Step 1: Safety First
Before we begin, it’s important to remember that safety should always come first. Make sure the saw is unplugged and the blade is completely stopped before attempting to change it. Wear protective gloves to prevent any injury from the sharp blade.
Step 2: Remove the Blade Guard
The blade guard is the plastic cover that protects the blade. To remove it, locate the lever or button on the saw that releases it. Push or pull the lever to release the blade guard and then lift it off of the saw.
Step 3: Loosen the Blade Bolt
Using the wrench that came with your saw, loosen the blade bolt by turning it counterclockwise. Be sure to hold the blade in place with your other hand to prevent it from turning as you loosen the bolt.
Step 4: Remove the Blade
Once the bolt is loose, you can remove the blade. Carefully lift it up and off of the saw. Be sure to take note of the direction of the teeth on the blade, so you can install the new blade correctly.
Step 5: Install the New Blade
To install the new blade, simply reverse the steps you took to remove the old blade. Place the new blade onto the saw, making sure the teeth are facing in the correct direction. Tighten the blade bolt by turning it clockwise with the wrench.
Step 6: Reattach the Blade Guard
Once the new blade is securely in place, you can reattach the blade guard. Simply slide it back into place and secure it with the lever or button you used to release it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need any special tools to change the blade on my Dewalt mitre saw?
A: No, you should have received a wrench with your saw that is specifically designed to loosen and tighten the blade bolt.
Q: How often should I change the blade on my Dewalt mitre saw?
A: This will depend on how often you use your saw and the types of materials you are cutting. As a general rule, you should replace the blade when it becomes dull or damaged.
Q: Can I sharpen the blade on my Dewalt mitre saw instead of replacing it?
A: While it is possible to sharpen saw blades, it’s not recommended for mitre saw blades. Mitre saw blades are made from carbide-tipped teeth, which are difficult to sharpen properly.
Changing the blade on your Dewalt mitre saw is a simple process that can be done in just a few minutes. With the proper tools and safety precautions, you can keep your saw running smoothly and make precise cuts every time. Remember to always wear protective gloves and keep the saw unplugged while changing the blade.