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Old 03-01-2012, 07:39 PM   #16
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older Craftsman circular saw blade removal


I have a mid-to-late 1970's model 7 1/4" Craftsman circular saw and was having trouble changing blades to do some plywood sawing. Lo and behold...others had had this same problem. Bless the internet!!

Anyway tried one of the suggestions and it worked...got the nut off w/o much of a problem. Changed blades and realized that all of the blades that I have have either holes or lengthened notches in them in just a few places and if you place a screwdriver in the notches and brace it against the housing the nut comes off easily and also goes back on and tightens down the same way.

Blades are from the same decade as the saw... All are in great shape...glad to hear I have one of the better made, though heavy, circ.
saws. Going to use it tomorrow...
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Never ceases to amaze when I can find an answer to the most obscure question. Thank you for having the foresight to consider this could be a problem for some and then posting a comprehensive question and reply. I can't wait to see the look on husbands face when he wakes up to find I have removed blade for him. I bought the saw for myself in the early 80's long before we met. Hahaha. Healthy competition going, it's all good. Thanks again!
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I did what pretty much what Willie T said to do (copied from his post, below). Worked like a charm. "the direction of the arrow on the blade" is simply 'lefty loosey'. I used a rachet wrench and a hammer to tap the handle of the wrench.

The trick is to put a box end wrench on the bolt, and give it a strong, sharp, quick blow in the direction of the arrow on the blade. (I use a 1' piece of 2 x 2) It will almost always come right off on the first attempt.
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The poor boy impact works to remove lawn tractor pulley nuts too. I suggest tethering the wrench so the nut of concern is the only nut removed or injured.
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Here is my goto rougher. Still runs great. Guessing my father bought this in the late 60's or early 70's.

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notice the short cord and new plug
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Here is my goto rougher. Still runs great. Guessing my father bought this in the late 60's or early 70's.

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notice the short cord and new plug
That's a keeper for sure. I love those old heavy saws.
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I have an early 70's vintage 7" circular saw and it does have an arbor lock. There is a small metal button between the saw/motor housing and the blade guard. You have to rotate the blade by hand while pressing the button and it will finally drop into a detent. this allows you to loosen the blade with a wrench.



Yup, i have one of those too, bought it new, and it still runs that way.
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Old 03-30-2016, 04:08 PM   #23
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I suspect tashidad's saw had an arbor lock. I've had several over the years and don't recall having one without that feature.

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