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How do I remove the blade on my craftsman miter saw?

Putting a wood block under the blade in an attempt to keep it from moving so blade bolt could be removed. I couldn't remove the blade; it merely turned and cut the block of wood. Appears bolt is frozen. I don't know. You said something about a parts diagram. Is that available? I don't even have that without a manual. Bolt appears to be frozen. That's just a guess but you can't loosen it without some form of release or if really frozen in place, a way to unfreeze it.

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Manage My Life
first, are you turning the center screw in the dierection the blade turns? The blade teeth, at the bottom of the saw blade, should be facing away from you as you are standing in front of the saw. Make sure the saw is unpluged so you are safe. Next, make sure you have the proper sized wrench to fit the bolt in the center of the saw blade. I understand you have tried the block of wood , but make sure the teeth of the blade are biting into a soft wood block up to 1/8th inch. Hold the saw handle down into the wood and with the handle of thewrench facing down ,push the wrench away from your body. If this is not sufficient to loosen the blade ,then apply some WD40 to the bolt and let set for several minutes. Take the end of your wrench and gently tap the top of the bolt for about 30 seconds and try loosening again. repeat, repeat ,repeat. Good luck.
by Manage My Life
December 16th, 2009
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Mark Thomas
I have checked for a manual for your saw. I was unable to find the manual but we still show an exploded view of the parts. You can view the parts for you saw on this link.

Sears Parts Direct

I could not find out if your saw has a left or right hand threaded bolt. Most saw blade bolts turn clockwise to remove the bolt. I recommend that you use a block of hard wood to hold the blade. If you tap on the end of the wrench to loosen the bolt, this might help if the bolt is rusted. You may need to use WD-40 also.
by Mark Thomas Earned 110 community points in Craftsman
December 16th, 2009
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