A Jigsaw is perhaps one of the most powerful tools in your possession. Although it is capable of cutting all sorts of lumber and timber and even glass, however, if the blade becomes worn out then it can affect the overall quality of your performance and your equipment.
So, in order to avoid compromising on your quality of work, your best bet would be to replacing the worn-out blade of your Saw with a new one.
Although many experts recommend that you sharpen the old blade instead of replacing it with a new one. However, since the Jigsaw Blades are quite inexpensive, we recommend that you drop the hassle and buy yourself a new one.
Normally, you will find yourself changing the Jigsaw Blades very frequently. One of the primary reasons behind this is the design of the blade. Therefore, if you work in the woodworking sector then knowing How To Change a Jigsaw Blade can work best in your favor.
How to Change or Install a New Jigsaw Blade?
Now this may come as quite an easy task and it may be easy for probably a lot of people. However, there are a few technicalities that makes this task a bit tricky. If you’re changing the Blade of your tool for the first time then here are the steps you will need to follow.
Step 1: Unplug Your Tool from Its Power Source
First thing your need to do, before dealing with any sort of equipment, is to make sure that it is removed from its power source. Before you make any adjustment, always remember to switch off the tool and unplug the cord.
Carelessly dealing with power tools can cause great harm and can potentially lead to some serious injuries. So, it’s always better to be careful than sorry.
Before you move on to the next step, make sure that your equipment has rested for good 10 minutes. This will allow the remaining energy to drain, making it safe for you to bring about the adjustments you want.
Step 2: Put on Your Protective Gear and Conduct a Visual Inspection
Before you make any sort of contact with the Jigsaw, make sure that you have your protective gear on. Your protective gear may include gloves, and googles (or a face shield).
Once you have your safety gear on, conduct a visual inspection. This helps you figure out the root cause affecting the performance of your blade.
Sometimes, it is the built-up debris or impurity that can affect the efficiency of the blade. That said, it is better to conduct an inspection to avoid disposing off a blade that’s still in good condition.
Hence, it is of great importance that you wear the safety gear while conducting the inspection. The gear protects your hands from the sharp teeth of the blade and prevents the dirt or impurities from entering your eyes.
Step 3: Know the Type of Your Jigsaw Blade
There are mainly two types of Jigsaw Blade, namely the U-Shank Blade and the T-Shank Blade. The T-Shank Blade is rather easy to install while the other requires the assistance of other tools to make the installation process a success.
The U-Shank Blade
This kind of Jigsaw Blade needs to be removed and installed manually. You will require the assistance of a set of screwdrivers or an Allen key.
The T-Shank Blade
Nowadays, most Jigsaws come with a T-Shank Blade. They are comparatively easy to eject and install, without you having to use any kind of tool. Therefore, all you need is a new blade in order to complete the installation process.
Step 4: Changing the Blade
As discussed before, there are two kinds of Jigsaw Blades. The changing mechanism of both of these blades differ from each other.
Here’s what you will need to do in order to change the blades successfully.
For the U-Shank Blade
- Start off the process by loosening up the screw that holds the blade in place using the screwdriver or an Allen key.
- Once the blade has loosened from its position, carefully take it out. Also have the new blade ready so you can replace it with the one you’ve removed, without a hassle.
- Now place the new blade into the clamp. Make sure that it is positioned similarly as the old one.
- Once the new blade is correctly in its place, tighten the screw of the blade shank.
- Now you’ve successfully installed the new blade and your Jigsaw is ready to go!
For the T-Shank Blade
- Before you begin the process, make sure that you have the new blade ready to replace the old blade.
- Now, start the process by loosening up the release lever of your Jigsaw. In case, if you cannot locate the release lever, refer to the user manual that came along with your tool.
- Once the lever is loosened, remove the blade from its clamp.
- Replace the old blade with the new one. While doing so, make sure that teeth of the blade faces away from the Jigsaw.
- Ensure that you’ve tightened the lever back in its place.
- Now your Jigsaw is all good and ready for some action.