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Theres a Better Way


A Quick Circular-Saw Blade Change

comments (5) December 13th, 2013 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 1:05
Produced by: John Ross and Chuck Miller


If you need to change out the saw blade on your circular saw, you could fumble around with a blade stop and look for a wrench that barely fits the nut and probably bust your knuckles in the process, but there's a better way.

This tip is so smart that most of us are going to wonder why we didn't think of it. Here's what to do:
Grab your imact driver (most cordless tool kits have one these days), put in a socket-wrench adapter with the correct size socket for your saw-blade bolt, and fire away. NOTE: be sure you know which way your bolt is threaded--if the blade is on the left side of the saw and it spins counterclockwise, the bolt will loosen by turning to the right.

That's all there is too it, folks. You don't even have to block the blade to keep it from turning.

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Comments (5)

ChipMurdock ChipMurdock writes: Not advisable. The "impact" that the impact "driver" (which is actually a misnomer for the cordless power tool in the video) delivers can easily damage the saw's internal gears...ask me how I know. Repairing power tools for a few years taught me a thing or two about what they'll stand and this is a really bad thing to do to your saw. Use the spindle lock and supplied wrench (which often fits right into a holder on the saw)
Posted: 2:20 pm on December 30th

TIMOTHYPATRICK TIMOTHYPATRICK writes: I also just remembered you could use the wrench you can see at the back of the handle on that saw. I've got three of them.

Posted: 10:10 am on December 27th

TIMOTHYPATRICK TIMOTHYPATRICK writes: Thats a nice 10 year old circular saw thats never been used.

Posted: 10:07 am on December 27th

BlackDogCarpentry BlackDogCarpentry writes: Dangerous if you use worm drive saw. If the bolt is over tightened the saw can kickback if the blade binds in the cut.
Posted: 9:35 pm on December 24th

marcjb marcjb writes: Hmmm. Fabulous? Just another way. Not worth the hype.
Posted: 8:58 pm on December 16th

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