How would I tighten my table saw blade?

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Robert Stockwell

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03-01-2017 04:27 PM

I have a Freud 60mm by 28-Teeth motorized table saw blades, but it doesn’t t work very well because the saw wobbles terribly. How would I tighten table saw blade?

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#1 posted 03-01-2017 04:40 PM

Danger…Are you saying the blade is bent or you cant get the blade to tighten? Do not use it like that Robert.

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#2 posted 03-01-2017 04:42 PM

You might be missing a blade collar that goes between the blade and the retainer nut. Without it you will never be able to safely use the saw.

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#3 posted 03-01-2017 04:49 PM

I’m going to guess that’s a 160MM blade (6+”), if true can you explain a little more about what saw it’s on. As mentioned, in the meantime do not use it.

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#4 posted 03-01-2017 04:51 PM

Unplug it, take it apart and please post pictures of all the parts.

Great advice above

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#5 posted 03-01-2017 09:49 PM

I agree with the others—we need more information before we can diagnose the problem. Please provide pictures of your saw and specifically the arbor (place where saw blade is attached). If you could include a video or provide a link that would help too.

Are you sure the problem is not with the saw blade? Inspect the blade to see if it is bent or has damaged/broken/missing teeth.

I think it’s typical that a saw blade connects to an arbor that might look like the picture below:

If your arbor is damaged in some way (e.g. damaged threads, excessive bearing run-out, missing parts, etc.) this might account for your inability to tighten the saw blade and/or the wobble you are experiencing.

Unplug your saw before removing or installing the saw blade.

To tighten a saw blade on my old Jet contractor saw, I use a scrap of wood—lightly wedged at the back of the blade—to keep the blade from spinning while I tighten the nut on the arbor. I use one hand to hold the wood scrap (blade holder) and the other to tighten the nut with the supplied wrench. Don’t use any more force on the blade holder than is necessary to keep the blade from spinning. There is no need to get the nut extremely tight. The reverse threading will ensure that it does not loosen while spinning.

The threads on the arbor are reverse threaded—turn the nut RIGHT to loosen and LEFT to tighten.

I hope that helps.

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#6 posted 03-02-2017 01:10 AM

Put a matchbook under one leg.


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#7 posted 03-02-2017 01:16 AM

Thats funny ^

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#8 posted 03-02-2017 12:31 PM

Robert Stockwell,

Assuming the table saw is an American saw with an imperial arbor and the saw does not “wobble” with other saw blades…

Since the blade is metric, perhaps the arbor hole on the blade is also metric and thus fits sloppy on the Imperial arbor. If this is the problem, then a properly sized bushing would be required to run the blade but I doubt having luck finding the right sized bushing. If this is the case, running the metric Freud blade on the Imperial saw would be a bad idea.

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#9 posted 03-08-2017 11:28 AM

Thanks JBrow

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#10 posted 03-08-2017 11:33 AM

Thank you all so much for the replies. Greatly appreciate your help.

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