Difficulty changing blade on Rigid Contractor's Saw

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10-04-2018 01:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rigid contractors saw blade change question

I am having a hell of a time changing the blade on my Rigid contractor’s saw. This will be the first time I change the blade. As far as I know, the outboard wrench turns the nut toward the operator (front or feed side), in this case counter clockwise.

The inboard side of the arbor- there is a pin which would stop the inboard wrench from rotating against the force of the outboard wrench. The problem with that pin is that as far as I can tell, it’s on the wrong side of the arbor. The pin is aft of the arbor. That inboard wrench wants to turn in the direction of the outboard wrench.

Seems to me, the pin which arrests the inboard wrench needs to be fore of the arbor. Am I missing something?

The instructions are pretty poor. Rather than front which could be misinterprated, I’d prefer feed side and rather than left or right side of the arbor, I’d have thought inboard or outboard relative to the motor would be better with clockwise or counterclockwise being the rotation of the nut. ...... but maybe I’m just dense.

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#1 posted 10-04-2018 02:48 PM

When looking at the blade from the feed side of the saw, put a block of wood against the teeth of the saw blade after unplugging the saw. Next, mount the wrench that goes on the RH side of the blade onto the arbor nut. Pull the wrench toward you to loosen the nut. After you’ve replaced the blade, retighten the nut while holding the blade by holding the blade while wearing a heavy leather work glove on your left hand giving the nut a final tug at the end. No need to over crank the nut down. I’ve found this method to work much better than the two wrench method.

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#2 posted 10-04-2018 02:51 PM

+1 ^ That’s exactly how I do it too

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#3 posted 10-04-2018 04:20 PM

I use the wood block, but for whatever reason, I bought the Benchdog Blade-Loc which works very well too.

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