April 1, 2015

How to replace a band saw blade

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a band saw blade

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the blade on a band saw. If the saw blade is dull or damaged, it won't cut evenly. Replace a dull or damaged band saw blade with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Follow these steps to replace the blade in Craftsman, Ryobi, Tradesman, Wen, Rikon and Powertec band saws.

Quick links
Tools required
Work gloves
Allen wrench
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Replacing a blade on a band saw

This video explains how to replace the blade on a band saw.

Instructions

01.

Shut off the electricity

Unplug the band saw’s power cord from the wall outlet.

02.

Release the blade tension

Open the upper and lower cabinet doors.

Rotate the blade’s quick-release lever to release the blade tension.

Open the cabinet doors.

Open the cabinet doors.

Release the blade tension.

Release the blade tension.

03.

Remove the table leveling screw

Remove the table leveling screw from the front of the table.

Remove the table leveling screw.

Remove the table leveling screw.

04.

Remove the blade

Open the blade cover in the upper cabinet.

Pull the blade out of the band saw.

Open the blade cover.

Open the blade cover.

Remove the blade.

Remove the blade.

05.

Install the new blade

Position the new blade with the teeth pointing downward and forward.

Work the new saw blade into the cabinets and over the drive wheels.

Close the blade cover in the upper cabinet.

Close the blade cover.

Close the blade cover.

06.

Reinstall the table leveling screw

Reinstall the table leveling screw at the front of the table.

Reinstall the table leveling screw.

Reinstall the table leveling screw.

07.

Re-tension the blade

Reposition the blade on the upper and lower drive wheels.

Rotate the blade’s quick release lever to apply blade tension.

Close the cabinet doors.

Apply blade tension.

Apply blade tension.

08.

Restore power

Plug the band saw into the electrical outlet.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.
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