
tool” in all of the warnings listed below refers
to your mains-operated (corded) power tool or
battery-operated (cordless) power tool.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
WORK AREA SAFETY
 Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark
areas invite accidents.
 Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable
liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which
may ignite the dust or fumes.
 Keep children and bystanders away while operating a
power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY
POWER TOOL USE AND CARE
 Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify
the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs with
earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and
matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
 Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces
such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators.
There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body
is earthed or grounded.
 Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions.
Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock.
 Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying,
pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away
from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged
or entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
 When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
 Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power
tool for your application. The correct power tool will
do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was
designed.
 Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn
it on and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled
with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
 Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or
the battery pack from the power tool before making
any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing
power tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce
the risk of starting the power tool accidentally.
 Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and
do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool
or these instructions to operate the power tool. Power
tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
 Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts, and any other
condition that may affect the power tool’s operation.
If damaged, have the power tool repaired before use.
Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained power
tools.
 Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less
likely to bind and are easier to control.
 Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc., in
accordance with these instructions and in the manner
intended for the particular type of power tool, taking
into account the working conditions and the work to
be performed. Use of the power tool for operations different from those intended could result in a hazardous
situation.
PERSONAL SAFETY
 Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use
common sense when operating a power tool. Do
not use a power tool while you are tired or under the
influence of drugs, alcohol or medication. A moment
of inattention while operating power tools may result in
serious personal injury.
 Use safety equipment. Always wear eye protection.
Safety equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety
shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
 Avoid accidental starting. Ensure the switch is in the
off-position before plugging in. Carrying power tools
with your finger on the switch or plugging in power tools
that have the switch on invites accidents.
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GENERAL SAFETY RULES
SERVICE
 When servicing a power tool, use only identical replacement parts. Follow instructions in the Maintenance section of this manual. Use of unauthorized parts or failure to
follow Maintenance instructions may create a risk of
shock or injury.
 Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair
person using only identical replacement parts. This will
ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.
WARNING!
To reduce the risk of injury, user must read
instruction manual.
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
 Hold power tools by insulated gripping surfaces when
performing an operation where the cutting tool may
contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact with a
“live” wire will make exposed metal parts of the tool “live”
and shock the operator.
 Check damaged parts. Before further use of the
tool, a guard or other part that is damaged should
be carefully checked to determine that it will operate
properly and perform its intended function. Check for
alignment of moving parts, binding of moving parts,
breakage of parts, mounting, and any other conditions
that may affect its operation. A guard or other part that
is damaged should be properly repaired or replaced
by an authorized service center. Following this rule will
reduce the risk of shock, fire, or serious injury.
 Use clamps or another practical way to secure and
support the workpiece to a stable platform. Holding
the work by hand or against your body leaves it unstable
and may lead to loss of control.
 Know your power tool. Read operator’s manual carefully. Learn its applications and limitations, as well
as the specific potential hazards related to this tool.
Following this rule will reduce the risk of electric shock,
fire, or serious injury.
 Make sure your extension cord is in good condition.
When using an extension cord, be sure to use one
heavy enough to carry the current your product will
draw. A wire gauge size (A.W.G.) of at least 14 is
recommended for an extension cord 50 feet or less
in length. A cord exceeding 100 feet is not recommended. If in doubt, use the next heavier gauge. The
smaller the gauge number, the heavier the cord. An
undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage resulting
in loss of power and overheating.
 Always wear safety glasses. Everyday eyeglasses
have only impact-resistant lenses; they are NOT
safety glasses. Following this rule will reduce the risk
of serious personal injury.
 Protect your lungs. Wear a face or dust mask if the
operation is dusty. Following this rule will reduce the
risk of serious personal injury.
 Inspect for and remove all nails from lumber before
using this tool. Following this rule will reduce the risk of
serious personal injury.
 Protect your hearing. Wear hearing protection during
extended periods of operation. Following this rule will
reduce the risk of serious personal injury.
 Save these instructions. Refer to them frequently and
use them to instruct others who may use this tool. If you
loan someone this tool, loan them these instructions
also.
 Inspect tool cords periodically and, if damaged, have
repaired at your nearest authorized service center.
Constantly stay aware of cord location. Following this
rule will reduce the risk of electric shock or fire.
