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230mm (9”) TCT
Multi Purpose Cutting Circular Saw
Read instructions before operating this tool.
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• The product does not contain any restricted substances in
We, Evolution Power Tools Limited, Venture One,
concentrations and applications banned by the directive and
Longacre Close, Sheffield, S20 3FR as the supplier of the
for components, the product is capable of being worked at
product listed below:
the higher temperatures required by lead-free soldering.
RAGE 230 ~ 230mm TCT Steel Cutting Circular Saw
• The restricted substances and maximum allowed
concentrations in homogenous materials are, by weight:
Part Number
RAGE 230X1/RAGE 230X2/RAGE 230X2EU
Lead – 0.1%
Mercury – 0.1%
Declare, under our sole responsibility that the equipment
PBDE (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) – 0.1%
to which this document relates, is in conformity with the
Hexavalent Chromium – 0.1%
PBB (Polybrominated Biphenyis) – 0.1%
Cadmium – 0.01%
following standards or other normative documents:
EN60335-1: 1994+A1+A2+A11-A16
Level of Sound pressure according to
EN55014-1: 2000+A1+A2
86/188/EEC, 98/37/EEC & 2000/14/EC
EN55014-2: 1997+A1
Guaranteed Sound Power Level
EN61000-3-2: 2000
108.7 dB(A)
EN61000-3-3: 1995+A1
EN61000-3-11: 2000
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relating to the Low Voltage Directive, Council Directive
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compliant with Council Directive 2002/95/EC in relation to the
Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electrical & electronic
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use of the 6 substances below in the manufacture of specific
Mr Matthew J Gavins
types of electrical equipment. Whilst this restriction does not
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9th May 2007
Please read these operating and safety instructions carefully
Read and understand all instructions before
and completely. For your own safety, before using this
operating this product. Failure to follow all
equipment check that the voltage is correct and that all
instructions listed below, may result in electric
handles and parts are firmly secured. If you are uncertain
shock, fire and / or serious personal injury.
about any aspect of using this equipment, please contact our
Technical Helpline.
0870 609 2297
When using electric tools basic safety precautions should
always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock
EVO230 ~ 230mm (9” )TCT Circular Saw
and personal injury including the following.
Read all these instructions before attempting to operate
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The term “power tool” in the warnings refers to your mains-
your machine’s warranty period and ensure prompt
operated (corded)
service if needed. We sincerely thank you for selecting a
product from Evolution Power Tools.
1) Work Area Safety
a) Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark
12 month limited warranty.
areas invite accidents.
Evolution power tools reserves the right to make
b) Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres,
improvements and modifications to design without
such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or
prior notice.
dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust
or fumes.
Evolution Power Tools will, within twelve (12) months from
c) Keep children and bystanders away while operating
the original date of purchase, repair or replace any goods
a power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.
found to be defective in materials or workmanship, provided
the product warranty registration card has been returned
2) Electrical Safety
to Evolution Power Tools. This warranty is void if the tool
a) Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never
being returned has been used to cut materials beyond the
modify the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter
recommendations in the Instruction Manual or if the saw has
plugs with earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified
been damaged by accident, neglect, or improper service. This
plugs and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
warranty does not apply to machines and / or components
b) Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces,
which have been altered, changed, or modified in any way,
such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There
or subjected to use beyond recommended capacities
is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is earthed
and specifications. Electrical components are subject to
or grounded.
respective manufacturers’ warranties. All goods returned
c) Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions.
defective shall be returned prepaid freight to Evolution Power
Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric
Tools. Evolution Power Tools reserves the right to optionally
repair or replace it with the same or equivalent item. There
d) Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying,
is no warranty – written or verbal – for saw blades. In no
pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away
event shall Evolution Power Tools be liable for loss or damage
from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or
resulting directly or indirectly from the use or merchandise or
entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
from any other cause. Evolution Power Tools is not liable for
e) When operating a power tool outdoors, use an
any costs incurred on such goods or consequential damages.
extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord
No officer, employee or agent of Evolution Power Tools is
suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
authorised to make oral representations of fitness or to waive
f) If operating a power tool in a damp location is
any of the foregoing terms of sale and none shall be binding
unavoidable, use a residual current device (RCD)
on Evolution Power Tools. Questions relating to this limited
protected supply. Use of an RCD reduces the risk of
warranty should be directed to the company’s head office, or
electric shock.
call the appropriate Helpline number.
