Makita | DSS611 | Instruction manual | Makita DSS611 Instruction manual

ENGLISH (Original instructions)
Cordless Circular Saw
IMPORTANT: Read Before Using.
ENGLISH (Original instructions)
Blade diameter
Max. Cutting depth
165 mm
at 90°
57 mm
at 45°
40 mm
at 50°
36 mm
No load speed (min-1)
Overall length
347 mm
Net weight
3.5 kg
Rated voltage
3.3 kg
D.C. 18 V
• Due to our continuing program of research and development, the specifications herein are subject to change without notice.
• Specifications and battery cartridge may differ from country to country.
• Weight, with battery cartridge, according to EPTA-Procedure 01/2003
The vibration total value (tri-axial vector sum) determined
according to EN60745:
The following show the symbols used for the equipment.
Be sure that you understand their meaning before use.
Read instruction manual.
Work mode : cutting wood
Vibration emission (ah,W) : 2.5 m/s2 or less
Uncertainty (K) : 1.5 m/s2
Only for EU countries
Do not dispose of electric equipment or
battery pack together with household
waste material!
In observance of European Directive
2012/19/EU on waste electric and
electronic equipment, 2006/66/EC on
batteries and accumulators and waste
batteries and accumulators and their
implementation in accordance with
national laws, electric equipment and
battery pack that have reached the end
of their life must be collected separately
and returned to an environmentally
compatible recycling facility.
Intended use
The tool is intended for performing lengthways and
crossways straight cuts and mitre cuts with angles in
wood while in firm contact with the workpiece.
The declared vibration emission value has been
measured in accordance with the standard test method
and may be used for comparing one tool with another.
The declared vibration emission value may also be
used in a preliminary assessment of exposure.
The vibration emission during actual use of the power
tool can differ from the declared emission value
depending on the ways in which the tool is used.
Be sure to identify safety measures to protect the
operator that are based on an estimation of
exposure in the actual conditions of use (taking
account of all parts of the operating cycle such as
the times when the tool is switched off and when it
is running idle in addition to the trigger time).
For European countries only
The typical A-weighted noise level determined according
to EN60745:
EC Declaration of Conformity
Makita declares that the following Machine(s):
Designation of Machine:
Cordless Circular Saw
Model No./ Type: DSS610, DSS611
Conforms to the following European Directives:
They are manufactured in accordance with the following
standard or standardized documents:
Sound pressure level (LpA) : 78 dB (A)
Uncertainty (K) : 3 dB (A)
The noise level under working may exceed 80 dB (A).
Wear ear protection
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.
If operating a power tool in a damp location is
unavoidable, use a ground fault circuit
interrupter (GFCI) protected supply. Use of an
GFCI reduces the risk of electric shock.
Personal safety
10. 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.
11. Use personal protective equipment. Always
wear eye protection. Protective equipment such
as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or
hearing protection used for appropriate conditions
will reduce personal injuries.
12. 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 energising power tools
that have the switch on invites accidents.
13. Remove any adjusting key or wrench before
turning the power tool on. A wrench or a key left
attached to a rotating part of the power tool may
result in personal injury.
14. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and
balance at all times. This enables better control
of the power tool in unexpected situations.
15. Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or
jewellery. Keep your hair, clothing, and gloves
away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or
long hair can be caught in moving parts.
16. If devices are provided for the connection of dust
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these
are connected and properly used. Use of dust
collection can reduce dust-related hazards.
Power tool use and care
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
The technical file in accordance with 2006/42/EC is
available from:
Makita, Jan-Baptist Vinkstraat 2, 3070, Belgium
Yasushi Fukaya
Makita, Jan-Baptist Vinkstraat 2, 3070, Belgium
General Power Tool Safety
WARNING Read all safety warnings and all
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.
Work area safety
Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or
dark areas invite accidents.
Do not operate power tools in explosive
atmospheres, such as in the presence of
flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools
create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes.
Keep children and bystanders away while
operating a power tool. Distractions can cause
you to lose control.
Electrical safety
Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never
modify the plug in any way. Do not use any
adapter plugs with earthed (grounded) power
tools. Unmodified plugs and matching outlets will
reduce risk of electric shock.
Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded
surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges and
refrigerators. There is an increased risk of
electric shock if your body is earthed or grounded.
