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Forum topic by ramone posted 05-04-2015 06:08 PM 688 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ramone

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05-04-2015 06:08 PM

Hello,

I have an old, not used much, Craftsman circular saw. Recently the blade guard has stopped lifting up as i push into the cut. I don’t see anything stuck in the bottom to block it. It’s not really safe to use right now since I have to lift the guard to expose the blade into the cut.

Any suggestions for troubleshooting/repair?

Thanks …


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Dallas

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#1 posted 05-04-2015 07:30 PM

Unplug it, pull the shoe off, pull the blade off, pull the guard off.

Suppose to be a spring to help the guard return. It’s also possible old sawdust has built up behind the guard, clean it out.

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 09:18 PM

Yep, probably just full of crud, needs a good cleaning.

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 09:35 PM

A good cleaning cures a lot of problems :) However, I always lift the guard before starting a cut anyway… sometimes that stupid thing will catch or bind when starting and ruin the cut. YMMV.

Also, I never really considered them a safety device, and could easily do without one… the only benefit I see is that once you are done with your cut, you can set the saw down without the blade grinding the pavement as it’s spinning down!

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 05-04-2015 11:32 PM

... thanks fellas … i appreciate the insight … and have set up a date … in my mind … to get intimate with my saw … and since i’m relatively inexperienced with a circular saw i was wondering if anyone knows of a good how-to for a DIY tuneup …

... i found this to get started … which got me thinking … ‘oh right … oil : / ‘

... if i was as good with girls as i am with tools … i wouldn’t be married … but i’m trying …

http://homefixated.com/circular-saw-maintenance-tips/

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#5 posted 05-04-2015 11:33 PM

... thanks fellas … i appreciate the insight … and have set up a date … in my mind … to get intimate with my saw … and since i’m relatively inexperienced with a circular saw i was wondering if anyone knows of a good how-to for a DIY tuneup …

... i found this to get started … which got me thinking … ‘oh right … oil : / ‘

... if i was as good with girls as i am with tools … i wouldn’t be married … but i’m trying …

http://homefixated.com/circular-saw-maintenance-tips/

http://www.finewoodworking.com/tool-guide/video/tuning-up-a-circular-saw.aspx

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#6 posted 05-05-2015 11:22 AM

DO you have an air compressor (or at least access to one?)

Spray some WD40 up in the guard, dont be shy, just spray the heck out of it. Let soak in for a bit and then start blasting it with the air hose. Work the guard open and close manually a few times and repeat.

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Ghidrah

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#7 posted 05-05-2015 03:17 PM

Sometimes the spring can break and jamb the guard. If the guard doesn raise you might have to hammer it up enough to clear way for the blade removal

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#8 posted 05-06-2015 04:05 AM

If you need to replace any parts, eReplacementParts.com is your friend. Hope any parts you need are still available. Being a Craftsman product, Sears likely has the parts, too.

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