Chicago Electric 68303 Specifications

Oscillating Multi-Function Power Tool
68303 Oscillating Multi-Function Tool
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Specifications
Electrical Input 120 V~ / 60 Hz / 1.8 A
No Load
Speed
21,000 OPM
Spindle
1-1/6”
Accessories
Included
1 Angled Cutter
1 Hex Wrench
CAUTION, without the safety alert symbol, is used
to address practices not related to personal injury.
General Power Tool
Safety Warnings
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Keep this manual for the safety warnings and precautions,
assembly, operating, inspection, maintenance and
cleaning procedures. Write the product’s serial
number in the back of the manual near the assembly
diagram (or month and year of purchase if product
has no number). Keep this manual and the receipt
in a safe and dry place for future reference.
Important Safety Information
In this manual, on the labeling, and all other
information provided with this product:
This is the safety alert symbol. It is
used to alert you to potential personal
injury hazards. Obey all safety
messages that follow this symbol to
avoid possible injury or death.
DANGER indicates a hazardous situation which, if
not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazardous situation which, if
not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION, used with the safety alert symbol,
indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.
NOTICE is used to address practices
not related to personal injury.
WARNING Read all safety warnings and
instructions. Failure to follow the warnings and
instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/
or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for
future reference.
The term ″power tool″ in the warnings refers
to your mains-operated (corded) power tool
or battery-operated (cordless) power tool.
1. Work area safety
a. Keep work area clean and well lit.
Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents.
b. 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.
c. Keep children and bystanders away
while operating a power tool. Distractions
can cause you to lose control.
2. Electrical safety
a. Power tool Plugs must match the outlet.
Never modify the Plug in any way. Do
not use any adapter plugs with grounded
power tools. Unmodified plugs and matching
outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
b. 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.
c. Do not expose power tools to rain or wet
conditions. Water entering a power tool
will increase the risk of electric shock.
d. Do not abuse the Power 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.
e. 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.
f. If operating a power tool in a damp location
is unavoidable, use a Ground Fault Circuit
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Interrupter (GFCI) protected supply. Use of
a GFCI reduces the risk of electric shock.
3. Personal Safety
a. 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.
b. Use personal protective 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.
c. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the
switch is in the off‑position before connecting
to power source and/or battery pack, picking
up or carrying the tool. Carrying power tools
with your finger on the switch or energizing power
tools that have the switch on invites accidents.
d. Remove any adjusting key or wrench
before turning the power tool on. A wrench
or a key left attached to a moving part of the
power tool may result in personal injury.
e. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and
balance at all times. This enables better control
of the power tool in unexpected situations.
f. 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.
4. Power tool use and care
a. 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.
b. 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.
c. 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.
d. 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.
e. Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment
or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts
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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.
f. Keep cutting accessories sharp and
clean. Properly maintained cutting tools
with sharp cutting edges are less likely
to bind and are easier to control.
g. Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits
etc. in accordance with these instructions,
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.
5. Service
a. 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.
Multi-Function Tool Warnings
1. Maintain labels and nameplates on the
power tool. These carry important safety
information. If unreadable or missing, contact
Harbor Freight Tools for a replacement.
2. Avoid accidental injury. Keep hands and fingers
safely away from the oscillating Angled Scraper,
Blade and Sanding Pad when operating the Tool.
3. Avoid unintentional starting. Prepare to begin
work before turning on the power tool.
4. Do not lay the power tool down until it has come
to a complete stop. Moving parts can grab the
surface and pull the tool out of your control.
5. When using a handheld power tool, maintain a firm grip
on the tool with both hands to resist starting torque.
6. Do not leave the tool unattended when it is plugged
into an electrical outlet. Turn off the tool, and
unplug it from its electrical outlet before leaving.
7. This product is not a toy. Keep it
out of reach of children.
8. People with pacemakers should consult their
physician(s) before use. Electromagnetic fields in close
proximity to heart pacemaker could cause pacemaker
interference or pacemaker failure. In addition, people
with pacemakers should:
• Avoid operating alone.
• Do not use with power switch locked on.
• Properly maintain and inspect to avoid
electrical shock.
• Any power cord must be properly grounded. Ground
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Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) should also be
implemented – it prevents sustained electrical shock.
9. WARNING: Some dust created by power sanding,
sawing, grinding, drilling, and other construction
activities, contains chemicals known [to the State
of California] 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 or other
masonry products
• 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.
(California Health & Safety Code § 25249.5, et seq.)
10. WARNING: Handling the cord on this product will
expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of
California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other
reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
(California Health & Safety Code § 25249.5, et seq.)
11. The warnings, precautions, and instructions discussed
in this instruction manual cannot cover all possible
conditions and situations that may occur. It must
be understood by the operator that common sense
and caution are factors which cannot be built into
this product, but must be supplied by the operator.