WARNING:
Some dust created by power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling, and other construction activities contains chemicals
known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:
• lead from lead-based paints,
• crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products, and
• arsenic and chromium from chemically-treated lumber.
Your risk from these exposures varies, depending on how often you do this type of work. To reduce your exposure
to these chemicals: work in a well ventilated area, and work with approved safety equipment, such as those dust
masks that are specially designed to filter out microscopic particles.
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SYMBOLS
Some of the following symbols may be used on this tool. Please study them and learn their meaning. Proper interpretation of these symbols will allow you to operate the tool better and safer.
SYMBOL
NAME
DESIGNATION/EXPLANATION
V
Volts
Voltage
A
Amperes
Current
Hz
Hertz
Frequency (cycles per second)
W
Watt
Power
Minutes
Time
Alternating Current
Type of current
Direct Current
Type or a characteristic of current
No Load Speed
Rotational speed, at no load
Class II Construction
Double-insulated construction
Per Minute
Revolutions, strokes, surface speed, orbits etc., per minute
Wet Conditions Alert
Do not expose to rain or use in damp locations.
Read The Operator’s Manual
To reduce the risk of injury, user must read and understand
operator’s manual before using this product.
Eye Protection
Always wear safety goggles, safety glasses with side shields, or
a full face shield when operating this product.
Safety Alert
Precautions that involve your safety.
No Hands Symbol
Failure to keep your hands away from the blade will result in serious personal injury.
No Hands Symbol
Failure to keep your hands away from the blade will result in
serious personal injury.
No Hands Symbol
Failure to keep your hands away from the blade will result in
serious personal injury.
No Hands Symbol
Failure to keep your hands away from the blade will result in
serious personal injury.
Hot Surface
To reduce the risk of injury or damage, avoid contact with any
hot surface.
min
no
.../min
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SYMBOLS
The following signal words and meanings are intended to explain the levels of risk associated with this
product.
SYMBOL
SIGNAL
MEANING
DANGER:
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, will
result in death or serious injury.
WARNING:
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, could
result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION:
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, may
result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION:
(Without Safety Alert Symbol) Indicates a situation that may result in
property damage.
SERVICE
WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury, do not
Servicing requires extreme care and knowledge and should
be performed only by a qualified service technician. For
service we suggest you return the product to the nearest
AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER for repair. When servicing, use only identical replacement parts.
attempt to use this product until you read thoroughly
and understand completely the operator’s manual.
Save this operator’s manual and review frequently for
continuing safe operation and instructing others who
may use this product.
WARNING:
The operation of any power tool can result in foreign objects being thrown into your eyes, which can
result in severe eye damage. Before beginning power tool operation, always wear safety goggles, safety
glasses with side shields, or a full face shield when needed. We recommend Wide Vision Safety Mask
for use over eyeglasses or standard safety glasses with side shields. Always use eye protection which is
marked to comply with ANSI Z87.1.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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ELECTRICAL
DOUBLE INSULATION
EXTENSION CORDS
Double insulation is a concept in safety in electric power
tools, which eliminates the need for the usual three-wire
grounded power cord. All exposed metal parts are isolated
from the internal metal motor components with protecting insulation. Double insulated tools do not need to be
grounded.
When using a power tool at a considerable distance from
a power source, be sure to use an extension cord that has
the capacity to handle the current the tool will draw. An
undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage, resulting in
overheating and loss of power. Use the chart to determine
the minimum wire size required in an extension cord. Only
round jacketed cords listed by Underwriter’s Laboratories
(UL) should be used.
WARNING:
When working outdoors with a tool, use an extension
cord that is designed for outside use. This type of cord is
designated with “WA” on the cord’s jacket.
The double insulated system is intended to protect
the user from shock resulting from a break in the
tool’s internal wiring. Observe all normal safety
precautions to avoid electrical shock.
Before using any extension cord, inspect it for loose or
exposed wires and cut or worn insulation.
NOTE: Servicing of a tool with double insulation requires
extreme care and knowledge of the system and should be
performed only by a qualified service technician. For service,
we suggest you return the tool to your nearest authorized
service center for repair. Always use original factory replacement parts when servicing.