Do not expose power tools to rain or wet
conditions. Water entering a power tool will
increase the risk of electric shock.
Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for
carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool.
Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or
moving parts. Damaged or entangled cords
increase the risk of electric shock.
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.
21. Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment
or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts
and any other condition that may affect the
power tool’s operation. If damaged, have the
power tool repaired before use. Many accidents
are caused by poorly maintained power tools.
22. Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly
maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges
are less likely to bind and are easier to control.
23. 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.
Battery tool use and care
24. Recharge only with the charger specified by
the manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for
one type of battery pack may create a risk of fire
when used with another battery pack.
25. Use power tools only with specifically
designated battery packs. Use of any other
battery packs may create a risk of injury and fire.
26. When battery pack is not in use, keep it away
from other metal objects, like paper clips,
coins, keys, nails, screws or other small metal
objects, that can make a connection from one
terminal to another. Shorting the battery
terminals together may cause burns or a fire.
27. Under abusive conditions, liquid may be
ejected from the battery; avoid contact. If
contact accidentally occurs, flush with water.
If liquid contacts eyes, additionally seek
medical help. Liquid ejected from the battery may
cause irritation or burns.
28. 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.
29. Follow instruction for lubricating and
changing accessories.
30. Keep handles dry, clean and free from oil and
Cutting procedures
DANGER: Keep hands away from cutting
area and the blade. Keep your second hand on
auxiliary handle, or motor housing. If both
hands are holding the saw, they cannot be cut by
the blade.
Do not reach underneath the workpiece. The
guard cannot protect you from the blade below the
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.
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 exposure, blade binding,
or loss of control.
A typical illustration of proper hand support
and workpiece support.
Hold the power tool by insulated gripping
surfaces only, when performing an operation
where the cutting tool may contact hidden
wiring. Contact with a "live" wire will also make
exposed metal parts of the power tool "live" and
could give the operator an electric shock.
When ripping, always use a rip fence or
straight edge guide. This improves the accuracy
of cut and reduces the chance of blade binding.
Always use blades with correct size and shape
(diamond versus round) of arbour holes.
Blades that do not match the mounting hardware
of the saw will run eccentrically, causing loss of
Never use damaged or incorrect blade
washers or bolt. The blade washers and bolt
were specially designed for your saw, for optimum
performance and safety of operation.
Kickback causes and related warnings
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
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
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.
Kickback is the result of saw misuse and/or incorrect
operating procedures or conditions and can be avoided
by taking proper precautions as given below.
Maintain a firm grip with both hands on the
saw and position your arms to resist kickback
forces. Position your body to either side of the
blade, but not in line with the blade. Kickback
could cause the saw to jump backwards, but
kickback forces can be controlled by the operator,
if proper precautions are taken.
10. 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.
11. 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 restarted.
12. 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 panel.
Do not support board or
panel away from the cut.
Do not use dull or damaged blades. Unsharpened
or improperly set blades produce narrow kerf causing
excessive friction, blade binding and kickback.
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.
Use extra caution when sawing into existing
walls or other blind areas. The protruding blade
may cut objects that can cause kickback.
ALWAYS hold the tool firmly with both hands.
NEVER place your hand or fingers behind the saw. If
kickback occurs, the saw could easily jump backwards
over your hand, leading to serious personal injury.
Never force the saw. Push the saw forward at a
speed so that the blade cuts without slowing.
Forcing the saw can cause uneven cuts, loss of
accuracy, and possible kickback.
Lower guard function
18. Check lower guard for proper closing before
each use. Do not operate the 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.
To avoid kickback, do support
board or panel near the cut.
Check the operation 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 build-up of debris.
20. Lower guard may be retracted manually only
for special cuts such as "plunge cuts" and
"compound cuts". Raise lower guard by
retracting handle and as soon as blade enters
the material, the lower guard must be released.
For all other sawing, the lower guard should
operate automatically.
21. 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.
22. To check lower guard, open lower guard by hand,
then release and watch guard closure. Also check
to see that retracting handle does not touch tool
housing. Leaving blade exposed is VERY
DANGEROUS and can lead to serious personal injury.
Additional safety warnings
23. Use extra caution when cutting damp wood,
pressure treated lumber, or wood containing knots.