Vibration Safety
This tool vibrates during use. Repeated or
long-term exposure to vibration may cause
temporary or permanent physical injury,
particularly to the hands, arms and shoulders. To
reduce the risk of vibration-related injury:
1. Anyone using vibrating tools regularly or for an
extended period should first be examined by a
doctor and then have regular medical check-ups to
ensure medical problems are not being caused or
worsened from use. Pregnant women or people who
have impaired blood circulation to the hand, past
hand injuries, nervous system disorders, diabetes,
or Raynaud’s Disease should not use this tool. If
you feel any symptoms related to vibration (such
as tingling, numbness, and white or blue fingers),
seek medical advice as soon as possible.
2. Do not smoke during use. Nicotine reduces
the blood supply to the hands and fingers,
increasing the risk of vibration-related injury.
4. Use tools with the lowest vibration
when there is a choice.
5. Include vibration-free periods each day of work.
6. Grip tool as lightly as possible (while still keeping
safe control of it). Let the tool do the work.
7. To reduce vibration, maintain the tool as
explained in this manual. If any abnormal
vibration occurs, stop use immediately.
SAVE THESE
INSTRUCTIONS.
Grounding
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK AND
DEATH FROM INCORRECT GROUNDING
WIRE CONNECTION: Check with a qualified
electrician if you are in doubt as to whether
the outlet is properly grounded. Do not modify the
power cord plug provided with the tool. Never remove
the grounding prong from the plug. Do not use the tool
if the power cord or plug is damaged. If damaged,
have it repaired by a service facility before use. If the
plug will not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet installed
by a qualified electrician.
Double Insulated Tools:
Tools with Two Prong Plugs
Outlets for 2-Prong Plug
1. Tools marked “Double Insulated” do not require
grounding. They have a special double insulation
system which satisfies OSHA requirements and
complies with the applicable standards of Underwriters
Laboratories, Inc., the Canadian Standard
Association, and the National Electrical Code.
3. Wear suitable gloves to reduce the
vibration effects on the user.
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2. Double insulated tools may be used in either of the 120
volt outlets shown in the preceding illustration.
(See Outlets for 2-Prong Plug.)
Extension Cords
1. Grounded tools require a three wire extension
cord. Double Insulated tools can use either
a two or three wire extension cord.
2. As the distance from the supply outlet increases, you
must use a heavier gauge extension cord. Using
extension cords with inadequately sized wire causes a
serious drop in voltage, resulting in loss of power and
possible tool damage. (See Table A on page 5.)
3. The smaller the gauge number of the wire, the
greater the capacity of the cord. For example,
a 14 gauge cord can carry a higher current
than a 16 gauge cord. (See Table A.)
4. When using more than one extension cord to make
up the total length, make sure each cord contains at
least the minimum wire size required. (See Table A.)
Table A: RECOMMENDED MINIMUM
WIRE GAUGE FOR EXTENSION CORDS*
(120/240 VOLT)
NAMEPLATE
AMPERES
(at full load)
0 – 2.0
18
18
18
18
16
2.1 – 3.4
18
18
18
16
14
3.5 – 5.0
18
18
16
14
12
5.1 – 7.0
18
16
14
12
12
7.1 – 12.0
18
14
12
10
-
12.1 – 16.0
14
12
10
-
-
16.1 – 20.0
12
10
-
-
-
* Based on limiting the line voltage drop to five volts at
150% of the rated amperes.
Symbology
Double Insulated
5. If you are using one extension cord for more
than one tool, add the nameplate amperes
and use the sum to determine the required
minimum cord size. (See Table A.)
6. If you are using an extension cord outdoors, make
sure it is marked with the suffix “W-A” (“W” in
Canada) to indicate it is acceptable for outdoor use.
7. Make sure the extension cord is properly wired
and in good electrical condition. Always replace
a damaged extension cord or have it repaired
by a qualified electrician before using it.
8. Protect the extension cords from sharp objects,
excessive heat, and damp or wet areas.
EXTENSION CORD
LENGTH
25´ 50´ 75´ 100´ 150´
Canadian Standards Association
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
V~
A
Volts Alternating Current
Amperes
WARNING marking concerning Risk
of Eye Injury. Wear ANSI‑approved
safety goggles with side shields.
Read the manual before
set-up and/or use.
WARNING marking concerning Risk of
Hearing Loss. Wear hearing protection.
WARNING marking concerning Risk
of Fire.
Do not cover ventilation ducts.
Keep flammable objects away.
WARNING marking concerning Risk of
Electric Shock.
Properly connect power cord
to appropriate outlet.
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Instructions for Putting into Use
Read the ENTIRE IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION section at the beginning of this manual including
all text under subheadings therein before set up or use of this product.
