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HOW TO CHANGE THE BLADE ON A CIRCULAR SAW

Tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts understand the importance of keeping their power tools in peak condition. This includes using them properly, cleaning them, and general maintenance. One of the most essential practices for those who use a Festool circular saw is inspecting the blade for damage, keeping it sharp, and changing the blade when necessary. But how do you change the blade on a Festool circular saw? Let’s talk about circular saw blades.

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WHY YOU NEED TO CHANGE CIRCULAR SAW BLADES

Changing blades is important for creating sharp, precise cuts, a professional finish, and ensuring the longevity of a circular saw. A dull blade strains the saw’s motor, resulting in unnecessary wear. A damaged or warped blade can also cause unnecessary strain on the motor but more importantly, they are dangerous. Regularly replacing a circular saw blade can extend the lifespan of the saw, improve efficiency, and ensure a safer working environment.

THE RIGHT BLADE CAN MAXIMISE A SAW'S PERFORMANCE

Using the correct blade is crucial. A blade’s performance is determined by its material, tooth count, and tooth shape. Blades with more teeth produce smoother cuts which are ideal for fine woodworking. Blades with fewer teeth remove material faster, perfect for larger projects such as decking. There are also a variety of blade tooth shapes which can be matched to the blade's purpose and project material. Using the right blade for the job enhances the saw's performance and ensures a higher-quality result.

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Engage the FastFix
Disengage the FastFix when the new blade is onDisengage the FastFix when the new blade is on
Disengage the FastFix when the new blade is on

STEPS TO CHANGE THE BLADE ON A FESTOOL CIRCULAR SAW

Thanks to the FastFix function on Festool circular saws, changing blades is faster and easier.

 

  1. Disconnect the saw from the plug or battery pack.
  2. Engage the saw’s FastFix by pulling down the green FastFix lever on the handle to lock the blade in place.
  3. Remove the Allen key stowed in the handle of the saw. Loosen and remove the blade nut, and then remove the washer.
  4. Slide the pendulum blade guard to reveal the blade and remove the old blade.
  5. Slide the new blade in place and place the washer so that the pin engages with the recess on the inner flange.
  6. Place the nut on the washer and tighten it with the Allen key, making sure to not over-tighten it.
  7. Disengage the FastFix blade lock, reconnect the saw to the power source and make a test cut to ensure the saw functions as it should.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR CIRCULAR SAW BLADES IN GOOD CONDITION

Careful storage and maintenance of saw blades go a long way to extending their lifespan and that of a saw. While working, if you notice the saw labouring, the cuts becoming less precise, and more splintering or tear-out than usual, the blade may need to be sharpened. Regularly clean the blades with a blade cleaner to remove any built-up resin or dust. When storing, protect the blades from contact with other metals to avoid damage.

 

FESTOOLS RANGE O CIRCULAR SAW BLADES

Festool offers a wide range of saw blades tailored to various materials and cuts. Choose from universal blades suitable for a variety of materials to specialised blades for wood, aluminium, laminate, steel, or fibre cement, Festool produces high-quality blades to fit your project.

Changing and maintaining the blade on a Festool circular saw is an essential part of running a workshop, ensuring professional quality work. Regularly changing old blades and selecting the right one for a project will improve the saw’s performance, extend its lifespan, and promote a safe working environment..

 

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Protect your blades when storing

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