One of the most critical aspects of using any saw is knowing how to change its blade now and then. Cutting blades wear out. No matter how sturdy they are, no matter which material has been used to make them.
And the same goes for tile saws. You can’t really avoid changing its parts, no matter how hassle-some the process seems to be. That is why you should be fully acquainted with the task so that you can execute it properly each time.
After all, changing blades is also quite dangerous. It is such a part of the saw that it can cause you to get injured, so you should be fully cautious when changing it. But, without proper instructions, you can’t really be careful enough.
However, fret not. Read my review here to get all the information that you will be needing to get through the process of changing a tile saw blade.
Starting from when you should replace the blade to how you should carry the task out, we won’t miss out on anything. So, you can rely on all the information provided here, and start to change the blade right away!
When to Replace the Blade?
Before you change the blade, you need to be absolutely sure that it needs to be replaced. Otherwise, you might as well be throwing away a perfectly good blade that would have worked well for a few more sessions.
Generation of Unusual Noises and Vibrations
In general, tile saws generate loud noises while they are at work. And it’s absolutely normal for them to generate noises and vibrations. However, if you notice an unusually loud noise or exceptionally vigorous vibration, then the blade might need to be changed.
Chips and Cracks on Blade
One sign that you should never ignore under any circumstances is that of visible chips/cracks on a blade. In such a case, you should replace it immediately, or else, the blade might as well end up cracking completely during a task.
The Cutting Speed Slows Down
Sharp and intact diamond blades cut incredibly fast. So, if you notice that the speed of the blade has slowed down, then you should replace it.
Blade Fails to Cut Cleanly
If the blade ends up damaging the tiles or giving it an unclean cut, then you should not wait for the replacement. Surely, you wouldn’t want your tiles to be all damaged, so change the blade as soon as possible.
What Do You Need for the Process?
Changing the blade requires some preparation, as well as some instruments. So, we are here to discuss all the tools that you will be needing.
The blade is held by a nut on the saw. In order to open it, you will need an adjustable wrench, so it’s a must-have.
Usually, a box covers the blade. So, you will need a screwdriver to open the box.
Gloves and Eyewear
These are protective wears that will keep you safe from injuries and other hazards while you are replacing the blade.
A Step By Step Guide
Now that you are all prepared to replace the blade, it’s time for the actual process. We will be providing step by step guide for you so that you don’t miss out on anything important.
Remove the Cover
Before you replace the blade, you will notice that it has a protective cover over it. The cover is usually half or three-fourth of the blade’s length. Such covers usually have a hinge on them, which can be released to expose the blade.
You can simply release it to remove the blade. Or, your model of the saw might as well have a wing nut to hold the cover, you can remove it for the replacement of your blade.
Remove the Locking Nut
Take the adjustable wrench and loosen up the locking nut located right in the middle of the blade. After it has loosened up enough, remove the nut and the washer from the shaft as well.
To make sure you face no trouble during the process, turn the wrench in the counter-clockwise direction. In this way, the shaft will easily release the nut.
Remove the Blade
After you have removed the nut and the cover, removing the blade becomes absolutely simple. Just slide it off the shaft. Afterward, take it out of the thread.
And make sure you are doing so in your direction to avoid injuries or mismanagement. Also, keep the blade in a secure place after you have removed it successfully.
Attach the Replacement Blade
Now, unbox the replacement blade, and place it in the position of the previous one- that is, in the blade shaft. Be careful while you are at it so that the blade doesn’t end up cutting your hands.
Some models of blades mention the direction in which they should be installed. Check whether or not your one has a specific direction mentioned, and place the blade according to that.
Attach the Locking Nut
Put the locking nut and washer right back where they were. Use the adjustable wrench to tighten the nut appropriately. However, make sure not to overdo it, as that might cause damage to the machinery.
Attach the Cover
Now, place the cover back in the same way as it was with the previous blade. If a wing nut was used to secure it, then make sure to reattach it.
The process will seem a little hassle-some if you are a newbie. However, with time, once you get used to it, the task will not seem complicated or time-consuming anymore.
Though, even if you are a pro, don’t forget to follow all the instructions and precautions. Without proper precautions, working with such tools might get a little dangerous, especially when sharp blades are involved.
So, stay safe and determined to change your tile saw’s blades as swiftly and securely as possible!