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Forum topic by card9inal posted 10-02-2010 03:49 AM 1155 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2010 03:49 AM

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Hey guys and gals…

I inherited this table saw when I moved into our new house. (See video). I removed the blade because I wasn’t sure how sturdy this thing was or if there were any problems that might have been a disaster!

It’s old! It’s heavy!

Most of it is covered with a little bit of rust, but nothing major. The moisture you see on the table is some WD-40.

I sprayed the blade and the nut that held the blade on because it was pretty tight (from at least a few years of inactivity.) I was able to get the blade off of the table in a very bad way. I laid a piece of metal across the throat of the saw and wedged it into the teeth of the blade to give me some resistance of any kind. I know it wasn’t good for the blade, but I wasn’t too worried since I’ll replace the blade anyway.

Before I wedged the metal across the blade, whenever I’d turn the wrench to remove the nut, the entire blade rotated, as did the belts and the motor.

So my question is, what is the proper way to remove the blade (or tighten a new blade) with this kind of saw?


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#1 posted 10-02-2010 03:57 AM

Depending on whether the shaft nut is worn or not ,the way you described my be it. Otherwise two wrenchs.
Don’t think I would run it too long with that extention cords looks a little liteweight, could smoke the motor.

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 04:22 AM

If you use a piece of wood rather than metal it is much easier on the blade. This is how I had to lock my old Craftsman blade to remove the arbor nut.

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#3 posted 10-02-2010 04:30 AM

The nut on the shaft that the blade was on was not worn at all. It had just been a little stuck from a little corrosion with the washer that was on there. It wasn’t very hard to get it off. (the extension cord isn’t really that lightweight, but I also didn’t have the saw on too long.)

I’ll use wood next time (just had the right size piece of metal on the cart that it sat on).

Howie, where would I use the second wrench? Is there another nut on the shaft somewhere that I missed? I don’t know how else to keep the blade from turning besides wood!

There’s gotta be a good way to do it!

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 04:31 AM

I do what Scott Bryan does, use a piece of hardwood. You shouldn’t have to overtighten the blade when putting it on. The rotation of the blade will tighten itself when cutting.(Don’t get me wrong, you still need to snug up the blade, but no need to over tighten). Those are good old saws !

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 04:37 AM

So, no blade, where does most of the noise seem to be coming from? That seems to be awfully loud. If there is no provision for locking the shaft, I generally put on a box-end wrench and smite it (sort of like using a slugging wrench in reverse), carefully. That’s usually enough to loosen the nut without spinning the blade too much. If the shaft doesn’t lock, look for a provision for a wrench on it. Nowadays, you can see 1-1/4” wrenches, but on stuff that old, it might be a 5/8” or 3/4” open end wrench to lock the shaft.

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#6 posted 10-02-2010 04:45 AM

Atom, when I read your post, I thought it was interesting you said it was awfully noisy, because when I fired it up, it didn’t seem noisy to me at all, so I went back and listened to the video. Seems A LOT more noisy than I remember it being this afternoon. I shot it with an iPhone, with the microphone on the bottom of the phone, right above the motor, so it was probably just picking it up a lot louder than it really was.

I’ll look for another place to stick a wrench tomorrow, but I don’t remember seeing one…

If it doesn’t have one, the board might be the only way to do it, but I find that hard to believe!


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#7 posted 10-06-2010 01:24 AM

I just dug out a similar saw from my father’s old shop that is in a little better shape.

Used a block of wood wedged in to lock the saw blade in place, and had to put a pipe wrench on the belt pulley that is on the saw blade arbor, just to break the blade nut free.

I’m not sure if this is normal procedure, or just because they nut was overtightened.

Plan is to repower the saw, and make a little table for it, but it is VERY heavy and kind of a pain to move around for how small it is.

Well built though, which is why I am going to keep using it.

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