Permit only trained and experienced workers to operate a saw.
Wear proper eye and hearing protection, and when required, respiratory protection.
A radial arm saw cutting table must be of sufficient width so that no part of the saw blade overhangs the forward edge of the table. A stop may also be used to limit forward travel of the saw to prevent overhang.
Saws must not be operated at speeds in excess of the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Only use accessories designed for the saw and recommended by the manufacturer
Make sure the blade guard is in place and properly adjusted.
Stand on the handle side of the saw when cross cutting.
Return the saw blade to behind the fence after each cut.
Make sure the overall length of the saw table (both infeed
and outfeed) is twice the length of the lumber being cut.
Make sure during ripping that material is fed counter to the saw blade rotation.
The motor head must be locked into position at the correct height and desired angle.
Clamp stock to the table when making mitre, bevel, or compound mitre cuts. This overcomes the tendency of the stock to slide along the fence.
Turn off the saw and unplug the electrical cord when making changes.
When it is necessary to measure stock on the cutting table, the saw must be turned off until measuring is complete.
Do not use radial arm saws for ripping unless spreader and anti-kickback devices are used.
During operation, do not remove your hand from the operating handle unless the cutting head is behind the fence.
Do not remove the stock from the cutting table until the saw blade has been returned to its position behind the fence.
Do not cut “free-hand”. The material to be cut must lie solidly on the cutting table against the back guide.
Do not use any circular saw blade having a crack exceeding 1/10 of the saw diameter or any circular saw blade with cracks adjacent to the collar line.
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