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Old 01-17-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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How do you change the blade on an 8 1/4 Craftsman Compound Miter Saw. I can get the nut off the arbor, but I can't seem to get the guard out of the way??

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Model #
Got a picture?
Most often you just flip it by hand out of the way.

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Thanks Joe. I will try that. It seems to only move when I lower the saw; and then it gets in the way of getting the blade out. I can't seem to find a screw, nut, something that would release the shield so I can get the blade out. But I will try again. C-JS
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If you could let us know what the model # is we could see what your dealing with.
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I've changed blades on my BILs older Craftsman long time ago and more recently on my Delta and I recall having to remove a screw on both . It seems like I had to raise the guard up to see it .
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There is usually a lift-arm secured by a cap screw.

Post a Picture. 8-1/4" is a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw Size.
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i actually have one that i bought about 8-10years ago. i bought it for doing small jobs so i dont have lug a big saw around. its fallen out of the back of my van and taking a real beating. i believe its actually a 8 1/2" but no blade exists. 8 1/4" blades are out there but are few and far between. going off memory i just stick a wood shim to hold the guard up. and theres a plate you unscrew so you can undo the arbour nut and at the motor theres a brake. i'll check tomorrow and maybe even take some pictures for you.
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Ok. Thanks for all the input. I was dealing with a Craftsman from Sears. The model number is 900.233550. I ended up locating a sears owners manual which showed me how to get the blade off. It was an allen screw on the oppositie side. In terms of locating a new blade, it turned out to be impossible. I did find a feollow locally, in Ferndale, MI, Elliot Saw Works, who sharpened the blade for me. In my travels to locate a new blade, I came across a company selling old compound miter saws. It turns out Black and Decker made an identical model.
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Try Googling "8 1/4 saw blade". Seems to be quite a few different ones out there. You didn't say what your arbor size was.
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im 90% sure that the proper size is an 8 1/2" blade but a 8 1/4" blade does work.this is the blade i use on my saw. i get a 60% discount on benchmark tools and i get the blade for $13 haha!
http://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/in...I1350657?Num=0

heres a decent blade for it
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardw...&storeId=10051

the 8 1/4" blades are much easier to find because panel saw are 8 1/4".
http://www.milwaukeetool.com/power-tools/corded/6480-20

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