3) Personal Safety
4) Power Tool Use & Care
a) Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common
a) Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power
sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power
tool for your application. The correct power tool will do the
tool while you are tired or under the influence of drugs,
job better and safer at the rate for which it was designed.
alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while
b) Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn
operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.
it on and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with
b) Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye
the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
protection. Protective equipment such as dust mask, non-
c) Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or
skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for
the battery pack from the power tool before making any
appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power
c) Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in
tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
the off-position before connecting to power source and/
starting the power tool accidentally.
or battery pack, picking up or carrying the tool. Carrying
d) Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and
power tools with your finger on the switch or energising
do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or
power tools that have the switch on invites accidents.
these instructions to operate the power tool. Power tools
d) Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning
are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
the power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a
e) Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or
rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury.
binding of moving parts, breakage of parts and any other
e) Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance
condition that may affect the power tool’s operation. If
at all times. This enables better control of the power tool in
damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many
unexpected situations.
accidents are caused by poorly maintained power tools.
f) Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery.
f) Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained
Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away from moving
cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind
parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair can be caught in
and are easier to control.
moving parts.
g) Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc. in
g) If devices are provided for the connection of dust
accordance with these instructions, taking into account
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are
the working conditions and the work to be performed.
connected and properly used. Use of dust collection can
Use of the power tool for operations different from those
reduce dust-related hazards.
intended could result in a hazardous situation.
5) Service
a) Have your tool repaired by a qualified person. This electric
tool complies with the relevant safety rules. Repairs should
only be carried out by qualified persons using original spare
parts, otherwise this may result in considerable danger to
the user.
b) When servicing a tool, use only genuine Evolution
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 electric shock or injury.
Additional Specific Safety Rules
a) DANGER: Keep hands away from cutting area and
Do not operate machine if warning and / or instruction labels
the blade. Keep your second hand on auxiliary handle,
are missing or damaged. Contact evolution power tools for
or motor housing. If both hands are holding the saw, they
replacement labels.
cannot be cut by the blade.
b) Do not reach underneath the workpiece. The guard
cannot protect you from the blade below the workpiece.
Alternating Current
No Load Speed
performing an operation where the cutting tool may
Double Insulated
contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact with a
c) Adjust the cutting depth to the thickness of the
workpiece. Less than a full tooth of the blade teeth should
be visible below the workpiece.
d) Never hold piece being cut in your hands or across
your leg. Secure the workpiece to a stable platform. It
is important to support the work properly to minimize body
Wear Safety Goggles
Wear Ear Protectors
exposure, blade binding, or loss of control.
e) Hold power tool by insulated gripping surfaces when
“live” wire will also make exposed metal parts of the power
tool “live” and shock the operator.
f) When ripping always use a rip fence or straight edge
guide. This improves the accuracy of cut and reduces the
chance of blade binding.
g) Always use blades with correct size and shape
Unauthorized blades may be dangerous! Keep saw blades
(diamond versus round) of arbour holes. Blades that
securely fastened. Check blade flanges for debris before
do not match the mounting hardware of the saw will run
installing any new blade. Do not use dull or broken blades.
eccentrically, causing loss of control.
Check blades often for condition and wear. Damaged or
h) Never use damaged or incorrect blade washers or bolt.
worn blades should be replaced immediately. Check chip
The blade washers and bolt were specially designed for your
collector cover for proper fit to minimize the risk of flying
saw, for optimum performance and safety of operation.
debris. Loose fitting or damaged collector must be replaced
immediately. Beware of ejecting chips as they may be HOT.
Always make provisions for safe handling of excess material.
Keep bottom of base plate free from dirt and other debris.