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY FROM ACCIDENTAL OPERATION:
Turn the Power Switch of the tool off and unplug the tool from its electrical
outlet before assembling or making any adjustments to the tool.
Note: For additional information regarding the parts listed in the following
pages, refer to Parts List and Assembly Diagram on page 1011.
Power Switch
Spindle
Hex Wrench
Angled Cutter
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Operating Instructions
Read the ENTIRE IMPORTANT SAFETY
INFORMATION section at the beginning
of this manual including all text
under subheadings therein before
set up or use of this product.
Tool Set Up
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY FROM
ACCIDENTAL OPERATION:
Turn the Power Switch of the tool off and
unplug the tool from its electrical outlet before
adjusting tool or installing accessories.
Assembly
1. Turn the Power Switch off and unplug the tool.
2. Place the attachment over the Spindle, shoulder
facing away from the tool. Line up the holes on the
attachment with the pins on the Spindle shoulder.
Angled Cutter
Place Large
Washer,
cupped side down
3. Slide the Small Washer, then the Large Washer
onto the the Cap Screw. Make sure the cupped
side of the Large Washer is toward the tool.
While holding the attachment over the pins on
the tool, thread the Cap Screw in place.
4. Tighten the cap screw onto the Spindle
using the provided Hex Key. Torque
firmly (approximately 10 ft-lb).
5. After securing, the attachment should not move on
the spindle. If it can move with the power off,
remount it, making sure that the holes on the
attachment line up with the pins on the spindle.
Tighten the cap screw securely.
Torque to 10 ft-lb
Note: The Angled Cutter Blade should only be used in the
straight ahead position and not an angled position.
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General Operating Instructions
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY FROM
ACCIDENTAL OPERATION:
Turn the Power Switch of the tool off and unplug the
tool from its electrical outlet before adjusting tool or
installing accessories.
1. With the tool unplugged, mount the attachment in place.
2. Pull the Power Switch back to its off position.
Then plug the Power Cord into the nearest
120 volt, grounded electrical outlet.
3. To turn on the tool, slide the Power Switch forward.
4. Do not allow contact between the Scraper and
workpiece until the tool is running at full speed.
5. Avoid contact with foreign objects such as metal
screws and nails when sanding, scraping, or cutting.
6. Do not apply excessive pressure on the
tool. Allow the tool to do the work.
7. When finished, turn off the tool and allow it to
completely stop before setting it down. Then
unplug the tool from its electrical outlet.
Maintenance and Servicing
Procedures not specifically explained
in this manual must be performed
only by a qualified technician.
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY FROM
ACCIDENTAL OPERATION:
Turn the Power Switch of the tool off and unplug the
tool from its electrical outlet before performing any
inspection, maintenance, or cleaning procedures.
TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY FROM TOOL FAILURE:
Do not use damaged equipment. If abnormal
noise or vibration occurs, have the problem
corrected before further use.
Cleaning, Maintenance,
and Lubrication
1. BEFORE EACH USE, inspect the general condition
of the Tool. Check for loose screws, misalignment
or binding of moving parts, cracked or broken parts,
damaged electrical wiring, and any other condition that
may affect its safe operation.
The Sanding Sheets should not be dull or contain
excessive debris build-up.
8. Prior to storing the tool, remove the attachment and
wipe it clean. Store the Tool in a clean, dry, safe
location out of reach of children and other
unauthorized persons.
The Angle Scraper and Cutting Blade
should be clean and sharp.
2. AFTER USE, clean external surfaces
of the tool with clean cloth.
3. If you notice decreased performance, have
the unit serviced and Carbon Brushes
replaced by a qualified technician.
4.
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WARNING! If the Power Cord of this
Tool is damaged, it must be replaced only
by a qualified service technician.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Tool will not start.
Possible Causes
1. Cord not connected.
2. No power at outlet.
Likely Solutions
1. Check that cord is plugged in.
2. Check power at outlet. If outlet is unpowered,
turn off tool and check circuit breaker. If breaker
is tripped, make sure circuit is right capacity
for tool and circuit has no other loads.
3. Have technician service tool.
3. Internal damage or
wear. (Carbon brushes or
switch, for example.)
Attachment is
1. Holes on attachment not lined up 1. Remove the attachment and re-mount, making
loose on the tool.
with pins on Spindle.
sure that the holes in the attachment are
secured over the pins on the Spindle.
2. Cap screw not tight enough.
2. Remove the attachment and re-mount, making
sure that the holes in the attachment are
secured over the pins on the Spindle, then
tighten the Cap Screw to at least 10 ft-lb.
Tool operates slowly. Extension cord too long or
Eliminate use of extension cord. If an extension
wire size too small.
cord is needed, use shorter/heavier gauge cord.
