Many of you are installing your table saw blade the wrong way!

Many of you are installing your table saw blade the wrong way!


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  1. biggregg5 on August 22, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    Nothing worse than having nuts that are too tight.

  2. denoro on August 22, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    Work and fun ! The comments are crazy :))

  3. Banjer Legs on August 22, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    Even with leather gloves on I now have 8 stitches in my hand. I’ll try the other hand next time. Thanks a lot!!

  4. Bitter Clinger58 on August 22, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    Seems like the hand method would get a little problematic with, say, dado sets. Wouldn’t the blade teeth and chipper teeth come into contact (not a good thing) while trying to turn everything all at once against the arbor nut tension?

  5. Christopher C on August 22, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    You, sir, are a genius.

  6. Greg Mislick on August 22, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Going 1 step more, the nut wrench is harder than the cast iron top and I was getting a little bit of a bur which would catch on the out feed side. So I made a block that sit perpendicular to blade out of a bit of oak firewood, cut a nice slot several.blades wide and added another block under it to catch the back or front of opening. This holds the stamped steel wrench nicely while I shred my hands on the blades – nice sharp 24 tooth rippers are my favorite – lots of room for salt in the wounds!
    (All the shop safety guides say NEVER ware gloves while using saw to avoid risk of loosing fingers ….so….)

    But seriously – ALWAYS – unplug the darned thing!

  7. Mr. Mickles on August 22, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    I usually grip the blade in my mouth and whack my head with the wood. Hard on the teeth. Wife says I have a screw loose, but I think my nut is too tight.

  8. Simon Hopkins on August 22, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Good tip. All I need now is a table saw and somewhere to store it. 🙁

  9. Stephan Pöhnlein on August 22, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    That’s the best way? I can’t believe it.

  10. Vince Choraszewski on August 22, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    That’s why we have saw-stop

  11. 4n 2earth on August 22, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    I just use a ball pein hammer to tap on the tooth to loosen the arbor nut. The amazing thing is that it works every time! Plus I can automatically go from those pesky 60 tooth blades to a more conservative forty tooth blade in just ten blade changes!!! Win-win.

  12. Jon M on August 22, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    So I shouldn’t use my impact driver anymore??

  13. BR H on August 22, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    I stick with jamming my insert plate against the blade. Never had an issue and have never seen anyone doing it differently.

  14. Raab's Garage on August 22, 2023 at 6:44 pm

    Can you do this barehanded if you’re a tough guy?

  15. Alex Gordon on August 22, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    I’ve tried not putting it on super tight and the damn nut came loose. I’ll try again.

  16. Andrea's Workshop on August 22, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    Excellent tips! Thank you

  17. Craig Monteforte on August 22, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    I worked for a Woodworking Company for 25 years and we had to have over 25 TableSaws with over 100 Employees inthe shop ,everytime I had to change a blade I had to use a peice of Wood jammed into the blade btw we sent all our blades out to bevProfessionally sharpened and Tuned , unfortunately in that shop only a handful of employees had exclusive use of one paticular Table Saw and the one I used wasn’t one of those so I never knew how tight mine was going to be or what blade would be installed

  18. CANUSA Kommando on August 22, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    Some good advice. .
    Thanks. .

  19. Monte Glover on August 22, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    Excellent tutorial and reminder,
    As others mentioned UNPLUG THE SAW!¡!

  20. Gary Barchas on August 22, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you!

  21. I Had A Bad Day on August 22, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    You are right most people over tighten their table saw blades. Thanks for the reminder Mr. Nubs!!!

  22. Hughes Home Improvements SP on August 22, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    Great tip, I’ve been using a c clamp to hold the blade and wondering if I’ve been tweeking it.

  23. Bill K. on August 22, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks James.

  24. boohoo on August 22, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    Hi I am a hobbyist I just bought my table saw the person that sold it to me said that I should use forest blade with a Stiffeners how do you install a Stiffeners and what size?

