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Your BLACK+DECKER BDjig520 jigsaw has been designed for
sawing wood, plastics and sheet metal. This tool is intended
for professional and private, non professional users.
General power tool safety warnings
Warning! Read all safety warnings, instructions,
illustrations and specifications provided with
this power tool. Failure to follow all instructions
listed below may result in electric shock, fire and/or
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term “power tool” in all of the warnings listed below refers
to your mains operated (corded) power tool or battery
operated (cordless) power tool.
1. Work area safety
a. Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark
areas invite accidents.
b. Do not operate power tools in explosive
atmospheres, such as in the presence of
flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create
sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes.
c. Keep children and bystanders away while
operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you to
2. Electrical safety
a. Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never
modify the plug in any way.
Do not use any adapter plugs with earthed
(grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and
matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
b. Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded
surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges and
refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric
shock if your body is earthed or grounded.
c. Do not expose power tools to rain or wet
conditions. Water entering a power tool will increase
the risk of electric shock.
d. Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for
carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool.
Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or
moving parts. Damaged or entangled cords increase
the risk of electric shock.
e. When operating a power tool outdoors, use an
extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a
cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of
f. If operating a power tool in a damp location is
unavoidable, use a residual current device (RCD)
protected supply. Use of an RCD reduces the risk of
3. Personal safety
a. Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use
common sense when operating a power tool.
Do not use a power tool while you are tired or
under the influence of drugs, alcohol or
medication. A moment of inattention while operating
power tools may result in serious personal injury.
b. Use personal protective equipment. Always wear
eye protection. Protective equipment such as dust
mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing
protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce
c. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch
is in the off-position before connecting to power
source and/or battery pack, picking up or carrying
the tool. Carrying power tools with your finger on the
switch or energising power tools that have the switch
on invites accidents.
d. Remove any adjusting key or wrench before
turning the power tool on. A wrench or a key left
attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result
in personal injury.
e. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance
at all times. This enables better control of the power
tool in unexpected situations.
f. Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or
jewellery. Keep your hair and clothing away from
moving parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair
can be caught in moving parts.
g. If devices are provided for the connection of dust
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these
are connected and properly used. Use of dust
collection can reduce dust-related hazards.
h. Do not let familiarity gained from frequent use of
tools allow you to become complacent and ignore
tool safety principles. A careless action can cause
severe injury within a fraction of a second.
4. Power tool use and care
a. Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power
tool for your application.
The correct power tool will do the job better and safer
at the rate for which it was designed.
b. Do not use the power tool if the switch does not
turn it on and off. Any power tool that cannot be
controlled with the switch is dangerous and must
c. Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or
remove the battery pack, if detachable, from the
power tool before making any adjustments,
changing accessories, or storing power tools. Such
preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting
the power tool accidentally.
d. Store idle power tools out of the reach of children
and do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power
tool or these instructions to operate the power
tool. Power tools are dangerous in the hands of
e. Maintain power tools and accessories. Check for
misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage
of parts and any other condition that may affect
the power tools operation. If damaged, have the
power tool repaired before use. Many accidents are
caused by poorly maintained power tools.
f. Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly
maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are
less likely to bind and are easier to control.
g. Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc.
in accordance with these instructions, taking into
account the working conditions and the work to
Use of the power tool for operations different from
those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
h. Keep handles and grasping surfaces dry, clean and
free from oil and grease. Slippery handles and
grasping surfaces do not allow for safe handling and
control of the tool in unexpected situations.
a. Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair
person using only identical replacement parts. This
will ensure that the safety of the power tool
Additional Power Tool Safety Warnings
u Hold the power tool by insulated gripping surfaces,
when performing an operation where the cutting tool
may contact hidden wiring.
Contact with a “live” wire will also make exposed metal
parts of the power tool “live” and could give the operator
an electric shock.
● Use clamps or another practical way to secure and
support the workpiece to a stable platform. Holding the
workpiece by hand or against your body leaves it unstable
and may lead to loss of control.
● Keep hands away from cutting area. Never reach
underneath the work piece any reason. Do not insert
fingers or thumb into the vicinity of the reciprocating blade
and blade clamp. Do not stabilize the saw by gripping
● Keep blades sharp. Dull or damaged blades may cause
the saw to swerve or stall under pressure. Always use the
appropriate type of saw blade for the workpiece material
and type of cut.
● When cutting pipe or conduit, make sure that they are free
from water, electrical wiring, etc.
● Do not touch the workpiece or the blade immediately
after operating the tool. They can become very hot.
● Be aware of hidden hazards, before cutting into walls,
floors or ceilings, check for the location of wiring
● The blade will continue to move after releasing the
switch. Always switch the tool off and wait for the saw
blade to come to a complete standstill before putting the
Warning! Contact with, or inhalation of dusts arising
from cutting applications may endanger the health of
the operator and possible bystanders. Wear a dust
mask specifically designed for protection against dust
and fumes and ensure that persons within or entering
the work area are also protected.
