RIDGID R3210 User manual

RIDGID R3210 User manual
OPERATOR'S MANUAL
7-1/4 in. WORM DRIVE SAW
DOUBLE INSULATION
R3210
Your saw has been engineered and manufactured to our high standards 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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
n Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................................... 2
n General Safety Rules .....................................................................................................................................................3-4
n Specific Safety Rules.....................................................................................................................................................4-5
n Symbols.........................................................................................................................................................................6-7
n Electrical ........................................................................................................................................................................... 8
n Features.......................................................................................................................................................................9-11
n Unpacking ...................................................................................................................................................................... 11
n Assembly ...................................................................................................................................................................12-13
n Operation...................................................................................................................................................................14-21
n Maintenance ..............................................................................................................................................................21-22
n Warranty ......................................................................................................................................................................... 23
n Customer Service Information........................................................................................................................................ 24
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
n Avoid accidental starting. Be sure switch is off before
plugging in. Carrying tools with your finger on the switch
or plugging in tools that have the switch on invites accidents.
n Remove adjusting keys or wrenches before turning
the tool on. A wrench or a key that is left attached to a
rotating part of the tool may result in personal injury.
n Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance
at all times. Proper footing and balance enables better
control of the tool in unexpected situations.
n Use safety equipment. Always wear eye protection.
Dust mask, nonskid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing
protection must be used for appropriate conditions.
n Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Contain long
hair. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can be drawn
into air vents.
n Do not use on a ladder or unstable support. Stable
footing on a solid surface enables better control of the
tool in unexpected situations.
WARNING:
Read and understand all instructions. Failure to
follow all instructions listed below, may result in
electric shock, fire and/or serious personal injury.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
WORK AREA
n Keep your work area clean and well lit. Cluttered
benches and dark areas invite accidents.
n 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.
n Keep bystanders, children, and visitors away while
operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you to
lose control.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY
TOOL USE AND CARE
n Double insulated tools are equipped with a polarized
plug (one blade is wider than the other). This plug will
fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does
not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still
does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install a
polarized outlet. Do not change the plug in any way.
Double insulation
eliminates the need for the threewire grounded power cord and grounded power supply
system.
n Avoid body contact with grounded surfaces such as
pipes, radiators, ranges, and refrigerators. There is an
increased risk of electric shock if your body is grounded.
n Don’t expose power tools to rain or wet conditions.
Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock.
n Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord to carry the
tools or pull the plug from an outlet. Keep cord away
from heat, oil, sharp edges, or moving parts. Replace
damaged cords immediately. Damaged cords increase
the risk of electric shock.
n When operating a power tool outside, use an outdoor extension cord marked “W-A” or “W”. These cords are rated
for outdoor use and reduce the risk of electric shock.
n Use clamps or other practical way to secure and support the workpiece to a stable platform. Holding the
work by hand or against your body is unstable and may
lead to loss of control.
n Do not force tool. Use the correct tool for your application. The correct tool will do the job better and safer
at the rate for which it is designed.
n Do not use tool if switch does not turn it on or off.
Any tool that cannot be controlled with the switch is
dangerous and must be repaired.
n Disconnect the plug from power source before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing
the tool. Such preventive safety measures reduce the
risk of starting the tool accidentally.
n Store idle tools out of the reach of children and other
untrained persons. Tools are dangerous in the hands of
untrained users.
n Maintain tools with care. Keep cutting tools sharp
and clean. Properly maintained tools with sharp cutting
edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control.
n Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts,
breakage of parts, and any other condition that may
affect the tool’s operation. If damaged, have the tool
serviced before using. Many accidents are caused by
poorly maintained tools.
n Use only accessories that are recommended by the
manufacturer for your model. Accessories that may be
suitable for one tool, may become hazardous when used
on another tool.
n Keep the tool and its handle dry, clean and free from
oil and grease. Always use a clean cloth when cleaning. Never use brake fluids, gasoline, petroleum-based
products, or any strong solvents to clean your tool. Following this rule will reduce the risk of loss of control and
deterioration of the enclosure plastic.
PERSONAL SAFETY
n Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common
sense when operating a power tool. Do not use tool
while tired or under the influence of drugs, alcohol,
or medication. A moment of inattention while operating
power tools may result in serious personal injury.
n Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry.
Contain long hair. Keep your hair, clothing, and gloves
away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long
hair can be caught in moving parts.
