I just checked mine, JIC, but it's evidently too new and been fitted with a good (?) or should I say acceptable guard. There is a link for a FREE!!! manual download on the Emerson site that if you want a copy on the 'puter, you can request it - mine arrived about 30 seconds after the request vs the $15 plus shipping version from Sears that took several weeks in 2005 when I bought the saw used from a defunct wood working shop.
Quando omni flunkus, moritati (When all else fails, play dead - R Green)