How to Change Blade on Tile Saw

wet-tile-saw Changing a blade on a tile saw can be tricky if you don’t have experience doing it before. The instructions below will help make this task easier for both beginners and experienced DIYers alike. I find a lot of people make a few common mistakes when changing the blade on their saw. Read through these steps carefully so that you don’t do anything wrong when installing the new blade.

How to Change Blade on Tile Saw

There are many different types of tile saws on the market, but even if they are manufactured by different brands, most of them share the same parts. So in this short article, I will show you how to change a blade on a tile saw. Since every part is basically the same on all models, this is also valid for wet saws from other brands.

Step 1

Disconnect the power cord from the wall socket. The first thing to do when changing blades is always disconnected your equipment from the power supply! If the wet saw is still plugged in, even if it’s turned off and you accidentally touch the cutting blade on the bottom of the machine with your hands or any other body part, you will get a nasty cut! Accidents like that can be fatal! So please always remember to first disconnect the machine from electrical power.

Step 2

Unlock and remove the guard. (The cutting table should be facing down) Remove plastic wing nut covers from side panels located at both sides of the saw. You can now lift out both side panels and set them aside. Once you have done this, go to the front of the wet tile saw again and remove the plastic handle by unscrewing one bolt using a mm socket wrench. Then remove the front panel to get access to the blade.

Step 3

Now you can expose the cutting blade by removing it from its housing. To do this, take a wrench and loosen the nut which holds down the blade clamp. If there is any water left in your wet tile saw, drain that water by turning the spigot at the back of the saw counterclockwise or using a bucket to collect water from the bottom of the machine. When all water has drained out, unscrew screws holding down the cutting table with a screwdriver and lift up the cutting table so you can now remove the rip fence guide bar. (Do not discard this guide bar because you will need it again when you assemble the saw back together).

Step 4

After you unscrew the old tile saw blade,  insert the new blade by sliding it down into its housing. Then, take the rip fence guide bar and slide it over the saw blade to act as a “washer”. You should not tighten your screw on this bar until you have mounted it back onto your tile saw’s body later.

Step 5

Take your new blade holder and fit it into the bottom of your tile saw by lining up the hold-down screws you removed earlier with the holes to allow for mounting. This should be a pretty snug fit, but you can put some muscle behind it if it’s not working out right away.

Step 6

With your new blade installed,  reattach the guard and covers back onto your tile saw’s body. Then tighten all screws securely.

Step 7

Test out your new blade by running some test tiles through your saw to see how well it cuts them. If everything looks good put the rest of your tile saw back together and get ready to cut.

Why Should You Change Blade on Tile Saw?

A tile saw is a pretty simple machine that will last you for many, many years if maintained correctly. The biggest thing you have to replace on your tile saw over time are the blades. Blades dull over time and use depending on what they are being used to cut through, they can even break in rare circumstances. It’s important not to run a broken/dull/old blade as you could damage very expensive parts of your tile saw, but also dangerous as those parts could be forced around and cause injury. You should regularly change the blade on the tile saw because the quality of the cut will greatly improve, and your blades are super noticeable cheaply made without a good blade.

You should change blade on tile saw because the power will be consistent! Dull blades are also frustratingly slow at cutting through materials, so not only do you get bad results, but you probably have to wait for even longer while it cuts. A sharp blade speeds up productivity by increasing material removal speed, which is great when you’re working with many tiles that need to be cut down.

When should you change blade on tile saw?

Ideally, you should change blade on tile saw when the time arises.  When will that be? Let’s say you’re working on a tiling task and the blade is already cutting slower than it used to, or maybe your blade is wobbling. The best way to avoid accidents is to simply change the blade before breaking ever happens, but it’s also important not to wait too long (i.e., until the point of nearly breaking).  You’ll find yourself in a position where you can’t work any longer because changing blades takes time and breaks the flow.

Conclusion

Now you know how to change a blade on the a tile saw.  With limited maintenance and proper use, this type of saw will give you many years of reliable use. I’ve provided you with steps  that are straightforward and that allow anyone to safely change a blade with ease.

Keep in mind that the specifics of your tile saw may vary slightly from what I have described here. Don’t be afraid to rely on your common sense if something doesn’t seem right, but also don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer for clarification regarding your specific model of tool.

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