There’s nothing more frustrating than when your circular saw blades go dull in the middle of a project. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to change the blade on the Ridgid circular saw so you can get back to work as quickly as possible.
I’ll also discuss some of the things you need to consider when choosing a new blade. So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced DIYer, read on for tips and advice on changing circular saw blades.
How To Change Blade On Ridgid Circular Saw?
Here are some steps to change the blade
Prepare your work area
Before you start working on the saw you should ensure that your work area is clear. Then, unplug the saw from its power source and place it down on a sturdy surface.
Remove the blade guard
The first thing you need to do when changing circular saw blades removes the blade guard assembly so you have access to the blade. Make sure to keep the blade guard assembly somewhere safe so it doesn’t get damaged while you’re working on replacing the saw’s blade.
Once all screws have been removed, carefully remove the blade guard from the rest of the circular saw and place it to one side.
Unscrew and remove the old blade
Now that the blade is exposed, use a pair of pliers or a crescent wrench to unscrew and detach it from the saw’s arbor bolt. Remember: when removing a circular saw blade always place it down onto a shop cloth or disposable surface so you don’t damage any surfaces or seriously injure yourself in the process. Once you’ve removed your old circular saw blade, make sure to clean away any debris.
Remove the blade guard from the rest of the circular saw and place it to one side.
When you’ve finished cleaning the surface where your old blade was secured, it’s time to install the replacement. Apply a thin layer of WD-40 inline with the circular saw’s arbor bolt threading to help prevent any rust or obstruction during installation. Then slide the new circular saw blade onto the saw’s arbor bolt and screw it into place using your preferred tool (pliers or wrench).
Replace blade guard assembly
Once you’ve successfully installed your new circular saw blade, it’s time to replace the blade guard so you can get back to work. Simply line up all corresponding screw holes and carefully attach the blade guard assembly back into place on your Ridgid circular saw.
Test the blade
Once you’ve finished replacing the circular saw blade on your Ridgid model, plug it back into its power source and turn it on to test out its new functionality.
- A Crescent Wrench or Channel Lock Pliers
- A New Replacement Blade
Materials: WD-40 spray lubricant A Shop Cloth
A Video Guide On How To Change Blade On Ridgid Circular Saw?
This video is explaining how you can change the blade on the Ridgid circular saw.
Tips For Keeping Your Blades Sharp:
- Keep your saw’s blade dry and free of debris at all times; moisture will corrode the metal.
- Protect your blades from high heat whenever possible; even the smallest amount of exposure can cause damage (heat friction can warp or melt blades).
- Always use full-throttle when cutting with a circular saw to improve safety and speed up the process.
I hope you found this guide on how to change the blade on a Ridgid circular saw helpful. Remember to always wear safety gear when using power tools and be careful not to cut yourself while performing this task. Thanks for reading!
What type of blade do you need for the project you’re working on?
The type of blade you need will depend on the specific project you’re working on. For example, if you’re using your Ridgid circular saw to build a birdhouse then you’ll want to use a fine-toothed blade (20 or 24 teeth per inch). However, if you’re cutting 2x4s for a deck, then a coarse-toothed blade with fewer teeth per inch is recommended. Replace your circular saw blade according to material and thickness.
How to remove the old blade from the saw?
There are a few different ways you can remove a circular saw blade. Many people attach the blade to the wrench or pliers and unscrew the bolt by hand, others use their hands or other tools; it all depends on your level of experience and which method you find works best for you. The most common way punctures your palm, so be careful when removing blades!
Which replacement Ridgid parts should I buy?
When replacing any Ridgid tool accessories, make sure that they’re compatible with your specific model before purchasing. Replacement blades come in several variations (high-speed steel, bimetal/titanium, diamond segments) depending on what material you’re cutting and whether or not blades need to withstand high temperatures. Ridgid replacement blades are available in multi-packs to save you money in the long run.
What is an auxiliary handle?
It is also called the “pawl step” which prevents kickback by engaging the top of the blade. It attaches to the side of blade guards on some models, but not all make/models have this feature built-in like Ridgid band saws do check out my band saw a review here. An auxiliary handle is only recommended for certain makes and models of circular saws always be sure to check with the manual prior to installation if you’re not familiar with how this works.