To obtain an additional copy of your manual, please
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Further safety instructions for all saws
Causes & Operator Prevention Of Kickback:
Safety instructions for saws
a) Check lower guard for proper closing before each
use. Do not operate the saw if lower guard does not
- kickback is a sudden reaction to a pinched, bound or
move freely and close instantly. Never clamp or tie the
misaligned saw blade, causing an uncontrolled saw to lift up
lower guard into the open position. If saw is accidentally
and out of the workpiece toward the operator;
dropped, lower guard may be bent. Raise the lower guard
- when the blade is pinched or bound tightly by the kerf
with the retracting handle and make sure it moves freely and
closing down, the blade stalls and the motor reaction drives
does not touch the blade or any other part, in all angles and
the unit rapidly back toward the operator;
depths of cut.
- if the blade becomes twisted or misaligned in the cut,
b) Check the operation of the lower guard spring. If the
the teeth at the back edge of the blade can dig into the top
guard and the spring are not operating properly, they
surface of the wood causing the blade to climb out of the
must be serviced before use. Lower guard may operate
kerf and jump back toward the operator.
sluggishly due to damaged parts, gummy deposits, or a buildup of debris.
Kickback is the result of saw misuse and/or incorrect
c) Lower guard may be retracted manually only for
operating procedures or conditions and can be avoided
special cuts such as “plunge cuts” and “compound
by taking proper precautions as given below.
cuts.” Raise lower guard by retracting handle and as
soon as blade enters the material, the lower guard must
a) Maintain a firm grip with both hands on the saw and
be released. For all other sawing, the lower guard should
position your arms to resist kickback forces. Position
operate automatically.
your body to either side of the blade, but not in line
d) Always observe that the lower guard is covering
with the blade. Kickback could cause the saw to jump
the blade before placing saw down on bench or floor.
backwards, but kickback forces can be controlled by the
An unprotected, coasting blade will cause the saw to walk
operator, if proper precautions are taken.
backwards, cutting whatever is in its path. Be aware of the
b) When blade is binding, or when interrupting a cut
time it takes for the blade to stop after switch is released.
for any reason, release the trigger and hold the saw
motionless in the material until the blade comes to a
complete stop. Never attempt to remove the saw from
Always unplug saw before changing blades,
the work or pull the saw backward while the blade is
servicing, cleaning or adjusting the saw.
in motion or kickback may occur. Investigate and take
corrective actions to eliminate the cause of blade binding.
c) When restarting a saw in the workpiece, centre the
saw blade in the kerf and check that saw teeth are
not engaged into the material. If saw blade is binding, it
may walk up or kickback from the workpiece as the saw is
d) Support large panels to minimise the risk of blade
pinching and kickback. Large panels tend to sag under
their own weight. Supports must be placed under the panel
on both sides, near the line of cut and near the edge of the
e) Do not use dull or damaged blades. Unsharpened or
improperly set blades produce narrow kerf causing excessive
friction, blade binding and kickback.
f) Blade depth and bevel adjusting locking levers must
be tight and secure before making cut. If blade adjustment
shifts while cutting, it may cause binding and kickback.
g) Use extra caution when making a “plunge cut” into
existing walls or other blind areas. The protruding blade
may cut objects that can cause kickback.
Model RAGE 230 Specifications
Motor (110V ~ 230V 50/60 Hz) (Watts) 1750
Maximum Box (1/4” 6mm Wall 90º)
84mm (3-1/4”)
Maximum Box (1/4” 6mm Wall 45º)
53mm (2-1/8”)
Optimum Cutting Thickness (Mild Steel Plate)
RPM No Load (min-1)
Recommended Maximum Duty Cycle
Never start the saw with cutting edge of saw blade contacting
work surface. Do not retract blade guard manually. Guard
Minimum Dimensions
Mounting / Removing TCT Saw Blades
9kg (19.8lbs)
Remove the chip collection cover from the machine by
370mm (14-1/2”) x 400mm
undoing the hexagonal screw. Loosen the screw that retains
(15-3/4”) x 500mm (19-5/8”)
the spanner to the machine and remove the spanner. Undo
250mm (9-7/8”) x 325mm
the M13 bolt that secures the blade (fig. 3) and remove the
(12-3/4”) x 500mm (19-5/8”)
blade flange. Note: Use spindle lock. Replace blade, making
retracts automatically.
