How to Replace Jigsaw Blades

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A jigsaw is a versatile tool for cutting curves in wood, metal and other materials, particularly in arbitrary patterns or at awkward angles that would be impossible for other types of saws. The jigsaw is hand-held, electrically powered and uses a small, thin blade. These blades are prone to wearing down and losing their sawing ability or breaking off altogether. Most jigsaws are designed so a broken or worn blade can be changed by following a few steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Replacement blade
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Work gloves

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Instructions

    Older Model Jigsaws

  1. 1

    Unplug the power cord from the wall and turn off the power switch.

  2. 2

    Locate the small hole with the screw inside it directly above the handle, which usually is in line with the blade. Loosen the screw with a flathead screwdriver. Once the screw is loose, gently pull the blade out from the unit while wearing gloves.

  3. 3

    Insert the new blade into the same portal. Ensure that the new blade is facing the same direction that the old blade faced.

  4. 4

    Hold the new blade in place and tighten the screw above the handle with the screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Jiggle the blade slightly to ensure that it is affixed. If it does not move inside the unit, then the saw is once again ready for use.

    Newer Model Jigsaws

  1. 1

    Unplug the power cord from the wall and turn off the power switch.

  2. 2

    Locate the release button just above the portal where the blade enters the body of the unit. Depress the button and gently pull the blade out from the unit.

  3. 3

    Insert the new blade into the same portal that the old blade was removed from while depressing the release button. Ensure that the new blade is facing the same direction that the old blade faced. Once the blade is fully inserted into the portal, let go of the release button.

  4. 4

    Move the blade slightly to ensure that it is stable before using the saw again.

Tips and warnings

  • Replacement blades can easily be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store. Be sure to buy the correct blade by first checking the jigsaw's model number.
  • Be extremely careful when changing these blades, as even dull ones can be very sharp. If the saw was recently in use, the blade may also be hot. In order to protect yourself, wear sturdy work gloves that still allow for flexibility and handling.

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