● The intended use is described in this instruction manual.
The use of any accessory or attachment or performance
of any operation with this tool other than those
recommended in this instruction manual may present a
risk of personal injury and/or damage to property.
Safety of others
● This tool is not intended for use by persons (including
children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental
capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge,
unless they have been given supervision or instruction
concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible
for their safety.
● Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not
play with the appliance.
Additional residual risks may arise when using the tool which
may not be included in the enclosed safety warnings.
These risks can arise from misuse, prolonged use etc.
Even with the application of the relevant safety regulations
and the implementation of safety devices, certain residual
risks can not be avoided. These include:
● Injuries caused by touching any rotating/moving parts.
● Injuries caused when changing any parts, blades
● Injuries caused by prolonged use of a tool. When
using any tool for prolonged periods ensure you take
● Impairment of hearing.
● Health hazards caused by breathing dust developed when
using your tool (example:- working with wood, especially
oak, beech and MDF.)
The declared vibration emission values stated in the technical
data and the declaration of conformity have been measured in
accordance with a standard test method provided by EN62841
and may be used for comparing one tool with another. The
declared vibration emission value may also be used in a
preliminary assessment of exposure.
Warning! The vibration emission value during actual
use of the power tool can differ from the declared
value depending on the ways in which the tool is
used. The vibration level may increase above the
When assessing vibration exposure to determine safety
measures required by 2002/44/EC to protect persons
regularly using power tools in employment, an estimation of
vibration exposure should consider, the actual conditions of
use and the way the tool is used, including taking account of
all parts of the operating cycle such as the times when the tool
is switched off and when it is running idle in addition to the
Labels on tool
The following pictograms are shown on the tool along with the
Warning! To reduce the risk of injury, the user
must read the instruction manual.
This tool is double insulated; therefore no
earth wire is required. Always check that the
power supply corresponds to the voltage on the
u If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the
manufacturer or an authorised BLACK+DECKER Service
Centre in order to avoid a hazard.
This tool includes some or all of the following features.
1. Variable speed switch or On/Off switch
2. Lock-on button
3. Saw blade locking lever
4. Shoe plate
5. Dust extraction outlet
6. Pendulum stroke
Warning! Before attempting any of the following
operations, make sure that the tool is switched off
and unplugged and that the saw blade has stopped.
Used saw blades may be hot.
Fitting the saw blade (fig. A)
u Hold the saw blade (7) as shown, with the teeth
u Push the locking lever (3) away from the shoe plate (4).
u Insert the shank of the saw blade into the blade holder (8)
as far as it will go.
u Adjust the saw blade support roller (17) as
u Release the locking lever (3).
Connecting a vacuum cleaner to the tool (fig. B)
u Slide the vacuum nozzle (9) into the dust extration
Adjusting the shoe plate for bevel cuts (fig. C)
Warning! Never use the tool when the saw shoe
plate is loose or removed.
The shoe plate (4) can be set to a left or right bevel angle
u Loosen the screws (10). Some models have one screw.
u Pull the shoe (4) forward, rotate the shoe to the left or
right and push it back into the 45° location.
u Push the shoe (4) back, rotate to the right and pull it back
into the 45° location.
u Tighten the screw.
To reset the shoe plate (4) for 90° cuts:
u Loosen the screw (10).
u Pull the shoe (4) forward, rotate to the centre and push it
back into the 0° location.
u Tighten the screw.
Variable speed control
u Use a high speed for wood, medium speed for aluminium
and PVC and low speed for metals other than aluminium.
Switching on and off
u To switch the tool on, press the variable speed switch. The
speed depends on how far you depress the switch.
u For continuous operation, press the lock-on button (2) and
press the variable speed switch. This option is available
only at full speed.
u To switch the tool off, release the variable speed switch.
To switch the tool off, when in continuous operation, press
the variable speed switch once more and release it.
How to Use the Sightline® Feature (fig. D)
u Use a pencil to mark the cutting line.
u Position the jig saw over the line (11).
Viewing from directly above the jig saw, the line of cut can be
Pendulum stroke or action provides a more aggressive blade
motion and is designed for cutting soft materials such as wood
or plastic. It provides a faster cut, but with a less smooth cut
across the material. Your jig saw has a Pendulum Stroke dial.
Use of this dial is explained in the next section.
Note: Never use pendulum action to cut metal.
Pendulum Stroke dial (fig. E)
This unit has four cutting modes with increasing amounts of
u Position 0: metal and aluminium and sheet metal (no
u Position 1: for laminates, hard wood, work tops.
u Position 2: for plywood and PVC/Plastics.
u Position 3: for soft wood and fast cutting.
To adjust the pendulum action:
u Rotate the Pendulum Stroke dial (6) to the
Hold the tool firmly with both hands while cutting.