Vibration Level (Under Load) (m/s2)
Maximum Dimensions
6mm (1/4”)
Sound Pressure Level (Under Load) (dB(A))
What You Should Know Before Sawing:
sure that the arrow for the direction of rotation of the blade
Blade Dimensions
Maximum Diameter
230mm (9”)
matches that of the machine then tighten the M13 bolt
Bore Diameter
25.4mm (1”)
with the flange in the correct position. Note: Check that the
2mm (5/64”)
spindle lock is fully released by manually rotating the blade
before use. Refit the spanner to the holder on the machine
and tighten the retaining screw.
Adjustment Of The Cutting Depth
Your Evolution Power Tools saw is shipped complete.
Release the handle to adjust to the required cutting depth.
Remove all contents from the box and inspect to ensure
Ensure that the blade protrudes a maximum of 3/16” (4mm)
no damage was incurred during shipping, and that the
through the material being cut. Tighten the handle to lock in
items listed below are included.
position. Note: The safety guard (fig. 1) is marked in increments
from 0 – 84mm to assist in setting the depth of cut.
Instruction Manual
Spanner (Attached To Unit)
Edge Guide
Side Handle
Carry Case
Adjustment Of The Cutting Angle
Release both locking handles (fig. 2) and adjust to the
required cutting angle by lining up the mark with the printed
scale. Tighten both handles to lock in position. Note: There
are certain compound cuts on which it may be necessary to
manually retract the guard to allow the blade to enter into
and / or through the cut.
Line Of Cut Guide Slots
Guide slots are provided at the front of the saw base. The
left slot is used to follow a line when making a 90-degree
cut. The right slot is used to follow a line when making a
45-degree cut.
Refer to the “Service Parts List Drawing”. If required,
assemble edge guide to shoe plate, and adjust edge guide to
desired position. Secure with thumb screws. Install a blade
as detailed in the “Changing Saw Blades” section. Always
adjust both front and back bevel lock knobs and tighten
before cutting.
Operating Advice
Do not operate the tool in damp or wet conditions, as electric
Always clamp the work piece on a rigid support such as a
shocks may result. Always use both hands to operate the
bench or saw horses where possible. This tool is equipped
tool. Always ensure that the material you are working on is
with a safety start feature – to start the tool, you must
securely clamped.
first push in the switch on the side of the handle with your
thumb – you can then depress the main trigger switch to
• This tool is equipped with an approved cord and plug for its
power the motor. Do not force the tool – let the speed of
intended Country of use.
the saw blade do the work. Cutting performance will not
• Remove plug from power supply before replacement of
improve by applying more pressure on the tool and blade
the blade, making adjustments or other maintenance work.
life will be reduced. When using the parallel guide, ensure
• Use only genuine EVOLUTION brand saw blades.
that it is parallel with the blade and not the base of the tool,
• Inspect the machine and blade before each use and do not
as otherwise the blade and motor could become damaged.
use deformed, cracked, worn or otherwise damaged blades.
To set the guide, loosen the two retaining screws, and slide
• Ensure the blade is correctly mounted and is appropriate
it up snugly against the side of the work piece. Retighten
for the material to be cut.
the screws to secure it in the desired position. Place front
• Do not use blades made of high-speed steel.
edge of saw squarely on work before starting motor. When
• Do not use blades that do not comply with the characteristics
starting a cut, sight the cutting line with the line of cut guide
specified in these instructions.
taking care to introduce the blade to the material slowly, so
• Do not stop the blade by lateral pressure on the disc.
as not to damage its teeth. Use both hands to move the saw
• Ensure that moveable guards operate freely without jamming.
forward through the work piece.
• Never use the tool without the original protection guard system.
Do not lock the moving guard in the open position.
