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.
30 minutes or less
30 minutes or less
Replacing a blade on a band saw
This video explains how to replace the blade on a band saw.
Shut off the electricity
Unplug the band saw’s power cord from the wall outlet.
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.
Release the blade tension.
Remove the table leveling screw
Remove the table leveling screw from the front of the table.
Remove the table leveling screw.
Remove the blade
Open the blade cover in the upper cabinet.
Pull the blade out of the band saw.
Open the blade cover.
Remove the blade.
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.
Reinstall the table leveling screw
Reinstall the table leveling screw at the front of the table.
Reinstall the table leveling screw.
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.
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.