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GENERAL SAFETY RULES
n When servicing a 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.
SERVICE
n Tool service must be performed only by qualified repair personnel. Service or maintenance performed by
unqualified personnel may result in a risk of injury.
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
n DANGER! Keep hands away from cutting area and
blade. Keep your second hand on the auxiliary handle,
or motor housing. If both hands are holding the saw,
they cannot be cut by the blade.
n Always use blades with correct size and shape (diamond vs. round) arbor holes. Blades that do not match
the mounting hardware of the saw will run eccentrically,
causing loss of control.
n Keep your body positioned to either side of the saw
blade, but not in line with the saw blade. Kickback
could cause the saw to jump backwards. (See “Causes
and Operator Prevention of Kickback.”)
n Never use damaged or incorrect blade washers or
bolts. The blade washers and bolts were specially designed for the saw for optimum performance and safety
of operation.
n Do not reach underneath the work. The guard can not
protect you from the blade below the work.
CAUSES AND OPERATOR PREVENTION OF
KICKBACK
n Check lower guard for proper closing before each
use. Do not operate saw if lower guard does not
move freely and close instantly. Never clamp or tie
the lower guard into the open position. If saw is accidentally dropped, lower guard may be bent. Raise the
lower guard with the Retracting Handle and make sure it
moves freely and does not touch the blade or any other
part, in all angles and depths of cut.
Kickback is a sudden reaction to a pinched, bound, or misaligned saw blade, causing an uncontrolled saw to lift up
and out of the workpiece toward the operator.
When the blade is pinched or bound tightly by the kerf closing down, the blade stalls and the motor reaction drives the
unit rapidly back toward the operator.
If the blade becomes twisted or misaligned in the cut, the
teeth at the back edge of the blade can dig into the top
surface of the wood causing the blade to climb out of the
kerf and jump back toward the operator.
n Check the operation and condition of the lower guard
spring. If the guard and the spring are not operating
properly, they must be serviced before use. Lower
guard may operate sluggishly due to damaged parts,
gummy deposits, or a buildup of debris.
Kickback is the result of tool misuse and/or incorrect operating procedures or conditions and can be avoided by taking
proper precautions, as given below:
n Lower guard should be retracted manually only for
special cuts, such as “Pocket Cuts” and “Compound
Cuts.” Raise lower guard by retracting handle. As
soon as blade enters the material, lower guard must
be released. For all other sawing, the lower guard should
operate automatically.
n Maintain a firm grip with both hands on the saw and
position your body and arm to allow you to resist
KICKBACK forces. KICKBACK forces can be controlled
by the operator, if proper precautions are taken.
n When blade is binding, or when interrupting a cut
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
the work or pull the saw backward while the blade is
in motion, or KICKBACK may occur. Investigate and
take corrective actions to eliminate the cause of blade
binding.
n Always observe that the lower guard is covering the
blade before placing saw down on bench or floor. An
unprotected, coasting blade will cause the saw to walk
backwards, cutting whatever is in its path. Be aware of
the time it takes for the blade to stop after switch is released.
n NEVER hold piece being cut in your hands or across
your leg. It is important to support the work properly to
minimize body exposure, blade binding, or loss of control.
n When restarting a saw in the workpiece, center 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 restarted.
n Hold tool 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 also make exposed metal parts of the tool
“live” and shock the operator.
n Support large panels to minimize 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 panel.
n When ripping always use a rip fence or straight edge
guide. This improves the accuracy of the cut and reduces
the chance for blade binding.
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SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
n Do not use dull or damaged blade. Unsharpened or
improperly set blades produce narrow kerf causing excessive friction, blade binding and KICKBACK.
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.
n 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.
n 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 gage size (A.W.G.) of at least 12 is recommended for an extension cord 50 feet or less in
length. A cord exceeding 50 feet is not recommended.
If in doubt, use the next heavier gage. The smaller the
gage number, the heavier the cord. An undersized cord
will cause a drop in line voltage resulting in loss of power
and overheating.
n Use extra caution when making a “Pocket Cut” into
existing walls or other blind areas. The protruding blade
may cut objects that can cause KICKBACK.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY RULES
n 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.
n Inspect for and remove all nails from lumber before
using this tool. Following this rule will reduce the risk of
serious personal injury.
n 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
n Drugs, alcohol, medication. Do not operate tool while
under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or any medication. Following this rule will reduce the risk of electric
shock, fire, or serious personal injury.
n 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.
