How to Replace a Table Saw Blade



This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the blade on a table saw. Change the blade to suit the woodworking projects or if the saw blade has worn out, causing the blade to bind or burn into the wood. Inspect the blade regularly and replace it with the manufacturer-approved replacement part if it's dull or damaged.

Use these steps to replace the blade on Craftsman, Mastercraft, Tradesman, Companion, Emerson, DeWalt and Ryobi table saws.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Blade

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

Tools Required

  • Slot screwdriver
  • Work gloves

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 a Craftsman Table Saw Blade

Step 1: Unplug the table saw’s power cord from the wall outlet.

Step 2: Remove the blade guard

Loosen the blade-tilt locking knob and tilt the blade to a 90-degree angle.


Raise the blade to its highest cutting position.


Push the red button on the blade guard and lift off the blade guard assembly.

Step 3: Remove the table insert

Insert a slot screwdriver into the large hole in the table and pry out the table insert.

Step 4: Remove the saw blade

Use the 2 blade wrenches supplied with the table saw to remove the blade arbor nut.


Remove the outer flange washer and saw blade from the arbor.

Step 5: Install the new blade

Position the new blade on the arbor and reinstall the flange washer and arbor nut.


Firmly tighten the arbor nut using the 2 blade wrenches supplied with the table saw. 

Step 6: Reinstall the table insert

Push the table insert into the top of the table.

Step 7: Reinstall the blade guard

Push the red release button on the blade guard and reinstall the blade guard assembly on the riving knife. Release the red button.

Step 8: Restore power

Plug the table saw into the electrical outlet.

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