**Ampere rating (on tool data plate)
0-2.0
2.1-3.4
Cord Length
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION
This tool has a precision-built electric motor. It should be
connected to a power supply that is 120 volts, 60 Hz, AC
only (normal household current). Do not operate this tool
on direct current (DC). A substantial voltage drop will cause
a loss of power and the motor will overheat. If the tool does
not operate when plugged into an outlet, double-check the
power supply.
3.5-5.0
5.1-7.0
7.1-12.0 12.1-16.0
Wire Size (A.W.G.)
25'
16
16
16
16
14
14
50'
16
16
16
14
14
12
100'
16
16
14
12
10
—
**Used on 12 gauge - 20 amp circuit.
NOTE: AWG = American Wire Gauge
WARNING:
Keep the extension cord clear of the working area.
Position the cord so that it will not get caught on
lumber, tools or other obstructions while you are
working with a power tool. Failure to do so can
result in serious personal injury.
WARNING:
Check extension cords before each use. If
damaged replace immediately. Never use tool with
a damaged cord since touching the damaged area
could cause electrical shock resulting in serious
injury.
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FEATURES
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Stroke Length................................................................1 in.
No Load Speed ..........................................500-3,000/min.
Orbital Settings...................................................................5
Input ................................ 120 V, 60 Hz, AC Only, 6.0 Amp
Weight .................................................................... 6.7 lbs.
DUST COLLECTION
VACUUM
ATTACHMENT
LOCK-ON BUTTON
VARIABLE
SPEED
CONTROL
SELECTOR
SWITCH
TRIGGER
RAPID
CHANGE
BLADE CLAMP
SPLINTER
GUARD
SAW
BLADE
ORBITAL
ADJUSTMENT KNOB
RECESSED BLADE
SUPPORT ROLLER
BASE
NO-MAR BASE PLATE
CHIP
SHIELD
LIGHTED PLUG
Fig. 1
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FEATURES
NO-MAR BASE PLATE
KNOW YOUR JIG SAW
See Figure 1.
Before attempting to use this product, familiarize yourself
with all operating features and safety rules.
A no-mar base plate has been included with the jig saw. The
plate protects delicate surfaces from being scratched by the
metal jig saw base.
BEVELING BASE
ORBITAL ADJUSTMENT KNOB
The orbital adjustment knob allows user control of the orbital
movement of the saw blade. This allows for quicker cutting
of all types of materials and adjustable power for cutting
materials of varying thickness and density.
The base can be angled 45° left or right for a bevel cut. The
base features positive stops at every 15° and is controlled
by a locking lever.
CHIP SHIELD
RAPID CHANGE BLADE CLAMP
A clear plastic chip shield has been provided to fit on the
front opening of your saw for protection against flying dust
and chips. The chip shield can be used for better dust collection when used in combination with the dust collection
vacuum attachment. For your protection, do not use the
saw without the chip shield properly in place.
The rapid change blade clamp allows for changing saw
blades without the need for separate tools.
RECESSED BLADE SUPPORT ROLLER
The recessed blade support roller ensures accurate cutting
with a five-position adjustable orbital saw blade movement
which ensures high cutting performance. The aluminum
casing has excellent heat dissipation properties to protect
against overheating.
DUST COLLECTION VACUUM ATTACHMENT
A dust collection vacuum attachment is packed with your
saw. Used in conjunction with the chip shield, it will yield the
highest dust efficiency. This attachment is convenient when
operating your saw for an extended period of time.
SPLINTER GUARD
The splinter guard allows for splinter free wood cutting. It is
especially useful with plywood.
LIGHTED PLUG
VARIABLE SPEED CONTROL SELECTOR
The lighted plug helps to easily identify live tools.
The variable speed control feature allows the saw to develop a no load speed that can be adjusted from 500 to
3,000 strokes/min. by rotating the dial from A (slowest) to
F (fastest).
LOCK-ON BUTTON
The lock-on button allows continuous operation.
ASSEMBLY
UNPACKING
WARNING:
This product has been shipped completely assembled.
If any parts are damaged or missing do not operate
this tool until the damaged or missing parts are
replaced. Failure to do so could result in possible
serious personal injury.