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
W
min
no
.../min
Hertz
Frequency (cycles per second)
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 or safety glasses with side shields
and 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.
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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:
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 your nearest
AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER for repair. When servicing, use only identical replacement parts.
To avoid serious personal injury, do not 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 or
safety glasses with side shields and 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
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.
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.
Before using any extension cord, inspect it for loose or exposed wires and cut or worn insulation.
**Ampere rating (on tool faceplate)
0-2.0
Cord Length
WARNING:
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.
2.1-3.4
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.
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.
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.
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 your tool does
not operate when plugged into an outlet, double-check the
power supply.
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.
EXTENSION CORDS
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.
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FEATURES
SPECIFICATIONS
Blade Diameter...........................................................................................................................................7-1/4 in. (184 mm)
Blade Arbor .................................................................................................................................. Diamond (Bolt-LH Combo)
Cutting Depth at 90°..................................................................................................................................2-3/8 in. (60.3 mm)
Cutting Depth at 45°..................................................................................................................................1-3/4 in. (44.5 mm)
Cutting Depth at 51.5°.............................................................................................................................1-9/16 in. (39.7 mm)
Input .............................................................................................................................. 120 Volts, 60 Hz, AC only, 15 Amps
No Load Speed ....................................................................................................................................................... 4400/min.
Net Weight.....................................................................................................................................................15.0 lbs. (6.8 kg)
SPINDLE LOCK
Before using this tool, familiarize yourself with all operating
features and safety rules.
The spindle lock allows you to secure the blade when turning the blade screw.
This new saw is equipped with the following features. See
Figures 1 and 1a.
Note: Do not run the saw with the spindle lock engaged.
SKYHOOK™ SAW HANGER
SHOCK ABSORBING REAR HANDLE
This feature allows the saw to hang on any framing
material.
The soft grip handle is designed for durability and operator
comfort.
51.5° BEVEL BRACKET
FULL LENGTH KERF INDICATOR
The bevel bracket provides more flexibility while cutting.
Indicates blade position for more accurate cutting.
24 TOOTH CARBIDE BLADE
ERGONOMIC DESIGN
The high-quality carbide blade helps to create smooth
cuts.
HIGH STRENGTH ALUMINUM BASE
The design provides for easy handling. It is designed for
comfort and ease of grasp when operating in different positions and at different angles.
OVERSIZED LEVERS
The 12-foot cord has a built-in cord wrap.
POWER CORD
The strength of the aluminum base enhances durability.
This feature makes it more convenient for the operator to
adjust depth and bevel settings.
LIGHTED PLUG
SWITCH TRIGGER
DIPSTICK
The lighted plug helps to easily identify live tools.
The saw has a conveniently-located ON/OFF switch
trigger.
A dipstick is provided for checking the oil level and correctly
refilling the saw with oil.
LENGTH OF CUT SCALE
The saw is equipped with a length of cut scale on its base.
The operator can use it to measure the distance the blade
cuts into the material.
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FEATURES
SWITCH
TRIGGER
REAR
HANDLE
FRONT HANDLE
POWER
CORD
OVERSIZE LEVER
(DEPTH
ADJUSTMENT)
OVERSIZE LEVER
(BEVEL ADJUSTMENT)
ALUMINUM BASE
LENGTH OF
CUT SCALE
FULL LENGTH
KERF INDICATOR
DIPSTICK
LIGHTED PLUG
Fig. 1
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FEATURES
SPINDLE
LOCK
SKYHOOK™
SAW HANGER
51.5° BEVEL
BUTTON
Fig. 1a
UNPACKING
INSTRUCTIONS:
PACKING LIST
When unpacking the tool:
7-1/4 in. (184 mm) Worm Drive Saw
n Carefully remove the tool and accessories from the
box.
24-Tooth Carbide Tipped Blade
n Make sure that all items listed in the packing list are
included.
Dipstick
Hex Wrench
Operator’s Manual
n Inspect the tool carefully to make sure no breakage or
damage occurred during shipping.
WARNING:
n Do not discard the packing material until you have carefully inspected and satisfactorily operated the tool.
If any parts are missing do not operate the tool until the missing parts are replaced. Failure to do so
could result in possible serious personal injury.
n If any parts are damaged or missing, please call 1-866539-1710 for assistance.
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ASSEMBLY
WARNING:
Do not connect the tool to a power supply until all
assembly is complete. Failure to comply could result
in accidental starting and possible serious injury.