Maintain smooth advancement of tool without decrease
in blade speed to avoid overheating the blade tips.
24. Do not attempt to remove cut material when
blade is moving. Wait until blade stops before
grasping cut material.Blades coast after turn off.
25. Avoid cutting nails. Inspect for and remove all
nails from lumber before cutting.
26. Place the wider portion of the saw base on
that part of the workpiece which is solidly
supported, not on the section that will fall off
when the cut is made. As examples, Fig. 1
illustrates the RIGHT way to cut off the end of
a board, and Fig. 2 the WRONG way. If the
workpiece is short or small, clamp it down. DO
Fig. 2
Before setting the tool down after completing
a cut, be sure that the lower guard has closed
and the blade has come to a complete stop.
Never attempt to saw with the circular saw
held upside down in a vise. This is extremely
dangerous and can lead to serious accidents.
Some material contains chemicals which may be
toxic. Take caution to prevent dust inhalation and
skin contact. Follow material supplier safety data.
Do not stop the blades by lateral pressure on
the saw blade.
Always use blades recommended in this
manual. Do not use any abrasive wheels.
Keep blade sharp and clean. Gum and wood pitch
hardened on blades slows saw and increases potential
for kickback. Keep blade clean by first removing it from
tool, then cleaning it with gum and pitch remover, hot
water or kerosene. Never use gasoline.
Wear a dust mask and hearing protection
when use the tool.
DO NOT let comfort or familiarity with product (gained
from repeated use) replace strict adherence to safety
rules for the subject product. MISUSE or failure to follow
the safety rules stated in this instruction manual may
cause serious personal injury.
Installing or removing battery cartridge
Before using battery cartridge, read all instructions
and cautionary markings on (1) battery charger, (2)
battery, and (3) product using battery.
Do not disassemble battery cartridge.
If operating time has become excessively
shorter, stop operating immediately. It may
result in a risk of overheating, possible burns
and even an explosion.
If electrolyte gets into your eyes, rinse them
out with clear water and seek medical
attention right away. It may result in loss of
your eyesight.
Do not short the battery cartridge:
(1) Do not touch the terminals with any
conductive material.
(2) Avoid storing battery cartridge in a
container with other metal objects such as
nails, coins, etc.
(3) Do not expose battery cartridge to water
or rain.
A battery short can cause a large current flow,
overheating, possible burns and even a breakdown.
Do not store the tool and battery cartridge in
locations where the temperature may reach or
exceed 50 C (122 F).
Do not incinerate the battery cartridge even if it
is severely damaged or is completely worn out.
The battery cartridge can explode in a fire.
Be careful not to drop or strike battery.
Do not use a damaged battery.
Always switch off the tool before installing or
removing of the battery cartridge.
Hold the tool and the battery cartridge firmly
when installing or removing battery cartridge.
Failure to hold the tool and the battery cartridge
firmly may cause them to slip off your hands and
result in damage to the tool and battery cartridge
and a personal injury.
To remove the battery cartridge, slide it from the tool
while sliding the button on the front of the cartridge.
To install the battery cartridge, align the tongue on the
battery cartridge with the groove in the housing and slip it
into place. Insert it all the way until it locks in place with a
little click. If you can see the red indicator on the upper
side of the button, it is not locked completely.
Tips for maintaining maximum battery life
1. Red indicator
2. Button
3. Battery cartridge
Always be sure that the tool is switched off and the
battery cartridge is removed before adjusting or
checking function on the tool.
completely discharged.
Always stop tool operation and charge the battery
cartridge when you notice less tool power.
Never recharge a fully charged battery
Overcharging shortens the battery service life.
Charge the battery cartridge with room
temperature at 10 C - 40 C (50 F - 104 F).
Let a hot battery cartridge cool down before
charging it.
Charge the battery cartridge once in every six
months if you do not use it for a long period of time.
Always install the battery cartridge fully until the red
indicator cannot be seen. If not, it may accidentally
fall out of the tool, causing injury to you or someone
around you.
Do not install the battery cartridge forcibly. If the
cartridge does not slide in easily, it is not being
inserted correctly.
Battery protection system
(Lithium-ion battery with star marking)
Bevel cutting
1. Lever
1. Star marking
For Model DSS610
Lithium-ion batteries with a star marking are equipped
with a protection system. This system automatically cuts
off power to the tool to extend battery life.