 Carefully remove the tool and any accessories from the
box. Make sure that all items listed in the packing list are
included.
 Inspect the tool carefully to make sure no breakage or
damage occurred during shipping.
 Do not discard the packing material until you have carefully inspected and satisfactorily operated the tool.
WARNING:
Do not attempt to modify this tool or create
accessories not recommended for use with this
tool. Any such alteration or modification is misuse
and could result in a hazardous condition leading
to possible serious personal injury.
 If any parts are damaged or missing, please call
1-866-539-1710 for assistance.
PACKING LIST
Variable Speed Orbital Jig Saw
1.25 in. Dust Collection Vacuum Attachment
Chip Shield
No-Mar Base Plate
Splinter Guard (5)
T-Shank Blades (3)
Cord Wrap
Case
Operator’s Manual
WARNING:
Do not connect to power supply until assembly
is complete. Failure to comply could result in
accidental starting and possible serious personal
injury.
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OPERATION
LOCK-ON BUTTON
WARNING:
Do not allow familiarity with tools to make you
careless. Remember that a careless fraction of a
second is sufficient to inflict severe injury.
WARNING:
Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with
side shields when operating tools. Failure to do
so could result in objects being thrown into your
eyes resulting in possible serious injury.
SWITCH TRIGGER
WARNING:
Do not use any attachments or accessories
not recommended by the manufacturer of this
tool. The use of attachments or accessories not
recommended can result in serious personal
injury.
Fig. 2
To release:
 Depress the switch trigger to release.
If you have the lock-on feature engaged during use and the
saw becomes disconnected from power supply, disengage
the lock-on feature immediately.
WARNING:
To avoid possible serious injury, keep hands and
fingers away from the area between the gear
housing and saw blade clamp, and keep the chip
shield in place.
WARNING:
Before connecting the saw to power supply source,
always check to be sure it is not in lock-on position
(depress and release switch trigger). Failure to do
so could result in accidental starting of the saw
resulting in possible serious injury. Also, do not
lock the trigger on jobs where the saw may need
to be stopped suddenly.
APPLICATIONS
You may use this tool for the purposes listed below:
 Sawing non-ferrous metal, sheet steel, wood, plastic, and
similar materials.
VARIABLE SPEED CONTROL SELECTOR
SWITCH
See Figure 3.
The saw has a variable speed control selector designed to
allow operator control and adjustment of speed and power
limits. The speed and power of the saw can be increased or
decreased by rotating the variable speed control selector in
the direction of the arrows as shown in figure 3.
See Figure 2.
To turn the saw ON, depress the switch trigger. Release
switch trigger to turn the saw OFF.
LOCK-ON BUTTON
See Figure 2.
The saw is equipped with a lock-on feature, which is convenient when continuous cutting for extended periods of
time is required.
To lock-on:
 Depress the switch trigger.
NOTE: Hold the saw in normal operating position and turn
the variable speed control selector to the higher letters to
increase speed and power. Turn to the lower letters to decrease speed and power.
If you desire to lock the switch on at a given speed, depress
the switch trigger, push in and hold the lock-on button, and
release the switch trigger. Next, adjust the variable speed
control selector until the desired speed is reached.
 Push in and hold the lock-on button located on the side
of the handle.
 Release switch trigger.
 Release lock-on button.
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OPERATION
Avoid running the saw at low speeds for extended periods
of time. Running at low speeds under constant usage may
cause the saw to become overheated. If this occurs, cool
the saw by running it without a load and at full speed.
TO INCREASE
VARIABLE SPEED
CONTROL SELECTOR
The following guidelines may be used in determining correct
speed for various applications:
LOW Speed (Settings A and B): Ideal when minimum speed
and power is required; for example, starting cuts.
A
MEDIUM Speed (Settings C and D): Suitable for cutting
hard metals, plastics, and laminates.
B
HIGH Speed (Settings E and F): Produces best results when
maximum power is required, for example, cutting wood. Soft
metals such as aluminum, brass, and copper may also require high speeds.
SPLINTER GUARD
See Figure 4.
This saw has a splinter guard to permit splinter-free cutting.
It is especially useful when cutting plywood. This feature
should only be used when making straight cuts or circle
cuts. It is not for bevel cutting or plunge cutting.