SPINDLE
OUTER
FLANGE
WASHER
WARNING:
7-1/4 in. (184 mm) blade is the maximum blade
capacity of the saw. Also, never use a blade that is
too thick to allow outer flange washer to engage with
the flat on the spindle. Larger blades will come in
contact with the blade guards, while thicker blades
will prevent blade screw from securing blade on
spindle. Either of these situations could result in a
serious accident.
INNER FLANGE
BUSHING
BLADE
ATTACHING BLADE
See Figures 2 and 2a.
BLADE
SPRING SCREW
WASHER
Fig. 2
n Unplug the saw.
OUTER FLANGE
WASHER
CAUTION:
To prevent damage to the spindle or spindle lock,
always allow motor to come to a complete stop
before engaging spindle lock.
n Depress the spindle lock button.
n Remove the blade screw by turning it clockwise with the
wrench, while keeping the lock button depressed.
n Remove the spring washer and outer flange washer.
n Wipe a drop of oil onto the inner flange bushing and outer
flange washer where they contact the blade.
CUPPED SIDE OF
SPRING WASHER
WARNING:
OUTSIDE OF SPRING
WASHER
Fig. 2a
If inner flange bushing has been removed, replace
it before placing blade on spindle. Failure to do so
could cause an accident since blade will not tighten
properly.
n Fit the saw blade inside the lower blade guard and onto
the spindle.
NOTE: Be sure that the diamond key on the inner flange
bushing aligns properly with the blade before tightening
the blade screw.
n Retract the lower guard into the upper guard, making
sure the lower guard spring works properly, allowing the
guard to move freely.
n Replace outer flange washer.
n Replace spring washer.
n Check to see that the saw teeth and arrow on the saw
blade and the arrow on the lower guard are pointing in
the same direction.
n Depress the spindle lock and replace the blade screw.
n �Tighten the blade screw securely by turning it counterclockwise with the wrench. Do not over tighten.
NOTE: The saw teeth point upward at the front of the
saw as shown.
NOTE: Never use a blade that is too thick to allow
the outer flange washer to engage with the flat on the
spindle.
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ASSEMBLY
REMOVING BLADE
See Figure 3.
n Unplug the saw.
CAUTION:
To prevent damage to the spindle or spindle lock,
always allow motor to come to a complete stop
before engaging spindle lock.
n Depress spindle lock button.
n Remove blade screw by turning it clockwise with the hex
wrench.
n Remove spring washer.
SPINDLE
LOCK BUTTON
WRENCH
n Remove outer flange washer.
n Lift lower blade guard.
n Remove blade.
BLADE
SCREW
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Fig. 3
OPERATION
WARNING:
Do not allow familiarity with the tool to make you
careless. Remember that a careless fraction of a
second is sufficient to inflict severe injury.
APPLICATIONS
You may use this saw for the following purposes:
n Cutting all types of wood products (lumber, plywood,
paneling)
NOTE: The use of abrasive cut-off wheels is not recommended for this saw.
LOWER
BLADE GUARD
WARNING:
The use of this saw on materials not listed may
damage the saw and its guards, and may cause
serious personal injury.
Fig. 4
WARNING:
To avoid possible serious injury, never use saw when
guard is not operating correctly. Check the guard for
correct operation before each use. The guard is operating correctly when it moves freely, and instantly
returns to the closed position. If you drop the saw,
check the lower blade guard and bumper for damage at all depth settings before reuse.
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.
If at any time the lower blade guard does not snap closed,
unplug the saw from the power supply. Exercise the lower
guard by moving it rapidly back and forth from the full open
position to the closed position several times. Normally this
will restore the guard to its normal operating condition. If
it does not correct a slow or sluggish closing lower guard,
do not use the saw. Take it to an authorized factory service
center for repair.
SAW BLADES
The best of saw blades will not cut efficiently if they are not
kept clean, sharp, and properly set. Using a dull blade will
place a heavy load on the saw and increase the danger of
kickback. Keep extra blades on hand, so that sharp blades
are always available.
Gum and wood pitch hardened on blades will slow the saw
down. Remove saw blade from the saw and use gum and
pitch remover, hot water, or kerosene to remove these accumulations. DO NOT USE GASOLINE.
BLADE GUARD SYSTEM
See Figure 4.
The lower blade guard attached to your saw is there for
your protection and safety. Do not alter it for any reason.