Laser Sight Guide System
• Always keep the power cord away from moving parts of the tool.
An additional feature of this machine is the laser sight system,
• When you put the tool away, switch off the motor and ensure
which is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon
that all moving parts have come to a complete standstill.
for the accuracy of a cut. Remove the battery compartment
• In case of jamming, immediately switch off the tool and
cover and fit the supplied batteries, taking care to observe the
disconnect the plug.
correct polarity, then replace the cover. Press the switch to
• Before using accessories, always compare the maximum
the on position to activate, and remember to turn off the laser
allowed RPM of the accessory with the RPM of the tool.
when you have finished a cut. Before use the sight must be
• Ensure that the cutting depth adjustment handle, angle
aligned by means of the adjustment screw. Important Notice:
adjustment handle, and side handle are firmly fixed whilst
Do not point the laser at anyone and NEVER look into the laser
using the tool (fig. 1).
light, as serious eye damage may occur.
• Only use the flanges and washers that are supplied with the
tool, and replace them if they become damaged or scored.
Chip Collection
This tool is provided with a chip collector compartment.
Adjustment Of The Cutting Depth
When the chips accumulate up to the see-through window,
Release the handle to adjust to the required cutting depth.
remove the cover, clean out the cover, then replace it, and
Ensure that the blade protrudes a maximum of 3/16” (4mm)
tighten the knobs. Notice: The metal chips inside the cover
through the material being cut. Tighten the handle to lock in
may be very hot and sharp - do not touch with bare hands.
position. Note: The safety guard (fig. 1) is marked in increments
from 0 – 84mm to assist in setting the depth of cut.
Ear and eye protection MUST be worn while operating this
equipment. Do NOT touch the blade while it is in motion.
Adjustment Of The Cutting Angle
Release both locking handles (fig. 2) and adjust to the required
Always follow the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
cutting angle by lining up the mark with the printed scale. Tighten
recommendations while operating this tool. This machine is
both handles to lock in position. Note: There are certain compound
designed for cutting steel using the appropriate TCT (Tungsten
cuts on which it may be necessary to manually retract the guard
Carbide Tipped) blades and accessories. It should NOT be
to allow the blade to enter into and / or through the cut.
modified and / or used for any application other than for which
it was intended, including powering other equipment.
Line Of Cut Guide Slots
Guide slots are provided at the front of the saw base. The left slot
Ensure that the total work area can be viewed from the
is used to follow a line when making a 90-degree cut. The right
operating position. Use barriers to keep people away. Do
slot is used to follow a line when making a 45-degree cut.
not operate the tool in explosive environments – power tools
create sparks that may ignite flammable materials or gases.
Maintenance & Troubleshooting
Recycle unwanted materials instead of disposing of them
Keep tool, cord, and carry case clean and free from chips.
as waste. All tools, hoses and packaging should be sorted,
Avoid using cleaning products, which include benzene,
taken to the local recycling center and disposed of in an
trichloroethelene, chloride, or ammonia as these can damage
environmentally safe way.
plastic parts. In case of electrical or mechanical malfunction,
immediately switch off the tool and disconnect the plug.
Excessive sparking may indicate the presence of dirt in
Recyclable Materials Analysis List
the motor or worn out carbon brushes. Check for wear and
Percentage (%)
replace when they reach 1/4” (6mm). For all other service
Cast Iron
Iron Plate
and / or add lubricant, it is necessary to dismantle the tool.
This operation should always be handled by the nearest
take machine to your local dealer, or to Evolution Power
Tools USA, Iowa, if bought in the USA.
Your machine gearbox is lubricated at the factory. To check
SERVICE CENTER or Evolution Power Tools USA, Iowa,
if in the USA. All repairs and servicing made by these
Major Packaging Materials
centers are fully guaranteed against defective materials and
9” (230mm) TCT Wood Blade
9” (230mm) TCT Mild Steel Blade
9” (230mm) TCT Stainless Steel Capable Blade
9” (230mm) TCT Aluminium Blade
Fair wear and tear and damage caused by misuse is not
covered under the 12-Month guarantee.
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