Whether you’re a professional contractor or hobbyist woodworker, your saw is your most important tool. But to keep it running smoothly and safely for years, it needs some TLC. Here are tips from a saw doctor to help you maintain your saw for a long lifespan.
Keep your blades sharp. Dull blades are dangerous as they can bind up or kick back. Have your blades professionally sharpened regularly. Sharpened blades cut cleaner and with less strain on the motor. I recommend checking blade sharpness monthly for light use saws, and every 2-4 weeks for heavy use saws.
Clean your saw after each use to remove sawdust and debris. Dust and debris can damage moving parts over time if left to accumulate. I suggest using compressed air to blow out grit from hard to reach areas. For the blade and outer case, wipe down with a clean, dry cloth.
Inspect blades for any damage before and after use. Even small nicks or cracks can dramatically weaken the blade. Replace damaged blades immediately to prevent potential breakdown during cutting. Blades are the most consumable part of a saw, so replace them if performance declines.
Properly lubricate moving parts. Consult your manual for recommended lubrication points and schedules. Use lubricants specified for your saw alone – other oils can degrade seals or gaskets. Adding lubricant keeps internal parts running smoothly with less friction and wear.
Adjust blade guides and guard positioning as needed. Proper adjustment allows the blade to cut straight while providing crucial safety features. Loose guards or a skewed blade can lead to dangerous kickbacks. Follow instructions carefully for optimal protection.
Store saws in a dry place away from chemicals when not in use. Moisture and chemicals can corrode internal metal components over prolonged storage. Cover saws if kept outdoors to prevent dirt and grime buildup on the case and blade.
By keeping your saw clean, sharp, lubricated and properly adjusted, you can significantly extend its useful working life. Following regular maintenance guidelines is the easiest way to ensure your saw lasts for many safe, productive years of use