The shoe plate (4) should be held firmly against the material
being cut. This will help prevent the saw from jumping, reduce
vibration and minimise blade breakage.
u Let the blade run freely for a few seconds before starting
u Apply only a gentle pressure to the tool while performing
Hints for optimum use
When cutting laminates, splintering may occur which can
damage the presentation surface.
The most common saw blades cut on the upward stroke,
therefore if the shoe plate is sitting on the presentation surface
either use a saw blade that cuts on the downward stroke or:
u Use a fine-tooth saw blade.
u Saw from the back surface of the workpiece.
u To minimise splintering, clamp a piece of scrap wood or
hardboard to both sides of the workpiece and saw through
Warning! Do not use a vacuum when cutting metal.
Metal filings will be hot and may cause fire.
Be aware that sawing metal takes much more time than
u Use a saw blade suitable for sawing metal.
u When cutting thin sheet metal, clamp a piece of scrap
wood to the back surface of the workpiece and cut through
u Spread a film of oil along the intended line of cut.
Ripping and circle cutting without a pencil line are easily done
with a rip fence and circle guide (available as an optional extra
- part number X43005-XJ).
Attaching Rip Fence (figs. F & G)
u Insert rip fence (14) into the shoe plate slots with the cross
bar facing down as shown in figure F.
u Place screw (15) into hole in bottom of shoe plate.
u Align clamp bar (16) over screw with lipped edge facing
down and pointing towards the rear of the saw.
u Using a phillips screwdriver, run the screw into the
threaded hole in the bar clamp as shown in figure G.
u Adjust to width of cut and tighten screw.
Circle Cutting (fig. H)
u Insert rip fence into slot on the right side of shoe plate with
cross bar facing up.
u Adjust rip fence so that distance from blade to hole in
cross bar is the desired radius and tighten screw.
u Place saw so that centre of hole in cross bar is over
centre of circle to be cut (make plunge cut, drill hole for
blade or cut inward from edge of material to get blade
u When saw is properly positioned, drive a small nail
through hole in cross bar into exact centre of circle to
u Using rip fence as a pivot arm, begin cutting circle.
Plunge Cutting (fig. I)
A plunge cut is an easy method of making an inside cut. The
saw can be inserted directly into a panel or board without first
drilling a lead or pilot hole. In plunge cutting, measure the
surface to be cut and mark clearly with a pencil.
Next tip the saw forward until the front end of the shoe sits
firmly on the work surface and the blade clears the work
through its full stroke. Switch the tool on and allow it to attain
maximum speed. Grip the saw firmly and lower the back
edge of tool slowly until the blade reaches its complete depth.
Hold the shoe flat against the wood and begin cutting. Do
not remove blade from cut while it is still moving. Blade must
come to a complete stop.
Your BLACK+DECKER tool has been designed to operate
over a long period of time with a minimum of maintenance.
Continuous satisfactory operation depends upon proper tool
care and regular cleaning.
u Regularly clean the ventilation slots in your tool using a
soft brush or dry cloth.
u Regularly clean the motor housing using a damp cloth. Do
not use any abrasive or solvent-based cleaner. Never let
any liquid get inside the tool and never immerse any part
of the tool into liquid.
Mains plug replacement (U.K. & Ireland only)
If a new mains plug needs to be fitted:
u Safely dispose of the old plug.
u Connect the brown lead to the live terminal in the
u Connect the blue lead to the neutral terminal.
Warning! No connection is to be made to the earth
terminal. Follow the fitting instructions supplied with
good quality plugs. Recommended fuse: 5 A.
Protecting the environment
Separate collection. Products and batteries
marked with this symbol must not be disposed of
with normal household waste.
Products and batteries contain materials that can be
recovered or recycled, reducing demand for raw materials.
Please recycle electrical products and batteries according
to local provisions. Further information is available at
Input voltage Vac
Power input W 520
No-load speed min-1
Max depth of cut
Wood mm 70
Steel mm 5
Aluminium mm 15
Weight kg 1.7
Level of sound pressure according to EN62841:
(sound pressure) 89 dB(A), Uncertainty (K) 3 dB(A)
(sound power) 100 dB(A), Uncertainty (K) 3 dB(A)
Vibration total values (triax vector sum) according to EN62841:
Cutting boards (ah, B
) 12.5 m/s2
, uncertainty (K) 1.5 m/s2
Cutting sheet metal (ah, M
) 12.6 m/s2
, uncertainty (K) 1.5 m/s2
EC declaration of conformity
BDjig520 - Jig Saw
Black & Decker declares that these products described
under “technical data” are in compliance with:
EN62841-1:2015 , EN62841-2-11:2016.
These products also comply with Directive 2006/42/EC,
2014/30/EU and 2011/65/EU. For more information, please
contact BLACK+DECKERBlack & Decker at the following
address or refer to the back of the manual.
The undersigned is responsible for compilation of the
technical file and makes this declaration on behalf of
Black & Decker.
Director – Consumer Power Tools
Black & Decker Europe, 270 Bath Road, Slough,
Berkshire, SL1 4DX
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