If it becomes damaged, do not operate the saw until you
have the guard repaired or replaced. Always leave guard in
operating position when using the saw.
DANGER:
When sawing through work, lower blade guard does
not cover blade on the underside of work. Since
blade is exposed on underside of work, keep hands
and fingers away from cutting area. Any part of your
body coming in contact with moving blade will result
in serious injury.
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OPERATION
KICKBACK
See Figures 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Kickback occurs when the blade stalls rapidly and the saw
is driven back towards you. Blade stalling is caused by any
action which pinches the blade in the wood. See Figure 5.
DANGER:
Release switch immediately if blade binds or saw
stalls. Kickback could cause you to lose control of
the saw. Loss of control can lead to serious injury.
Fig. 5
To guard against kickback, avoid dangerous practices such
as the following.
n Setting blade depth incorrectly.
n Sawing into knots or nails in workpiece.
n Twisting the blade while making a cut.
n Making a cut with a dull, gummed up, or improperly set
blade.
n Supporting the workpiece incorrectly. See Figure 6.
n Forcing a cut.
n Cutting warped or wet lumber.
n Operating the tool incorrectly or misusing the tool.
To lessen the chance of kickback, follow these safety practices.
Fig. 6
n Do not cut warped or wet lumber.
n Keep the blade at the correct depth setting. The depth
setting should not exceed 1/4 in. (6.4 mm) below the
material being cut. See Figure 7.
n Inspect the workpiece for knots or nails before cutting.
Never saw into a knot or nail.
n Make straight cuts. Always use a straight edge guide
when rip cutting. This helps prevent twisting the blade.
n Use clean, sharp, and properly set blades. Never make
cuts with dull blades.
n Support the workpiece properly before beginning a cut
as shown in figure 8.
Fig. 7
n Use steady, even pressure when making a cut. Never
force a cut.
n Hold the saw firmly with both hands and keep your body
in a balanced position so as to resist the forces if kickback
should occur.
WARNING:
When using the saw, always stay alert and exercise
control. Do not remove the saw from the workpiece
while the blade is moving.
Fig. 8
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OPERATION
STARTING/STOPPING THE SAW
SWITCH
TRIGGER
See Figure 9.
To start the saw: Depress the switch trigger.
Always let the blade reach full speed, then guide the saw
into the workpiece.
WARNING:
The blade coming in contact with the workpiece
before it reaches full speed could cause the saw to
“kickback” towards you resulting in serious injury.
To stop the saw: Release the switch trigger.
After you release the switch trigger, allow the blade to come
to a complete stop. Do not remove the saw from the workpiece while the blade is moving.
ADJUSTING BLADE DEPTH
See Figure 10.
Fig. 9
Always keep correct blade depth setting. The correct blade
depth setting for all cuts should not exceed 1/4 in. (6.35
mm) below the material being cut. More blade depth will
increase the chance of kickback and cause the cut to be
rough. For more depth of cut accuracy, a scale is located
on the elevation bracket.
ELEVATION
BRACKET
n Unplug the saw.
n Pull depth adjustment lever upward to release. The depth
adjustment lever is located between the guard and handle
of the saw.
n Determine the desired depth of cut. See Figure 7.
n Hold base flat against the workpiece and raise or lower
saw until the desired depth is reached.
n Tighten the depth adjustment lever to secure the
position.
DEPTH
ADJUSTMENT
LEVER
Fig. 10
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OPERATION
OPERATING THE SAW
See Figures 11, 12, and 13.
It is important to understand the correct method for operating the saw. Refer to the figures in this section to learn the
correct and incorrect ways for handling the saw.
WARNING:
To make sawing easier and safer, always maintain
proper control of the saw. Loss of control could
cause an accident resulting in possible serious
injury.
DANGER:
Fig. 11
When lifting the saw from the workpiece, the blade
is exposed on the underside of the saw until the
lower blade guard closes. Make sure the lower blade
guard is closed before setting the saw down.
To make the best possible cut, follow these helpful hints.
n Hold the saw firmly with both hands.
n Avoid placing your hand on the workpiece while making
a cut. See Figure 11.
LINE OF
CUT
n Support the workpiece so that the cut is always on your
right.
n Support the workpiece near the cut.
n Clamp the workpiece securely so that the workpiece will
not move during the cut. See Figure 12.
n Avoid placing the saw on the part of the workpiece that
will fall off when the cut is made. See Figure 13.
