Changing the blade of a Table saw is one of the easiest tasks if you have done it once. But for the newbies, it can be hectic. So, if you are someone how needs to change or replace his table saw blade, you are in the right place.
In this article, I am going to show you how can you do the task easily and efficiently with 10 simple steps.
The 10 Easy Steps to Change the Blade of a Table Saw:
- Get the equipment
- Turning Power Off
- Remove The Throat Plate And Blade Guard
- Raise The Blade
- Loosen The Arbor Nut
- Remove The Arbor Nut With Your Hands
- Remove The Blade And Replace With The New One
- Replace The Washer And The Arbor Nut
- Tighten The Arbor Nut
- Replace The Throat Plate And Blade Guard
Step 1: Get the equipment
First and foremost, get the following pieces of equipment.
- Replacement blade
- Allen or Hex Wrench
- A small block of wood
Step 2: Turning Power Off
Once you gathered the pieces of equipment its time to turn off the power source. This is a pivotal step for dealing with any kind of electronic device. Table saws could be deadly if you do not take care of the precautionary measures.
Step 3: Remove The Throat Plate And Blade Guard
As you have disconnected the Table saw from the power source, you should now remove the blade guard and throat plate. It is advisable that you check the owner’s manual for completing this task as there are different types of table saws are available in the market and the functionality of those table saws varies from one another. But in most cases, you should know what to do intuitively.
Step 4: Raise The Blade
Since you have completed the task of removing the blade guard and throat plate, you need to now elevate the blade at its topmost height, which will give you easy access to remove the blade.
Step 5: Loosen The Arbor Nut
In this step your task is to detached the arbor from the table saw blade. At the beginning unlatch the nut using the arbor. Secondly, use one wrench to grasp the blade firm and with another one put the arbor nut on the opposite side. There might be situations where you do not have the necessary wrenches, we have suggestions and tips for that as well at the end of this article.
Step 6: Remove The Arbor Nut With Your Hands
Sine you have loosened the arbor nut, now you should use your hands to remove the nuts. It is important to be meticulous in this step because the task seems very easy and a little touch of your hands on other parts of the saw may create a situation where the nuts into will fall into the table saws body. You also need to remove the washer with the nuts.
Step 7: Remove The Blade And Replace With The New One
The next steps include removing the blade, considering you have already removed the washer and the nut. Replace the old blade with a new blade. (It is important that you buy a good quality blade because you would not want to change the blade every other day). You need to make sure that the teeth of the blades are pointing at you not the other way around.
Step 8: Replace The Washer And The Arbor Nut
Now that you have set up a new blade, it is time to replace the arbor nut and the washer.
Step 9: Tighten The Arbor Nut
At this step, you need to use the previously described technique (STEP 5) to re-tighten the arbor nuts. If you have two wrenches at your disposal, use the same process: hold your blade firm with one wrench and another one to tighten the nuts.
Step 10: Replace The Throat Plate And Blade Guard
Last but not least, you need to replace the blade guard and throat plate. Congratulations you have successfully replaced and installed the saw in your Table Saw!
However, if you are stuck with a situation where you do not have the necessary wrenches, please follow the given advice.
- Use A typical Adjustable Wrench
- Use An Open-Ended Wrench
- Use A Block Of Wood
- Use A Blade Lock
- Use The Arbor Lock
Technique 1: Use A typical Adjustable Wrench
It is not outlandish to lose the wrench that comes with your table saw or maybe you did not even get a wrench with your table saw, so what do you do in those situations? First of all, get a pair of conventional wrench or a single piece and complete the task. And, second of all, you can always borrow!
Technique 2: Use An Open-Ended Wrench
An open-ended wrench can also be used if you are unable to find the pieces of the equipment described above.
Technique 3: Use A Block Of Wood
But what if you cannot find the second piece of wrenches, you can always use other objects which can avert the blade from spinning. A slice of wood or any other objects that are of similar sizes and strength. Use the wrench to release the arbor and the other object to uphold the blade.
Technique 4: Use A Blade Lock
You can also purchase a device named a Blade Lock from the market. As the name suggests blade lock; will block the blade, while with the wrench you can complete the loosening process.
Technique 5: Use The Arbor Lock
There are some small Table Saws that comes with an arbor lock function. This function comes with a button that stops the blade from spinning during the loosening process.
Safety Precautions During Replacing A Table Saw Blade
Read The Manual:
Table saws are different from one another in terms of the designs, so it is advisable that you read the manual so that you are aware of the different parts of the table saw.
Wear Hand Gloves:
Safety first! One of the overused terms everywhere but it still holds true. Although the process of changing the blade might seem frivolous you should still use wear hand gloves because no one can predict an accident.
Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, a table saw blade uses a high-powered blade, and it can last a long time if the user properly maintains it from time to time. On average, a standard table saw blade lasts up to 4-5 days if anyone continuously uses it on a single charge. But the number of performance hours may vary from product to product.
In terms of cutting small-sized woods, the table saw performs satisfactorily well and can make thinner shapes at any angle. But it is not ideal to use on larger wood and harder boards.
On the contrary, the panel saw can create depth and wider cuts on bigger plywood boards. In addition, the panel saw holds a slightly larger table compared to the regular table saw. In fact, the ultimate goal of both saws is to make valuable cuts, but their capabilities differ from one another.
A perfect table saw can easily make three different cuts. They are cross cut, ripping cut as well as a dado cut. Indeed, all types of cuts are capable of producing perfect results and extending versatility to all users.
A helpful Object – In particular when you have a great blade!
Finding a table saw in the house of a veteran carpenter or woodworking DIYers is very common because of the use and cuts. However, everyone would hate it, if it does not work properly. One of the reasons, that might make the table saw a hated object is a malfunctioned blade. The blade itself does the actual cut, so having a top-notch blade is of pivotal importance.
Only when you use a sharp blade, you get the desired cut- a top quality super smooth cut. As you might have understood that changing the blade is not that of a predicament, but you gotta do it from time to time for a supercut!
So, there you go! If you follow the article and act accordingly, you will not fail. And, we hope you do not have to read the article twice or for that matter, worry about changing the blade of your Table Saw anymore.