One of the most commonly used tools for woodworking projects is a table saw. The tool is a versatile choice for a wide range of projects. It is also a good choice for making accurate and repeatable cuts. However, if you will need your table saw to serve you well; you will want to ensure that it is well maintained. Part of the routine maintenance of a table saw is to replace the blade. Therefore, at one point or the other, you will need to remove the blade and replace it.
Fortunately, the majority of the table saw manufacturers include a set or wrench for changing the blade. Changing the blade without a wrench can be risky and we don’t encourage it. However, you might have an emergency you want to solve and need to change the table saw blade. This is why we have created this guide on how to change the table saw blade without a wrench.
When should I replace my table saw blade?
Like any other commonly used woodworking tool, there is no doubt that an issue will arise with your tale saw. With time, the quality of the blade will decline. While you can still sharpen the blade, some blades will have exceeded their useful lives and will no longer continue functioning. When you see your blade start to erupt, you will need to check if it requires repair or replacement.
To change the blade, you will need several tools such as:
- Replacement blade
- Hex or Allen wrench
- Small wooden block
Steps in changing the saw blade without a wrench
Here are the steps in changing your table saw blade
Turn off power
When handing any power tool, one of the most important considerations is safety. When handled the wrong way, the table saws blade can be very dangerous. This is why you need to ensure that you switch off the power of your table saw. To be completely safe, ensure that you have completely unplugged it from the power outlet. Allow it to cool down so that the power is completely drained from the unit. Therefore, you will want to take the necessary precaution without neglecting the unit.
Remove the blade’s cover
There are different designs of table saws. And, therefore, how you identify the blade plate will differ. You will therefore want to check your tool’s manual to understand where the blade is located. In most instances, it is usually located on the bottom part of the tool. You will notice two screws that are used to secure the plate. All you need to do is to loosen the screw and remove the metal plate. Keep it safely as you will use it later when reassembling your tool.
Ejection of the blade
To remove the blade, you will want to raise it to the maximum level. The arbor is the part that holds the blade. To protect you will want to remove the arbor nuts before you proceed. This is where the wrench provided by the manufacturer will be helpful. But now that you don’t have it, there are several ways you can handle the situation.
One of the methods is to use the regular wrench. The one that helps you to make adjustments will also work well. If you don’t have a wrench that can help to maintain the blade in its location, you can try using a wooden block. This will ensure that no wedging teeth are turning. Therefore, the wrench can only be used to loosen the arbor nut.
It can also be helpful to get a blade lock for a similar reason. In smaller table saw versions, the arbor lock also functions similarly. You can use pliers to loosen the nuts a bit and then untighten using your hands. This can be risky and you need to wear some robust safety gloves.
After you have completed getting out the screws, move to the washer and remove it too. Finally, you can remove the blade and put it aside.
Installing the new blade
It’s time to install the new blade in the previous location. Ensure that this is placed in the same way the earlier blade was installed. The blade’s teeth will often face you when you are working. Ensure that this doesn’t face in the opposite direction. If the arbor nuts and washers are damaged, you can replace them.
Put everything back in place
Use screwdrivers to install everything in place and tighten securely. When screwing, you will need to do that in a clockwise direction and then anticlockwise. Ensure that everything is back to the original point. You can now plug the saw into the power outlet. Find out if the blade is running in the right method. In case of any challenges, disassemble everything to find out the cause and then solve it.
When tightening nuts or screws, you should avoid overdoing it. This is because it will result in a jam for the replacement.If you find that the table saw is acting weirdly after replacement, there may be something wrong. You may need to seek professional help.
We have illustrated how to change the blade of the table saw without a wrench. However, the best way to replace it safely is with a wrench. This is why manufacturers include this handy tool. So, you should not take the above guidelines as the norm.