  25. Headknocker on August 22, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    You forgot to tell everyone to unplug that saw before ever doing the tightening by hand.. Safety First

  26. john bottomley on August 22, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    Sorry change subject few weeks ago you explained you had assentual tremors and now have found out I have this and explains a lot about my life THANK YOU finding out has really helped me out

  27. Ron Davis on August 22, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Been doing it for 44 years with a block of wood have a never had a blade problem that I know and I’m not going to change now no matter what you say

  28. Rone Marshall on August 22, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Great vid….any chance you can do a vid on properly using a biscuit joiner please? I have one but it’s not helping things stay aligned at all. Waste of money so far…I didn’t buy it for strength I just wanted it for keeping tops aligned flat. Either way thank you for your videos man I’ve learned a ton from them.

  29. Phil Cusimano on August 22, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    Now there is one thing I do right… I’ve never over tightened a table saw blade, and I’ve certainly never used a block of wood to change a table saw blade. My table saw arbor has a stop lock, besides who wants to scrape their knucks?

  30. John Arnold on August 22, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    Turn the blade by hand… what could possibly wrong??

  31. Jim W on August 22, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks. I’m guilty. now I know what too tight is and tight enough.

  32. Gary Horton on August 22, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    Great info. A nail in the hole of the blade works to hold it when loosening.

  33. Paddy Pup on August 22, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    I’m a shop foreman and the biggest problem I see is that people don’t know the correct blade to use for different materials. Negative/positive hook etc

  34. Thomas Russell on August 22, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    A block of wood sounds like a brilliant idea. I always, until now, jammed the blades rotation using a screwdriver in the blade slot and the wrench on the arbor nut. Thanks for the tip.

  35. whirled peas on August 22, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    I use a wooden clamp made from a door hinge to grip the blade.

  36. Jim Cooney on August 22, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    Good one . thanks for the video of James

  37. john doe on August 22, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    30+ years using the wood block , to learn im doing it wrong !
    Great tips ! Leather glove trick …

  38. scott Yadon on August 22, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    I just bought some nice blades, thanks for the advice.

  39. Big D on August 22, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    best 2 minutes I have spent in a long time. all my issues are SOLVED. thanks !

  40. Chris P on August 22, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    My bosch reaxx has a little lever that locks the arbor somehow and makes things fairly easy to take off … of course, sometimes that also seems to make it easier to drop the whole blade assembly below the table like it does when I forget it’s a flesh-sensing saw and accidentally cut aluminum without disabling that system…

  41. Nico Bogaard on August 22, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    James, I do appreciate your to the point instructions. After retirement I started woodworking, I do work with the crappy tools and treat them like they are gems and top of the bill. Keep up the good work, as a dutchman I always take care of your last instruction and enjoy a cold one.

  42. Vitalii Manzhelii on August 22, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    Small tip. You can lean the wrench on one hole edge in tightening direction and just tighten the blade by holding it from two sides without touching the teeth. Cheers

  43. Sam Biscits on August 22, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    Two weeks ago I went to put on a dado stack and when I was tightening up the Arbor nut I striped the Arbor nut, I went to a big box store (Lowe’s), to try to find a nut that would work, no luck, I had to call Kobalt to get one sent to me for a mere nine dollars and a week and 1/2. When I originally bought my dado stack they told me to make sure to tighten the nut secure, obviously the dado stack has to be tight enough to make all of the blades and chippers secured together, I’m definitely going to take your tip and not over tighten.

  44. Brads Workbench on August 22, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    If you can’t loosen it by hand your blades too tight. Soooooo? Jam a piece of wood in there? Still gotta get the nut broke somehow.

  45. Syncubus on August 22, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    Good tip! My saw is two-wrench capable, but I still put blades on this way (same for grinding disks on an angle grinder). Hand-tight is usually plenty.

    Also, make sure to clean the arbor shoulder and blade washer to keep the blade running perpendicular to the arbor.

  46. I Had A Bad Day on August 22, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    The older you get the looser your nuts will be!!!

  47. Alex W. on August 22, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    I put the second wrench so that it rests on the mouth of the blade opening. That way, I can still just use one hand. If it’s a little tight to loosen, I tap with a rubber mallet. I’ve been cut too many times to touch the blade while changing it!

  48. theduck on August 22, 2023 at 7:26 pm

    You just solved my problem with getting my blade free, thank you 🙏🏻

  49. Globe Forever on August 22, 2023 at 7:26 pm

    That reminds me of a foreman in a joinery shop telling us to " tighten (the nut) as tight as you can then another half turn" i think he may have been wrong.

  50. Adam Peplau on August 22, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    nobody likes a tight nut