Changing the Blade

Steps

Step One
Step One

Move any parts that are in the way.

Unplug the saw and move the blade guard out of the way. On many saws the guard mechanism partially covers the bolt that holds the blade in place. Loosen and move the part out of the way as recommended by the manufacturer. On this saw you loosen a screw and then slide the mechanism up and towards the rear.

Step Two
Step Two

Lock and loosen.

Press the spindle lock to lock the blade in place. Turn the bolt clockwise - opposite the normal direction - to loosen and remove it. Remove the outer blade washer and the blade. Leave the inner blade washer in place. Wipe a drop of oil on the surfaces of the blade washers that touch the blade.

Step Three
Step Three

Put on the blade and tighten.

Put the blade on the saw so that the teeth point down. Putting the blade on with the teeth facing in the other direction can result in serious injury. Put the outer blade washer in place. Turn the bolt counterclockwise until it is snug, plus another 1/8 to 1/4 turn. Reassemble the saw.

Things to Consider

Cutting warped stock safely

Cutting warped stock

Cutting warped stock safely

Place warped stock so it curves away from the fence or away from the table. If you don't, the board will pinch the blade at the end of the cut, and could throw the board violently across the room.

 

Cutting warped stock safely

Checking the bevel for accuracy

Check the bevel cut for accuracy by making a perpendicular cut on the thickest board the saw will handle. Butt the ends together and turn one of the pieces upside down. If you see a gap, the saw is not making a square cut. To adjust the cut, loosen the bevel lock knob and turn the saw so you can loosen the lock nut, shown above the wrench in the inset. Turn the bolt up or down as needed. Put the saw back in position for a perpendicular cut, tighten the bevel lock knob, and make another test cut. Repeat the process as necessary. When you're satisfied with the settings, tighten the lock nut against the saw housing. Adjust the pointer as needed.

 

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