If you work with chop saws often, you know how useful they can be when you need to cut through tough materials. However, you probably also know how quickly the blades can be dulled if you use your chop saw on a regular basis. Because of this, it is vital to know how to change a blade out quickly and safely to avoid damaging your equipment or hurting yourself. The steps you need to take will vary depending on what type of chop sw you’re working with, but all of these procedures are fairly straightforward and easy to manage.
How to Change Blade on Dewalt Sliding Miter Saw
Regardless of which saw you’re working with, you’ll want to start by unplugging the machine. Even though the machine should be unable to function while turned off, you don’t want to take any chances. It can be surprisingly easy to turn the machine on while you’re trying to change the parts. Once the machine is off, you can start the process of changing out the saw blades.
You’ll want to start by putting the blade in the highest position that you can. Once you’ve done this, raise the blade guard up. Find the bracket screw and loosen it (two screws should be plenty). Now you should be able to raise the guard up higher. Lift it up as high as you can.
Now that the blade guard is out of the way, you’ll want to work on the spindle lock. You can get to it by rotating the blade with your hand slowly and looking on the right hand side of the blade for the spindle lock button. Once you’ve found it, push it all the way in. When you’ve done this, your blade should be locked in place.
While you hold the spindle lock down, you should be able to work with the rest of the bolts and pieces to remove the blade. You’ll be able to use a specialized tool that came with the machine to do this. Work on removing the arbor bolt and the outer washer. Set them to the side so you can pick up quickly and move on to changing out the saw blades.
Remove the old blade carefully and put the new blade onto the arbor. Make sure the teeth on the blade are facing towards the back of the saw. Once you’ve gotten the new blade on the arbor, you can work to retighten the arbor bolt and the washer you removed. Once you’ve done this, slowly let go of the spindle blade and lower the blade guard back down.
Tighten the bracket screw again and then lower the guard down the rest of the way. Now you’re done! Once you’ve checked to make sure that all of these steps have been completed properly, you can make a test cut with the saw to make sure it’s working properly. Just be sure to take all of the safety precautions that you normally would and you’ll be back on track to getting your work done.
How to Change Dewalt Circular Saw Blade
Changing out a circular saw blade is largely similar to changing out a miter saw blade. To start with you’ll again, want to unplug the machine to ensure your safety. Next, you’ll need to rotate the blade forward until the locking mechanism is in place. Once you’ve done this you’ll be ready to move on to the main part of the job. You’ll start by finding the arbor bolt again and loosening it as well as the washer.
Once you’ve done this and removed both pieces, you can lift the blade guard and gently slide the old blade off the machine. Then, simply slide the new blade on and retighten the parts you removed. Once you’ve determined that everything fits into place properly, make a test cut with the new blade. After that, you’ll be ready to get back to your regular work load.
How to Change Blade on Dewalt Reciprocating Saw
As with the other two saw types, the first thing you’ll want to do when changing your reciprocating saw blades is make sure that it is disconnected from your power source. This will ensure that it is safe for you to proceed with your work. You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve purchased the right kind of blades.
Do this by matching your saw’s model number to the number on the blade package. It is extremely important that you do this. Even though it is possible to fit other blade types into your saw, it is dangerous. Doing this could cause harm to you or irreversible damage to your saw.
To start, find a flat surface to work on – like a work bench. Set your saw on it’s side and grab an Allen wrench. Place a firm grip on your saw and then put the Allen wrench into the hex nut. Turn the wrench counter clockwise to loosen it, then remove the hex nut completely and set it to the side.Now you need to work on pulling the old blade free of the housing.
Be careful when you do this. If it seems to be stuck in tight, you can try to use lubricant spray to make it easier to pull out. If it is still difficult to work with after spraying the device, try using tools (like a pair of pliers) to pull it out. This will help you maintain control over the blade and minimize the chances of you being hurt. Once you’ve gotten it out, set the old blade to the side.
Once you’ve removed the old blade, you can work on getting the new blade into the housing. Remove the new blade from the packaging and put it into the blade housing with the blades facing upwards. Make sure that it is in the housing securely.
Once you’ve done this, you can grab the hex nut that you set to the side earlier and put it back in place. Take the Allen wrench and work on tightening it again. Once the hex nut is tight again, you should be ready to go! Plug the device in again and make a test cut. If there seems to be a problem, make the necessary adjustments and continue to make test cuts until you get the desired result.