The tool will automatically stop during operation if the tool
and/or battery are placed under one of the following
The tool is operated in a manner that causes
it to draw an abnormally high current.
In this situation, release the trigger switch on
the tool and stop the application that caused
the tool to become overloaded. Then pull the
trigger switch again to restart.
If the tool does not start, the battery is
overheated. In this situation, let the battery
cool before pulling the trigger switch again.
Low battery voltage:
The remaining battery capacity is too low and
the tool will not operate. In this situation,
remove and recharge the battery.
1. Stopper
Loosen the lever on the bevel scale plate on the front
base. Set for the desired angle (0° - 50°) by tilting
accordingly, then tighten the lever securely. Use the 45°
stopper when you do precise 45° angle cutting. Turn the
stopper counterclockwise fully for bevel cut (0° - 45°) and
turn it clockwise for 0° - 50° bevel cuts.
For Model DSS611
Loosen the lever on the bevel scale plate on the front
base. Set for the desired angle (0° - 50°) by tilting
accordingly, then tighten the lever securely.
Adjusting depth of cut
1. Base
2. Cutting line
1. Lever
For straight cuts, align the A position on the front of the
base with your cutting line. For 45° bevel cuts, align the B
position with it.
After adjusting the depth of cut, always tighten the
lever securely.
Loosen the lever on the side of the rear handle and move
the base up or down. At the desired depth of cut, secure
the base by tightening the lever.
For cleaner, safer cuts, set cut depth so that no more
than one blade tooth projects below workpiece. Using
proper cut depth helps to reduce potential for dangerous
KICKBACKS which can cause personal injury.
Switch action
1. Switch trigger
2. Lock-off lever
Always be sure that the tool is switched off and the
battery cartridge is removed before carrying out
any work on the tool.
Removing or installing saw blade
1. Shaft lock
2. Hex wrench
Before inserting the battery cartridge into the tool,
always check to see that the switch trigger actuates
properly and returns to the "OFF" position when
Do not pull the switch trigger hard without pressing
the lock-off lever. This can cause switch breakage.
To prevent the switch trigger from being accidentally
pulled, a lock-off lever is provided. To start the tool, press
the lock-off lever and pull the switch trigger. Release the
switch trigger to stop.
Be sure the blade is installed with teeth pointing up
at the front of the tool.
Use only the Makita wrench to install or remove the
To remove the blade, press the shaft lock so that the blade
cannot revolve and use the wrench to loosen the hex bolt
clockwise. Then remove the hex bolt, outer flange and blade.
To install the blade, follow the removal procedure in
For your safety, this tool is equipped with lock-off
lever which prevents the tool from unintended
starting. NEVER use the tool if it runs when you
simply pull the switch trigger without pressing the
lock-off lever. Return tool a MAKITA service center
for proper repairs BEFORE further usage.
NEVER tape down or defeat purpose and function
of lock-off lever.
Lighting the lamp
For Model DSS610 only
Do not look in the light or see the source of light
Only to turn on the light, pull the switch trigger without
pressing the lock-off lever.To turn on the light and run the
tool, press the lock-off lever and pull the switch trigger
with the lock-off lever being pressed.
1. Inner flange
2. Saw blade
3. Outer flange
4. Hex. bolt
When changing blade, make sure to also clean upper
and lower blade guards of accumulated sawdust. Such
efforts do not, however, replace the need to check lower
guard operation before each use.
Only for tools with a ring (specific country)
Use a dry cloth to wipe the dirt off the lens of lamp.
Be careful not to scratch the lens of lamp, or it may
lower the illumination.
Do not use gasoline, thinner or the like to clean the
lens of lamp. Using such substances will damage
the lens.
1. Inner flange
2. Saw blade
3. Ring
4. Outer flange
5. Hex bolt
Before mounting the blade onto the spindle,
always be sure that the correct ring for the
blade's arbor hole you intend to use is installed
between the inner and the outer flanges. Use of
the incorrect arbor hole ring may result in the
improper mounting of the blade causing blade
movement and severe vibration resulting in
possible loss of control during operation and in
serious personal injury.
