Safely Adjust A Table Saw Blade Safely Adjust A Table Saw Blade

Know how to safely adjust your table saw blade to prevent injury or any damage to your tool or materials.

Blade Height

Your table saw should be approximately 1/8 of an inch higher than the thickness than the material you are cutting. If you place the blade closer, you run the risk of scorching and damaging the material you are cutting, splintering the wood or shattering your material.

To make this adjustment, find the round wheel on the front of the table saw. Turn the wheel to the right to raise the blade or to the left to lower it.

Hold a piece of material against the blade and turn the adjustment wheel until the blade is at the desired height. When you let go of the adjustment wheel, the blade will lock in place.

Blade Angle Adjustment

On the front of the tool, there is a knob that allows you to adjust the angle of the blade. Turn this knob to the left to set the angle of the blade and then turn to the right to lock it into place.

Changing the Blade

You may need to change the saw blade to work with a material other than wood or to create a different type of cut. When working with several different kinds of materials, you may replace or change out the blade several times through the project. To be efficient, attempt to cut all of the materials you will need with one blade before changing the blade out to work on another type of material.

  1. Turn the power off before you begin to work with the blade. Either unplug the saw or turn it off at the circuit breaker and then test the switch.
  2. Remove the blade guard by removing the two screws that hold it in place.
  3. Push a piece of wood against the blade to prevent it from turning as you remove it.
  4. Loosen the nut that holds the blade in place and remove the blade.
  5. Install the new blade, making sure that the cutting edge of the blade is facing outward toward the front of the table.
  6. Hand tighten the screw nut.
  7. Place a block of wood against the blade and secure the blade tightly in place with a wrench.
  8. Reinstall the blade guard.

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