How to raise the blade on a table saw

If you use a table saw, then at some point you’ll likely need to raise the blade. Whether you’re cutting a piece of wood that’s too tall to fit under the blade or you’re needing to make a more precise cut, elevation is an important factor in securing successful results. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of raising the blade on your table saw in just a few easy steps. Let’s get started!

How to raise the blade on a table saw step by step:

Here are some steps to raise the blade on a table saw:

Step 1: Make sure the power is turned off and unplugged.

Step 2: Unscrew the blade guard or tilt of your saw.

Step 3: Loosen the four bolts that are securing the saw blade to its arbor with a wrench, turning clockwise.

Step 4: Grab the end of the blade with both hands and slowly raise it up until it’s about an inch above where it rests when lowered.

Bonus Step 5 (optional): Once you have reached this point, make sure the teeth on your saw are pointing down toward your workbench. If they need to be adjusted back to this position, simply loosen them by turning one tooth counter-clockwise at a time by holding onto the small metal piece that is on the opposite side of the blade and turning it with a wrench. Turn each tooth one turn at a time, alternating back and forth between them until you reach your desired height.

Step 6: Once your blade is within an inch or so of where you need it to be (depending on what material you’re cutting), fasten the teeth securely in place by holding onto them and twisting each tooth clockwise with the wrench until they lock into place. As soon as you feel resistance when trying to turn a tooth, stop tightening it immediately-over tightening can damage the teeth.

Step 7: Reattach the protective cover or tilt wheel of your saw and get to work! You’ve successfully raised the blade on your table saw!


Why won’t my table saw blade won’t raise after?

If you remove a saw blade from a table saw and it won’t raise, there may be something wrong with your saw. Make sure the power to your machine is turned off and that all connections are secure before continuing-it’s possible that the motor has disengaged because of an issue with either the switch or the cord.

Once you’ve checked these and still can’t figure out the problem, it’s wise to consult a professional for troubleshooting and repairs.

How do I tighten my table saw blade?

If one of the teeth on your saw blade is loose or wobbly, you’ll likely need to re-tighten the head of the saw. Start by loosening the four bolts that hold the blade in place with a wrench, turning clockwise until they’ve been removed from their spot at the end of the saw blade.

Next, grab both sides of your blade and slowly lower it back onto the arbor. When you feel resistance when trying to turn one of the teeth, stop-it’s important to stop immediately because if you continue to tighten the head of your saw, you may damage it.


Always be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific saw before making any adjustments. Raising the blade on a table saw can be dangerous if not done correctly, so always take precautions and use common sense when making these types of changes. Thanks for reading our guide on how to raise the blade on a table saw!