How to change a table saw blade? The easiest way (step-by-step guide)

Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional woodworker, you must change your table saw blade occasionally. But uninstalling the blade is scary. Even though the blade is dull, it can give you a cut. It is risky to not change the blade appropriately. Make sure to change the blade according to the method prescribed by woodworking experts (especially if the blade is rigid). Here I will guide you on how to change the table saw blade most easily. 

The blade of any table saw, whether it is a high-end model or a cheap model, will become blunt over time and too soon if it is not sharpened from time to time. It should be sharpened every 10 to 20 days. We have not left you in the dark about how to sharpen your table saw blade. Click on the link to find out the ways to sharpen the table saw blade. 

However, if your blade is too blunt to sharpen, you definitely need to replace it, because the quality of work cannot be compromised.

Tools required to change the blade

Following tools are required to change the blade of the table saw.

  • An adjustable wrench. 
  • Another open-ended wrench
  • A wooden block
  • A new blade. 

How to change a table saw blade?

Read on to learn how to change the blade.  Follow these simple steps to change the blade easily:

Unplug the table saw

Before starting the process, make sure to turn off the power button. And also unplug the table saw for further security. You don’t want the table saw to start up while you’re changing out the blade. To prevent an accident, unplug the table saw switch from the wall socket.

Remove the blade guard

After unplugging the table saw, remove the blade guard. Each model of table saw has a different design for the blade. Therefore, you must refer to the manual for instructions on how to remove the blade guard.

Remove the throat plate

Unscrew the nuts on the throat plate and remove the throat plate so that you can see the blade clearly.

Remove the blade

After removing the blade guard and throat plate, the blade is clearly visible to you. Raise the blade to its highest point to make it easier to remove.  

Place a wooden block in front of the blade. Put it against the blade to prevent accidental spinning of the blade. 

Locate the nut and washer. Use two wrenches to unscrew the nut (these wrenches are usually included in the table saw accessories). Move the wrench in the direction of spinning (in a  counterclockwise direction).

Take the blade out of the table saw.

Install a new blade

Place a new blade on the table saw. Make sure that the teeth of the blade are facing you. Now place the nut and washer  and tighten them in a counterclockwise direction.

Replace the throat plate

After fixing nuts and washers, reinstall the throat plate and secure it with its screws.

Reinstall the blade guard

Replace the blade guard in the table saw in the same manner that it was removed.

Connect to the power supply

Connect the table saw’s switch to the power supply and turn on the power switch. 

Make a test cut to make sure the blade is changed properly. 

A summary of how to change the table saw blade

  • Unplug the table saw. 
  • Remove the blade guard and throat plate.
  • Raise the height of the blade.
  • Use two wrenches to unscrew the nuts and washers in a counterclockwise direction.
  • Remove the blade. 
  • Reinstall a new blade 
  • Replace the throat plate and blade guard.
  • Turn ON the power supply.  

How to change a rigid blade

Many of you face the issue of a rigid blade. The blade became rigid, making it difficult to unscrew its nuts, which began to rust on the blade. So many of you asked “how to change a rigid blade” and “what to do if the table saw blade gets rigid.”

To avoid this problem, I recommend that you maintain your table saw properly. If you want to know how to maintain a table saw, read our experts’ table saw maintenance checklist.”

I’ll walk you through the safest way to open a rigid table saw blade. Follow these simple steps:

  • Unplug the table saw. 
  • Remove throat plate
  • With any brush, apply some lubricating mineral oil to the blade, making sure all of the inner parts are properly lubricated.
  • Now use sandpaper to remove rust from the surface of the blade. (Be careful and don’t forget to wear your safety gloves.) 
  • Let the oil rest on the blade for a bit. 
  • After a few minutes, give it another shot. 
  • I’m hoping it’s now unscrewed. (or, repeat the above process if necessary).
  • After removing the blade, rag the blade with a scorching pad or sandpaper. 
  • Clean the blade with a towel.
  • Apply lubricant before reinstalling the blade. 

P.S. Remember that these steps are the same for any type of power saw.

Final words

I have written extensively on “how to change a table saw blade” and “how to change a rigid blade,” and I hope you find this article helpful. Kindly share your feedback in the comment section given below. 

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