TO DECREASE
Fig. 3
To install:
 Unplug the saw.
 Align splinter guard tabs into slots on base.
 �Snap into place.
To remove:
 Unplug the saw.
 Pull splinter guard from slot.
NOTE: The non-orbital setting also helps reduce splintering
when cutting plywood.
SPLINTER GUARD
CAUTION:
Only use the splinter guard for flat cuts. Do not use
splinter guard for any cut exceeding 0° because
the blades can damage the splinter guard.
Fig. 4
TO
INSTALL
CHIP SHIELD
See Figure 5.
For your protection, a chip shield has been included with
the saw. It is used to shield wood particles from the eyes.
The chip shield is attached by placing it in front of the blade
area of the base and snapping it into the tabs on the sides
of the saw base. For removal, simply pull on the chip shield
by gripping the same tabs as shown in figure 5. Make sure
the saw is unplugged before installation and removal.
TO
REMOVE
TO
REMOVE
WARNING:
To avoid serious personal injury, do not use saw
without chip shield properly in place.
CHIP SHIELD
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Fig. 5
OPERATION
NO-MAR BASE PLATE
See Figure 6.
Since the base of the jig saw is bare metal, to protect a delicate work surface, install the plastic no-mar base plate to
cover the metal base by snapping the plate into the bottom
of the base. The plate is made of plastic and has a smooth
finish, making it easier to glide the tool along the work surface without marring it.
SLOTS
To remove, pull the plate from the grooves on the bottom
of the jig saw base.
DUST COLLECTION VACUUM ATTACHMENT
See Figure 7.
For dustless operation, a dust collection vacuum attachment has been provided with the saw which attaches to
the saw base.
To Install:
 Unplug the saw.
 Slide the dust collection vacuum attachment into the
curved area at the rear of the base.
To Remove:
BASE
FRONT TABS
REAR TABS
NO-MAR BASE PLATE
Fig. 6
 Unplug the saw.
 Remove the dust collection vacuum attachment by pulling
attachment from base.
NOTE: The dust collection vacuum attachment should not
be used with the base in beveling position. See Bevel Cutting.
GENERAL CUTTING
See Figure 8.
Rest the front of the saw base on the workpiece and align
cutting edge of the blade with the line on the workpiece.
Make sure the power cord is out of your way and not in the
line of cut. Start your saw and move it forward on the work
surface. Apply downward pressure to keep the saw steady
and only enough forward pressure to keep the blade cutting.
DUST COLLECTION
VACUUM ATTACHMENT
Fig. 7
CAUTION:
Do not force the saw. Forcing the saw may
overheat the motor and break saw blades. Use
clamps or another practical way to secure and
support the workpiece to a stable platform.
Fig. 8
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OPERATION
ORBITAL ADJUSTMENT KNOB
See Figure 9.
The blade of the saw cuts in an orbital motion. This feature
is adjustable and provides faster, more efficient cutting. With
orbital motion, the blade cuts through your work in the upstroke but does not drag across your work in the downstroke.
The “0” setting should be used when cutting materials with
more resistance. The higher settings (3, 4) should be used
when fast cutting in soft material is desired.
INSTALLING JIG SAW BLADES
See Figure 10.
 Unplug the saw.
 Remove the chip shield and the splinter guard if
needed.
 Lift the rapid change blade clamp until it stops.
� Holding the rapid change blade clamp up, insert the saw
blade as far as possible into the slot in the saw bar.
� Check to make sure the back of the saw blade is centered
in the groove of the roller guide.
� Release the rapid change blade clamp. Make sure the
blade is securely in place.
 Replace the chip shield and splinter guard if needed.
TO INCREASE
ORBITAL SETTING
REMOVING JIG SAW BLADES
TO DECREASE
ORBITAL SETTING
Fig. 9
TO
LOCK
See Figure 10.
 Unplug the saw.
 Remove the chip shield and the splinter guard if
needed.
 Lift the rapid change blade clamp until it stops.
� Holding the rapid change blade clamp up, remove the
saw blade.
NOTE: The jig saw is designed to use T-shank blades
only.
TO
RELEASE
SAW BAR
RAPID CHANGE
BLADE CLAMP
SAW BLADE
STRAIGHT CUTTING
See Figure 11.