Fig. 12
n Place the workpiece with the “good” side down.
n Draw a guideline along the desired line of cut before
beginning the cut.
n Keep the cord away from the cutting area. Always place
the cord to prevent it from hanging up on the workpiece
while making a cut.
DANGER:
If the cord hangs up on the workpiece during a cut,
release the switch trigger immediately. Unplug the
saw and reposition the cord to prevent it from hanging up again.
DANGER:
Using a saw with a damaged cord could result in
serious injury or death. If the cord has been damaged, have it replaced before using the saw again.
Fig. 13
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OPERATION
CROSS CUTTING
See Figure 14.
When making a cross cut, align the line of cut with the full
length kerf indicator on the base as shown in figure 14.
Since blade thicknesses vary, always make a trial cut in scrap
material along a guideline to determine how much, if any, you
must offset the guideline to produce an accurate cut.
NOTE: The distance from the line of cut to the guideline is
the amount you should offset the guide.
LINE OF
CUT
BEVEL CUTTING
The base of the saw may be adjusted for bevel cuts up to
51.5°.
FULL LENGTH
KERF
INDICATOR
WARNING:
The tool should never be connected to a power
supply when you are assembling parts, making
adjustments, cleaning, performing maintenance,
or when the tool is not in use. Disconnecting the
tool will prevent accidental starting that could cause
serious injury.
Fig. 14
BLADE
POSITIVE 0° BEVEL STOP
The saw has a positive 0° bevel stop that has been factory
adjusted to assure 0° angle of the saw blade when making
90° cuts.
TO CHECK POSITIVE 0° BEVEL STOP
See Figure 15.
n Unplug the saw.
COMBINATION
SQUARE
n Place the saw in an upside down position on a workbench.
Fig. 15
n Move the lower blade guard out of the way so that the
saw blade is exposed.
n Check the squareness of the saw blade to the base of
the saw using a carpenter’s square.
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OPERATION
TO ADJUST POSITIVE 0° BEVEL STOP
See Figures 16 and 17.
BEVEL
ADJUSTMENT
LEVER
n Unplug the saw.
n Pull bevel adjustment lever upward to release.
n Turn set screw with hex wrench and adjust base until it
is square with the saw blade.
n Securely lock the bevel adjustment lever.
TO ADJUST BEVEL SETTING
See Figure 16.
n Unplug the saw.
n Pull the bevel adjustment lever upward until the motor
housing moves freely.
n Raise the motor housing end of the saw until you reach
the desired angle setting on the bevel scale (0-45°).
51.5° BEVEL
BUTTON
Fig. 16
Note: Pull the adjustment lever all the way up to set the
angle at 51.5°. To reach the 51.5° bevel setting, push
the 51.5° bevel button shown in figure 16.
n Press downward on the bevel adjustment lever until the
motor housing is securely locked in place.
SET
SCREW
Fig. 17
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OPERATION
TO BEVEL CUT
See Figure 18.
WARNING:
Attempting a bevel cut without having the bevel
adjustment lever securely locked in place can result
in serious injury.
Hold the saw firmly with both hands as shown.
Rest the front edge of the base on the workpiece.
Start the saw and let the blade reach full speed.
Guide the saw into the workpiece and make the cut.
Release the trigger and allow the blade to come to a
complete stop.
n Lift the saw from the workpiece.
The notch marked 0° in the base may be used as a guide
for making straight 90° cuts. For 45° bevel cuts, the notch
marked 45° may be used as a guide. See Figure 18.
n
n
n
n
n
45°
NOTCH
POCKET CUTTING
90°
NOTCH
See Figure 19.
Fig. 18
WARNING:
Always adjust bevel setting to zero before making
a pocket cut. Attempting a pocket cut at any other
setting can result in loss of control of the saw possibly causing serious injury.
LOWER
BLADE GUARD
n Adjust the bevel setting to zero.
n Set the blade to the correct blade depth setting, depending on the material to be cut.
n Swing the lower blade guard up using the lower blade
guard handle.
NOTE: Always raise the lower blade guard with the handle
to avoid serious injury.
n Hold the lower blade guard by the handle.
n Rest the front of the base flat against the workpiece with
the rear of the handle raised so the blade does not touch
the workpiece.
n Start the saw and let the blade reach full speed.
Fig. 19
n Guide the saw into the workpiece and make the cut.
n Release the trigger and allow the blade to come to a
complete stop.
WARNING:
n Lift the saw from the workpiece.
