Saw Blades Maintenance and Safety Tips

saw blades are the workhorses of any workshop, so taking care of them is key. A well-maintained edge means buttery cuts, safer operation, and blades that last for seasons. Here’s a quick guide to keeping those blades in tip-top shape.

First order of business – cleaning and inspecting. Dust and gunk build up fast, so scrub blades after each use with mild detergent. Check for dings, chips or excessive wear too. Address small issues before they worsen.

Sharpening next on the docket. Sharpening keeps blades performing at their best. Do it according to the manufacturer’s schedule, or when you notice the cuts aren’t as clean. Files, sharpening stones, or special tools can get the job done. Follow the instructions for the best technique.

Thinking about re-tipping? If teeth are way past their prime, it may be time. Replacing worn tops extends blade lifespan at a fraction of new cost.
Lubrication and rust prevention will make blades last and cut smoothly. Put some blade-safe lubricant on to reduce friction as it spins. Silicone-based sprays work well.
Protect against rust by storing blades somewhere dry. You can also wipe on a thin coat of oil or spray before putting them on the shelf.

Also, safety should come first when using saw blades. Here are some key things to remember:

1. Wear the right gear – goggles, hearing protection, closed-toe shoes. A mask is good for cutting stuff with lots of fine dust.
2. Read the manual before you get started. Know how fast the blade can spin, how to install it properly for the job.
3. Check the blade for any cracks or defects before each use. A busted blade can cause major problems.
4. Make sure the blade is set up right on the saw and tightened correctly.
5. Adjust the blade height so just a tiny bit sticks above the material. Less exposure means less chance of kickback.
6. Take it slow when cutting. Don’t force the material – let the blade do the work at a steady pace.
7. Keep your hands and body parts away from the blade. Use push sticks or blocks to push material past it safely.
8. Unplug the saw before changing blades or doing any maintenance. No power means no accidental starts.
9. Pay attention to what you’re doing. Distractions are a safety no-no when sharp blades are involved.