Hex wrench storage
1. Hex wrench
Always insert the battery cartridge all the way until it
locks in place. If you can see the red part on the
upper side of the button, it is not locked completely.
Insert it fully until the red part cannot be seen. If not,
it may accidentally fall out of the tool, causing injury
to you or someone around you.
Be sure to move the tool forward in a straight line
gently. Forcing or twisting the tool will result in
overheating the motor and dangerous kickback,
possibly causing severe injury.
If the tool is operated continuously until the battery
cartridge has discharged, allow the tool to rest for
15 minutes before proceeding with a fresh battery.
1. Rear handle
2. Front grip
3. Base
When not in use, store the hex wrench as shown in the
figure to keep it from being lost.
Connecting a vacuum cleaner
1. Dust nozzle
2. Screw
Hold the tool firmly. The tool is provided with both a front grip
and rear handle. Use both to best grasp the tool. If both
hands are holding saw, they cannot be cut by the blade. Set
the base on the workpiece to be cut without the blade making
any contact. Then turn the tool on and wait until the blade
attains full speed. Now simply move the tool forward over the
workpiece surface, keeping it flat and advancing smoothly
until the sawing is completed.
To get clean cuts, keep your sawing line straight and your
speed of advance uniform. If the cut fails to properly follow your
intended cut line, do not attempt to turn or force the tool back to
the cut line. Doing so may bind the blade and lead to dangerous
kickback and possible serious injury. Release switch, wait for
blade to stop and then withdraw tool. Realign tool on new cut
line, and start cut again. Attempt to avoid positioning which
exposes operator to chips and wood dust being ejected from
saw. Use eye protection to help avoid injury.
1. Hose
2. Vacuum cleaner
Rip fence (Guide rule)
When you wish to perform clean cutting operation,
connect a Makita vacuum cleaner to your tool. Install the
dust nozzle on the tool using the screw. Then connect a
hose of the vacuum cleaner to the dust nozzle as shown
in the figure.
1. Clamping screw
2. Rip fence (Guide
The handy rip fence allows you to do extra-accurate
straight cuts. Simply slide the rip fence up snugly against
the side of the workpiece and secure it in position with
the screw on the front of the base. It also makes repeated
cuts of uniform width possible.
Replacing carbon brushes
1. Limit mark
Always be sure that the tool is switched off and the
battery cartridge is removed before attempting to
perform inspection or maintenance.
Never use gasoline, benzine, thinner, alcohol or the
like. Discoloration, deformation or cracks may
Remove and check the carbon brushes regularly.
Replace when they wear down to the limit mark. Keep
the carbon brushes clean and free to slip in the holders.
Both carbon brushes should be replaced at the same
time. Use only identical carbon brushes.
Use a screwdriver to remove the brush holder caps. Take
out the worn carbon brushes, insert the new ones and
secure the brush holder caps.
Adjusting for accuracy of 90° and 45° cut
(vertical and 45° cut)
For Model DSS610
This adjustment has been made at the factory. But if it is
off, adjust the adjusting screws with a hex wrench while
inspecting 90° or 45° the blade with the base using a
triangular rule or square rule, etc.
Adjusting for accuracy of 90° cut
(vertical cut)
For Model DSS611
This adjustment has been made at the factory. But if it is
off, adjust the adjusting screws with a hex wrench while
inspecting 90° the blade with the base using a triangular
rule or square rule, etc.
1. Brush holder cap
2. Screwdriver
To maintain product SAFETY and RELIABILITY, repairs,
any other maintenance or adjustment should be
performed by Makita Authorized Service Centers, always
using Makita replacement parts.
1. Adjusting screw
for 45
(DSS610 only)
2. Adjusting screw
for 90
These accessories or attachments are recommended
for use with your Makita tool specified in this manual.
The use of any other accessories or attachments might
present a risk of injury to persons. Only use accessory
or attachment for its stated purpose.
If you need any assistance for more details regarding
these accessories, ask your local Makita Service Center.
Saw blades
Rip fence (Guide rule)
Hex wrench 5
Dust nozzle
Makita genuine battery and charger
1. Triangular rule
Some items in the list may be included in the tool
package as standard accessories. They may differ
from country to country.
Makita Jan-Baptist Vinkstraat 2, 3070, Belgium
Makita Corporation Anjo, Aichi, Japan
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