Blade Safety Brochure

18 ROUTINE CHECKS WHEN MOUNTING BLADE (In addition to good standard practice and manufactures guidelines) • Make sure the blade is suitable for the material you’re cutting. • Check the blade for any imperfections or tiny stress cracks, signs of glazing, particularly if used before. • Do check the clamp plates for wear and replace if diameter decreases as per manufacturer’s guidelines. • Be careful as these plates can become razor sharp, use protective gloves to avoid being cut. • Clean any residue of hard glue from previous blades which may have transferred during use with heat. This can be done with wire wool, sandpaper or stiff wire brush, make sure to clean to bare metal. • When mounting the blade, do it in as dust and wind free conditions as possible, avoid placing the blade on the ground. Make sure to tighten firmly and use the correct procedure and tools to stop the blade from rotating when tightening. To use your hand only is incorrect to stop the blade from rotating. Use the blade lock mechanism within the saw to stop rotating when tightening. • When transporting the saw by van or other vehicle, it is recommended to remove the blade from the saw. To avoid damage from contact with other machinery; which may untension the blade which can also contribute

to segment damage or loss due to fluttering when operating the saw. • Never side grind. This is very dangerous. The saw is designed only as a cut off saw. • Never start cutting at a face and side corner angle simultaneously, always cut into the main body of the material and then bring the cut within the cut to the face edge. This will reduce the chance of dangerous kick back energy.

BLADE BLANK DIRT RING Dirt ring residue as a result of dirt under the clamp plates, this slips and crushes under pressure, scratching the blank causing it to wobble BLADE SECTION SEGMENT CHIPPED Two chipped segments at each corner, laser weld held firmly not all segments chipped

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