The table saw is one of the essential tools a carpenter needs for his woodwork projects. It is used not just at building work sites but also at home workspaces.
For a carpenter or anyone who uses a table saw to work efficiently and effectively, he must know how to change the saw blade when necessary.
So we shall be dashing through the materials needed and the steps involved in changing saw blades.
To change the table saw blades, there are a few materials that are needed. They are;
- A new table saw blade (the type of blade gotten would depend on the project to be done)
- A small block of wood
- A screwdriver
- An Allen or Hex wrench(or key)
Steps To Change the Blade
- Be Sure To Turn the Power Off
Before you do anything, it is necessary that the power is turned off. This is to ensure your safety from the blade. Turning off the switch might not be satisfactory as mistakes can happen and cause irreversible accidents. Unplugging the saw from the wall socket would be safer.
- Take Off the Blade Guard
Once you have switched off the power, the next step is to locate the blade guard. This is usually the plate of metal located at the top surface of the table saw. The location of the guard is universal and uniform across most types of table saws.
The blade guard is usually kept in place with two screws, which are located at both sides of the saw, that is, the front and the back. Once they are found, the screws should be loosened, and then the guard/plate should be removed.
- Remove the Blade
To remove the blade, you would have to move it to its highest position. Next, you should use the block of wood to support the blade to prevent it from falling off. Using the wrench, take off the nut and washer. The nut is removed by rotating the nut in the counter-clockwise reaction. Then take off the blade and keep aside.
- Install the new blade
Once the old blade has been removed, you can now fasten the new blade. To do this, ensure that the teeth of the blade to be fixed face the front of the saw. Then rotate the nut in a clockwise direction making use of the wrench.
- Reinstall the Blade Guards
After the new blade has been installed, you have to reinstall the blade guards and ensure they are appropriately fastened to the blade to help keep it intact and in place.
- Reconnect the Power
Remember we started this whole process by switching off the power? Yes, at this point where the new blade and the blade guards have been installed, you can now switch the power back on.
You do not have to be a professional to be able to change table saw blades. You only need to get the relevant materials needed, follow to the letter every one of the steps provided above and most importantly, ensure that you are protected.