How to Change the Blade on a Ridgid Miter Saw

The Ridgid Tool Company produces the Ridgid line of hand tools and power tools. Among Ridgid-brand power tools are circular saws, bandsaws and a series of compound miter saws. Miter saws are used to cut complex angles and bevels for all wood joinery, and professional carpenters use them to cut framing lumber or to cut accurate trim joints with precision. The primary user maintenance required for a Ridgid miter saw is changing the blade according to what type of material you're going to cut. Changing a blade on a Ridgid miter saw is a simple process you can do quickly to keep the work flowing.

Step 1

Unplug the miter saw from the power source.

Step 2

Adjust the miter saw table to 90 degrees and tighten the locking knob. Adjust the saw's bevel angle to 90 degrees, if applicable, and lock it in place.

Step 3

Depress and hold the motor spindle lock. The motor spindle lock lever is behind the blade guard on the side of the miter saw motor.

Step 4

Loosen and remove the blade spindle bolt. Use a Ridgid saw blade wrench or adjustable wrench and turn the blade spindle bolt counterclockwise to remove the bolt and washer.

Step 5

Retract the Ridgid miter saw blade guard to remove the saw blade from the spindle shaft.

Step 6

Place the new saw blade onto the spindle shaft. The blade's stamped direction arrow must match the direction arrow labeled on the saw's blade cover.

Step 7

Put the blade washer over the spindle shaft.

Step 8

Insert the blade spindle bolt clockwise into the spindle and hand-tighten it until snug.

Step 9

Tighten the blade spindle bolt using the Ridgid saw blade wrench or adjustable wrench.

Step 10

Insert the miter saw's power cord into the power source to resume use.