Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the benefit of using a laser arbor saw guide?

The benefits are two fold. First and foremost is using the laser line to alert you when any part of your body is aligned with the path of the saw blade. This safety feature is our primary goal. Second the laser line will allow for a quicker setup time and more accurate cut making the operation more efficient.

2. How is the laser saw guide mounted?

  • Be sure your saw is unplugged from its power source.
  • Remove the bolt and outer blade washer that came with your saw.
  • Mount the Laser Guide, label side facing out, in place of the just removed outer blade washer.
  • Store the outer blade washer that came with your saw in a safe place for reuse if necessary.
  • Replace and tighten the bolt securely.
  • Operate the saw according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Class IIIa Laser - DANGER - Always avoid direct eye contact with the laser beam.
  • Read Instruction Manual backside closely.

MITER SAWS

We have determined in most applications the existing bolt supplied with your machine will secure the laser guide, however if your bolt is not long enough, or the head of the original bolt comes in contact with the inside of the guard; Use one of the included replacement bolts.

  • Be sure your saw is unplugged from its power source.
  • Remove the bolt/nut and outer blade washer that came with your saw.
  • Mount the Laser Guide, label side facing out, in place of the just removed outer blade washer.
  • If the laser guide fits loosely, use the included O-ring around the arbor shaft.
  • Store the outer blade washer that came with your saw in a safe place for reuse if necessary.
  • If your inner blade flange protrudes through the saw blade, the laser guide cannot clamp against the saw blade. You will have to file/grind this protrusion.
  • Replace and tighten the bolt securely.
  • Operate the saw according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Class IIIa Laser - DANGER - Always avoid direct eye contact with the laser beam.
  • Read Instruction Manual backside closely.

3. How does the laser guide work?

An electronic laser module is installed within the device that is powered by three batteries. The "switch" to power the unit is a centrifugal device that connects/Turns ON the laser once the blade revolutions reach 500 RPM's (revolutions per minute) The beam emanating from the aperture creates a line by virtue of the spinning action of the arbor/blade.

4. How accurate is the laser guide?

Accuracy is dependent on the initial setup and the ability to accurately replicate the location of the cut relative to the laser line each time. Once you establish this setting, success at duplicating an accurate cut each time is assured since the reference laser beam will not change.

5. What is the warranty policy on this device?

See our warranty statement under the support section of this site.

OPERATION:

6. The laser guide will not turn on at all, or it frequently flickers on and off when in use?

Test that the batteries are good and ensure that the terminals are clean. If not sure, replace the batteries and test by manually activating the centrifugal switch. This is accomplished by exposing the switch and moving the switch so that it makes contact with the metal contact. Do not look directly into the laser. If this does not fix the problem please contact customer support at 541-450-1204

7. Why wont the laser guide tighten against the saw blade on my 12" saw, instead causing the blade to spin after the motor has stopped?

First check to see that the inner flange does not protrude through the arbor hole in the saw blade. If this is the case, you may be using a thin kerf blade. we recommend using a full bodied blade because of the variances in bushing widths on 12" miter saws. Some saws require the use of an 'O' Ring on the end of the arbor shaft to tighten securely. Also, make sure that the laser guide is placed on the arbor shaft correctly with the lens flat against the saw blade. A few saws may have an interlocking arbor configuration that will not allow the #12200 laser guide to work. (Refer to the Interlocking vs Separate Blade Flanges section.)

8. How do I replace the batteries?

Unplug your saw. WARNING: Failure to unplug your saw could result in accidental starting causing possible serious personal injury.

Remove the laser guide from the saw. Lay the laser guide on a flat surface with the two phillips screws facing upward. Remove the screws and seperate the cover from the base.

Note: Do not make contact with the switch or laser module.

When replacing the battery back, take this opportunity to clean out any sawdust and debris inside the laser guide.

MAKITA SAWS  

9. What do I do if the blade guard on my Makita saw rubs against the laser guide?

This can be fixed by placing a washer or 2 behind the back screw of the blade guard plate. This will give added clearance between the guard and the laser arbor guide. It should not have any effect on the performance of the blade guard. If it does, discontinue and contact laser guide manufacturer.

COMPATIBILITY ISSUES:

Some old miter cut-off saws have a threaded arbor shaft which will not allow the #15500 to work on those machines.

#12200 DOES NOT FIT:

  • Skil HD77, 7 1/4" Worm Drive Saw
  • Bosch, Rigid, & ProTech-12" Miter Saws with interlocking inner and outer blade flanges.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • The #12200 will work on DeWalt DW706 & DW708.
  • The laser arbor guide is not recommended to be used in areas of highly concentrated light or direct sunlight, without the use of red tinted safety glasses.
  • If your saw uses a nut instead of a bolt to secure the blade, the #15500 will work.
  • When installing the #12200 laser guide, the arbor shaft of the saw goes into the square arbor recess. (The left side of the saw blade.) The lens should be flat up against the saw blade.

INTERLOCKING VS SEPARATE BLADE FLANGES

The #12200 laser arbor guide can be used on any 12" miter saw that does not have interlocking blade flanges. If the inner flange protrudes through the blade, the #12200 model will not work/clamp against the blade securely. (12" saws that may have this configuration include the 12" DeWalt, 12" Bosch, 12" Rigid, & 12" ProTech.)  If your saw has a separate blade bushing, the #15500 model will work. In some cases the blade bushing may protrude through the arbor in the 12" saw blade. This bushing can be replaced with a thinner bushing from your local hardware store with an inside diameter of 5/8" and an outside diameter of 1".