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DeWalt recipro. saw

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 84gmcjimmy, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    I got a dewalt reciprocating saw for x-mas.
    It has 4 blade positions, up, down, left and right. I can easily get it in the left and right spots, but for the up and down cuts the blade is hard to get in, and it is cock-eyed once it's in.

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    Is this how it's suposed to sit? When it's in the other positions, left or right, the blade sits straight from what I can notice.

    Any one?
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    yeah thats the most common way. depends on what your cutting and howw you need to get at it. take a pic of the whole saw. i wonder if it the same one that i have.

    oh and usually when you put pressure on the blade the front of it will lift up a lil
     
  3. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Sorry no time for pics right now.
    specs are 10 amp, 1-1/8" blade stroke, 4 position blade change, MOdel number DW304P
     
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    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Anyone else? So it's supposed to be like this?
    Haven't tried cutting anything yet. Only air :haha:
     
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    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

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    Yeah, it's s'posed to be like that, now go hack yer fenders
     
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    I don't have any tires to hit the fenders with. It would just look more rediculous with bigger wheel openings:haha:

    I'll use it to cut my tail pan out when it goes in the gaarage though.

    So it's suposed to be like that? Any reason why??
     
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    I think it is supposed to have a little play to lessen the chances of breaking the blade. On another note, I typically use the blade the otherway, with the teeth pointing up. Makes it easier to see the mark your cutting on.
     
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    :hack: not really related, but i got a milualkee with a cord yesterday from mom and dad. fixin to put it to use on a truck frame!:hack:
     
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    So k20, you have the teeth pointing to your head?
    I haven't used one yet too much, so I don't know what way is best.
     
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    yeah, it supposed to look like that. my dad is a contractor, along with me...and we have over 5 of the exact same ones. we've had no problems with em'....but we have only had them for 4 months...and we buy them from a dealer for a killer price at larger quanities(hence 5)...so all 5 better work. the best electrical tools we have came across lately are Bosch, and Makita. no, no...not the ones from Home Depot...but from our little contractor salesman from town...they are commercial grade, a lot heavier...and a lot more expensive.
     
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    ooh, my dad just corrected me...don't leave your Dewalt plugged in while not in use...one of his workers just reported the complete wiring assembly(inside teh plastic housing) melts.... :*( So, 1 down, 4 left.
     
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    Any idea why it isn't 3 prong, just 2 prong without a ground?
    How long can I leave it plugged in for? Does the warranty cover it?
     
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    yeh, I have the teeth pointing up, like towards the side opposite the trigger. Makes cutting up easier just for grip & sight. Cutting something on the ground, where your looking down on the saw it makes it easier to see. Only cut that it doesnt really have an advantage is a down cut where your cutting towards the ground, and its below waistlevel (like a fender or something)
     
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    Hey buddy, not sure how long. I just know they were demoin'g a Walmart in Florida, and one of my dads workers went to lunch, and came back and it smelt like burnt plastic. He plugged it in around 10am. and stopped using it at 11...left at noon, came back at 1...and voilah! So...for him...it melted in like 2 hours. But yea, it's under warr.
     
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    okay, I don't think I would have it plugged in for that long, but as long as the warranty covers it I will be okay I guess.
    Thanks
     

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