A table saw is a power tool used in carpentry to cut wood. The blade projects up through the table and cuts by pulling it down against the timber under pressure while cutting along a circular path or an elliptical shape. It has a large rotating plate called a “table” with an open slot for the blade so that when you press down on this handle just below the edge, it will move down and slice into your piece of wood. The other central part of the saw is that tall vertical metal post with handles at either side near where you stand – this is called the “fence.”In this article, I will discuss how to change table saw blade without arbor wrench.
What is An Arbor Wrench?
An arbor wrench is a tool used to tighten and loosen the blade on your table . It has a square hole that fits solidly over the shaft of the arbor, through which you can turn the edge to tighten or loosen it. There are several types of wrenches: A crescent wrench will do the trick, as long as it fits snugly over the arbor. The problem is that crescent wrenches tend to slip, which can lead to dangerous accidents. A better choice is a wrench explicitly made to mount and remove table saw blades.
A Detailed Stepwsie Guide on How to Change Table Saw Blade Without Arbor Wrench:
Make sure the table saw is unplugged. Raise the blade until it clears the tabletop. Remove all of the riving knife, splitter, and guard assembly. This is for safety reasons! Who wants to lose their extremities (or life!) while trying to change a blade? Only use this saw if you are confident that no parts will fall on your feet or torso when not in use.
Remove both bolts holding the guard system in place. Once removed, move guard aside for now (putting away for safekeeping). Do not operate without a guard in the area! You can quickly lose limbs or die by doing so. Instead, put them somewhere safe as they come in handy later.
Remove the cap screws on the back of the arbor assembly. Be sure to hold onto them as they are small and will not be used again. Once removed, you can now slide the old blade off of the arbor. Be sure to put your riving knife & splitter system back in place before proceeding unless you want to lose a limb!
Before replacing with a new blade, use this opportunity to clean out sawdust from under the table around the throat plate. You’d be surprised how much dust can accumulate in just one week! If you don’t have a shop vac or compressed air, then I recommend getting it. But make sure power is completely turned off!!
Replace with a new blade and align teeth at a 90-degree angle with the table surface.
Replace arbor assembly (cap screws) and tighten securely.
Now you can replace the guard system. Tighten bolts firmly so they are not too loose, but do not overtighten as it may cause distortion or strip bolt holes leading to a useless part! Be sure to check them every time the saw is used if your hand slipped during tightening.
Plugin saw and test blade alignment by running a blank piece of material through the throat plate. It should be smooth sailing with no snagging or binding. If it doesn’t cut easily, you will need to adjust your blade height to compensate for the snagging. This all depends on what you are missing, but if it’s still not easy, another reason may be an obstructed throat plate that should be replaced if this is the case.
Enjoy smooth cuts with a clean-cut line! Good luck!
Precautions While Changing Table Saw Blade Without Arbor Wrench:
1. Always wear goggles or safety glasses while performing any sawing operations. Safety glasses should be non-vented and have side shields, if available. Make sure the blade guard is in place before sewing to avoid serious injury.
2. Keep your finger away from the saw blade at all times – use push sticks when necessary for power saws having an exposed or free spinning blade; power saw blades are dangerous!
3. Never start up a table saw without checking the lower guard, splitter (if required), and spreader (if equipped). Check to make sure that they operate correctly, arm moving freely, teeth pointed for also, make, etc. Make particular the rip fence is positioned correctly and securely mounted so it will not damage the blade at any time.
4. When cutting thin stock, place a block on the opposite side of the fence before sawing to avoid thin pieces shooting back at you.
5. If ripping thin stock, use a feather board to hold it against the fence and provide better control when feeding it through the table saw blade.
6. Never rip by pushing the material to be cut through the table saw blade – this will cause a kickback, resulting in serious injury.
7. Always unplug the table saw before installing or adjusting accessories or changing blades orbits, etc., or before lifting or moving it.
I hope this article has offered you all the necessary information regarding how to change table saw blade without arbor wrench. Also, ensure all the precautionary measures while you are fixing the table saw. Thank you and have a nice day!
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