Circular saw blades are used to cut different types of materials like wood, brick, concrete, tiles and slate etc. There are different types of circular saw blades. You should make sure that you buy the right type. You should also make sure that it fits perfectly in your saw. Saw blades don’t belong to ‘one time purchase’ group. They tend to get worn out. Their life span depends on three main factors.
- The quality of the blade
- The frequency of usage
- The type of material you are cutting
The blades should be replaced from time to time to make sure that the saw cuts to its full ability.
When should you replace your circular saw blade?
- When it starts to tear the material unusually
- When it starts to bind
- When it starts to make an unusual sound
- When you have to apply your maximum effort to use the saw
- When it gets dull
- When it starts to burn wood
- When it starts to make the motor to slow down
If you notice one or more of the above signs, it is high time you change the saw blade. While buying a new saw blade you should make sure that you buy adjustable, splinter free, versatile and tough saw blades of high quality. If you want to know more details you can find them in ‘Saw Blades Only’.
What are the steps involved in replacing a circular saw blade?
- The first step is to disconnect the saw from power. What type of saw are you using? Is it a corded saw? Remove the cord from the electric outlet. Is it a battery operated saw? If so, remove the battery.
- Does your saw have a motor lock? Push the lock to secure the blade. Is there no motor lock in the saw? Use locking pliers to secure the blade or wedge the blade into a wooden piece.
- Unscrew the bolt in the opposite direction of blade’s rotation. When it starts to loosen you can complete full loosening using your fingers.
- Before installing the new blade, clean all accumulated dust.
- Now, position the new blade in the right direction on the arbor.
- Apply the washer again when the blade is in its place.
- Tighten the bolt.
You have successfully replaced the saw blade. You can proceed to enjoy your work.