A straight cut can be made by clamping a piece of wood or
straightedge to the workpiece and guiding the edge of the
saw against it. Make the cut from one direction only. Don't
cut halfway and complete the cut from the opposite end.
GROOVE
Fig. 10
Fig. 11
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OPERATION
SCROLL CUTTING
See Figure 12.
Scroll cuts can be made with the saw by guiding the direction of the cut with applied pressure on the handle as shown
in figure 12.
CAUTION:
Excessive side pressure to the blade could result
in broken blades or damage to the material being
cut.
BEVEL CUTTING
See Figures 13 - 14.
Bevel cutting angles may be adjusted from 0° to 45° right
or left. Angles for cuts from 0° to 45° in 15° increments are
marked on a scale on both the left and right side of the base.
Lines are also drawn from the middle section to the back of
the base for accurate alignment.
An arrow under the motor assembly provides an indicator at
each of the 15° increments. A protractor is recommended
for making accurate cuts.
 Unlock the base by moving the base locking lever forward
and sliding the base forward from the locking pin.
Fig. 12
LOCKING
LEVER
 Select the desired angle on the base.
 Once the desired angle is reached, slide the base backward to the locking pin and tighten the base locking
lever by moving the base locking lever under the motor
assembly.
TO
LOCK
TO
UNLOCK
TO
LOCK
BASE
TO
UNLOCK
Fig. 13
15 0 15 3
0
30
NOTCHES
IN BASE
45
45
LOCKING
PIN
DEGREE
MARKS
Fig. 14
14
OPERATION
PLUNGE CUTTING
See Figure 15.
WARNING:
To avoid loss of control, broken blades, or damage to the material being cut, always use extreme
caution when making plunge cuts. It is not recommended to plunge cut materials other than
wood.
 Mark the line of cut clearly on the workpiece.
 Set the orbital adjustment knob to “0”.
 Tilt the saw forward so that it rests on the front edge
of the base and blade will not come in contact with the
workpiece when the saw is turned on.
 Make sure the blade is inside the area to be cut.
 Using high speed, start the saw and slowly lower the
blade into the workpiece until the blade cuts through the
wood.
 Continue lowering the blade into the workpiece until the
base rests flat on the work surface, then move the saw
forward to complete the opening.
 Use only the 7 teeth per inch blade for this type of cut.
Fig. 15
METAL CUTTING
See Figure 16.
Many kinds of metals can be cut with the saw. Be careful
not to twist or bend the blades. Do not force. If the blade
chatters or vibrates excessively, use a finer-tooth metal-cutting blade. If blade heats excessively, use lower speed. If
blade teeth become filled or clogged when cutting soft metals, such as aluminum, use a coarser-tooth blade or lower
speed. We recommend use of oil when cutting metals to keep
blades cool, increase cutting action, and prolong blade life.
Clamp the work firmly and saw close to the clamping point
to eliminate any vibration of the work being cut.
When cutting conduit, pipe, or angle iron, clamp work in a
vise if possible and saw close to the vise. To cut thin sheet
materials, “sandwich” the material between hardboard or plywood and clamp the layers to eliminate vibration and material
tearing. By doing this, the material will be cut smoothly. Lay
out your pattern or line of cut on top of the “sandwich.”
NOTE: When cutting metal, keep exposed portion of saw
blade clean and free of metal chips by wiping frequently with
an oily cloth. Use extreme caution in disposing of oily cloth
after completion of job to prevent potential fire hazard.
Fig. 16
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MAINTENANCE
WARNING:
WARNING:
When servicing use only identical RIDGID
replacement parts. Use of any other parts may
create a hazard or cause product damage.
Do not at any time let brake fluids, gasoline,
petroleum-based products, penetrating oils, etc.,
come in contact with plastic parts. Chemicals can
damage, weaken or destroy plastic which may
result in serious personal injury.
WARNING:
Electric tools used on fiberglass material, wallboard, spackling compounds, or plaster are subject to accelerated wear
and possible premature failure because the fiberglass chips
and grindings are highly abrasive to bearings, brushes, commutators, etc. Consequently, we do not recommended using
this tool for extended work on these types of materials. However, if you do work with any of these materials, it is extremely
important to clean the tool using compressed air.
Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with
side shields during power tool operation or when
blowing dust. If operation is dusty, also wear a
dust mask.
GENERAL MAINTENANCE
Avoid using solvents when cleaning plastic parts. Most
plastics are susceptible to damage from various types of
commercial solvents and may be damaged by their use. Use
clean cloths to remove dirt, dust, oil, grease, etc.
LUBRICATION
All of the bearings in this tool are lubricated with a sufficient
amount of high grade lubricant for the life of the unit under
normal operating conditions. Therefore, no further lubrication
is required.
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WARRANTY
RIDGID® HAND HELD AND STATIONARY POWER TOOL
3 YEAR LIMITED SERVICE WARRANTY
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
Proof of purchase must be presented when requesting warranty service.
This warranty applies only to the original purchaser at retail
and may not be transferred. This warranty only covers defects arising under normal usage and does not cover any
malfunction, failure or defect resulting from misuse, abuse,
neglect, alteration, modification or repair by other than an
authorized service center for RIDGID® branded hand held
and stationary power tools. Consumable accessories provided with the tool such as, but not limited to, blades, bits
and sand paper are not covered.
Limited to RIDGID® hand held and stationary power tools
purchased 2/1/04 and after. This product is manufactured
by One World Technologies, Inc. The trademark is licensed
from RIDGID, Inc. All warranty communications should be
directed to One World Technologies, Inc., attn: RIDGID Hand
Held and Stationary Power Tool Technical Service at (toll
free) 1-866-539-1710.
90-DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE POLICY
RIDGID, INC. AND ONE WORLD TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
MAKE NO WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR
PROMISES AS TO THE QUALITY OR PERFORMANCE
OF ITS POWER TOOLS OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFICALLY STATED IN THIS WARRANTY.
During the first 90 days after the date of purchase, if you are
dissatisfied with the performance of this RIDGID® Hand Held
and Stationary Power Tool for any reason you may return
the tool to the dealer from which it was purchased for a full
refund or exchange. To receive a replacement tool you must
present proof of purchase and return all original equipment
packaged with the original product. The replacement tool
will be covered by the limited warranty for the balance of
the 3 YEAR service warranty period.
ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS
To the extent permitted by applicable law, all implied warranties, including warranties of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, are disclaimed. Any
implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability
or fitness for a particular purpose, that cannot be disclaimed
under state law are limited to three years from the date of
purchase. One World Technologies, Inc. and RIDGID, Inc.
are not responsible for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages. Some states do not allow limitations on
how long an implied warranty lasts and/or do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you. This
warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state.
WHAT IS COVERED UNDER THE 3 YEAR
LIMITED SERVICE WARRANTY
This warranty on RIDGID® Hand Held and Stationary Power
Tools covers all defects in workmanship or materials and normal wear items such as brushes, chucks, motors, switches,
cords, gears and even cordless batteries in this RIDGID®
tool for three years following the purchase date of the tool.
Warranties for other RIDGID® products may vary.
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE
To obtain service for this RIDGID® tool you must return it;
freight prepaid, or take it in to an authorized service center
for RIDGID® branded hand held and stationary power tools.
You may obtain the location of the authorized service center
nearest you by calling (toll free) 1-866-539-1710 or by logging on to the RIDGID® website at www.ridgid.com. When
requesting warranty service, you must present the original
dated sales receipt. The authorized service center will repair any faulty workmanship, and either repair or replace
any part covered under the warranty, at our option, at no
charge to you.
One World Technologies, Inc.
P.O. Box 35, Hwy. 8
Pickens, SC 29671
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OPERATOR’S MANUAL
ORBITAL JIG SAW
VARIABLE SPEED
DOUBLE INSULATED
R3121
Customer Service Information:
For parts or service, contact your nearest RIDGID authorized service center. Be
sure to provide all relevant information when you call or visit. For the location of
the authorized service center nearest you, please call 1-866-539-1710 or visit us
online at www.ridgid.com.
The model number of this tool is found on a plate attached to the motor housing.
Please record the serial number in the space provided below. When ordering repair
parts, always give the following information:
R3121
Model No.
Serial No.
983000-819
3-24-06 (REV:03)
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