A circular saw is a handy tool for DIY work. It is easy to use and an essential tool to get many jobs done. With a sharp circular saw blade, cutting becomes as easy as water. But, like many other cutting tools, a circular saw blade will wear out and become dull at one point. This will result in unclean cuts and will put extra pressure on the motor.
But luckily for everybody, the good news is that the blade can be replaced in easy, simple steps. And this is exactly what we are going to see in this article. How often you need to change the blade actually depends on how much you use your saw. Also, what type of material that you are cutting plays a factor in wearing out your blade. For example, if you cut with your blade a lot of dense or rough type material then it will make your blade go dull more quickly. And you will have to replace your blade more often. But, if you cut simple wood that poses no threat to your blade at all then you are going to have to change the blade less often.
With all that being said, let us get to the main point of the article. Here are the important steps to change the blade of your circular saw:
- Different circular saw might vary in the procedure of changing the blade. That is why the instruction manual that you received with your saw is the best guide for you.
- Put the saw on an even surface. An uneven surface is going to make it troublesome for you to work. And you do not want that! You should not be bothered by anything when working. Because this job of changing the blade requires concentration.
- The difference in procedure might vary a little, but not that much. The very first thing you need to do is remove the battery. And if you have one with cord then unplug your saw. This is done to prevent accidentally starting the saw while changing the blade. As you can imagine, that would be devastating.
- Then move the blade guard aside or you can just remove the guard. This will give you access to the blade. You can use vice grips to hold the blade still for the next step. But, be careful and do not hold it too tightly. Because that might bend your blade.
- As you hold still the blade, unscrew the bolt. For unscrewing the bolt, you can use pliers. You can also use a wrench and it is better to use the wrench that came with your saw when you bought it.
- Some saws like table saws have arbor lock button to make the above step easier for you. Press the arbor lock button and keep rotating the blade. This will eventually keep the blade at complete halt, making it easy to remove the bolt. If there is no button, then you have to keep pressuring the saw down while unscrewing.
- Changing the blade is a great opportunity to clean the area which keeps hidden when the blade is on. So, wash out those little areas before putting in the new blade. You can use a soft brush to do this.
- Now, the new blade is to be put over the spindle. Do this with the teeth facing forward. And then get the screw and tighten it with your hand. Put back the guard at its initial position. If you have the arbor lock then release it now. Use a wrench to finish tightening.
- Remember to not tight the screw too hard. This might make it difficult to unscrew the next time you need to change.
Now that you know the way, start following these steps. With the brand new blade in, it will now be easier for you to finish your projects. And keep your motor healthy for more efficient work in the future.
These steps are as easy as they come. You don’t have to be an expert to change the blade of your circular saw. You can change the blade even if you have no past experience.