See Extension Cords in GROUNDING section.
Performance
1. Attachment dull or damaged.
1. Keep cutting accessories sharp. Replace as needed.
decreases over time. 2. Carbon brushes worn
2. Have qualified technician replace brushes.
or damaged.
Excessive noise
Internal damage or wear. (Carbon
Have technician service tool.
or rattling.
brushes or bearings, for example.)
Overheating
1. Forcing tool to work too fast.
1. Allow tool to work at its own rate.
2. Attachment dull or damaged.
2. Keep cutting accessories sharp. Replace as needed.
3. Blocked motor housing vents.
3. Wear ANSI-approved safety goggles and NIOSHapproved dust mask/respirator while blowing
dust out of motor using compressed air.
4. Motor being strained by long or
small diameter extension cord.
4. Eliminate use of extension cord. If an
extension cord is needed, use one with the
proper diameter for its length and load. See
Extension Cords in GROUNDING section.
Follow all safety precautions whenever diagnosing or servicing
the tool. Disconnect power supply before service.
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Parts List and Assembly Diagram
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY
THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR HAS PROVIDED THE PARTS LIST AND ASSEMBLY DIAGRAM
IN THIS MANUAL AS A REFERENCE TOOL ONLY. NEITHER THE MANUFACTURER OR DISTRIBUTOR
MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND TO THE BUYER THAT HE OR SHE IS
QUALIFIED TO MAKE ANY REPAIRS TO THE PRODUCT, OR THAT HE OR SHE IS QUALIFIED TO REPLACE
ANY PARTS OF THE PRODUCT. IN FACT, THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR EXPRESSLY
STATES THAT ALL REPAIRS AND PARTS REPLACEMENTS SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY CERTIFIED AND
LICENSED TECHNICIANS, AND NOT BY THE BUYER. THE BUYER ASSUMES ALL RISK AND LIABILITY
ARISING OUT OF HIS OR HER REPAIRS TO THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT OR REPLACEMENT PARTS
THERETO, OR ARISING OUT OF HIS OR HER INSTALLATION OF REPLACEMENT PARTS THERETO.
Parts List
Part
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Description
Cap Screw (M8x1.25x12)
Small Washer
Large Washer
Angled Cutter
Spindle
Rubber Casing
Circlip for Shaft (26)
Spline Spring Washer
Bearing (6000)
Block
Bronze Bushing
Screw (ST4x27)
Plain Washer (4)
Reducer
Circlip for Shaft (5)
Bearing (625)
Sealing Washer
Middle Cover
Bearing (608)
Balance Block
Armature
Bearing (6017)
Rubber Bushing
Power Switch
Qty.
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Part
25
26
27
29
31
32
33
34
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
Description
Screw (ST4.0x50)
Plain Washer (4)
Stator
Housing
Link Plate
Cord Clip
Screw (ST4.0x14)
Pull Brace (not shown)
Lug
Brush Holder
Spring
Screw ST4.0X20
Carbon Brush
Screw ST40x10
Back Housing
Screw ST40x16
Internal Switch
Cord Guard
Power Cord
Cap
Switch Holder
Terminal
Qty.
2
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
Record Product’s Serial Number Here:
Note: If product has no serial number, record month and year of purchase instead.
Note: Some parts are listed and shown for illustration purposes only,
and are not available individually as replacement parts.
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Parts List and Assembly Diagram
Assembly Diagram
13
14
15
17
12
16
19
18
20
11
21
23
10
22
24
9
25
8
26
27
7
24
6
31
5
4
47
29
32
33
37
40
3
2
36
38
44
39
48
49
45
46
1
42
43
41
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Limited 90 Day Warranty
Harbor Freight Tools Co. makes every effort to assure that its products meet high quality and durability
standards, and warrants to the original purchaser that this product is free from defects in materials and workmanship
for the period of 90 days from the date of purchase. This warranty does not apply to damage due directly or
indirectly, to misuse, abuse, negligence or accidents, repairs or alterations outside our facilities, criminal activity,
improper installation, normal wear and tear, or to lack of maintenance. We shall in no event be liable for death,
injuries to persons or property, or for incidental, contingent, special or consequential damages arising from the use
of our product. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the
above limitation of exclusion may not apply to you. THIS WARRANTY IS EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER
WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS.
To take advantage of this warranty, the product or part must be returned to us with transportation
charges prepaid. Proof of purchase date and an explanation of the complaint must accompany the merchandise.
If our inspection verifies the defect, we will either repair or replace the product at our election or we may
elect to refund the purchase price if we cannot readily and quickly provide you with a replacement. We will
return repaired products at our expense, but if we determine there is no defect, or that the defect resulted
from causes not within the scope of our warranty, then you must bear the cost of returning the product.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
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