Always cut in a forward direction when pocket cutting. Cutting in the reverse direction could cause
the saw to climb up on the workpiece and back
toward you.
n Clear corners out with a hand saw or sabre saw.
WARNING:
Never tie the lower blade guard in a raised position.
Leaving the blade exposed could lead to serious
injury.
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OPERATION
LENGTH OF CUT
SCALE
LENGTH OF CUT SCALE
See Figure 20.
The saw is equipped with a length of cut scale on its base. It
is parallel with the saw blade and you can use it to measure
the distance the blade cuts into the material.
NOTE: Six inches is the maximum length of cut that you can
measure. Also, it is accurate only when the depth of cut is
set at full maximum depth.
Fig. 20
MAINTENANCE
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.
When servicing use only identical RIDGID® replacement parts. Use of any other parts may create a
hazard or cause product damage.
Do not abuse power tools. Abusive practices can damage
tool as well as workpiece.
WARNING:
WARNING:
The tool should never be connected to a power
supply when you are assembling parts, making
adjustments, cleaning, performing maintenance,
or when the tool is not in use. Disconnecting the
tool will prevent accidental starting that could cause
serious injury.
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
Use clean cloths to remove dirt, carbon dust, etc.
WARNING:
Do not at any time let brake fluids, gasoline, petroleum-based products, penetrating oils, etc. come in
contact with plastic parts. They contain chemicals
that can damage, weaken, or destroy plastic.
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MAINTENANCE
LUBRICATION
See Figure 21.
This tool has been properly lubricated and is ready to use.
However, it is recommended that the gears be lubricated
only with Mobil SHC 636 Oil.
Always check the oil level before using this tool, using the
dipstick provided.
n Unplug the tool.
n Place the base of the saw on a horizontal surface.
n Remove the oil plug using a 6mm hex wrench.
n Tip the saw up and let oil drain out into an appropriate
oil container.
n Replace the oil using a small funnel (less than 1/4 in.
spout). Take care to let air out while putting new oil in to
avoid spilling.
DIP STICK
OIL PLUG
Fig. 21
n Fill only with Mobil SHC 636 Oil. (Available as a replacement part.)
n Fill the gear case until the oil level is between the two
marks on the dipstick. Do not overfill. If the level of oil
raises above the second mark on the dipstick while the
base is on a level surface, overheating may occur.
n Replace the oil plug with a 6mm hex wrench. Do not
overtighten. The O-ring under the head should be compressed slightly. Overtightening will cause the o-ring to
unseat and not seal properly.
Note: With a new saw, change the oil following the first
ten hours of use. This will prolong the life of the tool by
removing the gear particles from the oil when the gears
are breaking in.
BRUSH REPLACEMENT
See Figure 22.
The tool has externally accessible brush assemblies that
should be periodically checked for wear.
BRUSH
ASSEMBLY
n Unplug the tool.
n Remove the brush cap with a torx screwdriver. The brush
assembly is spring loaded and will pop out when you
remove the brush cap.
SCREWS
n Remove the brush assembly (brush and spring).
n Check for wear. If worn, always replace in pairs.
Do not replace one side without replacing the other.
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BRUSH
CAP
Fig. 22
WARRANTY
RIDGID® HAND HELD AND STATIONARY POWER TOOL
LIMITED THREE YEAR WARRANTY AND 90-DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE POLICY
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
This product is manufactured by One World Technologies,
Inc., under a trademark license from RIDGID, Inc. All warranty communications should be directed to One World
Technologies, Inc., attn: RIDGID handheld and stationary
power tool technical service at (toll free) 1-866-539-1710.
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. 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.
90-DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE POLICY
During the first 90 days after the date of purchase, if you are
dissatisfied with the performance of this RIDGID 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 three year 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. is 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 LIMITED
THREE YEAR WARRANTY
This warranty covers all defects in workmanship or materials
in this RIDGID tool for the three year period from the date of
purchase. This warranty is specific to this 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, to an authorized RIDGID service center
for 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 proof of purchase
documentation, which includes a date of purchase. The authorized service center will repair any faulty workmanship,
and either repair or replace any defective part, at our option
at no charge to you.
One World Technologies, Inc.
Hwy. 8
Pickens, SC 29671
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OPERATOR'S MANUAL
7-1/4 WORM DRIVE SAW
DOUBLE INSULATED
R3210
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:
R3210
Model No.
Serial No.
983000-400
7-04
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