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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 10-28-2010 11:23 PM 1129 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newbiewoodworker

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10-28-2010 11:23 PM

My grandfather brought the sabre saw down for me to borrow, since the angle grinder wasnt making straight enough cuts for me. But neither him, nor I know what the little knob is for on the trigger. I figured it had to do with speed, but we tried it in every position, and it doesnt seem to do a thing…

He complained that it kicked like a shotgun… so I told him he was probably cutting on too high of speed, since it can be used for wood and metal, so metal probably uses the lower speed…

Does anyone know what this knob is for… its on the trigger, where you would put your finger…

The model is from maybe the late 80s Early 90s. He told me his father bought it as a “toy” to play around with. He was an electrican by trade, and probably wanted something to see if it made things easier. I tried to look it up, but no cigar.

Its Craftsman, all black body, comes with a case. Gold lettering. Two prong plug. 1in stroke size, Variable Speed.

Thanks.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."


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Gregn

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 02:11 AM

Are you sure its not a trigger lock to lock the trigger in the on position?

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 02:12 AM

Nope. Thats the little red button next to it…. believe me, I learned that one once when I locked the sander on, by mistake, and nearly shaved my legs with it…

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 02:33 AM

I’ve seen this knob before, but I can’t find which tool of mine has it. I may not have it any more. On the one I’m thinking of, it’s a simple trigger depth stop, which makes it a simple variable speed stop. It’s really cheesy, and not even close to precise or repeatable. Yours may very well not work. Try turning it all the way each way until it stops and see what happens.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 02:58 AM

JJ: You might be right, it didnt seem to work… sticks too..

Smith: You, bluntly, are wrong. I know the difference between a jigsaw, and a sabre saw/ recipricating saw. I would not use a jigsaw to cut steel tubing. This is the type that has a handle on one end, blade on the other, roughly 2ft away…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 04:25 AM

see my next post I can’t deleat this one :(

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 04:30 AM

if you have the model number you can go to searspartsdirect.com and download the owners manual

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 04:39 AM

will do thanks.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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