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Forum topic by Betsy posted 11-29-2015 10:49 PM 516 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Betsy

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11-29-2015 10:49 PM

Things were going great – then bang – my blade in the jig saw broke. No big deal – happens all the time. But, of course, this time is different. The blade broke inside the clamp. The lower part of the blade just fell away, however, the part above the set screw is stuck in place. I’ve taken the set screw out all the way and have tried to jiggle it out and have used a small 4p nail to try to coax it out. No luck.

Any ideas on how to get the broken piece out?

Thanks in advance.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


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#1 posted 11-29-2015 10:53 PM

Blunt force with a punch and hammer on the housing (not the blade)? Magnet? Fine tipped tweezers? Paper clip bent onto a small hook? Get creative :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 11-29-2015 11:12 PM

Tried the paperclip before the 4p nail. Just tried an earth magnet I have – no luck. Tweezers, including needle nose – too big. I’m tempted to use a lubricant but all I have is an old can of WD-40 with no spray wand for directional spraying into such a small space. I’ve tried tapping the saw on the table to jiggle lose – no luck there either.

Think I’ll skip the hammer idea though :-).

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 11-29-2015 11:18 PM

For the tweezers, I wasn’t thinking of the normal ones like my wife uses :)

I have several pair of fine tipped tweezers, similar to this:

Which can get into some pretty tight spots! But I’m still thinking that if you can get something with a small enough hook, you should be able to grab the back end of it… the problem would be getting something small enough with a fine enough hook. Maybe something like 0.030 welding wire (or any sufficiently stiff wire), bent with a small hook and filed flat so it could fit between the clamp and end of the blade.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 11-29-2015 11:40 PM

Compressed air??

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Betsy

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 01:39 AM

Lew – tried the compressed air also, I think it shifted it a bit but not enough to come out.

Welding wire – pretty skinny stuff. That gives me an idea – I wonder if that little tool that has all the little slivers of metal to test openings of plugs (my Dad gave me one long ago, no idea why – but it’s in my glove box), I may be able to snip one small enough to wiggle in there. Not sure how small those are though. It’s raining 50 gallon drums of rain right this minute or I’d run to the car to get it out.

Brad – wish I had a pair of tweezers like that – but mine or more of your wife’s ilk! :-) HA!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 11-30-2015 01:55 AM

Something VERY THIN … like a thin bladed screwdriver. Try sliding it up in on BOTH SIDES of the broken piece. It might just be “jammed” in against one side.

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#7 posted 11-30-2015 03:37 AM

After making sure the blade clamp is loosened, try turning on the saw on high speed setting. There’s a good chance it will pop right out.

Don’t be looking at the blade holder end on when you do this, as it might not be good for your eye.

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builtinbkyn

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#8 posted 11-30-2015 03:44 AM

Apply the magnet to a new blade then insert it into the blade slot. See of you can extract it that way.

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 03:48 AM

I got it out. I ended up sanding a scrap down to almost nothing then putting a tiny piece of double sided tape on on it – took the tape off – which left a little sticky on the stick – put it in the slot, wiggled it around a little and out it pooped!

A lot of trouble for a tiny piece of metal stuck in the slot. But got it and can now finish my project!

Thanks for the ideas guys.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 11-30-2015 08:15 AM

Just as a side note – don’t be so tough on that jig saw ;) if you’re
breaking blades it’s telling you something ;)

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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Betsy

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#11 posted 12-01-2015 01:58 PM

Not tough on the saw. Blades break – don’t think I was doing anything wrong – blades just break sometimes – fact of shop life.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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