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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Saw blade

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Work gloves
  • Allen wrench

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

How to Replace the Blade on a Band Saw

Step 1: Shut off the electricity

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

Step 2: Release the blade tension

Open the upper and lower cabinet doors.


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

Step 3: Remove the table leveling screw

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

Step 4: Remove the blade

Open the blade cover in the upper cabinet.


Pull the blade out of the band saw.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Reinstall the table leveling screw

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

Step 7: 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.

Step 8: Restore power

Plug the band saw into the electrical outlet.

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