No one can imagine a woodworker’s workshop or garage without a table saw. For woodworking projects, a table saw can be a versatile tool to provide you with repeatable and accurate cuts.
To get the best cutting result, you need to use the best blade for your table saw. And, this arises the need to change the blade of your table saw over time to time.
Therefore, you need to have a complete idea about how to change the table saw blade without a wrench.
For a newbie, changing the blade of a table saw can be quite challenging. In fact, this blade-changing procedure can be frustrating if you don’t know the right method for changing the table saw blade.
This is why I have come up with a comprehensive discussion on the right procedure to follow for changing the blades of a table saw.
In this article, I will be sharing a step-by-step guideline so that you can get a clear concept of what you have to do for changing the blade of a table saw.
Simultaneously, I will mention all kinds of safety precautions you need to make while doing this work of changing the blade of a table saw.
Let’s jump into our discussion….
How to Change Table Saw Blade Without Wrench? Step By Step Guideline
As I am going to discuss all the steps in detail, this can be a long discussion. I have divided the entire guideline into specific sections and sub-sections to make everything easier for you to understand.
To make the most out of it, you have to put your full concentration while reading the following discussion.
When Should You Change The Blade?
Before I begin this discussion about the table saw blade changing procedure, it is essential to tell you when you should change it.
As I have already mentioned, a table saw is an essential and versatile tool in a woodworking shop. For its multifunctional capabilities, you can use the tool for a variety of woodworking projects. And this can cause different types of problems over time.
For example, the table saw blade could lose its sharpness, or the teeth of the blade may lose their quality, and similar other problems can occur to the table saw blade. In that case, you can definitely sharpen the table saw blade.
However, some table saw blades would become obsolete after a certain period. This is when you definitely need to take a step to change the blade of the table saw.
Step 1. Turning the Power Off
Whenever you deal with any power tool, it is important to give the primary focus on safety. A power tool like a table saw or circular saw is pretty dangerous if you do not handle them the right way (meaning without taking any safety precautions).
Hence, at the very beginning, you have to make sure the power switch or connection of the table saw is turned off. In fact, you have to unplug the power cable of the table saw from the socket board (to be on the safest side).
Doing this will completely keep your table saw away from any kind of power source. And this is what you need to maintain the highest level of safety while changing the table saw blade.
Always keep in mind that it is always better to be SAFE than SORRY.
Step 2. Removing the Covering Plate
All woodworkers know the fact that table saws come with varieties of designs. If you are a newbie, it might be difficult for you to identify the blade plate of your table saw.
The better approach to make in this case is to check the user manual of the table saw thoroughly. This will help you to find out the blade plate easily and quickly.
For most table saws, the blade plate can usually be found at the bottom part of the power tool. You will find there around 2 screws for placing the blade plate securely over the blade. You just need to unscrew those screws and take the metal plate out of that place.
Now keep the screws and metal plate at a safe place as you will need them while reassembling the table saw blade.
Step 3. Removing the Blade
When you are done with the metal plate out of the table saw, it is time to remove the saw blade. It will be best for ease of removal if you can raise the tool to as high as you can. You will find an arbor there, which is mainly responsible for holding the table saw blade.
Hence, you have to take out the arbor nut first in order to remove the table saw blade.
This is when you will need the wrench provided by the manufacturer with the table saw the package. For this case, I will assume that you don’t have access to the arbor wrench.
So, here I will explain some ways that you can follow to tackle this situation correctly:
The easiest way you can follow is to use a regular wrench instead of the manufacturer’s arbor wrench. In this case, a wrench that helps make nut adjustments will work just fine.
For removing the tale saw blade, you can also use one of those open-handed wrenches. If you have one of such kind, you can make use of that wrench.
However, if you don’t have the wrench, you can simply use a wooden block to keep the table saw blade in its usual place. Doing this will stop the movement of the blade while loosening the arbor nut.
For this purpose, you can also use a blade lock. This will also work just fine.
In some smaller table saw models, there is a separate function called the ‘arbor lock’. Using this option will do the same.
Simultaneously, there’s another way to lose the arbor nut, which is using a pair of pliers. You can use the plier to loosen the arbor nut initially and then use your fingers to untighten the nut completely.
But this procedure involves some risk of facing some unwanted accidents. So, I would recommend you to wear rugged work gloves to have the best safety precautions.
Step 4. Attaching the New Blade
Now, simply put the new table saw blade in the exact position where the older blade was placed. While placing the new blade, you have to be very careful to ensure that the new blade is placed on the older blade’s exact same position.
Depending on the condition of the arbor nut and washer, you can also change them if needed.
If every element is properly fit, start tightening them. When you screw them back, you have to follow the clockwise rotation.
A table saw is one of the versatile and most useful tools in the workshop of any woodworker. You can perform a wide range of woodworking projects with this one power tool – the table saw.
Hence, it is essential to have a clear knowledge of how to change the table saw blade without a wrench.
In the above discussion, I have made a step-by-step discussion on how you can change the table saw blade with clear and specific instructions.
I hope this will work as a complete guideline when you don’t have a wrench to change the blade of your table saw.
Still, if you face any problem while changing the table saw blade, you can comment below.
At the same time, if you have any kind of questions regarding table saws, you can send me a message.
I will surely extend my helping hand to assist you in the best possible way.
This is all I have planned to share with you this time.